New Student Orientation is a program for all new students beginning their transition into Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus. Each summer session is intended to promote your academic success and individual development. Presentations, small group discussions, and advising will help you become informed and confident about embarking on the next chapter in your life when you arrive on campus in the fall.

Advantages of Attending Orientation

  • Begin to integrate into the Wildcat Way and JWU culture

  • Talk to faculty and gain exposure to academic resources to support your success

  • Meet with a financial counselor and review your fall term class schedule

  • Connect with other incoming students and current student leaders

  • Experience life in the residence halls and social opportunities at JWU

  • Obtain your JWU student identification card and learn how to use jwuLink

To Register:

Please go to jwuLink:

  • Visit the "New Student Checklist"

  • Find the Orientation section

  • Select "Sign Up for a Session"

    Registration is open for summer and fall sessions. Sessions fill up fast so secure your spot soon.

2019-2020 Academic Year Orientation Dates:

  1. Winter - Sunday, December 1, 2019

  2. Spring - Sunday, March 8, 2020

All orientation sessions are tailored to meet the needs of every new incoming student, including those who are first-time college students, transferring from another institution, or are coming to JWU after time away from school. These sessions have been developed to fit your needs and help you with a successful transition to Johnson & Wales University. Guests also have a full orientation that will be separate from the students.

Meet the Team



Family & Guests

The First Year

Frequently Asked Questions

If a student, or parent/guest, requires special assistance due to a medical, physical, or disability-related reason, will Johnson & Wales University be able to provide me with the necessary assistance?

Johnson & Wales is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to give learning disabled, physically challenged, and students with chronic medical conditions the opportunity to succeed in their academic pursuits. If you or one of your guests would like to request an accommodation related to a disability, we are happy to talk to you about your needs prior to orientation. Please contact the Center for Academic Support at or call 303-256-9461.

What transportation is available from the Denver International Airport?

Taxi service is available from Denver International Airport. Listed below is the information for local cab companies in Denver. 

  • Metro Taxi Denver: 303-333-3333

  • Yellow Cab of Denver: 303-777-7777

Additional transportation options include:

RTD is the local bus and light rail system in the Denver and Boulder metro area. Route, schedule and ticket information can be found online.

Super Shuttle Visit the Super Shuttle website for more information and to make reservations.

Download the Lyft or Uber ride-share applications on your smartphone.

Where can I park on campus during orientation?

Complimentary parking will be available on campus throughout the duration of all orientation programs.  Students may park in the Welcome Center parking lot (located at 18th and Olive Streets) or the large lot located at the corner of Quebec and 17th Avenue. Transportation to and from campus is the responsibility of students attending orientation. 

How do I get to campus?

Directions to Denver Campus:

From 1-70 East or 1-70 West and Denver International Airport: Exit Quebec Street (Exit 278). Take Quebec Street south until you reach 17th Avenue. Turn right on 17th Avenue. Make your first right onto campus at Poplar Street (into the large lot located at the corner of Quebec and 17th Avenue). Once parked, follow the signs for check-in.

From the North: Take I-25 South. Merge onto I-70 East. Exit Quebec Street (Exit 278). Take Quebec Street south until you reach 17th Avenue. Turn right on 17th Avenue. Make your first right onto campus at Poplar Street (into the large lot located at the corner of Quebec and 17th Avenue). Once parked, follow the signs for check-in. 

From the South: Take I-25 North. Exit Yale Avenue (Exit 202). Turn right onto Yale Avenue. Turn left onto Monaco Parkway. Turn right onto 17th Avenue (approx. 5 miles). Turn left onto campus at Poplar Street (into the large lot located at the corner of Quebec and 17th Avenue). Once parked, follow the signs for check-in. 

Are siblings allowed to come to orientation?

We do not believe siblings and younger children would enjoy orientation, as there will not be any programming designed for their age group.

What if I have extenuating circumstances and cannot attend orientation?

Please contact Orientation and First-Year Initiatives at (303) 256-9603 to discuss your situation or any other questions regarding orientation.

Who should I contact about changing my major?

If you wish to change your major prior to the start of the term, please contact Admissions by calling (303) 256-9300.

If you wish to change your major after the start of the term, please contact Student Academic Services by calling (303) 256-9700.

When is my health form due?

All health forms and requirements must be completed before you begin classes. An incomplete medical record may delay your ability to attend class. Find forms here:

Please contact Health & Counseling Services at (303) 256-9448.

Are new students allowed to have cars on campus?

Yes, new students are allowed to have a car and should contact Campus Safety & Security at 303-256-9500 for more information about parking.

How may I prepare for my Academic Assessment?

With few exceptions, Johnson & Wales requires all new students to undergo Academic Assessment in math and sentence skills to assist with placement in general studies courses. Results of all assessments will help generate an appropriate class schedule based on individual student skill levels and abilities. NOTE:

  • Students MUST have a photo ID (driver's license) for admittance.

  • Assessments are mandatory before classes begin in the fall.

  • The math and sentence skills assessments are not timed, but generally take one-and-a-half hours to complete.

  • Assessment preparation materials are available at or you may download an application for $1.99 for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch at

  • If you have a documented disability requiring special accommodations, you must forward documentation to Center for Academic Support at least two weeks prior to your assessment to ensure accommodations can be arranged. No accommodations will be provided without appropriate documentation or if documentation is submitted on the day of assessment.

How do I pick my room/roommate? How do I contact my roommate? When?

We have an online application, which allows you to select your room and your roommate all online. Details about this online process will be e-mailed to you within approximately five business days of the date in which your $300 admissions reservation fee was posted to your student account. Contacting your roommate is easiest when done through the online housing application. Room selection is a lottery style process however is also based off when you applied "completed the online application". Please contact Residential Life at 303-256-9400 with additional questions regarding room selection.

What size sheets should I buy?

If you will be residing in Wales Hall or Triangolo Hall, please purchase twin sheets.

If you will be residing in Johnson Hall, please purchase extra-long twin sheets.

If you will be residing in Gaebe Hall, please purchase full size sheets.

If you will be residing in Founders Hall, please purchase full size sheets for single rooms and twin sheets for double suites.

What is included in each room?

All residence hall rooms come with a bed, mattress, closet, dresser, desk and desk chair for each student. View further Residential Life Frequently Asked Questions.

What should I do if I still have a question?

If this list of frequently asked questions does not address your concern, please contact us at (303) 256-9603.