Spring 2022 New Student Orientation (NSO)

Join us Friday, February 4, 2022

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.

Virtual Spring LUTE Welcome

If you are unable to attend Spring LUTE Welcome New Student Orientation, no worries! There are virtual ways to connect!

Click here to watch the live stream simulcast (also available later as an asynchronous recording).

Also, make sure to check out academic department links (below) and our Smart Start Checklist (in left-hand menu) for links to a variety of PLU resources to get you started as a new Lute!

Lute Welcome Logo

Spring 2022 LUTE Welcome (NSO) Schedule

9:00 AM Registration Check-in & Coffee
Hosted by the CAVE & LUTE Welcome Guides
Anderson University Center
Entry Grey Area (2nd Floor)
9:30 AM Welcome to PLU
Hosted by President Belton & Provost Gregson
Anderson University Center
Regency Room
10:00 AM Diversity, Justice, Sustainability (DJS) @ PLU
Hosted by Diversity Center
You will hear the term "DJS" throughout campus, but what does it mean to us as Lutes? This presentation will explore the interconnectedness of diversity, justice, and sustainability and how you as new community members can engage in forming learning inclusive learning communities.
Anderson University Center
Regency Room
11:00 AM Rooting with Purpose and Vocation
Hosted by Wild Hope Center for Vocation and Campus Life
Campus Life 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
Regency Room
12:00 PM Academic Divisions/Departments Table Conversations with Deans & Faculty
Note: This session will not be simulcast; however, department resources are linked below for represented departments. To support COVID-19 safety, take away lunches will be provided after table conversations.

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
Chris Knutson Hall East & West
1:00 PM Rooting in Routine
Hosted by Dr. Joanna Royce-Davis, Vice President for Student Life
This session will introduce students to resources to support their transition from arriving to thriving at PLU. The first half hour (1-1:40pm) will include framing remarks from Dr. Royce-Davis and a brief introduction to each of the following resources. The second half hour (1:40-2:15pm) will be an open tabling format where students can connect with individual resources for additional questions and information.
Student Success: Center for Student Success & Military Outreach
Wellbeing at PLU: Health & Counseling
Engaged Learning: Student Employment, Internships, & Study Away
Student Financial Services
Anderson University Center
Regency Room
1:30 PMNursing Student Orientation
Hosted by PLU School of Nursing (for incoming Nursing students only)
Anderson University Center
Scandinavian Cultural Center
2:00 PMPLU Campus Tours (Optional)
Hosted by Admission Ambassadors
Depart from Anderson University Center
Entry Grey Area (2nd Floor)

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.

  • Please review this flowchart to determine if you should come to campus.
  • Please practice good hygiene while on campus. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer stations.
  • If using a space where cleaning kits are provided, please wipe down your desk/table or other surfaces after use.

Masks are required during New Student Orientation (NSO) according to the following guidelines:

  • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to all WASHINGTON campuses over the age of 2 are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks also are required on public transportation and when entering, exiting, or standing in line to enter an indoor campus facility.
  • Masks are recommended outdoors for unvaccinated individuals who cannot maintain physical distance.
  • Vaccinated individuals are not required to mask outdoors. There may be some cases where the University will require masking of everyone outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

All WASHINGTON students, faculty, and staff are required to choose a pathway as part of the COVID-19 Testing Pathway. Those individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to participate in asymptomatic testing if they select the Vaccination Pathway and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. More information on PLU’s vaccine requirement policy and how to submit your proof of vaccination or file an exemption 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 masking guidelines and precautions. Your guest should remain at home if they meet any of the above COVID Screening criteria.

  • Guests are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (or proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days [72 hours] of the start time) to a PLU staff or faculty member prior to entry into the venue or event. A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of J&J/Janssen vaccine and booster.
  • Mask wearing, covering both the mouth and nose, required for event participants or audience when not actively eating or drinking.
  • Those younger than 12 are excluded from proof of vaccination or testing, but are required to participate in masking if over the age of 2.

If you have questions about any of WASHINGTON’s COVID-19 policies, please contact this form.

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!

Students of Color Retreat

dCenter Events

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

Chapel Break is Back

Chapel Break

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

Check out other amazing events coming up this semester on the PLU Campus Calendar to get connected to community!