For on-campus undergraduate students
We are thrilled to welcome you into our community! Orientation is all about developing community and relationships, creating effective transitions and encouraging academic success.
Fall 2022 Orientation
Spring 2023 Orientation
Welcome to JBU.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to attend Orientation?
YES! Orientation is an excellent way for you to connect with people and transition into life at JBU!
Aren't Eagle Base Camp and Orientation the same?
Not at all! Orientation is your transition into JBU right before classes begin, and it's mandatory! Orientation is filled with games, laughter and lots of information to make your years at JBU successful. Plus, you will meet other incoming students! Eagle Base Camp is an event in June where you can register early for classes, find a potential roommate and meet other incoming students.
Do you have a special orientation for international students and missionary kids (MKs)?
Yes! Our International Office has a full international and MK orientation just for you. It is in the few days before New Student Orientation. Please see the international student admission page for dates.
Do transfer students need to attend Orientation?
Yes! We want all new students to participate in Orientation. As a transfer student, you will have specific events during which you can meet other transfer students and answer your questions. Although you may have had orientation at a previous school, JBU Orientation is a chance for you to get connected to the people and places that make JBU great!
Can I move in early?
Unless you have an unusual circumstance, the answer is no. The staff is busily preparing for new students and won't be ready for you to move into your dorm until 4 p.m. on Friday.
Where can my parents stay?
See JBU's visitor information page for a list of local accommodations.
How do I get to Siloam Springs?
See JBU's visitor information page for directions.
Can you pick me up from the airport? Is there a shuttle service from the airport?
We do not pick students up from the airport. For shuttle service from Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) or Tulsa International Airport, you can contact Express Shuttle at +1 (866) 535-0127.
I am a commuter. What do I do?
If you are a commuter, we want you to participate in Orientation! This process of orientation is for ALL new students to JBU. This is a chance for you to get connected to the people and places that make JBU great!
Why a tentative Orientation schedule?
We want you to have the best, up-to-date information, so we will be changing the schedule as changes are made. Once you get to campus, you will receive a final updated schedule with all kinds of specific information. You should use only the final, printed schedule during the events of orientation. For on-campus students, this schedule will be in your room upon check-in. Commuters will receive their schedule at check-in.
What is the dress code for Orientation?
Orientation is a casual event, so wear comfortable, casual clothing.
What size sheets do I need? Can I bring a refrigerator?
See the Admissions FAQ page for residence life questions.
How do I register my car?
May I change my meal plan?
We want you to have the best plan for you. You can adjust your meal plan one time only during the first two weeks of the fall and/or spring semesters. To make a change to your meal plan, log onto Eaglenet and go to "Tasks." View other FAQs regarding meal plans.
Where can I ask for more information?
During Orientation, there will be an Information Desk located in the Walker Student Center. You can also come by the Student Development Office inside the Walker Student Center. Just stop by – we love to answer questions!
Why is there an Orientation fee?
In order to cover expenses (especially food) we charge a small fee for Orientation. The fee is $125 and will be applied directly to your student account.
What if I have extenuating circumstances and cannot attend Orientation?
Fall 2022 schedule (August 17–21)
Tentative – a final schedule will be available soon
Wednesday, August 17
Parents are welcome to attend all events on Wednesday until the parent farewell.
- Complete the enrollment process (if you have not already done so at Eagle Base Camp)
- Move-in (if applicable)
- Orientation Kick-Off Session
- Cookout Lunch
- Welcome & Worship Session
- Parent Session
- Parent Farewell
- Meet your residence hall
Thursday, August 18
- Community Life Sessions
- Color Group Kick-Back
Friday, August 19
- Serve Siloam
- Academic Sessions
- BIG GAMES
Saturday, August 20
- Campus Life Sessions
- Hello Adventure
- Go Eagles
- Concert on the Quad
Sunday, August 21
- Attend a local church with your O.Group
- Lunch with your O.Group
- Clubs & Organizations Fair
- All-Campus Worship