JumpStart: Getting started on the right foot

8/16/2020 UPDATE: This year there are two different ways to access the JumpStart experience—on campus or from home! Your experience will be determined by your class enrollment. If you’re enrolled in face-to-face classes, you’ll automatically be part of the on-campus experience. If you are not enrolled in face-to-face classes, you’ll be added to the JumpStart-from-home experience. Whether you’re joining us on campus or from home, both groups will have access to digital orientation content. 

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.

Online JumpStart registration is closed

If you still need to register to JumpStart, please contact the Advisement Office
(509) 527-2132

JumpStart 2020

Sept. 8-11, 2020

Click here for the full schedule.

What's included?
The fee for attending JumpStart is $260. This covers all activities, materials, meals, and lodging for the week. 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.

When can I move into the residence hall?
The residence halls will be open and ready for you to move in beginning Friday, September 4, 2020! This year all residents will need to book an appointment time to move into the residence hall. 

Book a move-in appointment online.

Where will I eat during JumpStart?  
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.

Who do I talk to if I need extra assistance? 
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.


Orientation Resources

Parent Resources


Jerry Entze
JumpStart Coordinator
(509) 527-2491
Canaday Technology Center Room 311

Testing information

ACT Residual Exam

The ACT Residual exam will be offered on September 20 at 8 a.m. in WEC 209. 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—math and writing

Writing Assessment 

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 time and location of the assessment.

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.

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