2021 Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Pacific Lutheran University – VIRTUAL for 2021
Join us and spend Five days VIRTUALLY engaging in high quality professional development. PLU prides itself on small class sizes, a student-centered approach, and values of care, competency, leadership, service and difference. While in session, 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 can earn 2 Graduate Level Semester Credits (equivalent to 30 clock hours) at no additional cost!
The 2021 Institute will be Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16.
The institute cost is:
Early Registration – If paid before May 21st – $800.00
Regular Registration – If paid on or before June 25th – $850.00
After June 25th, registrations will be accepted on a case by case basis with a $50 late fee and participants may not receive their materials in time.
The cost of course materials, graduate credits (if chosen) are included in the registration price. Check out the tabs below for course offerings and schedule.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program, Pre-AP, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.
Click on the course you are interested in to see a SAMPLE description and Instructor information!
English Language Composition – Experienced Cancelled 2021
Environmental Science Cancelled 2021
European History Cancelled 2021
Macro and Micro Economics (combined) Cancelled 2021
Psychology Cancelled 2021
Spanish Cancelled 2021
Schedule - SAMPLE
Monday – Friday
8am -9:30 am – Information disbursement
9:30 – 10:30 am – Project work time
10:30 – 10:45 am – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Information disbursement and reflection
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm – Information disbursement
2:30 – 2:45 pm – Break
2:45 -3:45 pm – Project work time
3:45- 4:30 pm – Information disbursement and reflection
|•||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 Capstone: For teachers with no other sources of funding|
You can learn more about the specific criteria for each scholarship and access applications at the APSI Scholarships webpage.
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 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 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. The are many paths around campus for exercise. For a fee, you can use of the Names Fitness Center, Olson Gymnasium and Auditorium, and the Swimming Pool. Please see the concierge desk in AUC 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 253-535-8790 (or x8790 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.
For AP participants choosing to lodge on-campus, accommodations are traditional dorm style rooms with NO AC. Participants will stay in South Hall (subject to change), the upper-class residence hall. South Hall is located 4 blocks from classrooms. All rooms are double units with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath, and living rooms. Rooms will be cleaned and prepared for your stay before the start of the conference and will not be visited again by staff until checkout. Items that will be provided in your room include: a bed, a fitted sheet, top blanket, pillow, towel, water cup, soap, and dresser. If you have any personal comforts it is suggested you bring them. You are financially responsible for any loss or damage to the room or the keys.
4 Nights (Sunday – Thursday) = $240.00
3 Nights (Monday – Thursday) = $185.00
Staying Off Campus? Flying?
Staying off Campus: Local Lodging
The following lodging options are in close proximity to PLU.
Best Western Premier Plaza Puyallup
PLU Special: Complimentary deluxe, hot breakfast in the morning, Free Wi-Fi and free parking all only 10 minutes from PLU. Request the PLU rate.
Best Western Liberty Inn
PLU Special: Complimentary deluxe, hot breakfast in the morning, Free Wi-Fi and free parking all only 10 minutes from PLU. Request the PLU rate. (October 1-April 30: $99 per night, May 1-September 30: $119 per night)
Best Western Lakewood Motor Inn
Best Western Tacoma Dome
PLU Special: Complimentary full hot breakfast in the morning, free wi-fi and free shuttle service to and from campus. Request the PLU rate.
Clarion Inn Tacoma
PLU Special: Request the PLU preferred rate of $94.99 for a single king or two queen beds room, complimentary deluxe hot breakfast and free wi-fi.
Extended Stay America, Tacoma – South
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot, Puyallup
PLU special: Request the PLU rate when reserving your room.
Hampton Inn & Suites, Tacoma Mall
PLU special: Request the PLU rate when reserving your room. Your stay includes a deluxe hot continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Puyallup
PLU special: Request the PLU rate when reserving your room. The newly remodeled hotel includes a deluxe hot continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and parking.
Holiday Inn Express, Tacoma
Hotel Murano, Downtown Tacoma
PLU Special: Request the PLU preferred rate to get a King room for $155, free wireless Internet, and 50% off overnight self parking. Discounts available on all price levels. Online booking code: PLU
La Quinta Inn & Suites, Tacoma
PLU Special: A 10% discount is given to families visiting PLU.
Marriott Courtyard, Downtown Tacoma
Shilo Inn, Tacoma
PLU Special: Request the PLU rate of $89 when reserving your room for 2 people ($10 per additional guest).
Silver Cloud Inn, Tacoma Waterfront
PLU Special: Request a PLU discount when reserving your room, which also includes breakfast, wi-fi, and water view. If reserving online, enter group name PLU and password PLU.
TownPlace Suites by Marriott, Tacoma Lakewood
PLU Special: Complimentary breakfast served daily. Free wi-fi and free parking. Suites include fully equipped kitchens and working desk, and only 11 minutes away from PLU. Request the PLU rate.
The Villa Bed & Breakfast
PLU Special: A 10% discount is given to families visiting PLU.
VRBO Short-term House Rentals
Click here to see the VRBO Tacoma rental webpage.
Flying: SeaTac Airport
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport is approximately 45 minutes north of PLU.
Visit these websites for shuttle information.
Call for prices and availability for the following local transport companies:
- Around the Clock Shuttle Service: 253-539-9299
- Five Star Shuttle Service: 253-589-9299
- Yellow Cab Taxi Service: 253-472-3303
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing by June 12, 2021. A $100 processing fee will be charged to all cancellations made before June 12. No refunds will be issued after June 12, 2021. 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.