JMU 2023 First Year One Book

Learn about how to become an official JMU Duke!

Congratulations and welcome Dukes! W e are honored you decided to become a member of the James Madison University community! We hope you’re excited for all that we have in store for you as the newest member of JMU! It all starts with The One Book! Our goal is to ensure you have the tools to begin your journey at JMU. Inside you’ll find key information for the next several months, including requirements and deadlines to ease your transition to JMU.

SECTION 1 Your One Book Steps This section will guide you through several steps you must complete before you arrive in August. SECTION 2 Resources for Transition This section will share resources and answer questions to help you be successful as you prepare for your transition to JMU.



Contents YourStepsChecklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 JMUEmailAccount. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 First Year Student Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Campus Emergency Notification . . . . . . . . . 5 Personal Emergency Contact . . . . . . . . . . .5 ALEKS Math Assessment . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 HonorCode...................6 Orientation Reservation & Declaring a Major . . . .7 Majors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Disability Services Application . . . . . . . . . . 11 Foreign Language Placement Exam . . . . . . . 12 Prepare for Class Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . 13 GeneralEducation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 First Year Housing Contract . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Madison Money Manager (M3) . . . . . . . . . . 17 JACardPhoto.................18 YourClassEnrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Community Expectations 101 . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pre-entry Health Requirements . . . . . . . . . 20 First Year Assessment Day . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Online Education Programs . . . . . . . . . . . 21 It‘s Complicated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 FinancialAid..................22 Scholarships..................23 Residential Learning Communities . . . . . . . . 24 Residential housing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Campusmail..................29 Move-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Technology and textbooks . . . . . . . . . . . 32 JMUMobileApps................34 Academicresources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

StudentHandbook. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 WeeksofWelcome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Gettinginvolved. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Enhance your Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . 40 FuriousFlower.................40 AcademicCalendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Environmental Stewardship . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Campusmap................. 42



Start here:

After paying your deposit, check your email to activate your eID, set up Duo and a new password! Access your steps using your JMU eID and password. Your eID is your electronic identification used to access MyMadison, Canvas and other services. It is usually the first six characters of your last name, followed by your first and middle initials. For instance, Dolley Payne Madison would be madisodp. If Internet access is not available, contact your local public library or area college/ university. Such facilities may have computers available for community members.




JMU Email Account

May 15


First Year Student Survey

May 15


Campus Emergency Notification

May 17


Personal Emergency Contact

May 17


Orientation Reservation & Declaring a Major

May 19


ALEKS Math Assessment

May 19


Disability Services Application (optional)

May 23


Prepare for Class Enrollment

May 26


Foreign Language Placement Exam

May 26


First Year Housing Contract

May 31


Madison Money Manager

June 16


JACard Photo

June 20


Your Enrollment Appointment

June 21


Community Expectations 101

June 22


Pre-Entry Health Requirements

July 6


First Year Assessment Day

Aug. 11


It’s Complicated

Aug. 18


Online Education Programs

Aug. 18


Weeks of Welcome

Aug. 18




JMU Email Account

MAY 15

Set up your JMU Dukes email account ( so you can receive important university information. This is JMU’s primary way of communicating with you.


First Year Student Survey The First Year Student Survey asks questions about your high school experiences, personal beliefs and your decision to attend JMU. We compile your responses with the rest of your class to help faculty, staff and administrators best serve you. COMPLETE BY

MAY 15

Campus Emergency Notification JMU uses a text-based system to inform the campus community in the event of an active shooter or other life-threatening event. You will need to provide your cell number in MyMadison so we can send you emergency notification messages. Download the free LiveSafe app to share information with campus police about potential crimes or unsafe situations. You are able to report GPS-tagged infor- mation with added picture, video and audio clips. It also allows law enforcement to push information to supplement the Madison Alert system already in place on campus.

MAY 17


Personal Emergency Contact The university may need to contact your family in the event of a personal emergency or crisis. We must have accurate emergency contact information for you. Sit down with your family to determine who you should list as your emergency contact(s). Keep your emergency contact information updated in MyMadison. COMPLETE BY

MAY 17



ALEKS Math Assessment All first-year students are required to take the assessment. This is not a test. Your assessment score is used to determine the appropriate math course placement based on your current

MAY 19


mastery of math skills and knowledge. Please allow three hours to complete the exam. Your score will be available in MyMadison within 24 hours of completion. You will need your score for class enrollment. Access to the assessment is only available through your One Book steps.

