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Types of Support

Academic Advising & Degree Planning

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors at PLU are committed to assisting students as they discover and define their educational, personal, and emergent life goals. The advising relationship is a collaborative partnership through which students may gain an understanding of academic disciplines and university resources, and be supported and challenged to become contributing members of the community. Academic Advisors work to support and strengthen students’ development as they progress through their academic journey. Students can meet with Academic Advisors to discuss class registration, investigate majors and minors, and create personalized graduation plans.

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Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar supports the mission of Pacific Lutheran University by enforcing academic policy and providing administrative services to the academic community. A few key services we support include: class registration, grading, transfer credit evaluation, degree evaluation, and academic record maintenance.

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Tutoring & Assignment Help

Academic Assistance

Academic Assistance provides free academic support services that can help you become a more effective, independent learner. Meet with a tutor, join a foreign language conversation group, work on study strategies, attend a group review session for one of your courses, or pick up some free flashcards.

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Writing Center

The PLU Writing Center supports student writers at every stage of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, integrating and documenting sources. A student may bring in an assignment prompt, an idea, or a draft to the center, where they will work one-on-one with a trained peer writing consultant.

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Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center is a multimedia center located in Hong International Hall, designed to serve as a virtual and physical hub of international studies across the campus of Pacific Lutheran University. Our mission: To provide a multimedia environment of hardware, software, and learning resources that facilitate and promote the research and study of the world’s languages and cultures.

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Library Research Help

Consult with a PLU research librarian for help finding sources for your paper, presentation, or other project. Make sense of scholarly research articles, online databases, and Internet searching. Learn how to evaluate information for quality and authority, develop your research topic into a set of searchable concepts, and understand how sources are created, accessed, and used. We’ll even take you through the nuts and bolts of citation. Don’t wait until the night before your paper’s due–come see us today.

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Career & Vocation Planning

Career Connections

Meet with a Career Connections advisor to discuss issues related to career exploration, self-assessments, choosing a major, job or internship search and applications, interviewing, networking, and other Career Connections resources. Whether you have a career path in mind, or could use some assistance in thinking about it – it is never too early to start. Career Connections is also the place to come to for on-campus and off-campus jobs and for specialized internship advising.

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Wild Hope Center for Vocation

Student success involves many things, including students’ ability to reflect on who they are and who they wish to be. The Wild Hope Center for Vocation provides opportunities for students to consider how their values, strengths, personal experiences, academic study, and co-curricular involvement help inform their understanding of purpose and direction as a PLU student and beyond. PLU’s mission of “educating for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care” grounds our university community’s exploration of purpose and large questions of life, which we call “Big Enough Questions.” Exploring, reflecting, and conversing about vocation are hallmarks of PLU education.

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Academic Advising

Academic Advisors at PLU are committed to assisting students as they discover and define their educational, personal, and emergent life goals. The advising relationship is a collaborative partnership through which students may gain an understanding of academic disciplines and university resources, and be supported and challenged to become contributing members of the community. Academic Advisors work to support and strengthen students’ development as they progress through their academic journey. Students can meet with Academic Advisors to discuss class registration, investigate majors and minors, and create personalized graduation plans.

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Financial Services

Office of Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services (SFS) assists students and families in understanding their educational costs, applying for financial aid funds, and exploring other possible funding options. We support students in navigating the financial aid application process, provide guidance to help them complete the steps necessary to receive their aid funds, and communicate the policies that affect their continuing eligibility.

SFS work to educate students for lives of financial success through financial literacy programs, including understanding and managing student loan borrowing and personal finances.

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Personal Health & Wellness

Counseling Center

Our experienced team of licensed psychologists and mental health counselors is well prepared to help you make the most of your educational experience and is invested in supporting you as you navigate all that your learning and engagement with PLU will offer. All services are provided at no charge, and are available to all PLU students who are currently enrolled in classes. We recognize that the college campus is a reflection of the world around it and understand that students may experience stress and other challenges to well being as a result. We are committed fully to being available for emotional support for students who are particularly affected because of their identities and life experiences. We also extend specific emotional support for undocumented students, as well as those students impacted by undocumented family or friends.

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Health Center

The PLU Health Center is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy campus. The Health Center offers primary healthcare services to ALL PLU students, including graduate and international students. We provide high-quality, confidential medical care right here on campus. Our wide range of services include management of acute illnesses and injuries like colds, sore throat, or muscle injuries. We also evaluate and manage chronic illnesses like asthma and high blood pressure. We also offer immunizations, specific men’s and women’s healthcare services, physical examinations, sexual health services, and care for emotional and mental health.

