2018 AP Registration is open now!

Join us and spend four days on the PLU campus in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU prides itself on small class sizes, a student-centered approach, and values of care, competency, leadership, service and difference. While on campus, participants can expect to acquire effective teaching and learning strategies, walk away with an abundance of materials, and be guided though information to help you successfully teach your AP* course. As a bonus, participants will also earn 2 Graduate Level Semester Credits (equivalent to 30 clock hours) at no additional cost!

The 2018 Institute will be Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12. The institute cost is $795. Additional charges may apply for those choosing to stay in university housing. The cost of course materials, graduate credits and daily lunch are including in the registration price. Check out the tabs below for course offerings, schedule, and fees.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office.

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2018 Sample Schedule

This schedule is a sample for general planning purposes only. Schedule subject to change as institute nears. All participants will receive a finalized schedule 2 weeks prior to the institute.

Sunday, July 8th: (For those choosing to stay on campus)
– 3:00 – 6:30pm: Residence Hall Check-In – Please go directly to Stuen Hall. There you will be able to check-in and receive your room assignment.
– 6:30 – 9:00pm: Residence Hall Check In – There will be a conference assistant at Stuen Hall to check you in and
give you your room assignment. If check-in staff is not readily visible, a conference assistant phone number will be posted.
– After 9:00pm: If a conference assistant is unavailable, there will be a sign posted at Stuen Hall with a check-in number, 253-
535-7450, that you will call in order to be checked into your room.

Monday, July 9th:
– 8:45am – AP classes in session
– 12:00pm – Bagged lunch available to participants and instructors
– 4:30pm – AP classes end for the day

Tuesday, July 10th:
– 8:00 – 4:30pm: AP classes in session
– 12:00pm – Bagged lunch available to participants and instructors
– 4:30pm – AP classes end for the day

Wednesday, July 11th:
– 8:00 – 4:30pm: AP classes in session
– 11:30-1:00pm PLU Berry Festival – participants welcome!
– 12:00pm – Bagged lunch available to participants and instructors
– 4:30pm – AP classes end for the day

Thursday, July 12th:
– 7:00 – 9:00am: Early Check-Out of Stuen Hall (Optional) for those staying in campus housing
– 8:00 – 4:30pm: AP classes in session
– 12:00 – Bagged lunch available to participants and instructors
– 12:00 – 2:00pm: Afternoon Check-Out of Stuen Hall for those staying in campus housing
– 4:00pm: Instructor and Institute evaluations, awarding of certificates
– 4:30pm – AP classes end

AP Scholarships

AP Fellows: For teachers at schools with a majority underrepresented minority and/or low-income student population
AP Rural Fellows: For teachers at rural schools
AP Redesign: For teachers planning to teach a redesigned subject — AP U.S. Government and Politics in fall 2018

You can learn more about the specific criteria for each scholarship and access applications at the APSI Scholarships webpage.

Off Campus Options

PLU has entered into rate agreements with the below listed hotels in Puyallup. Rates for all hotels listed below: $134.00 +taxes per night.

On -Campus Housing

Pacific Lutheran University’s will be offering summer housing in Stuen Residence Hall.  All rooms are double units but will be occupied by a single participant. Bathrooms will be shared, as in a traditional residence hall, with private showers. 

  • Items that will be provided in your room include: a bed, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, top blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towel, washcloth, water cup, soap, and dresser.
  • Shared lounges includes: lounges, chairs, couches and desks for studying

On and Off Campus Restaurant's

Click here for full list of restaurants within walking distance of campus and restaurants to try in downtown Tacoma.

On and Off Campus Attractions

Click here for a list of things to do near campus.

Where is the campus located?

PLU is located at 12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447. A campus map is available here.

How do I get to campus from the airport?

We are approximately 35 miles from SeaTac airport. If staying on-campus, most folks elect for a Blue Shuttle Van, Uber or Lyft ride. There is not a university shuttle, but there is a public transit bus that departs to and from campus. The Sound Transit bus is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes to-from campus, with 1-2 transfers.

