Save the Dates for Fall 2023 LUTE Welcome:

Friday, September 1 – Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Click on the boxes below for fall 2023 LUTE Welcome schedules by new Lute group
(e.g., first-year, transfer, international, and families/supporters)

A Note about Accessibility & Health Safety Information

Accommodations: To request accommodations, contact

Health & Safety: To learn more about PLU’s policies and practices related to COVID-19, please visit

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LUTE Welcome Scavenger Hunt

An asynchronous way to explore campus resources!

One of the best ways to know everything happening on campus is to follow all the PLU office and organization Instagram accounts! Follow along to get clues throughout the weekend (9/1-9/5) that will lead you across campus — if you’re one of the first ones to arrive, you’ll get some Lute gear, PLU swag, and maybe even some cool items from local businesses! More info about the scavenger hunt can be found at @PLUCampusLife.

To get started, we recommend following these Lute accounts:

LUTE Welcome Mission & Learning Objectives

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes new Lutes—incoming students, their families and their communities—through LUTE Welcome, a series of intentionally designed learning experiences that support students’ academic and social transitions into college. Among these events, New Student Orientation (NSO) is an integral step on Lutes’ journeys toward understanding and expressing the distinctive PLU mission.

NSO Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and articulate the distinctions of PLU’s approach to education and learning: Lutheran Higher Education; Vocation; and Diversity, Justice and Sustainability. 
  2. Begin building relationships with members of the Lute community – students, staff, faculty, and alumni – by exploring opportunities for academic, social, and community engagement. 
  3. Utilize tools in order to identify specific campus resources that will be beneficial to meeting their goals as Lutes (e.g. websites, maps, offices). 
  4. Understand key university policies and community standards and how to engage with these as active members of a shared community. 

I have registered for classes. What do I do next?

Start Your PLU Experience Now

Students who participate in LUTE Welcome orientation are more successful at PLU and able to better navigate campus. LUTE Welcome orientation will include 3 steps to orienting yourself to PLU to be set up for success (learn more below!). After completing these steps as part of our LUTE Welcome experiences, you’ll know what to expect on your first day of classes, learn about clubs and organizations you can join, and make lifelong friendships.

Step One: Start Connecting!

  • Follow @plu_2027 to begin to get to know each other!
  • Follow @plucampuslife to get to know the Campus Life Student Engage Ambassadors and LUTE Welcome Guides.

As students at PLU, we know how important it is to learn about how you will organize your life as a student and have created a LUTE Welcome To-Do’s Checklist with videos, tips, and links to campus resources that will support your transition to PLU.

Attend LUTE Welcome to meet fellow new students and returning students who will provide tips from their experience. You will get to meet our outstanding faculty and staff, and get a chance to explore campus!

  • Would you like to request accommodations to fully participate in LUTE Welcome events?
  • Health & Wellbeing information during LUTE Welcome:
    • Vaccine
      • PLU requires that all students and employees be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus unless they have submitted documentation for a vaccination exemption and have been formally approved. Details for the student process can be found on the Health Center‘s PLU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Students web page.
    • Testing
      • Students coming to campus for the first time or returning after an absence are strongly encouraged to participate in COVID PCR or antigen (rapid) testing prior to arrival. Family members and supporters who will be assisting with the move in process and/or participating in Lute Welcome New Student Orientation are similarly strongly encouraged to test prior to coming to campus. If not feeling well, students or family members should delay their travel to campus until symptom free for 24 hours.
    • Masking
      • Mask wearing is optional, but supported based on individuals’ comfort, especially when indoors and when larger groups of people will be present for an extended period of time. 
    • General

Virtual introductions to PLU!
Check out the Campus Life YouTube page for Campus Resource video playlists and more!

Questions? Email
& Follow Campus Life on Instagram! 

Lute Locker!
Order your exclusive PLU gear today!


Once you’ve registered for classes, you can get your Lute Card (aka PLU ID card)

Lutecard Services >

Campus Dining

Download the GET app & learn about meal plans & dining options

GET app>
Dining Plans >

Parking Pass

If you drive during your time at PLU, you’ll need to register your vehicle and get a parking pass.

Parking at PLU >


Purchase the common reading book & your books for class. You could even read ahead!

Online Bookstore >

Moving In

Love where you live: Learn more about living on-campus and moving into your residence hall.

Living On Campus >