JMU Honor Code Academic integrity is a serious matter at JMU. Suspension or expulsion are possible penalties for violat- ing the Honor Code. Cheating, copying, plagiarizing, improper citations and buying or using papers written by someone else are a few examples of violations that have the potential to jeopardize your status as a student. When you take placement exams (ALEKS Math and Foreign Language), you are bound by the JMU Honor Code. We want you to have a successful experience and it is imperative that you are in the right class for that to happen. Complete the test at shtml by Oct. 1.



Orientation Reservation & Declaring a Major Orientation is a one-day program when you will con- tinue building a relationship with your academic advisor, learn about student expectations and campus resources, and engage with your Orientation Peer Adviser and other new students. Summer Orientation is available in two formats in June and July; our preferred option being on campus. Detailed schedules for the day will be available on the Orientation and Transition website in June. This step must be completed to be able to enroll in fall classes. You will receive an email once the step is submit- ted fully as well as an event reminder a few days prior to your reserved day. If you cannot attend any dates, please be sure to select Unable to Attend within the reservation. ◆ On Campus | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Student & Families You will choose an available date based on your declared major. Date options are available at and are first-come, first-reserved. We encourage you to complete your steps as soon as possible to have access to your preferred date. ◆ Virtual: July 19 | 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Students only All majors are available virtually. Be sure to select July 19 when making your reservation. You will receive an email to your Dukes account with your personalized link to join live sessions. Make sure your camera, microphone and speakers are in good working order so you are ready to engage with each session. Families need Orientation, too! For on-campus Orientation, your family members will

MAY 19


Disability accommodations If you or your guest need accommodations during your Orientation day, please submit your request in the Dis- ability Accommodations section when you complete your reservation. Submit requests for accommodations at least 10 business days before your reserved date. You will receive a confirmation email once it has been received.

Orientation fee All new students are charged $200, regardless of atten- dance at Orientation. This fee covers your Orientation day, Weeks of Welcome and other first-year programs. You don’t have to pay the Orientation fee now; but, if you have an installment payment plan, make sure your budget includes this fee. Directions to parking Look for bright yellow parking signs to find general and accessible parking for the day in the Mason Street Park- ing Deck (715 South Mason Street) levels 3-5. Be sure to avoid parking in reserved Hotel Madison and metered parking spaces, indicated by signage. When you approach Harrisonburg, tune your radio to 1610AM for announcements about Orientation, traffic and parking directions. Once parked, please enter the Stu- dent Success Center via the sky bridge to check in.

attend separate sessions about services and resources to best support you. Invite up to two family members to attend and be prepared to register them in your One Book steps.



Explore JMU majors

Make a thoughtful decision about your major. Pages 8-10 will help you understand how to declare your major. You may take lower-level courses in many disciplines, but may need to meet addi- tional requirements before being fully admitted to a major. All majors fall into one or more of the following categories: ◆ Programs open to any students with good academic standing; ◆ Programs requiring portfolio/audition review; ◆ Programs with space limitations; and ◆ Programs with content mastery progression standards. Here’s how to begin thinking about majors: 1. Determine your interests, values and career aspirations. 2. Explore JMU’s undergraduate majors: academics/undergraduate/majors/index.shtml 3. Explore the Career Guide to JMU Majors: https://www.jmu. edu/career/careerguide/index.shtml Pre-professional programs Pre-professional programs are not majors at JMU. Some are minors and some are sets of recommended courses. You will want to choose a major that supports your pre-professional goals and complete course work for both the major and the pre-professional area to pre- pare for graduate and professional study. Pre-Health minors can be declared through your steps when you declare your major.

Pre-Professional Programs Pre-professional programs consist of courses and experiences designed to prepare you for the required graduate study and/or licensure necessary for a career in your chosen field.

Pre-Athletic Training Pre-Dentistry Pre-Forensic Studies Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Theology Pre-Veterinary Medicine



Majors/Programs of Study College of Arts and Letters Anthropology Communication Studies English History International Affairs Justice Studies Media Arts and Design Modern Foreign Languages Philosophy and Religion Political Science Public Administration Sociology Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication College of Business Accounting Computer Information Systems Economics Finance International Business Management Marketing Quantitative Finance College of Education Elementary Education Inclusive Early Childhood Education Middle Grades Education Secondary Education Special Education Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages College of Health and Behavioral Studies Communication Sciences and Disorders Dietetics Health Sciences Health Services Administration Kinesiology Nursing

College of Integrated Science and Engineering Computer Science

Engineering Geography Integrated Science and Technology Information Technology Intelligence Analysis College of Science and Mathematics Biology Biophysical Chemistry Biotechnology Chemistry Earth Science Geology Mathematics Physics Statistics College of Visual and Performing Arts Architectural Design 1 Art 2 Art History Dance 1 Graphic Design 1 Industrial Design 1 Music 1 Musical Theatre 1 Theatre 1 Hart School of Hospitality and Sport and Recreation Management Hospitality Management Sport and Recreation Management University Studies Independent Scholars Exploratory

EXPLORATORY Not sure what you want to major in at JMU? You can choose Exploratory in your Orientation Reservation & Declaring a Major step and select one of the following areas of interest to help guide you along your path to finding a major.

