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Spring 2021 Session

Orientation is a mandatory, two-day program, for all students including commuters and transfer students.
Spring orientation is for students beginning coursework in Spring Semester 2021.
Registration begins November 23rd, 2020

Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte has a two-part New Student Orienation for all new incoming student. 


Students & Guest (required)

Spring On-line Virtual Orientation

 Johnson & Wales University offers a Virtual Orientation for students this is mandatory for all incoming students. Students are encouaged to sit down with their families and guest and particpate in the Virtual Orientation. Please log into JWU.LINK.EDU after November 23rd 2020 for the self-guided New Student Orientation.

Students Only (required) 

Spring In-Person New Student Orienation

January 14th, 5:00pm until January 15th early evening.
During this time we help make the transition as smoth as possible.
The New Student Orienation Team is here to help you make connections, and help you feel as prepared as possible, whether this is your first time attending college or you are tansfering.


*This session is reserved for students who participate in a fall varsity sport. Please contact New Student & Parent Programs at 980-598-1880 should you have any questions.

**Attending either winter or spring term NSO session and living on campus for the term you will move into your residential hall the prior to your orientation session. For more information about move-in, or your room assignments, please contact Residential Life at 980-598-1800.




Check-in for spring orientation is available on day-one from 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm in Wildcat Center.


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 Orientation & First-Year Initiatives 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 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 on hand 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:

  • Receive your student ID card*
  • Reserve your parking permit
  • Set up your student e-mail account
  • Learn how to access jwuLink, usucceed and use 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 Johnson & Wales Wildcat Email Account.

Please check this on a daily basis to ensure you have the most up to date information about your orientation session.




All students are required to participate in ALL activities of the orientation session, and abide by the Student Code of Conduct, outlined in the Charlotte Student Handbook .

If you encounter extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attend Orientation, please contact us at 980-598-1880 to discuss your situation.



Alcohol or Drug Use

Alcohol and drugs of any kind are prohibited from Johnson & Wales University. During your stay at JWU, you are expected to abide by the university’s alcohol and drug policies which prohibit you from possessing and/or consuming alcohol or other drugs. Violations of these policies will be referred to Campus Safety & Security and/or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. In addition, violations will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for immediate action.

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



Tobacco Free Campuse

Johnson & Wales University Charlotte is proud to be a tobacco-free campus which fosters a healthy learning and working environment. Tobacco-related products include cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, blunts, pipes, bidis, hookahs, chewing tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco, snuff or any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or prohibited products.