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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

The kick off of Orientation week. The celebration of your arrival begins!



Settle into your campus residence with the help of Residence Life staff and the Student Welcome Assistance Team (S.W.A.T.).



A welcome from university administrators and student leadership.

The Bookend Experience

The Bookend Experience

Connect your immersive experience with the liberal arts.

Immersive Experiences

Immersive Experiences

You can chose a 3 1/2 day immersive experience based from Camp Parsons located on the Hood Canal or in the Olympic Mountains.



This special Puget Sound tradition symbolizes your entrance into the university community.


We look forward to welcoming new and transfer students and families to Puget Sound on August 2020!

We are planning to start classes in person in August. We will continue to follow government and public health guidance as we make decisions about how to prioritize the health of the Puget Sound students, faculty and staff during orientation and beyond.

We recognizing that students, families, and faculty need sufficient time to adapt to ever-changing conditions and make plans, we plan on updating you by June 1 if the schedule for orientation changes.


About Orientation at Puget Sound

At Puget Sound, Orientation is a community experience. Its three themes are Challenge, Comfort and Connect. The program is designed to challenge students intellectually, connect them with their peers, faculty, and staff members, and help them feel comfortable using university resources. Students entering Puget Sound in fall 2020 should register for Orientation via their myPugetSound portals at

Since the deposit date has been extended we have extended the registration date for Orientation in the fall of 2020 to begin on June 1st.


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.

Immersive Experiences

Beginning the second day, students participate in three-and-a-half day immersive experiences. These experiences are designed to acclimate them to the campus, greater Tacoma community, and the Pacific Northwest.

Examples of immersive experiences include: 

  • backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula 
  • day hikes, day kayaking/canoeing, climbing, and field sports based on the Hood Canal
  • musical, theatrical, and visual art experiences in the Tacoma area
  • activities related to social justice, athletics, gardening, yoga and meditation

To read descriptions of immersive experiences offered this year, click here

Each student also engages with a faculty or staff member in a continued conversation about how this immersive experience connects to the liberal arts. This dialogue serves as their initial exposure to experiential learning at Puget Sound.

Other Components


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

Academic Fair

On Sunday,  students can attend the academic fair to talk with professors about areas of study they are interested in pursuing while at Puget Sound. 

ePortfolio Sessions

On Monday, 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.

Music Auditions

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

On the Monday of Orientation, students will attend a library session to better understand one of the most important resources for a student at Puget Sound. 

Work-Study and Campus Employment

Career and Employment Services will be available to discuss on-campus employment on Monday and Friday. Work-Study students will have a mandatory orientation meeting on Saturday, August 24th. Those students will be able to set up interviews with campus employers on Monday and Friday.

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. 


As Orientation draws nearer, incoming students will be able to view their detailed and personalized Orientation schedules on their myPugetSound account.

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



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