Our award-winning Orientation program spans 9 days from the time new students move in until they are matriculated into the student body the day before classes begin. Read about where, when, and what new students will be doing on and off campus below.
Families and friends can help students move in to campus housing on the first two days of Orientation while a multitude of programs and events are going on for parents and students to acclimate to campus life. On the third day, students experience what it's like to enter the collegiate classroom with Prelude. Over the next week, students will spend half of their time on campus and in the Tacoma community (Perspectives) and half of their time about an hour from campus in and around Camp Parsons on the Olympic Peninsula (Passages). While at Camp Parsons, students will sleep in tents, cabins, or under the stars, and embark on journeys of hiking, backpacking, canoeing, or some of our more modest base camp options like yoga, music-making, and more along with 2 of their upperclassman Orientation leaders.
The new class of students will be split in half into either the Maroon or White group. The Maroon group will head to Camp Parsons from Monday-Wednesday of Orientation Week, while the White group will have their outdoor excursions from Thursday-Saturday of Orientation Week. During whichever time the students are not at campus, they will have time to make themselves at home in their residence hall room and on campus. They will also have the opportunity to: meet with their academic and peer advisors, register for classes, volunteer in the surrounding area, explore parks, coffee shops, and farmers markets via the Pierce Transit bus system with more of their upperclassman Orientation leaders, learn about Work-Study, Greek Life, and more, and engage in important discussions about being a Green Dot bystander and understanding Consent.
As Orientation draws nearer, incoming students will be able to view their detailed and personalized Orientation schedule on their myPugetSound account. The layout and level of detail for different students are sampled below (note: dates and activities below are based on the 2015 Orientation schedule, subject to change). The Athlete schedule applies to fall Football, Soccer, and Volleyball athletes. The Transfer schedule is for transfer students attending Passages. All Transfer students opting out of Passages, MUST arrive on Thursday and adhere to events marked "TRANSFER STUDENTS" on this schedule.