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Transfer Student Orientation Fall 2019

Welcome Transfer Students - two students looking at schedule


September 6 – 9, 2019


New Student Orientation (or NSO) is a time to learn about the resources you will need to be successful during your time at PLU and to make connections with your fellow Lutes. All transfer students are highly encouraged to participate in all days of NSO, but only two days-September 6 and 7-are required.  During NSO you will engage with current students, new students, faculty, and staff as we invite you into your new community. We look forward to meeting you all and being a part of your collegiate experience.

Transfer students are encouraged to participate in all activities during all days of NSO. Student with Mom checking in.


September 6 & 7

This fall PLU is welcoming 150+ Transfer students to our community. Honoring the multiple identities and responsibilities of transfer students, we have scheduled all required sessions for new transfer students on Friday and Saturday. At NSO you will prepare for your first semester by connecting with various academic resources including faculty, the Center for Student Success, and other important offices. In addition, you will learn about ways to become involved on campus and engage with classmates!

Transfer NSO Schedule

Friday and Saturday are required for all Transfer Students. We encourage all students to attend all four days of NSO. See the full schedule below.


8:00 amHealth Center Open (Optional)Health Center, 121st St. & Park Ave.5:00pm
8:30 amNSO Headquarters OpenAnderson University Center Grey Area6:00 pm
8:30 amResidential Student Check-inResidence Halls1:00 pm
10:30 amDiversity Center Coffee HoursdCenter12:00 pm
10:30 amCampus Restaurants Open HouseAnderson University Center, The Commons, Chef's Table Room12:00 pm
10:30 amCampus Safety and Parking PermitsCampus Safety, North side of Harstad Hall12:00 pm
10:30 amGet Your Lute CardAnderson University Center Concierge12:00 pm
11:00 amCommuter Student Check-inAnderson University Center Clock Tower12:00 pm
12:00 pmTransfer Student Lunch with Faculty Anderson University Center CK Hall 1:00 pm
1:00 pmNSO WelcomeOlson Auditorium1:45 pm
1:45 pmWhat is Lutheran Higher Education at PLU? Olson Auditorium2:15 pm
2:15 pmBreak2:30 pm
2:30 pmNew Student Group PhotoFoss Field3:00 pm
3:00 pmAcademic Introductions with FacultyMorken Hall, various classrooms4:00 pm
4:00 pmCampus Resource ToursVaries5:15 pm
5:15 pm Send-Off Picnic (provided by PLU and free to all students and family members)Foss Field (rain back-up: Anderson University Center Commons)7:00 pm
7:00 pmResidential Wing Meetings Residence Halls 8:00 pm
8:00 pmResidence Hall Committee Social Activities Residence Halls 10:00 pm

8:30 amNSO Headquarters OpensAnderson University Center Lobby6:00 pm
8:30 amWelcome and CoffeeAnderson University Center, Regency Room9:00 am
9:00 amReady for More than Just a Job? Vocation at PLUAnderson University Center, Regency Room9:30 am
9:30 amBreak9:45 am
9:45 amTech@PLUAnderson University Center, Regency Room10:30 am
10:30 amBreak10:45 am
10:45 amCreating Consent CultureAnderson University Center, Regency Room12:00 pm
12:00 pmTransfer Student Reception1:30 pm
12:00 pmMilitary-Affiliated Community LunchAnderson University Center 1331:00 pm
1:00 pmMilitary-Affiliated Student Orientation Workshop
Veteran-Specific Workshop 2:00-3:00
Anderson University Center 1333:00 pm
1:30 pmSounds of SolidarityKaren Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium3:00 pm
3:00 pmTransition Time3:15 pm
3:15 pmStudent Success WorkshopsAnderson University Center, classrooms vary4:45 pm
4:45 pmLute Group MeetingsSee Name Tag5:15 pm
5:15 pm Dinner on your own7:00 pm
7:00 pmLute Follies Performance (optional)Karen Hille Phillips, Eastvold Auditorium8:00 pm
8:00 pmResidence Hall Association Block Party (optional)Red Square10:00 pm

11:30 amLunch on your own1:15 pm
1:30 pmLutes@PlayOlson Fieldhouse 2:45 pm
3:00 pmFrom Pavlov to Placebos: The College Experience with Jason KilmerOlson Auditorium4:30 pm
4:30 pmFinal Lute Group MeetingVaries5:00 pm
5:00 pmNorthwest Salmon Bake DinnerAUC The Commons6:30 pm
6:30 pmResidential Wing Meetings Residence Halls 7:00 pm

8:00 amBreakfast on your own (Optional)8:45 am
8:45 amAcademic Advising MeetingsSee Name Tag9:15 am
9:15 amGathering to Ring in the Academic YearRed Square10:00 am
10:00 amUniversity ConvocationOlson Auditorium11:00 am

2:00 pmCommon ReadingKaren Hille Phillips' Eastvold Auditorium3:30 pm
3:30 PMInvolvement Fair (Optional)Foss Field5:00 PM