Please check the JWU Mobile app and link.jwu.edu often for announcements, holds, and other info.

Academic Calendar, Books & Classes

Classes start on Monday, September 9, 2019. Review the academic calendar carefully and plan accordingly for class meeting days, holidays & breaks. Be sure to know and adhere to class attendance policies as well.

You have the option of renting or purchasing your books online or in person at the Downcity or Harborside bookstores (go to the location where your classes are held). To get your class schedule and a listing of required books:

  1. Log into jwuLink, and go to the Academics page

  2. Click View Course Schedule (under the Course Registration & Schedule section)

  3. Click the Schedule Details tab in the lower panel

  4. Click on each course title, then select Bookstore Links

Note, you can also get:

Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts Students:

You must report to laboratory classes in full uniform and remain in full uniform at all times until leaving the premises. 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).

Tool Kit & Text Book Distribution will take place on Sunday, 9/8, during your Dean/Faculty welcome. If you miss the Dean's Welcome event, please notify your instructor on your first class day that you are in need of a toolkit and textbook.

Reminders & Local Info


Students can bank at any institution of their choice. The following banks, listed as a convenience, have full-service locations in the Downcity area: Bank of America, Bank Newport, Bank Rhode Island, Citizens Bank (Citizens ATMs are located on-campus in the Xavier Academic Complex and Harborside Academic Center), Santander, and Washington Trust.


Many retailers provide a discount to college students, typically after showing a student ID. The following attractions & stores are just a few who have provided discounts in the past: Alex and Ani, Amazon, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Francesca’s, Geoff’s Sandwiches, H&M, J. Crew, Providence Place Cinema 16 and IMAX, Providence Performing Arts Center (Broadway shows), RISD Museum, and Sajo’s Gourmet Pizzeria.

ID Card

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).

Login & Other Tech Help

Visit the Information Technology website to learn about computer labs, printing, WiFi, OneDrive, student discounts, or to request help with any login issue.

Mobile Apps

You have lots to do & we want you to stay informed – so download JWU Mobile & other apps for quick on-the-go access to key university resources. Be sure to get the Microsoft Outlook app too, so you can check your JWU email easily & anytime!

Parking & Transportation

Please visit the Parking & Transportation Services website to familiarize yourself with Wildcat Wheels bus schedules, parking regulations, and local transport info.


Nearby shopping destinations include Providence Place Mall (Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond), Garden City Center (The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Whole Foods), and Warwick Mall (Target, Nordstrom Rack, JCPenney). The following stores are also close to campus in Providence, Seekonk and Warwick: Walmart, At Home, and Kohl’s. Want to check out local shops? Visit goprovidence.com.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is your reference to the resources you need at Johnson & Wales. It contains information on academics, advising, financial services, student activities and services, academic and university policies, and much more.

Welcome Activities & Events

Please check back frequently for additions & updates (events are subject to change). As a reminder, access the full events calendar anytime via the JWU Mobile app, jwuLink, or directly at events.jwu.edu. There are many exciting opportunities to explore and engage throughout the year! And, don’t forget to cheer on Wildcat Athletics teams (admission is free with JWU ID).

Saturday, 9/7

Field Hockey vs Becker: 1pm, Scotts Miracle-Gro Field

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Women’s Soccer vs Brandeis: 4pm, Scotts Miracle-Gro Field

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Residential Hall Floor Meetings: 4 or 4:30pm

→ Each floor in the res halls will gather for a quick meeting. Look for detailed instructions when you move in.

Roller Rave: 8pm–midnight, Wildcat Center Main Gym

→ The Student Involvement & Leadership team would like to welcome you all to this year’s Wildcat Welcome events! We’re excited to kick off things with this crowd favorite. We’ll be bringing a roller rink to campus along with a DJ and neon lights.

Sunday, 9/8

Dean’s Welcome: 9am

→ Each college will be holding mandatory welcome meetings for students in their academic programs.

Early Enrollment Program Welcome: 1:30-2pm, Yena Center, D’Amico Presentation Room

→ If you were accepted into the Early Enrollment Program (EEP), please plan to attend this brief session.

Paw Print Meet & Greet: 2-4pm, Gaebe Commons

→ Meet reps from various offices to learn about all of our departments, services, and involvement opportunities. Find out all JWU has to offer!

Ignite the Night: 7:30-11pm, Gaebe Commons

→ Join the entire campus community (including JWU alumni) as we welcome the Class of 2023. You will participate in an illuminated lantern hanging ceremony while enjoying games and s’mores! Also, our campus president, Marie Bernardo-Sousa, will be giving a special welcome to all new Wildcats.