• Arts • Business • Education • Health, Wellness, & Medicine • Humanities • Science, Technology,

Psychology Social Work

1 There are additional requirements when declaring this major. 2 You must pass a portfolio review if you are pursuing a B.F.A. in Art. A B.A. or B.S. in Art does not have this requirement. Majors are accurate as of the time of development. Refer to for the most updated information.

Engineering & Mathematics • Social Science • Exploratory



Q: Why do some majors sound the same? A: Sometimes a major’s name doesn’t fully

Teacher licensure JMU has four-year education majors to meet a vital nationwide need for trained and committed teachers. If you’re interested in secondary education, you also have the option of a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program.

describe what you will study. Read the descriptions to learn more about possible careers.

After completing a four-year licensure program, you will have the opportunity to complete one of the Master of Education programs. If you wish to pursue the four-year program for secondary education, you must choose secondary education as your major and then choose your content area in the second drop-down box. Specific instructions for declaring the appropriate major are provided within the Orientation Reservation & Declaring a Major step.

Q: Does the major I declare matter? A: Yes, your academic advisor is assigned based on the major you declare

To gain the skills needed for this challenging profession, these majors require additional content, such as a second major, a minor or a content area. Keep in mind that admission to a teacher licensure preparation program is not automatic — you must apply after meeting program admission requirements. Please see for details. Your academic advisor will provide you more information at Summer Orientation. Graduates who complete JMU’s programs designed to lead to licensure or certification will meet qualifications for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For information about licensure or certification in areas outside Virginia, visit before enrolling in classes for that major.

for Orientation. It can also affect the courses you take your first semester.

Q: Can I change my major once I’ve declared it?

A: You can! Return to your Orientation

Reservation & Declaring a Major step at least two business days before your

Orientation date to change it.

Q: What if I am not ready to declare a major? A: Select Exploratory, and you’ll be assigned to

Teacher Education To pursue a major in the College of Education, select appropriate complementary areas as listed below. LICENSURE AREA EDUCATION MAJOR


Art Education

Art, Design or Art History

an advisor who will guide you through the decision-making process. You have until the start of your third semester to declare. You also have the option to take UNST 102, a one-credit course designed to help you intentionally explore majors/minors. Q: Is there help along the way? A: You will meet with your academic advisor at Orientation, where they will guide you through your class schedule, introduce you to campus resources and help you with academic concerns. University Advising provides exten- sive services to help you confirm or choose your major. The University Career Center provides resources and opportunities to help prepare you for your career path.

Dance Education


English as a Second Language (PreK-12) Elementary Education (PreK-6)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Minor chosen from selected areas

Elementary Education

Foreign Language (PreK-12)

Modern Foreign Languages Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Inclusive Early Childhood Education (PreK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education)

Middle Education (6-8)

Middle Grades Education

English, Middle Grades Mathe- matics, Middle Grades Science or Interdisciplinary Social Sciences content area Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History, Mathematics, Physics or Political Science major Minor chosen from selected areas

Music Education (PreK-12) Secondary Education (6-12)


Secondary Education

Special Education (K-12)

Special Education (concentra- tion in general and adapted)

Theatre Education (PreK-12)




Disability Services Application

MAY 23


If you have a disability or major health impair- ment that impacts your life and would like to apply for academic accommodations at JMU, you will need to complete this step. There are three phases for requesting accommodations at JMU: 1. Complete the Disability Services Application Complete the Disability Services Application at jmu. edu/ods/incoming-students.shtml. Please review JMU’s Disability Documentation Guidelines to determine what documentation you need to upload to your application. For information about applying for disability-related housing accommodations, see Page 15. Q: What does it mean to have a disability? A: A disability is a condition that causes significant challenges in a major life activity, like learning, walking, seeing, etc. This includes disabilities such as ADHD, psychological conditions, learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, visual impairments, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments and many more. Q: Does a diagnosis of anxiety, depression, autism, diabetes, etc. mean I can get accommodations? A: Maybe. ODS must go through a process to determine eligibility for accommodations. If you experience chal- lenges due to your disability and you have current docu- mentation, you can request accommodations. ODS will review your request in the context of programs, courses, activities, etc. Q: What documentation do I need? The documentation you upload with your application should be 1) completed entirely by a qualified clinician, 2) provide current and comprehensive information about how your condition impacts you as an adult and 3) describe the accommodations you need in a college setting. For more information, review JMU’s Disability Documentation Guidelines at lines/index.shtml.

