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

  • Adjustments were made 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.
  • 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


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. 23–27: 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.

Lab sciences, if allowable by public health guidelines, will be able to maintain research students during the fall.

Due to health and safety and equity concerns, we will not allow access to campus art studios this fall. 


Athletics and Athletic Facilities

The Northwest Conference (NWC) Presidents’ Council announced on Aug. 17 that all conference competition and championships will be suspended until Jan. 1, 2021. Fall and winter sports are suspended. The NWC is continuing to work to develop a schedule for competition for these sports in the spring semester. 

Currently, athletic facilities are open to members of the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) only. Reservations are required one day in advance for 50-minute time slots (with 10-minute transition periods between reservations). Everyone using the facilities will receive a temperature screening to ensure a reading of less than 100.4 F. Face coverings and social distancing requirements must be followed.

Fitness Center, Tennis Pavilion, Upper and Lower Courts
Open Monday–Friday, 5–8 p.m. (limited capacity)

Wallace Pool
Opens Sept. 8

More about athletic facility use


Dining Services

Puget Sound is committed to providing a wide variety of delicious and nutritious food and beverages, and will operate according to State of Washington and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 requirements.

  • The Diner, The Cellar Market, Diversions Cafe, and The Cellar will operate regular hours through the fall. 
  • Meals may be ordered via the GET Mobile ordering app or online to further support physical distancing.
  • Menus for The Diner are available seven days in advance. 
  • The Dining and Conference Services and Logger Card office will be open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Dine-in and take-out options are available. Physically distanced seating is available in Marshall Hall, Upper Marshall Hall, the Loft, and Rasmussen Rotunda.

More about Dining Services


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.
  • All campus members must wear face coverings in public spaces, including indoors in hallways and public bathrooms, and outdoors when you're unable to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Campus buildings are closed to the public and locked. Your Logger Card will open buildings to which you have access. 
  • All students, faculty, and staff 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.

University Response to COVID-19 Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS)


Housing and Residential Life

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. 

  • All students approved to live on campus in fall 2020 will be housed in single rooms. No more than four students will be assigned to one bathroom.
  • We will provide residents disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant spray to assist in disinfecting residences.
  • Face coverings are required in all residential areas outside students' bedrooms, including bathrooms, lounges, hallways, and all common spaces. We will provide two cloth masks to students living on campus, but encourage students to have at least a week's worth of cloth masks.
  • Guests
    • No off-campus students or guests from outside the university are allowed in on-campus residential spaces. Residence halls and houses are accessible only to those students living in the specific building and to authorized university officials.
    • Students are not permitted to have any guests in their rooms except other students from the same floor, house, suite, or flat.
    • Lounges may be used by students in the same building. 
    • Students are encouraged to work on group projects, socialize, and otherwise spend time together in groups of fewer than five by going to Wheelock Student Center and Collins Memorial Library, or by going outside. 

More about residential living


Student Life and Involvement

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, Greek chapters, and student clubs and organizations will continue to meet virtually, 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

More about student involvement


Support Services

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


Tuition and Fees

Student Financial Services staff members are working diligently with students and families to address questions about fall 2020 tuition and fees. Helpful links:

Student Financial Services website