In addition to your campus-based orientation we offer a wide range of immersive experiences designed to help you connect with a smaller group of incoming students while engaging in all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Your Passages group will be facilitated by returning student leaders who are excited to get to know you and show you around campus and the region. Immersive Experiences are opportunities to try something new or share a much loved activity with new friends.

There are three main categories of immersive experiences:  theme-based, outdoor day, and outdoor overnight immersive experiences (IEs). 

Theme-Based IEs offer students the chance to explore a topic of interest in the context of Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest. These immersive experiences seek to create community and connection through a wide variety of experiences including musical or visual arts, table-tops games, local foods, yoga, urban nature and wildlife, and more.

Outdoor Day Trip IEs let students engage in 1.5- to 3-day experiences hiking, rock climbing, white water kayaking, paddling, or rowing while returning to campus each night. These trips range in difficulty and often seek to introduce students to new skills. They are great ways to try something new.

Outdoor Overnight IEs offer three days and two nights of off-campus engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Students may choose from three difficulty levels for backpacking trips in the Olympics or small and large group car camping opportunities. Space is limited for these immersive experiences so submit your Passages registration form promptly to ensure your place.

Read the descriptions below to better understand the options available to new students before filling out your Passages registration form. On May 1, the registration form will go live and all deposited, incoming students will have access to the form through their mypugetsound student portals. On the form you'll be asked to rank your top 6 choices for immersive experiences and to provide information about any dietary or physical needs we need to know about to make sure your placement is a good fit for you. Placement in an immersive experience is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner you complete your registration form, the higher the likelihood that you will get into your top choice of immersive experience. You must be committed to coming to Puget Sound in the fall to receive an Immersive Experience placement. Passages schedules and immersive experience placements will be released mid-July.