Below you’ll find helpful information and next steps to take now that you’ve been admitted.

Remember that at any point you can contact your PLU Admission Counselor or the Admission Office at 253-535-7151 or admission@plu.edu with questions.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

JUNE: New Student Registration

JULY: New Student Registration

PLU CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

BE A LUTE! SUBMIT YOUR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

You can submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit to join the entering class of Fall 2021 and prepare for class registration.

To secure your spot at PLU, pay the Enrollment Deposit and complete the housing form online at plu.edu/bealute. Need more information about residence halls before deciding where to live? Visit the Residential Life website. If your Enrollment Deposit has already been paid but you still need to request your housing, you can complete the online housing form at www.plu.edu/residential-life/protected/housing-application/.

READY TO BE A LUTE?

Save your spot in the class!

REVIEW YOUR FINANCIAL AID PACKAGE

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the 2021-22 academic year.  The FAFSA is free, and it is the best way to see how much it will cost to attend PLU. (Note: PLU’s FAFSA school code is 003785). If you are unable to fill out the FAFSA (i.e. if an undocumented student), and are a resident of Washington state, you can instead complete the WASFA to be considered for need-based financial aid.

2021-22 DIRECT COSTS
Tuition & Fees: $48,226
Room & Meals: $11,482
TOTAL: $59,708

Once your Offer of Financial Aid has been mailed, you also have the option to view it online on your student account information (Banner Web). Banner Web log-in instructions can be found here. Be sure to review your financial aid offer with your PLU Admission Counselor, who is happy to schedule a meeting with you and your family to answer questions regarding scholarships, grants, loans, work study, and payment options.

EXPLORE CAMPUS

We are offering multiple ways for you to get to know PLU’s campus and community better, including on-line options like admission and information sessions, student panels, Zoom live tours and of course our virtual tour, as well as individual on-campus visit options.

FOLLOW SOCIAL MEDIA

Now that you’re an admitted student, there are a lot of ways to follow and connect with PLU and PLU clubs/groups/academics (and of course your friendly neighborhood PLU Admission counselors) on social media. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Instagram: @plu_admission & @pacificlutheran
    Meet fellow admitted students on the PLU Class of 2025 IG! @plu.2025
  • YouTube: PacificLutheranUniv
    We recommend the Student Perspectives playlist & the PLU Community Channel
  • Twitter: @PLUNEWS
  • Facebook: Pacific Lutheran University
  • TikTok: @pacificlutheran

SIGN UP FOR PLU PLEDGE

The PLU Pledge is a loan repayment assistance program, a safety net, we offer for incoming first-year students.* Once you are employed after graduation, if you earn less than $50,000 per year, we will help you repay your student (and parent PLUS) loans until you do. The PLU Pledge covers all federal direct and private alternative student loans, as well as parent PLUS loans.

*This does not include incoming first-year students intending to major in Nursing or international students

The PLU Pledge is FREE for you to participate, but you must opt-in before September 7, 2021. If you are not taking out loans for your first year, but there’s a possibility you may take loans out in subsequent years to help pay for PLU, you must still sign up before your first year to take advantage of the PLU Pledge benefits.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

After paying your Enrollment Deposit and requesting your PLU ePass, you are prepared to schedule your class registration appointment.

Registration for Fall 2021 classes (New Student Registration) will take place throughout June and the first part of July.

READ THROUGH YOUR NEW LUTE GUIDE

The New Lute Guide is your resource to prepare to be a Lute this fall – read through and follow the steps!

LUTE WELCOME

Now that you’re officially a PLU student, it’s time to look forward to LUTE Welcome, which includes New Student Orientation (NSO), events, and activities to kick off your PLU experience.

LUTE Welcome helps you learn about the resources to be successful at PLU and connect with your fellow Lutes. You’ll get to connect with students, professors and staff as we welcome you to PLU!

NEW LUTE CHECKLIST

Pay your Enrollment Deposit

The Enrollment Deposit saves your spot in the class!

Activate your PLU email (ePass)

Your PLU ePass gives you access to your PLU student email (and full Google suite), Banner Self-Service (your student account, financial aid, grades, etc.), Sakai Learning Management (for classes), PLU library resources and more.

Once you’ve got your ePass, check your PLU email consistently. Your New Student Registration appointment confirmation will only be sent to your PLU email, as well as information about LUTE Welcome, any class information from your professors, etc.

Not sure how to log on to your PLU email? Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the PLU homepage.
  2. Click on the menu on the top, select “EPASS”, then select Gmail.
  3. Sign in using your ePass log-in info. (Don’t type in the ‘@plu.edu’, though)

We recommend connecting your PLU email to your phone email app. That way you don’t have to do steps 1-3 on your phone every time!

Submit the Living Plans & Learning Community Application

The Living Plans & Learning Community Application includes the application for housing (check out PLU’s themed learning communities!), roommate questionnaire, AND, for students who will be living at home, the first part of the Confirmation of Living at Home (COLAH) process.

Whether you’ll be living on-campus or off-campus, as a new student you must complete the Living Plans & Learning Community Application.

If you will be commuting to campus, you’ll find additional helpful commuter resources here.

Complete the Payment Agreement

One of the most important steps to complete before you register for class is your Payment Agreement (also known as the Student Financial Agreement).

