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, choose a mentor, get help with finishing up registration tasks, attend workshops that will help you navigate and succeed in college, and meet new, life-long friends.

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

JumpStart Schedule

September 8-11, 2020

JumpStart begins Tuesday with:
9:15 a.m. | Worship
10:00 a.m. | JumpStart KickOff


Jerry Entze

JumpStart Coordinator
(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 (disability.support@wallawalla.edu) as soon as possible with your specific needs.

Moving in to the residence halls

The residence halls will be open and ready for you to move in beginning on Friday, September 4, 2020!
Moving in prior to that date will require special approval from the residence halls.

More information about the residence halls



The ACT Residual exam will be offered during JumpStart, date and time TBA. The cost for the ACT test 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. Register for the ACT Residual Exam

Please bring the following to the test:

  • Photo ID

  • Two #2 pencils

  • Calculator

Placement Testing

The Writing Assessment is Wednesday morning following worship. ALL incoming freshmen must complete the writing assessment even if they already have credit for any portion of the college writing sequence. Consult your personal JumpStart schedule for the location.

Math placement testing will be added to your individual schedule. 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.


Hours will be posted soon.

What's included?

The fee for attending JumpStart is $260. This covers all activities, materials, meals, and lodging for the week. You will begin using your Fall Quarter meal plan the Sunday evening after JumpStart ends. Students who attend the required number of sessions 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.

Parent Resources

Parents will want to book lodging well in advance.
View a list of nearby options >

For more information about bringing your student to WWU visit our parents page >

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