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New Student Orientation


On behalf of William Jessup University, the Jessup Orientation & Engagement (JOE) department champions the student experience by welcoming new students into our community and assisting with the navigation of and transition into Jessup Life.

New students continue to discover Jessup with our Warrior Welcome Program, which takes place the weekend prior to the start of classes. Warrior Welcome is intentionally designed to welcome all new students and their families into our community. A culmination of Jessup 101 (online orientation), Major Days/Advising & Registration, the weekend of Warrior Welcome (W2) consists of multiple activities, experiences, community building, and workshops intended to walk students through the remaining transitions into Jessup. During W2, students will be introduced to our campus culture while meeting other new students, faculty and staff. It is an interactive and exciting program you won’t want to miss!

Complete New Student Orientation in three easy steps:

  1. Complete Jessup 101 Online.
  2. If desired, schedule an optional individual advising appointment before Warrior Welcome (phone or in-person can be available and links can be found inside Jessup 101, group advising will be available during W2).
  3. RSVP for Warrior Welcome (sign up inside Jessup 101): January 10-12

What is Orientation?

New Student Orientation aids new students and their families in their transition into William Jessup University by providing them with opportunities for involvement and education to the mission, purpose, requirements, and resources of the University.

The Orientation Weekend program was the one thing that made the move-in and transition from moving away from home easier. It made this next stage of our lives more like a homecoming! Everybody is so welcoming and helpful. You can’t help but feel like you’re right where you belong.

Orientation Weekend vanquished my doubts I had about William Jessup. After the program, I couldn’t wait to meet more people, create memories, and dive into the Jessup community head first!

Orientation Weekend was a ton of fun! I’m really happy that I got to go, even as a transfer/commuter student. I thought it was just going to be a bunch of stuff for freshmen, but it was a lot of fun and actually helpful for a variety of reasons.

Common Questions

Is Orientation Weekend required?

Yes. Orientation Weekend is required for all new students registered for six or more units. The events during this time provide vital information about campus requirements for chapel, graduation, student conduct, and how you can get involved in the
life of the campus. Attending all Orientation Weekend events is also a great way to get to know other students as well as faculty and staff before classes begin.

I am a transfer student. Do I still need to attend Orientation Weekend?

Yes! You will still greatly benefit from this program. Even though you are coming to WJU with past college experience, we want you to feel welcomed on our campus, give you an opportunity to get to know your peers, and make sure you
understand what is required of you at WJU.

Is there anything I need to do before attending Orientation Weekend?

Please fill out the online registration form to RSVP for Orientation Weekend events. By registering for Orientation Weekend, we will be able to get a better estimate on attendance. We will provide each student with a new Jessup t-shirt and a welcome packet, so we need to know how many people to prepare for.

Does Orientation Weekend cost anything?

All new students are billed a one time $75 Orientation Fee. This fee supplements cost and supplies for Jessup 101, Orientation Weekend, Discover course and Transfer group materials. Any additional costs are marked on the Orientation Weekend schedule and are optional for students to attend.

I am a commuter and don’t have a meal plan. Do I have to pay for my meals during Orientation Weekend?

Orientation will cover all meals during Orientation Weekend unless otherwise stated on the schedule. Be sure to pick up a wristband at the Orientation Weekend check-in table and show to the cashier in the cafe for each meal. If you lose or forget your wristband you will be responsible for covering meal costs.

I am playing a fall sport. When do I move in?

Each coach has specific plans for pre-season workouts, so they will let you know when they start and what date and time you will be allowed to move in. You can also contact to learn more about your specific time
and move-in requirements.

Contact Us


Phone: 916-577-2321

Student Life

Phone: 916-577-2321

Residence Life/Housing

Phone: 916-577-2321

Financial Aid

Phone: 916-577-2233


Phone: 916-577-2200

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