What the Agreement is: Essentially, you’re telling us how you plan to pay any owing balance for tuition, fees and/or housing and meal plans after financial aid to PLU, and you pick from three different options:

  • Payment in full – you’ll pay the owing balance before each semester or term starts (August 25 for fall, December 25 for J-term & January 25 for spring)  OR
  • Financial aid covers your costs – choose this one when tuition, fees, housing & meals are completely covered by scholarships, grants, and/or loans (this does include if you plan to use a Parent PLUS loan to cover all remaining costs) OR
  • Monthly payments – choose this one if you want to pay the owing balance in no interest monthly installments (we work with an outside company, Nelnet Campus Commerce, for which you’ll need to sign up separately)

What the Agreement is not: Sometimes there’s confusion between this Financial Agreement and a billing statement. This is not the billing statement and you are not paying any owing balance yet! That will come later, but we need to know ahead of time how you will pay any amount left owed after financial aid, hence this agreement.

How to complete the agreement: You can complete the agreement on your PLU Banner Self Service student account. You’ll find instructions here on the Student Financial Services site.

What happens if I don’t have the Agreement completed by my class registration appointment? Your student account will be put on hold and we won’t be able to register you for classes until it’s complete.

Meningococcal Release Acknowledgement & Medical History Record

The Meningococcal Release Acknowledgement is a form you have to fill out only once as a PLU student, where you must read and acknowledge the risks of meningitis, or meningococcal disease (this is a Washington State legal requirement).

This can be done on your PLU Banner Self Service student account:

  • Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
  • Select “Banner Self Service”
  • Sign in using your PLU ePass information
  • On the ‘Personal Information’ tab, select ‘Notifications and Preferences’ from the menu
  • Select ‘Meningococcal Release Information’
  • Review the provided information, then click the acknowledgment button.

What happens if I don’t have it completed by my class registration appointment? Your student account will be put on hold and we won’t be able to register you for classes until it’s complete.

The Medical History Record is a separate, but still required, form to complete and send to PLU’s Health Center. (This is also where you’ll be able to upload all medical documentation of vaccinations, including the required COVID-19 vaccine.)

Take the Math Placement Evaluation

The Math Placement Evaluation is one of the most important tasks to complete to ensure you get into the classes you need when you go through the registration process.

This evaluation is what PLU uses to determine which math classes you can be placed into and if you’re allowed to start in some courses and/or majors (think biology, chemistry, nursing pre-requisites, business pre-requisites and more).

*All students, no matter their math background or their planned academic major, must take this evaluation.*

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the evaluation (and their answers):

  • Is it really required for registration? Yes, it is.
  • Do I really have to take it even if I (fill in the blank with whatever your question(s) might be)? Yes, you do.

How to find & take the Math Placement Evaluation:

  • Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
  • Select “Banner Self Service”
  • Select “Math Placement Evaluation” (with the calculator icon)
  • Sign in using your PLU ePass information
  • Read and follow the instructions

The evaluation does take some time, so make sure you set aside plenty of time to get it done.

Request your New Student Registration Appointment

Once you’ve completed the checklist items before this, you’re now ready to request your New Student Registration (NSR) virtual appointment, where you’ll receive your fall class schedule! (If you do not complete the checklist items, your student account will be put on hold and we will not be able to register you for classes, even if you’ve requested an appointment.)

Request your New Student registration appointment here.

Before your registration appointment:

  • Make sure your housing application (also known as the Living Plans & Learning Community Application) is complete (even if you’re living off-campus, you’ll need to complete the application to indicate you’ll be living off-campus)
  • Make sure your Meningococcal Release Acknowledgement is complete
  • Take the Language Placement Evaluation if you plan to take language courses (even if you haven’t studied the language before) or are planning to major in English

How to access the Language Placement evaluation:

  • Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
  • Select “Banner Self Service”
  • Select “Math and Language Placement Evaluations” (with the calculator icon)
  • Sign in using your PLU ePass information
  • Read and follow the instructions (set aside plenty of time to get it done!)

Send your final transcripts

Final official transcripts from high school and any college/university attended are required to start classes. This includes transcripts for credit by exam (AP, IB, CLEP, etc.).

High school transcripts must show your graduation date and should be sent in the month of June, but no later than July 1. They can be mailed or delivered electronically by the high school, or delivered in person to the Office of Admission (Hauge 109) in an official sealed envelope.

College/University transcripts must show final grades for all courses enrolled and should be sent no later than August 1. They can be mailed or delivered electronically by the college/university, or delivered in person to the Office of Admission in an official sealed envelope.

Transcripts can be sent to:
PLU Office of Admission
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447
admission@plu.edu

Sign up for PLU Pledge

The PLU Pledge is FREE for you to participate, but you must opt-in before the first day of class (September 7, 2021).

Sign up for the PLU Pledge at mylrap.org/PLU.

Buy your textbooks

Once you’ve had your new student registration appointment, you can buy textbooks for your classes.

Register for LUTE Welcome

RSVP for your Lute Welcome experience – remember to check your PLU email for information!

Complete these 'as needed' steps

Accessibility & Accommodation:
If applicable, contact the Office of Accessibility & Accommodation to start the documentation and accommodation process.

Athletes:
If you will be participating in varsity athletics, complete your Athletics Medical Clearance Checklist.

Register for Parking:
Have a car and plan to bring it to campus (whether you’re living on-campus or commuting)? Register your vehicle for parking.

Student Employment:
You can start looking for student jobs as soon as you are registered for classes!

Study Away:
Thinking about studying abroad/studying away? Start your planning!