For First-Year and Transfer Students

Though it's not the quintessential first-year experience we hoped to give you, this fall marks the beginning of your Puget Sound journey. 

What you need to know

  • We are making adjustments to the cost of attendance to assist families at this unprecedented time, including reducing fall semester tuition, maintaining full merit aid, converting work-study awards to grants for those unable or ineligible to work, and more. To accommodate for the impending adjustments to room and board fees and financial aid packages, we will be extending the fall payment deadline from Aug. 15 to Aug. 20.
  • Decisions regarding approval to live on campus and grant access to specialized facilities or equipment will be made by Aug. 7.
  • Orientation will be conducted virtually, including our Convocation and Matriculation ceremonies.
  • Academic and cocurricular support, such as peer tutoring, access to library materials, academic advising, and more will be available with modified services designed to meet the needs of remote instruction.
  • All students, faculty and staff members are required to be aware of and participate in screening and testing.

What you need to do

  • Miss our fall 2020 info sessions? Watch the recordings. Password information is in the email messages you received. 

First-Year and Transfer Students
Hosted by President Crawford with Provost Behling and Vice President for Student Affairs Uchenna Baker

Town Hall Recording

Puget Sound Parents
Hosted by President Crawford with Members of the President’s Cabinet

Town Hall Recording


Academic Calendar

The academic calendar announced in mid-June will remain in place: Fall break will be canceled and Thanksgiving break will be extended to a full week. View the complete academic calendar for 2020–21

Important Dates

  • Aug. 31: Classes begin
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day (no classes)
  • Oct. 16: Midterm
  • Nov. 6–13: Registration for spring
  • Nov. 25–29: Thanksgiving holiday
  • Dec. 9: Last day of classes
  • Dec. 10–13: Reading Period
  • Dec. 14–18: Finals

 

Academics and Course Schedules

All courses will continue to be developed and led by our exceptional faculty scholars, with the small class sizes and personal attention for which Puget Sound is known. Faculty members have spent the summer preparing for the possibility of continued remote learning, aided by a series of training sessions with educational technologists to inform the planning and delivery of course material.

Class schedules will be finalized no later than Aug. 7.

Lab sciences, if allowable by public health guidelines, will be able to maintain research students during the fall; studio art students, similarly, will be able to access the campus studios, as well.

 

Health and Safety

The health and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority. If you're on campus for any reason this fall, remember to follow appropriate social distancing and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Complete the daily online COVID-19 health screening form, available in myPugetSound, going live for students before the start of the fall semester.
  • All campus members must wear face coverings in all common areas, classrooms, and residence halls, and/or when 6-foot social distance cannot be maintained.
  • Campus buildings require key card access. Use your Logger ID Card to gain access.
  • Pierce County will administer mass testing on our campus on August 29 and September 1, open to all faculty and staff members, and students living on or near campus. 
  • All students, faculty and staff members are required to be aware of and participate in screening and testing.

Health and Safety Resources

  • Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) will offer telehealth services to students. For students whose out-of-state insurance does not allow them to receive services in Washington, our providers will assist them in identifying care in their home state.
  • The Shrink Space,” a site where students can locate off-campus therapists that specialize in student mental health, was made available to students in the spring and will be available to students in the fall. In addition, TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) will continue to be available to students.
  • On- and off-campus students seeking medical attention will continue to receive services from CHWS. The university is also working to establish a satellite clinic on campus that would allow students with respiratory and/or COVID-like symptoms to be seen in a separate location from CHWS in Wheelock Student Center.
  • Pierce County will administer mass testing on campus Aug. 29 and Sept. 1, open to all students, faculty, and staff living on or near campus. More information about testing protocols will be available prior to the start of the semester.

 

Housing

We will provide limited campus housing with priority given to students who experience housing or food insecurity; are unable to effectively participate in remote learning from their homes, even with accommodations; or have a compelling academic or cocurricular reason to be on campus, such as students who need access to specialized facilities, equipment, or other resources for their academic work. 

Students should complete the Fall 2020 Student Housing survey by Monday, Aug. 3. Confirm where you will be living this fall or petition to live on campus. Look for the survey via campus email. Decisions regarding approval to live on campus will be made by Aug. 7.

All students approved to live on campus in fall 2020 will be housed in single rooms

Some adjustments to residential living will include:

  • Consent to virus testing protocols
  • The requirement to wear a mask in settings outside of one’s residence
  • A limited 1–4 person per bathroom ratio
  • Strict limits on the size of gatherings and the guest policy

The Division of Student Affairs and Office of Residence Life will promptly provide information to students and their families about the safety protocols that will be in place, related dining and meal plan options, standards and expectations for students who will be living on campus, and the list of criteria we will use to evaluate such requests. 

