Fall Orientation 2020

With the recent news that fall semester classes will be online, we are adapting our extensive fall 2020 orientation program for the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the Tacoma community. Every new and transfer student is registered for Orientation and will have a detailed schedule in their myPugetSound portal the week of Aug. 17.

Even in the pandemic, new and transfer students will be able to connect with their peers and be introduced to the campus community. Through our online fall 2020 Orientation, students will meet their Bookends faculty, faculty advisors, peer advisors, and Orientation leaders, and will learn about other campus resources.

We are continuing to adapt the timing and delivery of programs to accommodate students in various time zones, and we are investing in innovative technology so that our Orientation leaders may easily connect with their groups. 

Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule Overview

  • Thursday, Aug. 20 | Welcome to Puget Sound and Convocation Ceremony
    Join Provost Laura Behling and Vice President for Student Affairs Uchenna Baker for a look at the semester ahead.
  • Monday–Friday, Aug. 24–28
    You will be introduced to Puget Sound through the programs and events below.
    • Daily online live sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST (with breaks)
    • Orientation group meetings - Groups will meet outside of the 11 a.m.–2 p.m. block and will be determined by the group at their first meeting.
    • Overview of Orientation - Join your Orientation Leaders and meet your group to find out more about Orientation
    • Academic Fair - listen, learn and ask questions of faculty from each academic department.
    • Academic Advising  - Meet with your advising group and also individually with your advisor to learn more about your goals and to review your schedule. You also will meet your peer advisor, who will be a resource for your throughout the year.
    • Bookends - You and the group of students in your immersive Orientation experience will meet with a faculty member for an introduction to academic life at Puget Sound through common readings, discussion, and writing. There will be four sessions on the first and last day to "bookend" the Orientation experience. Here is a link to the reader if you have misplaced your paper copy.
    • Languages proficiency testing - online
    • Library - you will learn about the service and support library has to offer whether you are remote or in person.
    • Math placement - online
    • Identity Fair - Learn more about student organizations and campus resources that center identity and community for spiritual life, racial/ethnic identities, mental health and well-being, and social justice-based activism. Sponsored by the Department of Student Support in collaboration with the University Chaplain.
    • "Beer Goggles" to Blackouts, "the Munchies" to Memory Effects: The Science of Alcohol and Marijuana with Dr. Jason Kilmer

    • Student support - Learn more about the direct services offered by Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services, Peer Allies, and BRAVe, plus substance abuse prevention.
    • Campus Technology - learn more about the technologies available used in and out of the classroom. Learn about Canvas, Google Suite and Virtual Desktop and more here.
    • Orientation Group - Your Orientation group will be the first group you meet outside of classes and will be a group to connect with during Orientation and throughout the first semester. Your group will be led by two student leaders who are engaged across campus.
  • Friday, Aug. 28 | Move-in for first-year students approved to live on campus
  • Monday, Aug. 31 | Classes begin
  • Saturday, Sept. 5 | LogJam! Activities Fair
    Learn about student clubs and campus organizations and find new areas to explore and deepen your involvement in other areas. Co-sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound (ASUPS student government), Orientation, and the Department of Student Involvement and Programs