2. ODS reviews Disability Services strives to review all new applications with documentation within 15 business days. We receive high volumes of applications for incoming students during this time, so please contact us at disability-svcs@ or 540-568-6705 if you have questions about your application. 3. ODS contacts you Our staff will contact you at your Dukes email with instructions for your next steps. Q: If I had an IEP or 504 Plan, does it transfer to college? A: No. There are no IEPs or 504s in college. You will need to submit a Disability Services Application with documentation that meets JMU’s Disability Documen- tation Guidelines. Learn more at ing-students.shtml. Q: What accommodations does JMU offer? A: Visit for a list of our most frequently used programs and accommodations. Each student’s needs are unique, so think about what you need and request accommodations accordingly.

Q: What is having accommodations in college like? A: In college, you will have new responsibilities, like discussing accommodations with your professors, reg- ularly checking your email and learning about campus resources. ODS staff are here to work with students and

others in the JMU community. The best skills you can have are knowing yourself and asking for help if you need it!



Foreign Language Placement Exam COMPLETE BY MAY 26

You may or may not need to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam; it depends on several variables. You will need to take the FLPE if all the following three statements are true: ◆  You are pursuing a program of study that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Business Administration degree that

Programs leading to a B.A. Degree Anthropology * Art * Art History Biology * Communication Sciences and Disorders * Communication Studies * Dance Earth Science Economics * English Geography * History Independent Scholars * International Affairs Justice Studies * Mathematics * Media Arts and Design * Modern Foreign Languages Music Musical Theatre Philosophy and Religion Physics * Political Science Psychology * Sociology * Theatre Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication * Programs leading to a B.B.A. Degree International Business

requires a foreign language (see the list on right); and ◆  You have taken two or more years of French, Ger- man, Italian, Russian or Spanish in high school; and ◆  You have not taken the SAT II in that language. Still not sure if you need to take the

FLPE? Take the questionnaire at

You are not allowed to use outside sources (including friends or family) on the exam. You may take the exam only once per language every three semesters. There is not a time limit, so please take your time!

* These programs provide the option to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. B.S. programs do not have foreign language requirements, so you would not have to take the placement exam unless you wanted to continue your language studies at JMU.



Prepare for Class Enrollment

MAY 26


If you wish to add a second major and/or any minors, these can be added after fall classes begin.

Begin by working through the Prepare for Enrollment modules to get ready to enroll in classes in June. The infor- mation in the modules is very important, so please allow time to review them completely. The 1st Semester Enrollment Worksheet identifies classes you need to enroll in for the first semester. The information is major-based. You will declare only one major and enroll in those major-specific classes. Your first-year advisor will reach out on June 8 to provide additional information and helpful tips about enrollment. Once your enrollment appointment opens on June 21, you will have access to enroll through the last day of Orientation. We recommend you enroll when your appointment begins as seats fill fast, but feel free to continue checking for openings. Plan to attend Orientation enrolled in a fall schedule of 14-17 credit hours. Your academic advisor One of your most important relationships at JMU will be with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will assist you through your transition to JMU, help you under- stand your curriculum and academic policies, and connect you to resources that will help you be successful. Devel- oping a good relationship with your advisor is a great way to stay well-informed and to start off your time at JMU strong. Knowing both what you (as the student) and your advisor are responsible for in the advisor/advisee relation- ship can really benefit you!

