Spring 2024 New Student Orientation (NSO)

Join us Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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 2024 LUTE Welcome (NSO) Schedule

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM LUTE Welcome Check In & Coffee hosted by CAVE

Check-in for LUTE Welcome opens at 8:45am. Come by to meet your CAVE Commuter Advocates and LUTE Welcome Guides over coffee and light refreshments. Note: LUTE Welcome sessions will begin promptly at 9:15am.

Get your LuteCard (PLU ID) at check in; parking passes (if applicable) are available to pick up from Campus Safety (located in Neeb Building) between 8am-5pm.
Anderson University Center
Entry Area (2nd Floor)
9:15 AM - 10:15 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
Regency Hall (Room 203)
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM LUTE Group Introductions & Icebreakers
Required: Meet your LUTE Guide & Group
AUC, Various Locations (AUC 133, AUC 201, AUC CAVE)
10:50 AM - 12:00 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 (~50 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 (~20 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
Wellbeing Services & Resources at PLU: Health, Counseling, Dean of Students, Office of Accessibility and Accommodation, Military Outreach, & Outdoor Recreation
Engaged Learning: Student Employment, Internships, & Study Away
Student Financial Services

Anderson University Center
Regency Hall (Room 203)
12:00 PM - 1:00 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 Hall (Room 203)
1:10 PM - 1:45 PMLUTE Group Time & Campus Tours
Required: Time with your LUTE Guide & Group, including a customized campus tour!
Depart from Anderson University Center
Regency Hall (Room 203)
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM THRIVE at PLU: Closing Session
Required: Learn about upcoming opportunities to support your thriving as you transition to PLU (includes LUTE Welcome program evaluation).
Anderson University Center
Regency Hall (Room 203)

Spring NSO Virtual Ticket

All students who will be new for J-Term/Spring 2024 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. Note: the button link below will not be active until 2/6/24.

Additional information for new Residential, International, and/or Nursing Students!

New Residential Students 

Students will be able to check in on Monday February 5, 2023 from 9:00am – 12:00pm, and 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Students will check in at the Campus Life Office (AUC 161) and pick up their keys.  All information about move in, assignments, and what to bring can be found in an email titled “PLU Housing Assignment & Move In Information”. This email will have been sent to the student’s official PLU school email address.

New International Students 

New International students have additional required orientation sessions on Monday, February 5th from 9am-2:30pm, as well as additional optional opportunities to support your transition and get connected! International students are able to move into their on-campus housing on February 4th. Check your email for more information. Please contact Heather Jacobson (jacobsha@plu.edu), Assistant Director of International Student Services, with any additional questions about move-in and/or international-student-specific orientation sessions. 

New Nursing Students 

New Nursing students have additional required orientation sessions on Monday, February 5 from 1:00-4:00 pm and Wednesday, February 7 from 8:30-11:00am. Check your email for more information. Please contact Bailey Acord-Becker(acordbecker@plu.edu), Associate Director of Advising, Admission & Student Support, with any additional questions about move-in and/or nursing-specific orientation sessions.

Spring Engagement Fair

Save the Date for the Spring 2024 Engagement Fair: Wednesday, February 7 from 3:30-5:30pm in the Anderson University Center. 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! Consider joining the DJS Coalition as a way of getting connected to community at PLU!

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Campus Ministry Events

Learn about programs hosted by Campus Ministry, such as Chapel Break (M/W/F 10:30 – 11:00am) and Yarn Group (A partnership between PLU Campus Ministry and Trinity Lutheran church for intergenerational crafts and conversation! Thursdays, 3:45-5pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church).

Chapel Break 2023

Wang Center Symposium

11th Wang Center Symposium (March 7-8) brings together academics, activists and practitioners for collective wellbeing. FREE Admission! Theme: “The Matter of Loneliness.” Learn more & register: plu.edu/loneliness

From Arriving to Thriving: Physical Wellbeing during LUTE Welcome

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, the PLU Health Services COVID-19 Guidance includes strategies to help reduce spread of COVID-19, as well as other respiratory ailments that can commonly occur, especially during the winter months. During LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation (NSO), guests of students are also 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.

LUTES on the MOVE Orca Card Poster

What is the Student Transit Benefit?

The PLU Student Transit Benefit offers students the opportunity to purchase a $15 Pierce County ORCA Card from the Lute Locker. This card will allow students to travel by bus for unlimited rides anywhere within Pierce County between September 2023-August 2024. This is a pilot program for the 2023-2024 school year funded by the DJS fee. There will be 250 cards available this year on a first come, first serve basis. Depending on the purchase and usage data collected, the program may continue into the next year and expand its reach.

Learn more at: https://www.plu.edu/commute/student-transit/

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