For students who live off campus in the Tacoma area, we are exploring appropriate and safe access to applicable campus spaces and important in-person university resources that are or may become available over the course of the fall semester.

 

Library Services

The entire Collins Library team is here to support you and to facilitate student learning! The library is wide open in terms of the remote services and online resources it offers. We are designed for online services and support, and our librarians continue to provide a full range of services, including online research consultations, teaching, and 24/7 reference chat. Our remote resources page outlines the major ways we can support you; please check back frequently as we update and expand our services. If you have questions, email libref@pugetsound.edu, and a librarian will respond.

 

Logger Store

Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Extended hours Aug. 24–Sept. 4: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Curbside pick-up and shopping by appointment available upon request

Course Materials

  • Order online at bookstore.pugetsound.edu (best viewed in Chrome), if possible, as the textbook section will be closed to customer traffic. 
  • We will offer rental options, when possible, and provide prepaid return shipping labels at the end of the semester.
  • Our return policy is available on the Logger Store website. 
  • SHIPPING
    • We offer free UPS Ground shipping on all textbook orders for the fall 2020 semester.
    • Use discount code FREESHIP at checkout. If you forget to use the promo code, we will remove the shipping charges before we process your order and charge your method of payment.
    • Shipping charges still apply for expedited (two-day, next-day) requests.
    • Please pace your orders as soon as possible. Your order will take several business days to process. We may hold your order until it is complete. The United Parcel Service Guarantee is suspended for all shipments from any origin to any destination, and delays are common. We will make every attempt to get your books to you before classes start. 
  • IN-STORE PICKUP
    • Please place your order as soon as possible. Your order will take several business days to process.
    • Do not visit the store until you receive your “Online Order Processed” email.
    • Counter service is available if you cannot order online. Bring your schedule to the Logger Store, and we will select your books for you. We may need you to return at a later time to make your purchases, depending on in-store traffic volume.

Visiting the Logger Store

  • You will need your Logger Card to enter Wheelock Student Center. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.
  • Please go to the lower level entrance to the Logger Store and knock for assistance. You may experience a wait time during peak hours, as our maximum customer occupancy is 26.

Questions?
Please email books@pugetsound.edu.

 

Orientation

For our incoming students, Orientation will be delivered remotely, including our Convocation and Matriculation ceremonies. We are developing other programming throughout the semester to help you form deep connections to the campus community. While this programming will be primarily virtual, we expect that there will be some opportunities for in-person programs that meet public health guidelines.

For more information and a schedule of Orientation activities, visit pugetsound.edu/fall2020orientation.

 

Student Life

We are committed to providing opportunities for cocurricular engagement to create a strong sense of belonging and community that students at Puget Sound have come to expect. ASUPS Senate, clubs, and organizations will continue to meet virtually, as they did in the spring, and support offices such as intercultural engagement and the university chaplaincy will offer remote services for those not on campus and limited in-person services for those who are on campus. There will also be range of career services and events offered remotely throughout the fall.

On campus or off, all Loggers are part of a supportive community. Join that community online to stay connected with Loggers this semester and beyond. #WeGotThisLoggers

 

Support Services

A number of academic and cocurricular support services will be available to students.

 

Tuition and Fees

We have worked closely with campus leaders and the board of trustees to provide the following tuition and fee adjustments:

  • Full-time fall 2020 undergraduate tuition will be reduced to the amount charged in fall 2019 (a reduction of $1,025) with a comparable reduction for graduate students.
  • The full value of merit awards will be distributed despite the reduction in the cost of attendance.
  • In accordance with federal guidelines, need-based awards (grants, work-study awards, and loans) must be recalculated related to the lower cost of attendance. A portion of the fall 2020 need-based work-study awards will be converted to grants for students who are not able or eligible to fulfill their work-study assignments during the fall.
  • Students can take up to 5.0 total academic or activity credits in fall 2020 without incurring a course overload charge (a savings of up to $5,070).
  • Students can attend part time and still receive financial aid. Students enrolling in 2.0 units will receive 50% of their merit award and a portion of need-based Puget Sound grants. Should students choose to enroll in a ninth term (if needed to graduate) at half time, they may apply the remaining amount of their full-time financial aid from fall 2020.
  • The limited number of students who are approved to live on campus fall 2020 will live in single rooms at the double-occupancy rate (a reduction of $725). Those who do not live on campus will have room and board charges waived (an average total of $3,615 for board and $3,125 for meals).
  • To accommodate adjustments to room and board fees and financial aid packages, we will extend the fall payment deadline from Aug. 15 to Aug. 20.
  • An online career preparation conference facilitated by career development experts and industry partners will be offered in January 2021 for students who complete the fall 2020 semester.
  • We are exploring the possibility for students enrolled in fall 2020, regardless of class year, to audit additional courses in the semester following graduation at no charge, which would provide one more semester of an on-campus experience for students who would like to have one.