Perspectives is the portion of Orientation that introduces students to various aspects of campus life and life as a new citizen of Tacoma. The program’s title is ultimately a play on words because its purpose is to provide a multitude of new perspectives for the recently arrived students. Whether it is recognizing the importance of diversity and awareness on the Puget Sound campus or experiencing Tacoma city life firsthand, students gain a familiarity with the place they will (or already do) call home.

Programs Include:

  • Urban Plunge Community Service Day
  • Campus Life Skit starring the upperclassman Orientation leaders
  • "I Am Puget Sound" Diversity Presentation
  • Sustainable Group Activities - getting to know Tacoma's popular hang-outs and its transportation system with your Orientation leaders
  • Evening Entertainment - presented by ASUPS and Greek Life
  • Ideas As Work & Play - faculty members present research on topics that are of particular interest to their fields
  • Important discussions about Consent and being a Green Dot bystander

In addition to the other activities, this part of the Orientation process gives students a variety of opportunities and platforms to have their questions answered regarding registration for fall classes. New students receive input from their Orientation Leaders, Peer Advisors, and Academic Advisors during the days leading up to academic registration. The appointments and informative conversations that happen during Perspectives lead students to have a clear direction and feel well prepared for the registration period itself.