What you do: ◆ Know who your academic

advisor is and how to reach out for assistance ◆ Ask your advisor questions about things you don’t know, when clarification is needed, or con- cerns you may have ◆ Know and fulfill degree, major and general education requirements ◆ Choose a major and explore your career options

◆ Be prepared for meetings with your academic advisor What academic advisors do: ◆ Discuss academic choices

with regards to long-term academic and career goals ◆ Address questions and concerns regarding General Education, major and degree requirements ◆ Explain how students’ academic decisions affect their progress toward meeting graduation requirements ◆ Help with academic planning, decision-making and with identification of other campus resources (as needed)



General Education: The Human Community

THE NATURAL WORLD | 10 credits (formerly Cluster Three: The Natural World) Natural World courses deepen your understanding of scientific and mathematical facts, concepts and models, expanding your application of analytical methods to check evidence, and develop and test theories. These include a college-level math course, science courses from two different areas and a one-credit laboratory. Complete your Natural World classes as soon as possible, by the end of your sophomore year, as they build upon former course work and experiences. AMERICAN & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | 7 credits (formerly Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes) These courses explore the key social and cultural processes that structure and shape the human experience. In today’s world, you must think about the scholarly perspectives and methodologies that guide analysis and inform public policy in our own society and in the global community. The three American Experience courses— HIST 225, JUST 225 and POSC 225—reflect JMU’s commitment to citizenship. SOCIOCULTURAL & WELLNESS | 6 credits (formerly Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community) By studying the variables that influence human behavior in society, you gain an understanding of the relationship between the individual and a diverse community and develop a sense of responsibility for self and others. You will explore how individuals develop and function in the social, intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions. Several of the Sociocultural & Wellness courses are requirements for majors or pre-professional programs. GenEd Abroad Study abroad programs are a great way to complete GenEds in all areas. The nine-week summer program in Scotland offers 13 credit hours across three clusters.

General Education: The Human Community is the core curriculum that all Dukes complete. The clusters assist you in developing skills, knowledge and mindset to succeed in all spheres of life — career, family, community and polity. Program requirements add up to 41 credits — one-third of your total credits! Following a routine academic program review, the five areas of the General Education program have been renamed this year to convey more clearly the skills and knowledge that students develop across the JMU core. Former names are provided in parentheses to assist in the transition. In the coming years, JMU faculty will be con- sidering other revisions to the current program’s language and structure. The program website will provide updates Learn more about the five clusters in the Prepare for Class Enrollment step. MADISON FOUNDATIONS | 9 credits (formerly Cluster One: Skills for the 21st Century) These three Foundations courses emphasize communica- tion and critical inquiry, including information literacy. They prepare you for success in the rest of your career at JMU. Prioritize them in your Fall enrollment, before choosing other General Education classes. Aim to complete them during your first two semesters at JMU. Your first summer at JMU is also an opportunity to complete Madison Foundations.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | 9 credits (formerly Cluster Two: Arts and Humanities)

These three courses deepen appreciation of the human condition and expression. Arts and Humanities assist in exploring our purpose, making sense of our experiences and understanding people from different eras, places and cultures. You can fulfill your Arts and Humanities require- ments by studying abroad. For more details, go to jmu. edu/gened/abroad.shtml.

For more information about GenEd and a complete listing of courses and requirements, go to, call 540-568-2852 or email



First Year Housing Contract COMPLETE BY MAY 31

Signing your Housing Contract is the first part of securing your housing for your first year. When you sign your Housing Contract, you will also select your meal plan and answer some lifestyle questions. The answers to those questions will help you select a roommate, so be sure to answer them honestly. Housing accommodations If you have a disability, please remember to request hous- ing accommodations, if needed. Res Life does not have access to the information you share with the University Health Center. If you need an accommodation like air-conditioning or a suite-style bathroom, you will need to complete a Housing Accommodation Request Form. Access the form at and submit it by June 15. Gender-inclusive housing To support all our new Dukes, we encourage you to con- tact Residence Life about housing assignments based on gender identity. Each request made before July 1 will be addressed with a commitment to providing a housing assignment that best meets the needs of the student. Roommate selection While first-year students can select their roommate(s), they cannot select suitemates. Before selecting a roommate, think about what is most important to you when living with someone else. Would it bother you to have a messy roommate? Or would you prefer a roommate who has a similar sleep schedule to you?

You can search for a roommate using any of the answers to the lifestyle questions from your Housing Con- tract. Remember, you aren’t looking for a new best friend; you are looking for someone you can live with successfully. Once you think you have found a compatible roommate, message them on the Roommate Selection tab in the Online Housing System. If you agree to be roommates, one of you will need to form a Roommate Group by cre- ating a group name and password. Share that group name and password with your future roommate so they can request to join the group. Once they make that request, the person who created the group will need to approve the request. The maximum number of people in a roommate group is three, designed for triple bedrooms. You are not able to pick your suitemates by creating two groups of three. You have until June 23 to complete Roommate Selection. Important Housing Dates Residential Learning Community Applications Due May 15 First Year Housing Contract Due May 31 Housing Accommodation Request Forms Due June 15

