PLU is closely monitoring the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the lead of public health officials to do everything possible to keep our community safe and healthy. We have transitioned all classes to a distance learning format through the end of the spring semester, and have closed all buildings on campus excepting those that serve essential functions. (You can read the full statement on PLU’s Coronavirus Message webpage.)
How this will impact campus visits:
- Individual Visits: CANCELLED Due to the announcement from the Washington State Governor on April 2nd extending the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative, we are now cancelling all visits through May 8th. We will contact all students who have previously scheduled a visit. We are happy to connect you with a professor or other campus resource virtually!
- Spring Preview Day (Friday, March 27): CANCELLED
- Group Visits: CANCELLED We have decided at this time to cancel any scheduled Group Visits through the rest of the academic year.
- Lute Life Day (Monday, April 6): CANCELLED. We look forward to seeing you on campus another time!
- Lute OverKnights (April 2-3 & April 16-17) for first-year admitted students only: CANCELLED However, we hope you can tune in for our VideOverKnight events on April 2-3 instead!
- Visit Scholarships: We have extended the Visit Scholarship “year prior to enrollment” end date to June 1 for first-year students.
The continuation of on-campus visits and events will rely on ongoing directives from public-health officials. If the need arises to extend campus visit cancellations, we will update this webpage and contact any prospective student with a scheduled visit ASAP.
Our Virtual Tour is another option to learn more about campus if you will wait to visit in-person until a later time.
We invite you to visit the PLU campus! Visiting a college is one of the most important things you can do in your college search, and we think it’s the best way to see if PLU is the right college for you.
There are a number of ways you can visit PLU: set up an individual visit, come for a Lute Life Day, or attend one of our events.
*If you are interested in a Group Visit, please visit our Group Visit tab for more information on how to schedule your visit and our Group Visit guidelines or email Cassandra Kopriva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Transfer students: Please note all official transcript evaluations are completed during the admission application process and cannot be done during a campus visit. Email your transfer admission counselor for more questions about transferable classes and unofficial transcript reviews. If you attend a local Washington Community College you can see a variety of 2-year transfer guides here. We also offer an interactive transfer guide any student may use to see what classes have transferred to PLU in the past from various colleges.
*Questions? Feel free to contact us at 253-535-7152 or email email@example.com.
The PLU Admission Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and most Saturdays during the school year, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To experience a typical day as a PLU student, try to avoid weekends, holiday times, and the first and last two weeks of each term. Here is our Academic Calendar so you can check to see if your planned visit may fall during a break! Call and we can plan your visit to coincide with campus activities like concerts, plays and athletic events. See below for our individual visit options, and then request your visit!
Individual visits on weekdays during the Academic Year automatically include:
- A campus tour from a current student guide
- Meeting with one of our Admission Counselors or an Admission Presentation
Additional options during the Academic Year include:
- For Juniors & Seniors: Sitting in on a class (only offered Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) – we highly recommend! – Cancelled for Spring 2020
- Meeting with a professor – Cancelled for Spring 2020
- Meeting with a varsity or club sport coach – If interested, please reach out to the coach of your sport directly. Information can be found at golutes.com
- For Juniors & Seniors: Staying overnight in a residence hall (Sunday-Thursday nights) – Cancelled for Spring 2020
- Lunch (if arriving before 10:15 a.m. Monday-Friday) – Cancelled until May 8th, 2020
Saturday visits (during the academic year) include:
- A campus tour from a current student guide
- Admission & Financial Aid presentation
*Saturday Visits for the 2019-2020 year have been cancelled*
Summer Visits automatically include:
- A campus tour from a current student guide
- Meeting with one of our Admission Counselors
Lute Life Days are scheduled personalized program days so that you can fully experience what it’s like to be a PLU student. You select the date and check-in time and we’ll schedule a day for you to include a campus tour, admission and financial aid presentation, PLU class and lunch in the University Commons.
Upcoming Lute Life Days:
*Check back for our 2020-2021 academic year Lute Life Days later this summer*
The Office of Admission offers Group Visits to middle school, high school, church youth groups and other organizations.
A Group Visit includes a campus tour, and Admission presentation, but most importantly, the chance to discover the PLU experience.
Before scheduling a group visit, please read through the following PLU Group Visit Policies. If you have questions about a special group visit, modified schedule, alternative program options, etc. please contact Visit Coordinator Cassandra Kopriva at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLU Group Visit Policies:
- You must request a group visit at least two weeks in advance.
- Group Visits at PLU include an Admission Presentation led by a PLU Admission Counselor and a Campus Tour led by a current student. Allow 1 hour for a campus tour, and 45 minutes for an Admission Presentation. We build in a 15 minute check-in window at the start of every visit to unload buses, use restrooms, etc.
- Full group visits are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and group visits with scavenger hunts in place of campus tours are offered Tuesday and Thursday. Group visits are not scheduled during student breaks (i.e. Spring and Christmas break), pre-finals week, finals week, and the day prior to or the day of Office of Admission campus visit events.
- We ask that you limit your tour group size to no more than 45 participants. In order to ensure the best visit possible for your group, any Group Visit request with more than 45 participants should email Visit Coordinator Cassandra Kopriva at email@example.com and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Each group must provide one chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones must be 20 years of age or older.
- For groups larger than 45, there must be one chaperone for every 5 students.
You are welcome to eat on campus in our dining services either before or after your campus visit. Please note, they take cash, check, or credit cards only. If you are interested in eating on campus, we can provide contact information upon request.
You’re invited to attend any or all of our visit events!
Click on each event to see more information and to RSVP (please note that registration for some of our events further down the road may not be live yet).
VideOverKnight – April 2-3, 2020
*Did you miss tuning in? Still check out the page for upcoming live webinar’s and videos of past events!*
Summer Lute Life Day #1 – July 8, 2020
Summer Lute Life Day #2 – August 12, 2020
- Any on-campus individual visit that you have scheduled with the PLU Admission Office (see above for individual visit details) or Admission visit events (i.e. Fall Preview Day, Lute Life Day, Spring Preview Day, Lute OverKnight, Summer Lute Life Day, etc.)
- When you arrive on campus for a visit, you must check in with an admission representative in order to be marked “attended.” Check-in details are provided in a confirmation email before your visit, and the Visit Scholarship is automatically awarded based on your “attended” status.
What doesn't count:
- Phone appointments
- Off-campus events or coffee one-on-ones
- Visiting friends or siblings without scheduling an official tour
- Self-guided tours
- New Student Registration or Advising
- Meetings with another administrative (i.e. Student Financial Services) or academic department, unless it’s joined with an Admission tour and appointment, or event
- Information sessions through other on-campus offices (i.e. Nursing Information sessions), unless it’s joined with an Admission tour and appointment, or event
- Athletics visits, unless it’s joined with an Admission tour and appointment, or event
When you're a walk-in visitor:
- If you didn’t RSVP in time for one of our visit events (i.e. Fall Preview Day, Lute Life Day, Spring Preview Day, Summer Lute Life Day, etc.), but still come, you ARE eligible and will receive the Visit Scholarship as long as you check-in at the registration table.
- If you come for an individual visit without scheduling ahead of time, and we can get you on a campus tour and connected with one of our admission counselors, you ARE eligible and will receive the Visit Scholarship.
- If you come for an individual visit without scheduling ahead of time, and we’re unable to accommodate a visit at that time, you’ll have to visit campus again to be eligible for the Visit Scholarship. This is why we highly recommend that you schedule your visit ahead of time!
Year prior to enrollment:
- For first-year students (including Running Start students), it means you need to visit between June 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020 of your senior year of high school. (Yes, it means that even if you visited as a junior, you’ll want to visit again senior year to get the scholarship)
- For transfer students, you need to visit between June 1 and December 1 for a 2020 spring semester start, or between June 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020 for a fall semester 2020 start
Please note that the Visit Scholarship is for undergraduate students only – students pursuing any of PLU’s graduate programs are not eligible for this scholarship.
Eligibility & Awarding:
- You must apply and be admitted to PLU (you’ll get the scholarship whether you visit before OR after you’re admitted)
- Be marked as “attended” for an Admission-sponsored visit between the aforementioned dates
- Wait for the scholarship to show up on your PLU financial aid award! (It will be disbursed over fall and spring semester)
- If you visit after receiving your initial financial aid award, Student Financial Services will send you an alert once your award’s been updated with the scholarship
Please note: The Visit Scholarship cannot be combined with a full-tuition scholarship such as the Regents’ Scholarship, tuition exchange, 253 PLU Bound Scholarship or Act Six Scholarship.