Session Information & Registration

Summer 2023 Orientation

Orientation is a mandatory, two-day program for all students beginning their coursework in Fall 2023, including commuter and transfer students.

  • JUNE 25-26: All colleges
  • JULY 6-7: All colleges
  • JULY 17-18: All colleges
  • AUGUST 4-5: All colleges and Student Athletes

To Register:

Registration opens on March 16th

  • Go to jwuLink
  • Select “Tasks” (upper left corner)
  • Select “Orientation”


All new students who have paid the $300 admissions reservation fee can register for Orientation. Your orientation costs are covered in the fees you will pay with your tuition.

If you are unsure if you have paid this fee, contact the Admissions Office at 980-598-1100.

Families: Note that students are allowed a maximum of 2 guests to attend Orientation, with a guest fee of $20.00 will be due for each guest at the time of registering. Learn more.

Sessions Overview

Orientation Group Meetings

Throughout Orientation, you will have time set aside to meet with your Orientation Leader. All Orientation Leaders are current student leaders who are working with the Office of First-Year Experiences to assist new students with their entry into the university community.

Group meetings will provide you an opportunity to hear from a true expert on what life is really like on campus and will also allow you to have your questions answered in a small group format.

Financial Aid Appointment

During Summer Orientation, you have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Financial Planner.

If documentation was requested from you (income tax returns, verification worksheet, loan application(s), etc.) and you have not yet mailed the requested documentation to the university, please print and bring the documents with you to your appointment.

Financial Planners will be available to review your financial options, assist with the completion of loan applications and entrance interviews, and to help you finalize payment methods.

Orientation Checklist

During Summer Orientation, you will have the opportunity to complete a number of check-in items. Completion of these items during the summer will allow you extra time during Wildcat Welcome to move into your residence hall room and participate in Wildcat Welcome programs.

Items that you will complete during Summer Orientation include:

  • Take photo for your student ID card, if you have not yet received a photo*
  • Reserve your parking permit
  • Set up your student email account
  • Learn how to access jwuLink, usucceed and the ULearn student scheduling system
  • Complete your health requirements
  • Attend a one-on-one appointment with a Financial Planner to finalize payment arrangements
  • Review your class schedule
  • Purchase textbooks and supplies at the Bookstore

*A student’s first ID card and culinary uniform initial supply will be issued without cost. Students must pay for parking permits, books, supplies, and other items purchased in the Bookstore.

Check Your Email

All orientation registration confirmations, important information, and updates will be sent your JWU Wildcat email account. Please check this on a daily basis to ensure you have the most up to date information about your orientation session.

ID Cards

Students, you can send in an electronic picture of yourself and have your ID card pre-made before your arrival. The image will be emailed to, and the email must include your name and your J number.
  • Electronic pictures must be .JPG images, and size must be 30Kb – 150Kb.
  • The picture must be a full-face picture, with head and shoulders only.
  • The picture must be clear and of good quality.
  • The ID production office will reject blurred, obscured images or images where the person is wearing a hat or other head covering. An exception to the head covering requirement will be made on a case-by-case basis if the student making the request is doing so based on their religious preference. Head coverings (such as an hijab) worn for religious purposes which do not cover the face will be allowed.