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August 18 - 27, 2017

Orientation is a truly unique experience, with nine days split into three distinctive experiences called Prelude, Passages, and Perspectives. During Prelude you will be introduced to the discussion-based classroom experience at Puget Sound, meet professors, and classmates. Passages is the outdoor adventure portion of orientation where you’ll experience some amazing views at “base camp” on Hood Canal in the Olympic Peninsula and have the opportunity to do overnight canoeing, backpacking trips, and activities at basecamp. During Perspectives you’ll learn more about campus life and life as a citizen of Tacoma through a day of volunteering in the community. Can't wait? See photos from 2016 Orientation.

2017 Orientation schedule now available!

Class Registration and Academic Advising

Academic Advising is a service through which faculty members help students select, plan, and complete academic programs and explore graduate, professional, and career options for their lives after college.

First-year students register for classes during Orientation. Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive a copy of the Academic Advising Booklet in the mail to help you plan your schedule. Before you arrive, we'll need you to complete an Advising Placement Questionnaire and take the Mathematics Placement Test which will be available on myPugetSound.

Transfer Credit Policies

University of Puget Sound may grant lower division credit for a student's results on an Advanced Placement (AP) Examination or 1 unit of lower division credit for a student's results on each International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level Examination passed with a score of 5, 6, or 7. Additionally, if a student has earned the IB Diploma, 1 unit of lower division elective credit will be allowed for the Theory of Knowledge. Students will be allowed up to a total of 6 units based on IB results. Students with both IB and Advanced Placement (AP) examination results will be allowed a combined maximum of 8 units to apply as electives or to a major/minor but may not be applied to university core requirements. 

The university does not award transfer credit for “college-in-the-high-school” courses, but college credits earned prior to high school graduation may transfer to Puget Sound if the credits are earned in regularly scheduled college classes taught on a college campus. Such courses must be more advanced in the discipline than courses normally offered at the high school level. In order to be eligible for transfer, the college courses must be composed primarily of degree-seeking college students and must be described in the college bulletin or catalog.


The Puget Sound campus living environment provides abundant resources and support for academic, social, civic, and community life. First-year students typically live in a coed residence hall with single gender community bathrooms and the option to live on single-gender floors. Students live in rooms designed to accommodate one, two, or three roommates. Residence halls feature common areas with kitchen facilities, televisions, piano lounges, study and recreational areas. Rooms include extended length twin-sized beds, chest of drawers, bookcase, and a closet or wardrobe.


Students who live in residence halls are required to purchase a dining plan each semester. Meals are served in The Diner, located in the Wheelock Student Center. Food service is not available during Thanksgiving or winter holidays, and hours are reduced during spring break. Kosher options are available and Dining and Conference Services created a series of icons to identify allergens and they are available to assist individual students with specific dietary needs.

In addition The Cellar, a popular student-run pizzeria, and Diversions Café are located in Wheelock Student Center and serve food items from midmorning until late evening. Oppenheimer Café, in Brown Family Courtyard between Harned and Thompson halls, offers coffees, teas, pastries, salads, and wraps from early morning to midday and Lillis Café, located at the entrance to the new Athletics & Aquatics Center, has made to order smoothies and coffee.

Visa Information for International Students

Once you have confirmed your enrollment with your $500 Advance Tuition Payment, the Office of International Programs will begin to work on your I-20 or DS-2019 packet. More information and instructions are available on the Office of International Programs website.

Billing and Tuition

Your first bill will be due on August 15, 2017. Student Financial Services uses TouchNet’s online Bill + Payment system to view monthly bills, account activity and make online payments via e-check.

Did you receive a scholarship from outside of Puget Sound? Go here to learn about how to report it.
Looking for information on special circumstances applying to financial aid? Please go here to learn more.


If you wish to open a bank account before arriving on campus, the following banks are in close proximity to campus. Often banks offer special banking rates for Puget Sound students.

Bank of America
3408 S. 23rd St., Suite 1

Umpqua Bank
2525 N. Proctor St.

4505 S. 19th St., Suite C

US Bank
3916 N. 26th St.

Columbia Bank
1959 S. Union Ave.

Wells Fargo Bank
3607 6th Ave.

Wheelock Student Center (ATM only)

Key Bank
3501 S. 19th St.
3917 N. 26th St.

America's Credit Union
2602 N Proctor St. Suite 103

These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the University of Puget Sound of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization.