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August 18 - 27, 2017

Orientation is a truly unique experience, with nine days split into three distinctive experiences called Preludes, Passages, and Perspectives. During Preludes 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

First-year students register for classes during Orientation. In the spring, 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 - more information coming soon. 

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.

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. More information

Special Programs and Scholarships

If you applied for the Business Leadership Program, Honors Program, and/or Music Scholarships, you will be notified of your status by mid-March. Finalists for the Liilis and Matelich Scholarships will be notified of their status by mid-February.

Seperate applications are required for art, theatre, and forensics (debate) scholarships. Please note the deadlines if you are interested in being considered for one or more of those awards.

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.

Information about reporting outside scholarships
Information about special circumstances