If I choose not to stay on-campus, are there nearby lodging options?

Yes, there are three-four general recommendations, each located about a 10-15 minutes from campus. We recommend looking at the Candlewood Suite in Lakewood, or the Red Lion, Best Western, Holiday Express in Puyallup. Those staying off-campus typically rent a vehicle because there are no hotel shuttles to and from campus.

Where do the opening events take place?

The Advanced Placement welcome ceremony will take place in Anderson University Center, CK Hall. This building is located off Park Ave and 123rd street. During the summer months, participants may park anywhere, unless there is a prohibited sign.

Where do I park?

In the summer, you do not need to register your car with Campus Safety since they do not ticket during the summer months. Summer parking is easiest in the Library lot. The entrance is on Wheeler St. across from Trinity Lutheran Church.  Parking is also available in other lots on both upper and lower campus.  You are allowed to park in any lot that is not specifically reserved for faculty and staff.  Campus Safety provides a free escort service during all hours; the service includes all PLU facilities and a perimeter of several blocks surrounding campus.  For further information, call (253) 535-7441.

Where do I buy books and supplies?

PLU sells supplies at Lute Locker, located on the first floor of Anderson University Center. There you will find clothing, gifts, books, computer supplies, and much more!

Where do I get an ID card?

ID cards are made at the Campus Concierge, located in the University Center.  It is important that you have a valid ID card to cash checks on campus, check books out of the library, access the computer lab and other university services.  Please stop by to have your picture taken and card issued.  The Campus Concierge will have a list of all AP participants who are enrolled in a course.  Simply give the attendants your name and they will generate a PLU ID card for you without charge. Their hours of operation are: 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.  Please note that ID cards are only available for those actually registered for a class.  If family members have accompanied you to PLU, they may use some of the facilities by paying the general public price (prices vary depending on which facility they wish to use). For further information, call (253) 535-7411.

Where can I go to eat on campus?

The Commons Dining Hall is located in the University Center and offers something for everyone with a variety of choices, including daily specials, hot dishes, vegetarian options, soup, a salad bar and a deli station 7 days a week.  Breakfast is from 7:00 am – 8:30 am, lunch is from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and dinner is from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.  The Old Main Market is also located in the University Center.  Grab and go options including sandwiches, snacks, and espresso are available Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Kelly Café in the Morken Center has espresso, pastries, sandwiches, soups and various snack items available Monday through Friday 8:00am-1:30pm and 5:00-7:30pm.  The Lute Cafe in the Administration Building also has espresso, sandwiches, and various snack items available Monday through Friday 8:00am-3:00pm.v

Where can I photocopy or fax?

Copy machines are available for student use in Mortvedt Library and Rieke Science Center.  The fax machine is located in the Library, and is available for use by staff and students for a nominal charge.  For further information, call (253) 535-7500.

How do I get my transcript?

You can request both official and unofficial transcripts from PLU’s Registrar’s office (Hauge Administration Building, Room 130).  You can also order your official transcripts online with a major credit card through the National Student Clearinghouse secure site, at plu.edu/transcripts.  Transcript requests will be processed after grades from the AP Summer Institute have been posted.

Where can I exercise and relax?

PLU offers a broad variety of recreational opportunities for summer students.  Free use of the Names Fitness Center, Olson Gymnasium and Auditorium, and the Swimming Pool is available by presenting your PLU ID card.  Please see the enclosed Campus Facilities list for times of operation.  If you are staying in the residence hall, there is a big screen television available for your use in the main lounge (see the attendant at the main desk).

Where can I get friendly answers?

Please contact our office at 253-535-8378 (or x8378 from an on-campus phone).  We are located in the Hauge-Administration Building, Room 121.  Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Request Transcripts

Click here to visit our online transcript request portal.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by June 1, 2018. A $100 processing fee will be charged to all cancellations made before June 1. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2018. Substitutions from the same school district, with a completed registration form, will be allowed up to five working days prior to the start of the Institute.