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Welcome to Walla Walla University!

September 16-22, 2018

Join us for JumpStart, a fun and exciting jam-packed week designed to welcome new students to the WWU community. JumpStart is a time to learn about the resources that will help you be successful during your time at WWU. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students who will help you navigate through college.

If you are not a first-time freshman and are transferring more than 36 credits, please visit our Transfer Student Orientation page.

Get Ready To:

  • 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 new lifelong friends!

When to arrive on campus

JumpStart begins on Sunday September 16. New students will be allowed to move into the residence halls that morning. We understand that travel arrangements may sometimes require an earlier arrival time. Contact the deans if you need to move in before Sunday. Please note that we observe the Sabbath hours and request that you do not move in during that time.

Parents will want to book lodging well in advance. Here are some nearby options.

President's Welcome

Parents are invited to join us for the President's Welcome at 11:30 a.m. in the University Church on Sunday September 16. A luncheon will immediately follow in the WEC gymnasium.

JumpStart Schedule

JumpStart activities officially begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday September 16 with Kick Off in the WEC gym. You will receive your individualized schedule for the week at this time.

The general schedule is coming soon!

JumpStart Cost

The cost for JumpStart 2018 is $230.  

Payment in advance is not necessary because the cost of JumpStart will be charged to your student account when classes begin. The JumpStart fee covers all activities, materials, and meals for the week. You will begin using your Fall Quarter meal plan the Sunday evening after JumpStart.  

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.

Cafeteria & Campus Offices Hours

Please be aware that cafeteria services will not be available until September 16 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 September 16.

ACT & Placement Testing

The ACT test is offered on the Sunday morning of JumpStart, September 16 at 8:00 in RGH 182. Students do not need to preregister. The cost for the ACT test is $60.00 and will be charged to your student account. Please bring photo ID, two #2 pencils, and a calculator to the test.

The Writing Assessment is Monday morning, September 17, following the General Session. Required for everyone who hasn’t completed English 121, consult your personal JumpStart schedule for the location.

Language placement testing is offered on Monday at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. for students interested in taking Spanish or French. Only those who are wanting to study a foreign language need to complete this assessment.

Math placement testing is available Sunday-Wednesday afternoons (times listed below). All new students need to take a math placement test before they take their first math class. (More info is available here.) 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. No appointment is necessary, simply show up during one of the scheduled times below:

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 Jerry Entze, JumpStart Coordinator, at:

Phone: (509) 527-2491 or (509) 527-2132
Canaday Technology Center Room 311

Disability support: 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.

Last update on March 8, 2018