Welcome to JWU, Wildcats!

Orientation is a mandatory, 2-day program for new students, and is highly recommended for parents/guardians.

Presentations, small-group discussions, academic testing and advising will help you arrive on campus in the fall informed and confident about embarking on the next chapter in your life.

Orientation is your first step in your transition to Johnson & Wales University, and is intended to promote your academic success and individual development. We encourage you to actively participate.

The student and Parent program is separate on day one. On day two students and parents are reunited and the program is linked together.



Who Should Attend?

First-Year Students who will be attending JWU for the first time and have never attended college before: These sessions are designed as an introduction to college life.

Transfer Students, Returning Learners & Veterans A special one day orientation session has been designed specially for you to connect you with JWU and prepare you for a successful academic transition.  Please register for Session 9 on July 24th.  If you can not attend this session, you can attend any other session.

Parents/Family of students who will be attending JWU for the first time and would like to learn more about how to best provide support should attend our parent program. Partners/spouses are also invited to attend.

Reasons to Attend

  • Meet with leaders of your college to learn more about academics at JWU
  • Take academic placement exams and review your fall term class schedule
  • Meet new friends and representatives of JWU
  • Participate in workshops about getting involved at JWU
  • Learn about the many resources at JWU that will help you launch a successful college career
  • Get your JWU ID
  • Have a lot of fun!

Behavior Expectations

Review the Student Handbook prior to attending orientation.

Participation All students are required to participate in ALL activities during their orientation session. You will be required to abide by all student conduct regulations as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

Alcohol or Drug Use During your stay, you are expected to abide by the university’s alcohol and drug policies.

Violations of these policies will be referred to Safety & Security and/or the Providence Police. In addition, violations will be referred to Student Conduct for immediate action.

Cell Phones During Orientation activities, all cell phones and mobile devices must be turned OFF or put on silent or vibrate.

Unexpected Departures All students must stay for the entire 2-day session. If you must leave due to unexpected circumstances, please contact your orientation leader, who will assist you in scheduling the proper arrangements.

Any violation of the Code of Student Conduct could result in the rescinding of your acceptance to the university.