Welcome to PLU

Congratulations on your admission to PLU!

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 Transfer Admission Counselor or the Admission Office at 253-535-7151 or admission@plu.edu with questions.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES

FEBRUARY 25: Virtual Music Academic Information Session

MARCH 4: Virtual Theatre Academic Information Session

MARCH 11: Virtual Hispanic Studies Academic Information Session

MARCH 18: Virtual Political Science Academic Information Session

MARCH 25: Virtual English Academic Information Session

RSVP for Academic Information Sessions here

PLU CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

SET UP YOUR EPASS

As soon as you are admitted, you can set up your PLU ePass, which is your PLU student email account, as well as login to give you access to a wide range of resources such as PLU web pages, the Sakai Learning Management System, and network registration for your devices.

VERIFY TRANSFERRED CREDITS

Once you have your PLU ePass set up, you can view PLU’s evaluation of your transferred credits online in your Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) Report on PLU’s student information system, Banner Web. You’ll find Banner Web log-in instructions here.  You can also take a look at our transfer guide, which will show you how your credits fulfill PLU’s general education requirements. If you have any questions, contact your PLU transfer admission counselor.

COMPLETE FINANCIAL AID FORMS & REVIEW FINANCIAL AID OFFER

Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon to ensure optimal financial aid awarding for the 2021-22 academic year.  (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
(Living On-Campus)
Tuition & Fees: $48,226
Room & Meals: $11,482
TOTAL: $59,708

2021-22 DIRECT COSTS
(Living Off-Campus)
Tuition & Fees: $48,226

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 Transfer 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.

Are you using military benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship, vocational rehabilitation, etc?

Contact our Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Neshell Henkel Chabot, at 253-535-7161 or henkelnd@plu.edu to find out how to best use what’s available to you.

Are you an international transfer student?

You must complete and submit a declaration of finances. You’ll find international scholarships and grants opportunities on the International Student Scholarships & Grants webpage.

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 academic information sessions, student panels, Zoom live tours and of course our virtual tour, as well as individual on-campus visit options.

BE A LUTE! SUBMIT YOUR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT

Submit a $200 Enrollment Deposit to confirm your spot in the entering class of Fall 2021, secure your housing assignment (if living on-campus), and prepare for class registration. You can pay the Enrollment Deposit online at plu.edu/bealute.

If you are using a military benefit to pay for college, your Enrollment Deposit can be deferred. Please let us know if this is the case.

The final date to submit an Enrollment Deposit and request an advising appointment for a fall semester start is August 25th.

READY TO BE A LUTE?

Save your spot in the class!

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

After setting up your PLU ePass and paying your Enrollment Deposit, you are prepared to schedule your class registration appointment on the PLU New Transfer Student Registration website.

New Transfer Student Registration dates for Fall 2021 will take place in May, before any incoming first-year students. Please refer to the New Lute Checklist below for the necessary steps to complete before you can officially register!

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 Housing Application (if living on-campus)

If you hope to live on-campus, complete the Housing Application (also called the Learning Community Application).

If you will be commuting to campus, you’ll find 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 & Health History Form

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 Health History and Consent Form is a separate, but still required, form to complete and send to PLU’s Health Center.

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 spring 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:

Take the Math Placement Evaluation:

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.

Take the Language Placement Survey

If you’re planning on taking Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Norwegian, Spanish, or Southern Lushootseed language courses, then you’ll need to complete the Language Placement Survey (even if you haven’t studied the language before) at least a week before your New Student Registration appointment.

If you are majoring in English, Music – Vocal Performance, or Global Studies, you should take the Language Placement Evaluation, as these are majors that also have a foreign language requirement.

How to access both evaluations:

  • Go to https://banweb.plu.edu
  • For Math, select “Math Placement Evaluation” (with the calculator icon), then sign in using your PLU ePass information
  • For Language, select “Banner Self Service” and sing in using your PLU ePass information
    • On the ‘Student Services’ tab, select ‘Student Records’ from the menu
    • Select ‘Language Placement’

Set aside plenty of time to complete both evaluations.

Send your final transcripts

Send all of your final official transcripts to:

PLU Office of Admission
12180 Park Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98447

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!