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Welcome Day

Welcome Day

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


Move-In

Move-In

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


Convocation

Convocation

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

Participate in a 3 1/2 day immersive experience based in the Seattle and Tacoma are.


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.


Matriculation

Matriculation

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

Orientation

At Puget Sound, Orientation is a community experience. It is designed to challenge students intellectually, connect them with their peers, faculty, and staff members, and help them feel comfortable using university resources.

Move-in

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

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.

Final Days

On the last two days of Orientation, students have time to meet with their academic and peer advisors, audition for musical ensembles, discuss student employment, prepare for classes, and continue to make themselves at home in their residence hall room and on campus.

Schedules

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!