PLUS 100: Transitions to PLU

What is PLUS 100?

PLUS 100 is a one-credit general education course that is required for all new first-year students as part of the First Year Experience Program (FYEP). As you transition to college, PLUS 100 helps you establish goals and develop a plan for success during your first year at PLU. Affirming and utilizing your past experiences (i.e., what you bring with you to PLU), you will identify resources, develop strategies, and hone skills and capacities for college success, including understanding the roles and responsibilities of university students, faculty, and staff, and alumni/community partners. Community connections, academic support, and personal wellness will be explored within the context of the PLU values of diversity, justice, and sustainability (DJS), beginning with your in-tact or affinity groups:

  • Intended Academic Major (e.g., Intended Nursing, Music, STEM, or Business majors)
  • Varsity Athletics Team (e.g., Football, Fall, Winter, and Spring sports)
  • Social Identity Affinity Group (e.g., Students of Color, LGBTQIA2S+, Neurodivergent)
  • Learning Community (based on where you live off- or on-campus)

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Intended Nursing Majors

Incoming, first-year students who have identified nursing as their intended major will take a special PLUS 100 course designed to support your academic success in your first year as you are applying to the nursing program.

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Intended Music Majors

Incoming, first-year students who have identified music as their intended major will take a special PLUS 100 course designed to support your academic success in your first year as you are transitioning into the music program.

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Intended STEM Majors

Incoming, first-year students who have identified STEM can opt into a special PLUS 100 course designed to support your academic success in your first year as you are transitioning into the STEM majors.

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Intended Business Majors

Incoming, first-year students who have identified STEM can opt into a special PLUS 100 course designed to support your academic success in your first year as you are transitioning into the STEM majors.

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Athletes

All incoming, first-year student athletes take PLUS 100. Your PLUS 100 course will be co-taught by an Athletics staff member or coach and another PLU staff member.

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for Students of Color

These one credit courses are designed to be an exclusive space for incoming students of color to establish goals and develop a plan for success during their first year at PLU. This course is designed to identify and overcome unforeseen barriers in adjusting to college academic and social life. You will build community connections, academic support and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU values of diversity, justice and sustainability. 

  • Section 13: Students of Color | Instructor(s): Karmen Baldwin, Assistant Director for Center for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability 
  • Section 26: Students of Color | Instructor(s): Karmen Baldwin, Assistant Director for Center for Diversity, Justice, and Sustainability 

Transitions to PLU (PLUS 100) for LGBTQIA+ Students

This one credit course is designed to be an exclusive space for incoming LGBTQIA+ students to establish goals, develop a plan for success, and identify and overcome unforeseen barriers during their first year at PLU. You will build community connections, academic support, and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU’s values of diversity, justice, and sustainability. 

Neurodivergent Students

This one credit course open to students who self-identify as Neurodivergent to establish goals, develop a plan for success, and identify and overcome unforeseen barriers during their first year at PLU. You will build community connections, academic support, and personal wellness skills within the context of PLU’s values of diversity, justice, and sustainability. 

CAVE Commuter Community PLUS 100 Section

The CAVE Commuter Community PLUS 100 section is specially designed for commuter students as they navigate transitioning to PLU. This section will be linked with co-curricular opportunities connected with the CAVE Learning Community, beginning with your LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation group.

Women's Empowerment & Gender Equity (Stuen) and Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability (Ordal) Communities PLUS 100 Section

The Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equity PLUS 100 section is specially designed for Stuen residents as they navigate transitioning to PLU. The Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability Community  PLUS 100 section is specially designed for Ordal residents as they navigate transitioning to PLU. The DJS LC includes the following wing themes:

This section will be linked with co-curricular opportunities connected with the Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equity and Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability Learning Communities, beginning with your LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation group.

Creativity (Hinderlie) & Global (Kreidler) Communities PLUS 100 Section

The Community for Creative Expression (in Hinderlie) and Global Community (in Kreidler) PLUS 100 section is specially designed for residents of these Learning Communities as they navigate transitioning to PLU. This section will be linked with co-curricular opportunities connected with the Community for Creative Expression and Global Learning Communities, beginning with your LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation group.

Wellness House (Tingelstad) PLUS 100 Section

The Wellness House PLUS 100 section is specially designed for Wellness House residents (in Tingelstad) as they navigate transitioning to PLU. This section will be linked with co-curricular opportunities connected with the Wellness House Learning Community, beginning with your LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation group.

First-Year Communities (Pflueger & Tingelstad) PLUS 100 Section

The First-Year Communities PLUS 100 section is specially designed for Pflueger and Tingelstad residents as they navigate transitioning to PLU. This section will be linked with co-curricular opportunities connected with the First-Year Learning Community, beginning with your LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation group.