JumpStart: Getting started on the right foot

We are so excited to welcome you to the Walla Walla University family! To get to know you better and to help ensure that your college experience starts off on the right foot, we've created JumpStart, our freshman orientation week, jam-packed with events and programs designed to help you learn about how WWU works and where you can find the resources that will help you be successful during your time here.

During JumpStart you will get to settle into your room before everyone else does, learn your way around campus, meet your academic advisor, get help with finishing up registration tasks, attend workshops that will help you navigate and succeed in college, and meet new, life-long friends.

JumpStart 2023 will be from September 17-22 (Sunday to Friday). Stay tuned for more updates!


Testing Information

Math placement testing 

All new students need to take a math placement test before they take their first math class. It is best and easiest to take this placement test during JumpStart, even if you are not enrolled in a math class during fall quarter.

Learn about the math placement process.

The ACT Residual exam will be offered on campus at the beginning of Fall quarter (date to be announced). The cost for the ACT test ($65.00) will be charged to your student account. Scores from this exam are valid only at WWU and may not be reported to any other institution. 

For Education majors seeking Washington State assessment test requirements or athletes seeking NAIA test requirements, the residual exam cannot be used to satisfy these. 

Please bring the following to the test:

  • Photo ID
  • Two #2 pencils
  • Calculator


JumpStart is designed for first-time first-year college students.

If you are a Transfer student, please visit this page.

The fee for attending JumpStart ($300) covers all activities, materials, meals, and lodging for the week. Students who attend the required number of sessions and complete the required online modules will receive one academic credit, a significant savings compared to the full price of an academic credit. The JumpStart fee will be applied to your student account when classes begin (payment in advance is not necessary).


The residence halls will be open and ready for you to move in beginning Sunday, September 17, 2023! Students will need to sign up for a move in time.


Your orientation fee covers all your cafeteria meals during the week of JumpStart. You will begin using your fall quarter meal plan the Sunday evening after JumpStart ends.

Learn more about what is offered in the dining hall.

If you will need disability support (including meals) during the week of JumpStart, please contact Disability Support Services as soon as possible with your specific needs. Contact: disability.support@wallawalla.edu | (509) 527-2366

Learn more about Disability Support Services at WWU.



Carlyle Tagalog
JumpStart Coordinator
(509) 527-2890 or
(509) 527-2132
Canaday Technology Center Room 311