Returning Students | Orientation

Welcome Back!

On behalf of the Orientation team, we are very excited to welcome you back to Pacific University! We know that last year’s events made it difficult to connect with other students and with campus life, so this year we are hosting a 2nd year student Orientation! Below you will find the information and steps you need to take in order to begin preparing for your arrival. You will continue to hear from us throughout the summer with more information as it becomes available. Orientation for second year students will be August 27-29, 2021.

All Second Year Students

August 27th

  • Orientation and Move-in to the residence halls begins for second year students and runs through Sunday August 29th.
  • You are required to sign-up for an arrival time slot and to provide us additional information about those arriving with you.

First Day Expectations

Once students have moved into their Residence Halls, Programming will begin at 1:30pm for the student and their family members who will be in attendance. Orientation will provide an evening meal for new students and their families to enjoy. At the end of the day, families will have an opportunity to say their goodbyes to their students before the student attends their last event of the evening.


Orientation is packed full of activities and events that will both help set you up for success on our campus, re-connect you to staff and faculty, and connect you to each other. Here is a short list of events that you will be included in.

  • Aug 27th - Friday Night Lights and BBQ Dinner.
    • All students are invited to cheer on our football team at a scrimmage while enjoying a BBQ dinner. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated to the best of our dining service’s ability.
  • Aug 27th - Playfair
    • Join your peers under the stadium lights in the ultimate ice breaker event run by the renowned national company Playfair. Don’t be surprised if you leave this event with new memories and new friends.
  • Aug 28th - Frenzy and Moonwalk
    • Frenzy is an Orientation tradition where students enjoy carnival style events with food, games, prizes, and opportunities to connect with the offices and departments on campus. Moonwalk is the campus scavenger hunt that takes place during Frenzy where you can fill a bingo card with stamps as you locate the important offices on campus. Participants will be eligible to win prizes upon completion of the scavenger hunt, and you will be able to participate in both Frenzy and the Moonwalk.
  • Aug 28th - Space Shuffle
    • It is tradition for Orientation to host a dance on the Saturday night of Orientation. Join us on the UC patio for music, snacks, and fun!
  • Aug 27-29th - Affinity Groups
    • Throughout the weekend, and predominantly on Sunday, there will be opportunities for students to meet with offices, centers, and student groups that provide additional support for sub-cohorts of students. There will be opportunities for students to meet with the First Generation group and Multicultural groups. There will also be a Queer Let’s Talk and a BIPOC Let’s Talk hosted by Pacific staff to create space for students to meet each other and learn about some of our support systems/groups. Orientation did their best to keep these group meetings from overlapping with each other and other events so that students are available to attend any and all that they wish.

All Third Year+ Students

On behalf of the Orientation Staff we are very excited to welcome you back to campus this Fall! We know that the last year and a half has been very difficult but we are looking forward to seeing everyone in person and strengthening the Boxer community once again. Below are some things that you should keep an eye out for before returning to campus in August.

Returning Students (Residential) August 28th-29th

Welcome back to Pacific University and thank you for signing up for a move-in time slot - we are so excited you are here. When you arrive on campus, please proceed to the front desk of your residence hall and you will be greeted by Residence Life staff, who will check you into our system and give you your keys.

Weekend Events

If you are a commuter student or moving in on Saturday the 28th, you are invited to the Orientation dance that evening and those who will be on campus Sunday morning, you are welcome to attend some of our Sunday programming (please see below). There may be more events during the weekend that our team is still finalizing. We will update you as things move forward.

  • Aug 28th - Space Shuffle, Trombley Square, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
    • It is tradition for Orientation to host a dance on the Saturday night of Orientation. Join us on the UC patio for music, snacks, and fun!
  • Aug 29th - Men’s Soccer Exhibition, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Cheer on our men’s soccer team as they play early in their season.
  • Aug 29th - Boxer Gardens Open House, Boxer Gardens on Main Street, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
    • Formerly the B-Street Farm, the Boxer Gardens will be hosting an open house at their new location on Main Street! Come by to check out the new garden space near M Lot and the Stoller Center.

What To Do Next

□ Return to Campus Survey | Survey
Complete Online Portion of Second Year Orientation | Course will open early August
Complete the Returning Students Moodle Course (Third Year+) | 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 (if you never received a BoxerCard) | Written Instructions | Verbal Instructions
Order Your Books | Pre-Order Now
Submit Your Parking Application | Apply Now