Monday, 9/9

First Day Froyo: 5-7pm, Red Mango

→ What better way to celebrate completing the first day of classes than with some well-deserved FREE frozen yogurt & your choice of topping!? Brought to you in partnership with Campus Dining, get there early!

Tuesday, 9/10

Meet the University Involvement Board (UIB): 2-5pm, Gaebe Commons

→ Come DIY with UIB! They’re responsible for the fun JWU Traditions that you all know and love! Come down to find out how to get involved while marble painting a mug! Enjoy music, lawn game & snacks while getting to know the executive board members.

Women’s Tennis vs Bridgewater State: 3/3:30pm, Centre Court in East Providence

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Men’s Soccer vs Lesley: 7pm, Scotts Miracle-Gro Field

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Wednesday, 9/11

Laser Tag: 5-9pm, Harborside Greenspace

→ Grab your vest, phaser & friends and let's have some fun! There will be an enclosed arena, packed with lights, obstacles, music, and fog.

Thursday, 9/12

Food Truck & Outdoor Movie Night: 7-10pm, Scotts Miracle-Gro Field

→ The Student Involvement & Leadership and UIB teams are bringing food trucks and an outdoor screening of Aladdin to campus. The trucks will arrive at 7pm and the movie will start at 8pm. Bring blankets, pillows, and money for food while you enjoy the film under the stars!

Friday, 9/13

Involvement Fest: 2-4pm, Gaebe Commons

→ Discover all of the different ways to get #InvolvedAtJWU with our 120+ clubs and organizations! Chat it up to see what each of them does and how you can get involved. There will be FREE Del's frozen lemonade and you can make a purchase at the Poster Sale.

Women’s Volleyball vs Springfield: 7pm, Wildcat Center

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Comedian: 9-11pm, Schneider Auditorium (TICKET REQUIRED)

→ Join us for a night of fun & laughter! Mikey Day is our headliner along with Streeter Seidel as the opening act. To get your FREE ticket:

  1. Log into jwuLink

  2. While on the News page, scroll down and click Get Tickets

  3. After registering, get one FREE student ticket

  4. If interested, you may obtain guest tickets ($5 each)

Saturday, 9/14

Women’s Tennis vs St Joe's: 12:30/1pm, Centre Court in East Providence

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Women’s Volleyball vs Stevens/Roger Williams: 1pm/5:30pm, Wildcat Center

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

JWU Zoo Takeover: 5:30–9pm, Roger Williams Zoo (TICKET REQUIRED)

→ Hear us roar when we take over the Roger Williams Zoo! JWU buses will be leaving both campuses every 30 minutes. To get your FREE ticket:

  1. Log into jwuLink

  2. While on the News page, scroll down and click Get Tickets

  3. After registering, get one FREE student ticket

  4. If interested, you may obtain guest tickets ($5 each)

Sunday, 9/15

Women’s Soccer vs ECSU: 2pm, Scotts Miracle-Gro Field

→ Cheer on Wildcat Athletics!

Battle of the Bands: 5–7pm, Wildcat Center Lounge

→ Are you a poetry protege, an amateur lyricist, or can you shred on the acoustic guitar? If you answered yes to any of these, then come out and perform at our Open Mic Night! It's the perfect creative outlet for performers looking to showcase their talents in a relaxed and supportive environment. Not a performer? No worries, come sit in our audience and enjoy the show!

Monday, 9/16

Meet the Greeks: 4-7pm, Gaebe Commons

→ There are 19 Greek Organizations on campus. Talk with current members and enjoy this year’s carnival theme! Hang out with your potential sorority sisters and fraternity brothers while trying out the obstacle course & photo booth.

Thursday, 9/19

Part-Time Job Fair: 12:30-3:30pm, Pepsi Forum

→ Connect with local employers for their part-time job opportunities.

Wildcat Housing Move-In

In late August, you will receive an email confirming your specified move-in time for Saturday, September 7, 2019. All times will be in the 8am to noon range. Please adhere to your assigned time to ensure a smooth arrival process for all families. 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 more!

Wildcat Welcome Weekend Hours

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to use the JWU Directory to contact any of our offices or departments.

Saturday, 9/7

Sunday, 9/8

Highlights From Last Year:

Advice: Making the most of your first year at JWU!

Highlights from 2018 Wildcat Welcome!

Our new welcome event, Ignite the Night!