First-Year Experience

As you become accustomed to life at college, there are bound to be moments when you experience growing pains. Change is exciting, but it can also be a bit scary as you explore the many aspects of a more independent style of living. We're here to help!

You're A Cardinal From Day One

The First-Year Experience is a program designed to help you navigate through your first year at Jewell—a time that's bound to be packed with new challenges and adventures. Administered through the Office of Student Life, our staff is always ready to offer encouragement and support at any time. Even before you arrive on campus, you're a member of the #JewellFamily, and we're dedicated to making you feel welcome every step of the way.

Important Dates and Contacts

View or download our academic calendar and holidays.

You can reach almost anyone at Jewell by phone or by email. Contact the following people if you have any concerns about:

Residential hall rooms or meal plans:
Business Office:, 816-415-5989
Computers:, 816-415-5032
Advisor assignments:, 816-415-7654
Financial Aid: Financial Aid Office, 816-415-5975
General questions:

What To Bring

You can come to Jewell knowing all rooms have a bed (with an extra long, twin mattress), 4-6 drawer dresser, desk, chair, wardrobe or closet space and Internet access for each resident. Students supply their own bed linens, including pillows. In each residence hall, you will find lounge areas with a large TV, a kitchen and/or microwave/refrigerator access, laundry facilities and vending machines for those late-night study sessions. We have staff living in every building. You will find our staff friendly, helpful and willing to serve you — the resident.

For planning purposes, please know Jewell prohibits the following items in student rooms: hot plates, toasters (all kinds), coffee makers with heating elements, or anything with an exposed heating element. Also note these items can be stored and used in the common area kitchenettes, located in each building, for student use. Not sure if you can bring something? Just e-mail the Residence Life Staff, and we will let you know!

Here's a list of ideas on what to bring to Jewell.