New Transfer Students | Orientation

We're excited to have you join us!

Orientation is designed to provide you a straightforward transition to Pacific University.

Orientation 2021, which includes Residence Hall move-in, will be from Aug. 26-29 with additional early arrival times for those participating in Voyages and Fall Sports. If you are a student participating in fall sports, voyages, or are being asked to arrive early by a specific office, you will have information sent to you from that office directly regarding your arrival times for Orientation and move-in.

Please fill out this form as soon as possible and at least one week prior to your arrival on campus.  All students are asked to fill out this form, including commuter students, as this is your official registration for Orientation arrival and if you are a residential student your time to move-in, which is coordinated between Orientation and Housing.

As of Thursday July 15th, your housing assignment should be available to you through your housing portal login. Any questions or concerns regarding your housing assignment should be directed to

Orientation Theme

Orientation 2021 logoOrientation is a time of growth and transformation. The theme of Orientation is Explore the University. During Orientation, students will build community, and have fun all while learning about the place they will call home for the next few years. At Orientation students will have the opportunity to expand their horizons by exploring new ideas and beliefs, stepping out of their comfort zones, and participating in team-building activities that will enhance their time as a university student and beyond. Throughout Orientation students will discover a world of possibilities and find their space at Pacific.

2021 Transfer Orientation Newsletter (pdf)

Transfer Student Schedule

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

9:00am | Check-in to Orientation | Cascade Hall Lawn
□ Pick up Boxer ID cards at the Campus Public Safety (CPS) table or email with your photo on a plain background with your name as the subject line
□ Check-in with Mail Services to receive your mail key

9:30am | Residence Hall Move-in | Individual Residence Halls

11:00am | Black Student Union Table | Washburne Hall (UC) Patio
Learn more about the resources and opportunities that the Black Student Union (BSU) provides and meet some of their members.

12:00pm | Lunch On Own | Various Locations
Please choose a place to eat that fits your needs. A list of local eateries can be found at Local Eateries.

1:30pm | Welcome | Marsh Hall East Lawn
Kick off Orientation with a welcome to Pacific from President Hallick. Meet the Orientation staff and Boxer Ambassadors!

2:00pm | POD Time | Various Locations
Meet your Ambassadors and a group of other new students as you play games, discuss personal development, and get better acquainted with the campus.

3:00pm | Residential Transfer Presentation | Boxer Pause | Washburne Hall (UC)
Learn more about life on campus as a residential transfer student from a current Pacific transfer student.

6:00pm | Dinner & Goodbyes / Sign, Shake, & Ring | Marsh Halls West Lawn
All students and families are invited to dinner on the West Lawn. During this time students will participate in Pacific University’s time-honored tradition of Sign, Shake, & Ring where they will sign the Official Book of Enrollment, greet the President of the University, and ring the bell in Old College Hall.

Friday, August 27th, 2021

9:00am | Transfer Student Welcome | Multi Purpose Room (MPR)

10:00am | Brunch with Faculty | Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Enjoy brunch with faculty members from different academic disciplines at Pacific. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know them before classes start on Monday!

11:30am | POD Time | Various Locations
Meet your Ambassadors and a group of other transfer students as you play games, discuss personal development, and go to Sign, Shake, and Ring together.

11:45am | Sign, Shake & Ring | Old College Hall
During this time students will also participate in Pacific University’s time-honored tradition of Sign, Shake, & Ring where they will sign the Official Book of Enrollment, greet the President of the University, and ring the bell in Old College Hall.

12:30pm | Pacific Support System Workshop | McCready Hall | Taylor Meade
Learn more about academic alerts, academic coaching, course-specific tutoring, and gain student success tips at this session hosted by the Advising Office.

1:30pm | Snack and Transition | Clark Hall 3rd Floor

2:30pm | Advising with Professors | Various Locations
Meet with your academic advisor to receive an introduction to your academic planning. Location and information is on the front of your folder.

3:30pm | Personal Development, Personal Errands, and Moodle Time | Various Locations

4:30pm | Veteran’s Services Affinity Group Meeting | Clark Hall 3rd Floor
Veteran’s Services will be holding a meeting for students.

5:00pm | Friday Night Lights | Hanson Stadium / M-Lot
Join together for a tailgate-style BBQ and our annual Fall athletics introduction. Watch the Red and White football scrimmage, meet all of our Fall athletes, and raise your Boxer Spirit!

7:00pm | Commuter Student Connections | Washburne Hall (UC) Lounge
Connect with a community of commuter students and hear from a current Pacific commuter student about how to be involved on campus.