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Campus Ministry

PLU Campus Ministry is a living and learning community that welcomes, celebrates, and engages the diverse spiritual and faith traditions of PLU students, staff and faculty members.

Campus Ministry contributes to the exploration of big questions, nurturing spiritual lives and meaning making, engaging deeply with others who may have differing beliefs, and living in service with our neighbors.

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Center for Gender Equity

PLU’s Center for Gender Equity supports, challenges, and empowers students, staff, and faculty to combat gender-based oppression and enact positive social change. We do this by offering a variety of events, educational groups, and peer education presentations focusing on topics like gender, sexuality, masculinity, consent, and social justice, as well as confidential advocacy services. Our Gender-Based Violence Advocate offers a safe, private setting to talk with individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, or unhealthy relationships.

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Meet the CSS Campus Coordinator

Aviance Taylor KamauAviance Taylor Kamau is the CSS Campus Coordinator for Student Success. She is dedicated to providing assistance to students and instructors to problem solve issues that arise related to progress towards academic goals, persistence, and attendance.

Aviance is available to meet with students; to listen, advise, and make referrals to services to help you overcome barriers to your success at PLU.

You can reach Aviance at success@plu.edu or stop by her office in Library 100.

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Commuter Students

Commuter and Transfer Student Connections coordinates communities, resources, and opportunities for PLU’s commuting and off campus students. The CTSC staff and peer Community Advocates welcome questions about commuting options, campus engagement opportunities, and strategies to balance academics with commuting, home, and work priorities. Stop by The CAVE or Kreidler Lounge or email your question or comment to connect with a CTSC staff member.

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Transfer Students

Commuter and Transfer Student Connections coordinates communities, resources, and opportunities for PLU’s Transfer students. The CTSC staff and peer Community Advocates welcome questions about transitioning to PLU, campus engagement opportunities, and strategies to balance academics with commuting, home, and work priorities. Stop by The CAVE or Kreidler Lounge or email your question or comment to connect with a CTSC staff member.

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Center for Military Support

The Center for Military Support  is a base of operations and first stop for all questions related to our PLU military community. The purpose of the center is to support military affiliated students by providing them with resources and strategies as they transition in and through the university. The center houses the offices of the Director of Military Outreach, the VetCorps Navigator, as well as the Military Student Lounge.

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Military Benefits

Find out more about military benefit eligibility. PLU is a proud partner with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to offer a number of full-tuition Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to qualified veterans or their dependents. PLU’s Veterans Benefits Coordinator is Neshell Henkel Chabot.

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Kreidler Lounge

The Kreidler Lounge serves as an on campus living room where upper class, transfer, veteran, and non-traditional students can rest between classes, study, enjoy their meal, and be a member of an on campus community.

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International Students

International Student Services (ISS) is committed in providing programs and services to support for both academic and personal development of international students. ISS staff works closely with other university offices and student leaders to provide comprehensive services to maximize educational and personal experiences of each international student. ISS represents PLU in working with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program administered by United States Department of Homeland Security.

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Residential Life FIF Learning Community

The First in the Family community supports with first-generation students in their transition to PLU to promote academic success in their first year. Through programming and supports students explore how their first-generation identity intersects with other identities, as well as how their identity affects their college experience.

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Residential Life: rlif@plu.edu

Resident Director for Stuen: gonzalnd@plu.edu

Location:

Stuen Hall

Center for Gender Equity

PLU’s Center for Gender Equity supports, challenges, and empowers students, staff, and faculty to combat gender-based oppression and enact positive social change. We do this by offering a variety of events, educational groups, and peer education presentations focusing on topics like gender, sexuality, masculinity, consent, and social justice, as well as confidential advocacy services. Our Gender-Based Violence Advocate offers a safe, private setting to talk with individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, or unhealthy relationships.

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The Diversity Center

The Diversity Center is committed to empowering the PLU community to engage in dialogue, programs and initiatives that promote and enhance equity, agency and action.

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Undocumented Students Resource Page

The Undocumented Student resource page offers information about access to resources such as course materials, scholarships, and legal support.  Additionally, there is an updated list of students, faculty, and staff from across campus who have participated in training to support undocumented students.

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Dean of Students Office

DSS

Pacific Lutheran University Disability Support Services (DSS), is a part of the Dean of Student’s office, within the Division of Student Life. DSS is dedicated to ensuring equitable access and inclusion for all students with disabilities. We serve students with either temporary or permanent physical, health, learning, sensory or psychological disabilities. Students partner with our office, faculty, and staff to establish reasonable accommodations and services to receive equitable access to academic and co-curricular opportunities. Reasonable accommodation will be provided at no cost to the student on a case-by-case basis as recommended in the student’s documentation of a disability and as determined by the DSS Coordinator

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