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Registration for JumpStart is now closed and will reopen in mid-May. Check back in May for updates.

What is JumpStart?

JumpStart is a week long freshman orientation designed to help first-time freshmen transition from high school to the privileges and responsibilities of being a student at Walla Walla University. If you are not a first-time freshman and are transferring more than 36 credits, please visit our Transfer Student Orientation page.  

To register for JumpStart please click on the registration button above, fill out the form and click submit. Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email.  

Please note that online JumpStart registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 13. After online registration closes you may call us at (509) 527-2132 or fill out a paper registration form in the Academic Records Office in CTC 311. Paper registration forms will also be available at the JumpStart Kick Off event on Sunday Sept. 17 in the WEC Gymnasium.  

Why JumpStart?

  • Settle into the dorms before everyone else.
  • Learn your way around campus.
  • Enjoy workshops designed to help you succeed in college.
  • Meet your advisor.
  • Choose a mentor.
  • Get help finishing registration tasks.
  • Meet your lifelong friends!

When is JumpStart?

JumpStart takes place the week before classes begin, Sunday Sept. 17 through Saturday Sept. 23.  

Parents are invited to join us for the President's Welcome and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the University Church on Sunday Sept. 17.

JumpStart Kick Off at 7:00 p.m. Sunday begins the week-long activities.

See the Jumpstart Schedule.

How Much Does JumpStart Cost?

The cost for JumpStart 2017 is $225.  

Payment in advance is not necessary because the cost of JumpStart will be charged to the student's account when classes begin. The JumpStart fee includes all activities, materials and meals for the week. All meals are covered by the cost of Jumpstart beginning Sunday Sept. 17 at supper and ending after brunch on Sunday Sept. 24. Students may begin charging to their meal plans Sunday evening.  

Students who attend the required number of sessions will receive one academic credit, which is a significant savings compared to the full price of an academic credit.

Moving In

All new students are allowed to move into the residence halls on Sunday September 17th. Contact the deans if you need to move in before Sunday. Please note that we observe Sabbath hours and request that you do not move in during that time. The residence halls will be open for JumpStart students to move in from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 15 and 7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 16. We understand that travel arrangements may sometimes require an earlier arrival time. If you would like to request a move-in date prior to Sept. 15, please contact our deans to make appropriate arrangements.

Cafeteria & Campus Office Hours

For those who move in prior to Sunday Sept. 17, please be aware that cafeteria services will not be available until Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, campus administrative offices will close at noon on Friday and not reopen until Monday morning, except Student Financial Services which is open from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 17.

ACT & Math/Writing Placement Testing

The ACT test is being offered on the Sunday morning of JumpStart, September 17, 8:00-12:00 in RGH 182. Students do not need to register. The cost for the ACT test is $60.00 and will be charged to the student's account. Please bring photo ID, two #2 pencils, and a calculator to the test.

The Writing Assessment is required for everyone who hasn’t completed English 121. Students should consult their personal JumpStart schedule to know which location they are assigned to take the Writing Assessment on Monday morning, Sept. 18, following the General Session in Village Hall.

Math placement testing is available Sunday-Wednesday afternoons, Sept. 17-20 (times listed below). 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 students are not enrolled in a math class during fall quarter.

KRH North Computer Lab

Sunday 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Monday: 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 2:00–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 2:00–5:00 p.m.


Contact Academic Advisement at:

Walla Walla University
306 SW 4th St, Suite 311
College Place, WA 99324
(509) 527-2132




Disability support: If you will need disability support during the week of JumpStart, please call our office (509) 527-2132 as soon as possible with your specific needs. 

Last update on November 2, 2017