Roommate Selection Deadline June 23

Room Selection Timeslots Sent July 5

Online Room Selection

July 10 - 21



Getting to know your roommate(s) Start the conversation by sharing why you thought the two of you would be a good roommate match. Were you looking for someone neat and tidy like you are or someone who stays up late like you? After you talk about how you think you will work together well as a roommate pair, you can share what you’re worried about and how you can overcome those challenges together. We highly recommend that you first contact your roommate by email and then phone before looking on social media. Online profiles don’t always provide the most accurate information and sometimes students mistakenly look up the wrong individual with the same name, which

can lead to many problems. Online room selection

You will select your room during the Online Room Selec- tion process in July. During this time, you will select your room among the available spaces in first-year buildings. The order for room selection is based on the date you paid your deposit. Please note, if your room selection appoint- ment falls on your reserved Orientation date, keep an eye out for an email from Residence Life with more informa- tion about a Proxy Form. If you don’t have a roommate, you can still select a space as an individual. If there is already a student assigned to a room, you will be able to see their roommate profile before you select a space in that room. That way, you will still be able to select your roommate(s).

Room changes Once you select a room during Online Room Selection, it is final until after move-in. We recommend that even if you aren’t able to select one of your top building prefer- ences, you come to campus with a positive outlook about living in the building you selected. If you decide to change rooms after moving in, you can submit a Room Change Request Form using the Online Housing System beginning Sept. 7. There is a three-week period at the beginning of each semester when room changes are not authorized. This time is designated for all students to check in and for students who decide not to attend to notify the university.



Madison Money Manager (M3)



The University Business Office is where you’ll find everything you need to know about tuition and fees, payment options, due dates, etc. If you have questions, view our “Start-Here” page for additional information. Statement and payment information Madison Money Manager gives you and your family access to your student financial account. Access M3 through MyMadison and set your family up as authorized users so they can view your statements and activity. You, and all your authorized users, will receive an email when a statement is ready to view and pay. Set up your authorized users in M3 before the step deadline to ensure notifica- tion of the semester statement. Payment options Charges not covered by financial aid or the installment payment plan are due in full by the semester due date. Pay your charges through M3, by mail or in person at the cashier counter. Mail outside scholarship information to UBO for processing. Include your full name, Social Security Number or student ID number for proper iden- tification. Installment payment plan To pay your education expenses monthly, use the pay- ment plan offered through OnPlanU. The payment plan is available for a small enrollment fee. Enrollment for the upcoming year begins on June 1st and ends on the semes- ter due date. Contact the UBO or visit our website for help determining a budget.

Refunds Grants, loans and scholarships are credited to your account in the order that JMU receives them. Refunds are generated automatically for financial aid overpayments and upon request for personal overpayments. Make sure that you get your refunds as soon as possible by watching for an email from BankMobile Disbursements that has instructions about setting up a refund preference. Even if you don’t think a refund will occur, go ahead and set up a preference in case you receive a reimbursement of any sort in the future. Parent PLUS loan refunds are mailed to the parent unless otherwise noted on the loan application.



JACard Photo COMPLETE BY JUNE 20 Follow the guidelines in your One Book steps, to submit an acceptable photo for your JACard. Within 72 hours of submitting, you will receive an approval or rejec- tion email from Card Services.

Your JACard is your official JMU identification card for most on-campus services. Your card is active one week before classes start and throughout your time enrolled at JMU. Your ID number, a nine-digit number on the front of your JACard, will serve as your primary identifier for services on campus. CBORD MobileID is the Android- and Apple-com- patible app version of your JACard. Using this app serves as a supplement to your JACard on campus. Use your JACard to ◆ Access your residence hall ◆ Check out materials from the libraries ◆ Gain admission to athletic events ◆ Receive services from the University Health Center ◆ Use your meal plan and Dining Dollars at various dining locations ◆ Access computer labs

Lost or stolen cards Report loss or theft of your JACard at lost.shtml or call Card Services at 540-568-6446 during normal business hours. After 5 p.m. contact Campus Police at 540-568-6912. FLEX it! Your FLEX account is a pre-paid debit account. It works like a checking account without having to write checks, pay a service fee or balance your account. There are no annual fees. Your account opens when you enroll. You can add money to your account by phone, mail, in person or via the web. You can also add FLEX via a credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover and American Express) by calling 540-568-6446 or via You can use the cash-to-FLEX stations around campus to add cash to your account at any time

