Save the Dates for Fall 2024 LUTE Welcome:

New First-Year & Transfer Students:

Friday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 3

Families & Supporters: Friday, August 30 & Sunday, September 1
International Students (additional sessions): Tuesday, August 27 – Friday, August 30

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 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

Lutes who participate in LUTE Welcome (New Student Orientation) are more successful at PLU and able to better navigate campus. LUTE Welcome includes 2 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.

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 New Student To-Do’s Checklist with campus resources that will support your transition to PLU. Please complete ALL tasks on this checklist BEFORE the first day of LUTE Welcome. We encourage you to take advantage of New Student Registration and Get Stuff Done Days events when you may be on-campus and/or connecting with PLU staff and faculty to complete the checklist!

New Student Registration for Transfer Students: June 5, 6, 25, 26 and July 18, 19 (in Library) 

New Student Registration for First-Year Students: July 8-12, 15-19, July 29-August 1 (in Library)

Get Stuff Done Days for all New Students: August 14, 15 (in AUC)

Attend LUTE Welcome to: (1) meet fellow new students and returning students who will provide tips from their experience; (2) meet our outstanding faculty and staff; and (3) get a chance to explore campus! LUTE Welcome comprises several events for ALL new Lutes, including new students and their families & supporters:

  • International Student Orientation (for new International Students): Tuesday, August 26 – Friday, August 30
  • Residence Hall Move In (for Residential Students): Friday, August 30
  • Lutes Commute Student Welcome (for new Commuter Students): Friday, August 30
  • Family & Supporter Orientation: Friday, August 30 & Bonus Events Sunday, September 1
  • New Student Orientation (for ALL new students, including first-year and transfer): Friday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 3
  • Convocation: Tuesday, September 3
  • Engagement Fair: Thursday, September 5

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! 

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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 >

Example LUTE Welcome Schedules

Our fall 2024 LUTE Welcome schedule is still in progress! However, in the meantime, you can check out the fall 2023 LUTE Welcome schedules to get an idea of what kinds of sessions to expect during LUTE Welcome!

Head Start: LUTE Welcome Social Media Connections

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! To get started, we recommend following these Lute accounts: