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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re like most students in the US 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.
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.
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 May new and transfer students will choose five options from a list of 40+ 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We are excited to welcome our incoming first-year and transfer students!