◆ Access UREC and check out equipment ◆ Pick up packages from JMU Mail Services ◆ Pay for laundry in your residence hall ◆ Use FLEX at on- and off-campus merchants



Your Enrollment Appointment



Your class enrollment will start on June 21. Plan to add this date to your calendar and review the modules in the Prepare for Class Enrollment step to ensure you are ready to enroll. If you have questions about enrollment, we encourage you to reach out to your academic advisor and/or attend our 1st semester enrollment webinar 7p.m. June 20. Don’t have an Enrollment Appointment? Be sure to complete your Orientation Reservation and Declaring a Major step. Communicating with your academic advisor Your academic advisor will contact you via your JMU email about the times that they will be available for ques- tions as you enroll in your classes. Your academic advisor will review your schedule before Summer Orientation and communicate about any needed changes. If you are not able to connect with your academic advisor, email ques- tions to Enrolling in classes When it is time to

Please follow the enrollment worksheet for your major to create a schedule of 14-17 hours. Not all majors require a math class your first semester. Keep in mind that once the system opens for enrollment you will be able to access it through the last day of Summer Orientation. Need help? Refer to the Prepare for Enrollment step. If a required class is closed, you may place yourself on wait- lists, if available. Students move from the waitlist to a class as seats become available. If all sections are closed and waitlists are not available, continue to create your sched- ule with other classes. Shopping cart caution! Putting preferred classes in your shopping cart early does not reserve you a seat. Course availability varies during your enrollment window.

enroll, you need your enrollment worksheet, your test credit and any dual enrollment information. Once your enrollment appointment begins, log in to MyMadison.

Community Expectations 101 As a member of the JMU community, we expect you to be knowledgeable of the expectations that guide student behavior, as found in the COMPLETE BY


Student Handbook. Community Expectations 101 will introduce you to student expectations surrounding alcohol, drugs, sexual misconduct, and other policies that you will be held accountable for throughout your time at JMU. During Summer Orientation, we will further expand of these community expectations through discussions with your orientation leader and peers. You need to complete this step so that you are prepared for this important conversation.



Pre-entry Health Requirements



State law requires students to submit specific information about immunizations and complete a TB assessment. Immunizations must be up to date. JMU does not require a physical exam, but you must com- plete the following: 1. Download and print the immunization form and have it completed and signed by a health care professional. JMU accepts official immunization records from your doctor or another school. 2. Log into MyJMUChart account to upload the com- pleted and signed immunization form (or official record), as well as a copy of your health insurance card. All uploaded forms must be in PDF format. 3. Complete the required TB assessment and health history for new students under the “forms” tab in MyJMUChart.

4. Continue checking your JMU email and secure messages on MyJMUChart for confirmation that your record is complete and there is nothing further needed. This step is not complete until you receive that confirmation. Failure to complete these steps will result in a nonrefundable $50 fine and you will not be able to make changes to your class schedule or enroll in classes for future semesters.

Be well, stay well and do well. Getting the recommended immunizations is one way to protect yourself from several major illnesses. Receiving the flu shot every October is another. Washing your hands frequently, not sharing drinks and keeping your room clean will also help you stay well. If you do get sick, the University Health Center has Self-Care guides available online, nurses to help you decide if you need to make an appointment and medical providers ready to evaluate your health and recommend treatment.


First Year Assessment Day AUG. 11 You will receive instructions on how to access the assessments via your Dukes email account on July 31. Finish all assessments by Aug. 11 to avoid an enrollment hold. JMU uses the data you provide to inform program improvements and your performance will not impact your university record, grades or placement into programs or courses. COMPLETE BY

Online Education Programs

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At JMU we are deeply committed to the health, wel- fare and success of our students. We have strategically implemented research-based prevention programs neces- sary for you to make healthy choices regarding alcohol, drugs, relationships, and mental health as well as learn more about diversity, equity and belonging. We require all incoming students to complete these online programs which create a highly personalized experience and assur- ance of confidentiality. Alcohol and Other Drugs Whether you choose to drink or not, this program will empower you to make informed decisions about alcohol and other drugs and respond to the drinking behaviors of peers. Sexual Misconduct Prevention While exploring the issues of sexual violence, you will learn more about healthy relationships, consent and how to create and support a safe campus.

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging This training provides students with the skills needed to build an inclusive culture where all students can thrive. Mental Health This program builds awareness, knowledge and skills around mental health and suicide

prevention while providing coping strategies, signs of distress and when to ask for help.

