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2020 Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Pacific Lutheran University

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 can earn 2 Graduate Level Semester Credits (equivalent to 30 clock hours) at no additional cost!

The 2020 Institute will be Monday, July 6 – Thursday, July 9.

The institute cost is:

Early Registration – If paid before May 15th – $820.00

Regular Registration – If paid on or before June 12th – $870.00

After June 12th, registrations will be accepted on a case by case basis with a $50 late fee.

The cost of course materials, graduate credits (if chosen), snacks and daily lunch 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 253-535-8790 or

*College Board, AP, Advanced Placement Program, Pre-AP, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Schedule and Menu - SAMPLE

This schedule is 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.

Lunch and Snack times listed are available times not actual break times; each course will have a scheduled time for breaks and lunch.

Sunday, July 5th: (For those choosing to stay on campus)
– 3:00 – 5:00pm: Residence Hall Check-In – Please go directly to South Hall. There you will be able to check-in and receive your room assignment.

– After 5:00pm: If a conference assistant is unavailable, there will be a sign posted at South Hall with a check-in number, 253-
535-7450, that you will call in order to be checked into your room.

Monday, July 6th:
– 7:00am-until start of classes –  Breakfast served in AUC Chris Knutsen – Ham and Cheese Strata – check in begins
– 8:00 – Welcome message and institute information – AUC Chris Knutsen
– 8:45am – AP classes in session
– 11:30am -1:30pm – Lunch – Taco Buffet – AUC Chris Knutsen
– 3:00 pm – Afternoon snack – Chips/Salsa/Guacamole  – Upper and Lower campus locations
– 4:30pm – AP classes end for the day
Tuesday, July 7th:
8:00 – 4:30 pm: AP classes in session
– 10:00 am – Morning Snack – Fruit and Yogurt – Upper and Lower campus locations
– 11:30 am -1:30 pm – Lunch – Pasta Buffet – AUC Chris Knutsen
– 3:00 pm – Afternoon snack –  Mixed Nuts/Caramel Corn/Mini Pretzels- Upper and Lower campus locations
– 4:30 pm – AP classes end for the day
Wednesday, July 8th:
8:00 – 4:30 pm: AP classes in session
– 10:00 am – Morning Snack – Build your own Trail Mix – Upper and Lower campus locations
– 11:30am -1:30pm – Lunch – Wraps – AUC Chris Knutsen
– 11:30-1:00pm PLU Berry Festival – participants welcome!
– 3:00 pm: Afternoon Snack – Fresh Vegetables / Brownie Bites
– 4:30pm – AP classes end for the day
Thursday, July 9th:
– 7:00 – 9:00am: Early Check-Out of South Hall (Optional) for those staying in campus housing
8:00 – 4:30pm: AP classes in session
– 10:00 am – Morning Snack – Assorted Scones – Upper and Lower campus locations
– 11:30am -1:30pm – Lunch – Burger Bar – AUC Chris Knutsen
– 3:00 pm: Afternoon Snack – Assorted Cookies
– 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 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.


For AP participants choosing to lodge on-campus, accommodations are traditional dorm style rooms with NO AC. Participants will stay in South Hall, 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. Prior to the institute, you will be provided with a list of suggested items to bring for your stay.

4 Nights (Sunday – Thursday) = $240.00

3 Nights (Monday – Thursday) = $185.00


If wanting to stay off campus, we recommend looking at the Candlewood Suites in Lakewood, or the Red Lion, Best Western, Holiday Express in Puyallup. Mention Pacific Lutheran University when booking your reservation as you might receive a reduced rate. Those staying off-campus typically rent a vehicle because there are no hotel shuttles to and from 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 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  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.

Request Transcripts

Click here to visit our online transcript request portal.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by June 1, 2020. A $100 processing fee will be charged to all cancellations made before June 1. No refunds will be issued after June 1, 2020. 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.