About Upper Division Students

Transitioning to the Future: Career Preparation, Life After PLU, and More!

South and Stuen communities are reserved for students who are 20 years of age or older (by September 1 for Fall Semester and February 1 for Spring Semester) or who have Junior (60 credits) or higher class standing. These Learning Communities promote a more independent living experience for students who live in the halls, but also support all PLU students as they transition into post-collegiate life. We’ve partnered various campus partners, such as Alumni & Student Connections, to develop an educational and support structure aimed at landing your first job and life after PLU.

Great For Students Who ...

  • are 20 years of age or older and/or who have Junior or higher class standing
  • are looking for an independent living experience on-campus
  • are preparing to transition to post-collegiate life and are interested in programming related to life after PLU
  • are upper division commuter, transfer, and/or veteran students seeking a vibrant community
  • are looking to live on-campus with one’s spouse/domestic partner

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Upper Division Student Communities, students will:

  • be able to identify academic and personal/professional resources at PLU that will help them navigate their next steps after PLU (e.g., job/graduate school application processes)
  • practice a more independent living experience in order to ease transition to life after living on-campus
  • create communities that demonstrate wellness and care for themselves and the world through the lens of diversity, justice, and sustainability
  • discern their vocation through the lens of leadership and service to positively change their local and global communities

Linked Residence Hall(s)

South Hall (all-hall, apartment style, married & domestic partnership housing available)

Stuen Hall (all-hall, traditional residence hall style, all single rooms)


Stuen - Love campus life but ready for more independence?

This is the only traditional style residence hall that consists of all single rooms and where visitation is not limited. Residents of Stuen also have the option of a flexible meal plan,(Meal Plan F) and if you are 21 or older, you may now have alcohol in your Stuen Hall residence under certain guidelines. Space is limited so learn more and sign up now!

South Hall

South Hall is Apartment-style living on the edge of campus.

South features a fitness room, individual bedrooms and full kitchens. It also houses married and domestic partnership couples and does not require residents to have a meal plan. Additionally, if you are 21 or older, you may now have alcohol in your South Hall residence under certain guidelines. These apartments are in high demand, so apply early!

Supplemental Application Required?

NO (Stuen) – Nothing in addition to the continuing student housing application (for returners) and the new student housing application (for new transfer students)

YES (South)

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in Upper Division Student Communities in the past! If you have an idea for a program, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate to see about planning it!

  • Adulting 101 | Learn more at: https://www.plu.edu/student-engagement/adulting/
  • hOMMe cooking | cooking lessons with Campus Restaurants using ingredients from Old Main Marketing (OMM)
  • Cookies and Careers | resume workshops, interview tips, and more with Career Connections
  • Financial Planning | including basic tax info, setting a personal budget, and loan payment info with Financial Services
  • Fire & Ice | Annual BBQ and Ice Cream Social Event


For more information about this Residential Learning Community option contact:

Dream Gonzales, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | dgonzales@plu.edu

Zac Galván, Community Director for Pflueger and South Halls | zgalvan@plu.edu