As a reminder, a JWU ID card is needed to enter campus buildings, use services, and for identification. If you don't have one, go to the ID Services area in Student Academic & Financial Services on Saturday or Sunday (scroll down to Welcome Weekend Office Hours).

Also, prior to arriving to campus, please familiarize yourself with Parking & Transportation Services as well as Campus Safety & Security Resources.

Class Schedule & Books

Rent or purchase your books in the Downcity or Harborside bookstores (go to the location where your classes are held). You may also shop online. To get your schedule and a listing of required books:

  1. Go to the Academics page in jwuLink,
  2. Locate the Course Registration & Schedule section,
  3. View your course schedule,

Note: When visiting the online store, you can also enter your J# to get a listing of required books.

Attendance Requirements

  • Classes start on Monday, September 3, 2018.
  • Review the academic calendar carefully and plan accordingly for class meeting days, holidays & breaks.
  • Students are also expected to know and adhere to class attendance policies.

Lab Uniform: Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts

Students must report to College of Culinary Arts laboratory classes in full uniform and remain in full uniform at all times until leaving the premise. Students not in full uniform will not be admitted into class. All components of the uniform are expected to be clean and pressed. Review detailed uniform policies.

If you did not get a uniform during summer orientation, pick yours up during opening weekend at the Harborside Bookstore (scroll down to Welcome Weekend Office Hours for bookstore hours).

College of Culinary Arts Tool Kit & Text Book Distribution

Technology Services

Visit the Information Technology website to learn about computer labs, printing, WiFi, OneDrive, student discounts, and more! Also, get or submit a request for help.

Set Up JWU email on Your Mobile Phone

Get JWU Mobile Apps

Whether inside or outside of the classroom, there are a number of apps students rely on, like the JWU, Blackboard (for ulearn), Wildcat Wheels, and Campus Dining apps.

Welcome Activities & Events

Friday, 8/31

Saturday, 9/1

Sunday, 9/2

Monday, 9/3

Tuesday, 9/4

Wednesday, 9/5

Thursday, 9/6

Friday, 9/7

Saturday, 9/8

Sunday, 9/9

  • Movie Matinee - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, 2pm, Wildcat Center Lounge

Monday, 9/10

Wednesday, 9/12

  • Part-Time Job Fair, 1-4pm, Wales Hall Pepsi Forum

Notes & Reminders:

  • Please check back frequently (events are subject to change). 
  • All students are encouraged to attend athletics games and cheer on our Wildcat teams - admission is free with JWU ID!
  • Review the JWU Events Calendar for detailed information about each event, and find other exciting opportunities to explore and engage.
  • You can also view events in jwuLink and the JWU Mobile app.
    Download the  JWU CatPack  mobile app now - use it to get rewarded just for attending a game!

    Download the JWU CatPack mobile app now - use it to get rewarded just for attending a game!

      Wildcat Housing Move-In

      In late August, you will receive an email confirming your specified move-in time for Saturday, September 1 - please adhere to that time to ensure a smooth arrival process for all students. In that email, you will also receive a vehicle permit to print & display on your dashboard. Campus Safety & Security will be directing your vehicle upon arrival.

      After you receive your room key, begin moving your belongings in immediately. Many families bring hand trucks, rolling containers or other means to make the process easier. Plan ahead for the weather, dress for the day, wear comfortable shoes, and expect to do some walking between buildings & parking areas.

      Visit the Living On Campus website to review:

      • Packing Lists
      • The Guide to On-Campus Living
      • New Student FAQs, and
      • Resources. 

      Welcome Weekend Office Hours

      Saturday, 9/1

      Sunday, 9/2


      Students can bank at any institution of their choice. The following banks, listed as a convenience, have full-service locations in the Downcity area. Most have additional ATM locations.

      • Bank of America: 100 Westminster St or 215 Atwells Ave
      • Bank Newport: 55 Dorrance St
      • Bank Rhode Island: One Turks Head Place
      • Citizens Bank: 63 Westminster St or 1 Citizens Plaza (note: ATMs are located on-campus in the Xavier Academic Complex and Harborside Academic Center)
      • Santander: One Financial Plaza
      • Washington Trust: 156 Westminster St


      Many retailers provide a discount to college students, typically after showing a student ID. Below are just a few retailers who have provided college-student discounts in the past.


      • Providence Place Cinema 16 and IMAX
      • Providence Performing Arts Center (Broadway shows)
      • RISD Museum


      • Geoff’s Sandwiches
      • Marquee
      • Sajo’s Gourmet Pizzeria


      • Alex and Ani
      • Amazon
      • Ann Taylor
      • Banana Republic
      • Bed, Bath and Beyond
      • Charlotte Russe
      • Francesca’s
      • H&M
      • J. Crew