Spring 2023 New Student Orientation (NSO)

Join us Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes new Lutes—incoming students, their families and their communities — through New Student Orientation (NSO), a series of intentionally designed learning experiences that support students’ academic and social transitions into college. NSO is an integral step on Lutes’ journeys toward understanding and expressing the distinctive PLU mission. Join us for an event packed with LUTE traditions that will help you transition to the PLU community and engage with faculty, staff and students to begin navigating your journey at PLU.

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Spring 2023 LUTE Welcome (NSO) Schedule

9:00 AM LUTE Welcome Check In & Coffee hosted by CAVE

Check-in for LUTE Welcome opens at 9am. Come by at 9am to meet your CAVE Commuter Advocates and LUTE Welcome Guides over coffee and light refreshments. Note: LUTE Welcome sessions will begin promptly at 9:30am.
Anderson University Center
Entry Grey Area (2nd Floor)
9:30 AM Welcome to PLU:
DJS, Vocation, and Lutheran Higher Education

Required: Learn what it means to join the Lute Community: Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability (DJS), Vocation, and Lutheran Higher Education. This opening session for New Student Orientation is required for all new students!
Anderson University Center
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
10:35 AM LUTE Group Introductions & Icebreakers
Required: Meet your LUTE Guide & Group
Anderson University Center
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
11:00 AM Rooting at PLU with Purpose and Vocation
Hosted by Wild Hope Center for Vocation and Campus Ministry
Required: Campus Ministry and Wild Hope Center for Vocation introduce the discussion of purpose and vocation by exploring the Why behind our choices. Rooting in your Choices: why are you here at PLU, why are you getting a degree, why are you living according to certain values.
Anderson University Center
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
12:00 PM Lunch with Academic Divisions/Departments Deans & Faculty
Required session for all new students. Note: Academic Department resources are linked below for represented departments.

Featured Academic Divisions & Departments
Division of Natural Sciences Website
Division of Social Sciences Website
Division of Humanities Website
Kinesiology Department Website
School of Business Website
School of Arts & Communications Website
School of Nursing Website

Check out the Academics at PLU YouTube Playlist to learn more about areas of study and majors at PLU!
Anderson University Center
Regency Room
1:00 PM Campus Resources: Panel & Mini-Resource Fair
Required: This session will introduce students to resources to support their transition from arriving to thriving at PLU. The first part of this session (~45 minutes) will include a panel discussion with Q&A from students, including a brief introduction to each of the following resources. The second part of this session (~35 minutes) will be a resource fair tabling format where students can connect with resources for additional individual questions and information.
Student Success: PLU Library, Center for Student Success & Military Outreach
Wellbeing at PLU: Health, Counseling, & Outdoor Recreation
Engaged Learning: Student Employment, Internships, & Study Away
Student Financial Services
Anderson University Center
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
2:30 PM THRIVE at PLU: Closing Session
Required session hosted by Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis, Vice President for Student Life
Anderson University Center
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
3:00 PMPLU Campus Tours (Optional)
Optional: Tour hosted by Admission Ambassadors
Depart from Anderson University Center
Entry Grey Area (2nd Floor)

Spring NSO Virtual Ticket

All students who will be new for J-Term/Spring 2023 are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Please email engage@plu.edu if you will be unable to attend. If you have a conflict and/or a health safety concern related to attending in-person (learn more about COVID safety in the next section below), we will be live-streaming certain keynote sessions from Spring NSO.

Click Here to access Virtual Spring NSO Sessions

From Arriving to Thriving: COVID-19 Safety during NSO

Pacific Lutheran University is focused on delivering the best possible student experience while reducing risk to our students, faculty, staff and communities. With that in mind, our COVID-19 response includes strategies to help reduce spread of COVID-19, as well as changes to our learning, working and residential environments to promote safety. During LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation (NSO), guests of students are expected to follow the same public health measures that all students, faculty and staff follow. Our goal is that all Lutes feel safe so that they can focus on enjoying orientation.

Your well being is the most important.

  • Stay home if you are sick!
  • Please review these CDC Guidelines to determine if you should come to campus.
  • Please practice good hygiene while on campus. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer stations. For more information on safe practices, please visit the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department website.
  • If using a space where cleaning kits are provided, please wipe down your desk/table or other surfaces after use

Masks are not required in most situations on campus. We encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to do so.
Mask are required in the following situations:

PLU requires all students (except students in online-only programs), staff, and faculty – to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus, with case-by-case exceptions made for medical or religious/right of conscience reasons. More information on providing proof of vaccination or submitting an exemption request form can be found here.

If you are bringing a family or support person with you to NSO, your orientation guest will be expected to follow the above guidelines and precautions. Your guest should remain at home if they are sick or meet any of the above CDC COVID exposure or active case guidelines.

Save the Date: Cubs/Orgs Engagement Fair Wednesday 2/16/2022 3:30-5:30pm

Engagement Fair

Learn about PLU’s Clubs & Organizations and many other opportunities around campus!

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Center for DJS Events

Check out all the amazing workshops, retreats, and events hosted by the Center for Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability this semester!

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Chapel Break

Learn about the upcoming programs and events, such as Chapel Break three times/week, hosted by Campus Ministry.