Passages Your orientation to Puget Sound

At Puget Sound, Passages is the community experience for all new and transfer students entering Puget Sound. Its three themes are Challenge, Comfort, and Connect. The program is designed to challenge students intellectually, connect them with their peers, student leaders, faculty, and staff members, and help them feel comfortable using university resources. 


Families and friends can help students move in to campus housing on the first day of Orientation while a multitude of programs and events help parents and students to acclimate to campus life.

Other Components

Students will meet with their academic advisers and peer advisor to review their pre-registered course schedule (available in around mid-July) and have a conversation about their future explorations at Puget Sound. 

Academic Fair
Students attend the academic fair to talk with professors about areas of study they are interested in pursuing while at Puget Sound. Come find what interests you, you do not need to know your major(s) of study.

If you’re like most students in the U.S. these days, it’s been a while since you’ve been in an actual classroom, and so we’re going to work with you during orientation to help you get ready to thrive academically at Puget Sound. Bookends is an opportunity to learn about the academic experience at Puget Sound with a professor and a group of new students. The Bookends Reader is a selection of readings, and multi-media pieces to read in advance.

ePortfolio Sessions
ePortolios are a platform to record and reflect on your experiences at and outside of Puget Sound to increase  and integrate what you learn inside and outside the classroom. You will have the opportunity to participate in ePortfolio workshops. The training will orient you on the purpose and the technical aspects of the developing your Puget Sound ePortfolio. Please bring your personal laptop (some laptops will be available for use) and have an image of yourself available on the laptop or flash drive.

Immersive Experiences
Orientation provides an opportunity to try new things, explore Tacoma and the Pacific Northwest. Immersive Experiences provide students with an opportunity to meet other students and Orientation Leaders to explore an subject or place. In June new and transfer students will choose five options from a list of more than twenty five different Immersive Experiences. Take a look at the list of past Immersive Experiences.

Music Ensemble Placement
Students who wish to participate in music ensembles on campus will have the opportunity to audition for the various groups the School of Music offers. 

Library Sessions
Engage with the Information Literacy Reflection Tool, come to the building to experience the Discover Collins Library activity, and earn fun prizes along the way!

Student Technology Information
Learn about classroom technology, how to campus technology including: Canvas, Google Suite, myPugetSound, networking, printing, and recommended computer specifications.

Work-Study and Campus Employment
Career and Employment Services will be available to discuss on-campus employment during the week of orientation. Work-Study students will have a mandatory orientation meeting during the week. Those students will be able to set up interviews with campus employers during orientation week.

Other Events
Students will attend various workshops that cover important topics that Puget Sound feels are vital to be a productive member of our community. These include discussions about sexual assault prevention, consent, bystander intervention, safe use of alcohol, and engaging with cultures different than your own.  

Students and their guests will be welcomed by university leaders during Convocation and students will enter the academic community of Puget Sound during Matriculation. 

Passages Schedules

We are excited to welcome our incoming first-year and transfer students!

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