PLU’s unique, one-of-a-kind program offers incoming students a chance to learn more about themselves and improve their academic skills as they enter the university system. Specially crafted courses and opportunities for off-campus expeditions provide an atmosphere of discovery and learning beyond typical coursework. Whether you are looking for sample first-year program courses, needing a question answered, or trying to understand the basics, this page has everything for you! Please use the menu bar to the left to navigate our site.

Our Mission Statement

The First Year Experience Program prepares students for successful participation in Pacific Lutheran University’s distinctive academic and co-curricular culture by promoting critical thought, impassioned inquiry and effective expression in learning communities that are both supportive and challenging.

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For the Students

Click here to find out how the First-Experience Program is tailored to new PLU students

Common Reading

An opportunity for new students to engage in an academic experience with the PLU community.

Understanding General Education

Learn more about General Education Requirements at PLU