7:30pm | Residence Hall Meeting | Vandervelden Lawn, Gilbert Lawn, M-Lot Lawn
Students will attend a mandatory meeting with their Resident Assistants to learn about living on campus and get to know the staff in their building.

  • Gilbert Hall / Burlingham Hall | Vandervelden Lawn - Boxer Statue
  • Cascade Hall / Vandervelden Court | Gilbert Lawn
  • Walter Hall / McCormick Hall | Stoller Center Parking M-Lot Lawn

8:30pm | Playfair | Hanson Stadium
Step onto the field of Hanson Stadium with fellow students to actively learn about the unique culture and people of Pacific. This event will help forge new friendships that will last throughout the years.

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

9:00am | Breakfast | Washburne Hall (UC)
Breakfast will be served as a grab & go style this morning.

10:00am | POD Time | Various Locations
Meet up with your Ambassadors and their other POD to ask questions about the personal development packet, the Moodle course, or the University in general. Also, meet other students outside of your incoming class to connect with more of your new peers.

12:00pm | Frenzy and Moonwalk | The Quad
Join our carnival-like experience with fun food, music, outdoor games, tie-dye, and much more! The quad is located between McCormick and Walter Hall. Students will also be able to participate in our space themed scavenger hunt called the “Moonwalk”.

* Food is only served from 12:00-2:00pm

12:00pm | Alumni Soccer Scrimmage | Soccer Field
Watch our men’s soccer team have a friendly scrimmage with some soccer alumni. Go Boxers!

3:30pm | First Generation Meeting | McCready Hall | Taylor Meade
First Generation Student Success Association is holding a meeting for students.

5:00pm | Dinner | Washburne Hall (UC)
Enjoy dinner in the University Center (Washburne Hall) using your meal plan.

5:30pm | BIPOC Dinner with Faculty | Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
Grab your dinner from the UC and head to the MPR to mingle with staff and faculty of color.

7:30pm | Space Shuffle - Video Dance Attack | Trombley Square / Washburne Hall (UC) Patio
Dance the night away with a guest performance by Video Dance Attack!

Sunday, August 29th, 2021

10:00am | Asian Pacific American Student Union (APASU) Meeting | McCready Hall | Taylor Meade

10:00am | Yoga | Basketball Courts in Stoller Center
Attend a yoga session put on by Intramurals to get yourself centered before classes begin tomorrow morning.

11:00am | Men’s Soccer Exhibition & Game | Hanson Stadium
Watch our men’s soccer team face Walla Walla University in this exhibition game. Go Boxers!

11:30am | Brunch | Washburne Hall (UC)
Use your Boxer ID to have brunch on your meal plan.

1:00pm | Yoga | Field House in Stoller Center
Attend a yoga session put on by Intramurals to get yourself centered before classes begin tomorrow morning.

1:30pm | Boxer Garden Open House | Boxer Garden
Learn more about sustainable food systems at the new Boxer Garden located across from the Stoller Center.

2:00pm | LGBTQ+ Meeting / Queer Let’s Talk | CGE Office | Scott Hall 1st Floor

3:00pm | Association of Latinx and Ally Students | CLIC | Scott Hall 100

4:00pm | POD Time / Class Schedule Tour | Various Locations
Go with your POD on a campus tour. If you pull your class schedule up on your phone or have a written copy with you, you can see where your classes will be to help you navigate your first day on campus.

4:00pm | Black Student Gathering | Student Multicultural Center (SMC) | Scott 122

5:00pm | Dinner | Washburne Hall (UC)
Head to Bon Appétit in the dining hall for dinner.

6:00pm | BIPOC Let’s Talk | Multi Purpose Room (MPR)
A session for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to speak collectively with staff members from the Student Counseling Center and gain academic and personal support.

7:00pm | Student Athletes Meetings | Stoller Center

8:30pm | Illumination | Cascade Hall Lawn
Join your Pacific community in a candle-lighting ceremony celebrating your completion of Orientation and the beginning of the new academic year. A dessert reception will follow the event.

Monday, August 30th, 2021

11:45am | Convocation Ceremony | Marsh Hall East Lawn
Students are invited to experience the official academic welcome to the Fall 2021 school year. Students in FYS will attend as part of the first day of class but all incoming students from Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 are invited to attend.


What To Do Next

□ Sign-up for move-in/check-in date | Sign-up Survey
Complete Online Portion of Orientation | Course will open early August
Complete your full series COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to arriving to campus | Learn More
Submit your Boxer ID Photo | Written Instructions | Verbal Instructions
Order Your Books | Pre-Order Now
Submit Your Parking Application | Apply Now