What to Bring

  • Casual Clothes

  • Comfortable walking shoes (sneakers are acceptable)

  • Rain gear/umbrellas

  • Alarm clock

  • Toiletries, towels, soap, shampoo, etc.

  • Favorite pillow and a sleeping bag or sheets

  • Small amount of money for souvenirs or snacks

  • Unexpired State Identification card or driver’s license

What Not to Bring

  • Alcohol or drugs

  • Pets

  • Valuable jewelry or electronics


All students stay overnight in our residence halls during the two-day Orientation.

Scheduling an Appointment

During orientation, you will have an opportunity to meet with your financial planner if needed. If you have any holds on your account we will sign you up for an appointment at check-in.

Please note that many of your questions can be answered online by visiting our website at or by contacting your Financial Planner via email. Below is a breakdown of the financial planning team:


If your last name begins with ...

A-G, your planner is Jay Jeanneret | 303-256-9547

H-N your planner is Emily Thompson| 303-256-9585

X-Z, your planner is Jenny Winkler Richards

| 303-256-9374

Preparing for your SFS Appointment

To ensure a timely meeting with a Financial Planner please complete the following financial checklist prior to your orientation date of attendance. Doing so will save you valuable time.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at JWU School Code = 003404 (Providence Rhode Island)

  • Submit your reservation fee to begin the scheduling/residence hall selection process.

  • If you are selected for verification you will be notified by Student Academic & Financial Services. Please ensure you return all verification forms that have been requested from you. All forms can be found on the university web site at

    • 2015 Federal IRS Tax Return Transcript for student and or parent

    • You have two options to satisfy this request:

    • 1- You may go to to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Please keep in mind that in order to use this tool you and your guardian and/or spouse MUST have submitted a Federal Tax Return for 2015.

    • 2- You and/or your spouse may submit a copy of your official Federal IRS Tax Transcript for 2015. To obtain a copy of a transcript you and your guardian and/or your spouse may go to or call 800-908-9946.

  • If you have been awarded a Federal Direct Loan, complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance interview online at

    • You will need your FAFSA PIN, driver’s license number, 2 references with different US addresses.

    • When selecting state of school select = Rhode Island

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

All registered, undergraduate day students, both domestic and international, and all international graduate and doctoral students attending JWU are required to have health insurance coverage that is accepted in the United States.

All students who are required to have health insurance are initially enrolled in and charged for SHIP.

If you have health insurance coverage through another means (i.e., a parent’s health insurance or an employer program), you can opt out of/waive SHIP by completing University Health Plan’s online waiver to demonstrate proof of coverage.

To opt out of/ waive the Johnson & Wales SHIP, students can:

  • Log into jwuLink > Go to Financial > Student Health Insurance & Opt Out Waiver > Follow the instructions

  • OR, directly access the University Health Plans website: > Complete the waiver process.

The waiver must be completed every academic year.

Health Requirements

Health Forms (Form 2 and Form 2A for athletes) must be completed before starting classes. An incomplete medical record may delay your registration and/or housing placement.

Physical exam and immunization requirements are explained in the "New Student Checklist" on jwuLink.

Questions about health requirements can be directed to health clinic staff at 303-256-9448 and completed health forms may be uploaded to the Medicat Patient Portal through jwuLink.

Work Study

During orientation you will have the opportunity to Learn more about the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program at JWU Denver. Topics include the benefits of FWS employment, how to obtain an FWS job, and what a valuable resource Student Employment is for students. You will also have an opportunity to complete paperwork that will be required prior to being able to select your FWS job in September. All submitted documents from Lists A, B or C must be original and unexpired.

One component of our comprehensive alcohol education program is, an online, non-opinionated, science-based course taken by thousands of college students each year. Students will receive an email in early August with instructions detailing how to complete this course.