All programs will be emailed to your Dukes

account on July 20. Part one of each program is due by Aug. 18. Some programs contain two parts. Completion of both parts is due by Sept. 13 to avoid an enrollment hold.

It‘s Complicated

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How can you go on to make good decisions in college and beyond? JMU’s ethical reasoning program offers a simple but powerful strategy to help you make better, more ethical decisions in everyday life. The Ethical Reasoning in Action strategy involves asking Eight Key Questions to approach decisions with curiosity and consideration for others. Asking the 8KQ helps us move from reacting to responding, which improves the way we engage with the complex situations we face in our personal, professional and civic lives. Ethical reasoning, like writing or verbal communication, is a skill developed with practice. Begin by completing the It’s Complicated Canvas course. You will learn about the 8KQ and how others use the strategy, discover your ethical reasoning preferences and encounter a challenging dilemma.



Resources for Transition Financial Aid

Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to the federal processing center via to be considered for financial aid. To receive priority financial aid consideration the FAFSA must be received at the federal processor by March 1 before the academic year you will be attending. Preliminary aid offer notices Preliminary financial aid offers are sent by email to quali- fied students before May 1. The email used for this notice is the same one used by Admissions to communicate the student’s acceptance. Estimated financial aid packages are developed based on the FAFSA without verification. After May 1, all preliminary financial aid offers are canceled and FAFSAs verified. Official Aid Offer Notices If a student’s FAFSA passes the verification process, an official financial aid offer notice is sent to the student’s JMU email near end of June. This notice directs students to MyMadison to accept or decline awards. If you need to provide more information to complete the FAFSA review, you’ll receive an email requesting the necessary verifica- tion materials. An official financial aid offer cannot be generated until the review is complete. Reply to these requests for information quickly to maximize your finan- cial aid package.

Federal Direct Loans If you are accepting a Federal Direct Loan at JMU for the first time, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Loan Promissory Note. Instructions will be available on MyMadison after accepting the loan. All parents accepting a Federal Parent PLUS Direct Loan must complete the PLUS Direct Loan Application each year, as well as a Master Loan Promissory Note the first time they accept a Federal Parent PLUS Direct Loan at JMU (for a particular student). We encourage you to review JMU Terms and Condi- tions of Financial Aid Consumer Information at financialaid for more information about financial aid and required disclosures.

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Scholarships are generally separated into two areas: need-based or merit-based. To determine your eligibility for need-based scholar- ships, you must file a FAFSA. After filing your FAFSA, you can contact your major’s department to ask about available need-based scholarships. The major criterion for merit-based scholarships is exceptional academic performance. Other common criteria include leadership, co-curricular involvement, geographical background, major and career goals. Vari- ous departments award a limited number of merit-based scholarships for incoming first-year students. A large percentage of private scholarships received at JMU come from churches, high schools and community service organizations such as the Elks and Moose lodges. Look in your local community for scholarship opportu- nities. If you receive an outside scholarship, notify Financial Aid so that we calculate it in your award package. If JMU has met 100 percent of your demonstrated need and you receive an outside scholarship, your financial aid sources may be reduced. If you receive a scholarship that is not listed on your Financial Aid Award Notice, please submit the Supple- mental Information Sheet located in the Scholarship sec- tion of our website at Regulations require us to consider this when determining your eligi- bility. Scholarship checks received with no instructions about which term they should be applied will be applied to the term when received.

Send outside scholarship checks to the University Business Office. To ensure proper credit, ask the donor to include your name, your Social Security Number or stu- dent ID number on the scholarship check. Deadlines! Scholarship deadlines can vary. The best place to view the different deadlines is at Private scholarship deadlines are usually in the spring semester for the next year with decisions made toward the end of the spring semester.

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Residential Learning Communities One unique housing option is to live in a Residential Learning Community in order to experi- ence closer interactions with devoted faculty members and living with students who share similar interests will ease your transition to college. You and other members of your RLC will be in the same section of one or more classes related to your RLC’s academic focus. Application and selection process

Space is limited in these communities, so you must apply by May 15. Find the application within the First Year Housing Contract step. Faculty representing these communities will review your appli- cation. Submitting the required application does not guaran- tee acceptance to this community. Once accepted into an RLC, you will enroll in a specific section of one or more related classes. The Honors Living and Learning Center Students admitted to the Honors College are expected, but not required, to live in Shenandoah Hall, which serves as the Honors hall. Live with other Honors stu- dents and work with faculty members to explore mutual interests in learning and discovery. Intellectual engagement is the primary programming for the Honors Living and Learning Center.

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