Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does each program cost?
  2. How does the application for scholarships work?
  3. When should I arrive for the program?
  4. What should I bring?
  5. Do I get to move in early?
  6. Is my registration fee refundable if I need to cancel?
  7. Do I need to bring any money?
  8. Do I have the option not to participate during any of the days?
  9. Will there be any activities or orientation programming for parents or family members?
  10. What if I still have questions?

1. How much does each program cost?

There is no cost to attend Ohana. The Steppin’ Out and Service, Leadership and Sustainability (SLS) programs cost $200. This covers the cost of food, accommodations, and all activity fees during the program. Scholarship and payment plans are available for all students.


2. How does the application for scholarships work?

When you submit your application, you may request consideration for any of our need-based scholarships. You will be notified if you receive a scholarship when you are admitted to the program. These scholarships will automatically be applied to your registration fee when you sign up.


3. When should I arrive for the program?

Steppin’ Out and Service, Leadership and Sustainability (SLS) participants should plan to arrive on the WU campus on Sunday, August 16.


4. What should I bring?

Participants should bring clothing for 4 days packed separately from the belongings to stay in the campus housing. More specific packing lists can be found in the registration information for each specific Jump Start program.


5. Do I get to move in early?

As part of the Jump Start program, participants will get to move into their assigned Fall housing during check-in.

If students are living locally or otherwise do not have housing assigned for the fall, they will be temporarily assigned a room on campus for the duration of the program.


6. Is my registration fee refundable if I need to cancel?

Refund requests are taken on a case by case basis up until July 31. Due to the deposits and final totals for the program accommodations, cancellations after July 19 will not be refunded.


7. Do I need to bring any money?

Participants may want to bring money while participating in their Jump Start program. We suggest no more than $50. Willamette University and the Jump Start staff hold no responsibility for lost, stolen, or misplaced items or money.


8. Do I have the option not to participate during any of the days?

All participants are expected to fully participate in each day's activities.


9. Will there be any activities or orientation programming for parents or family members?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host any in-person orientation programs for parents or family members. We ask that you assist your student with moving into their residence hall room and then depart campus. Willamette is offering several information sessions over the summer on topics such as housing, technology, the academic environment, and answers to common questions. See the Opening Days website for more information.


10. What if I still have questions?

Please email jumpstart-reg@willamette.edu or call 503-370-6447.


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