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Gap Year Policy

A small but growing number of students opt for a gap year between high school and college. Students use this time to volunteer, travel, or work. James Madison University advises students considering the gap year option to go ahead and apply for admission during their senior year of high school. If admitted, the student needs to submit his/her enrollment deposit by May 1. Students have until June 15 to request a deferral of his/her admission. 

To be deferred, the admitted student would need approval from the Dean of Admissions. Students may not enroll full-time at another college or university during their deferral period. JMU will accept up to eight credits taken for college credit during the gap year. To be considered, JMU requires a detailed explanation of the student’s proposed plan for the gap year as well as acknowledgement of gap year guidelines regarding college coursework. The explanation should come in the form of a letter addressed to the Dean of Admissions.

Michael D. Walsh
Dean of Admissions
James Madison University
MSC 0101
481 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

If the request is granted, the student’s deposit will be rolled over to the next fall term and it will be applied to the student’s fall bill the following year. If the student decides not to enroll, this money is non-refundable. The student will also receive two copies of the approval letter and must sign and return one copy to the Dean. 

Admission deferrals for gap years are granted for one year only. Students whose gap years are approved would enter James Madison University as freshmen the subsequent fall semester.

I have a friend who was admitted and I know she/he is not going to attend JMU. She/he has offered me her/his place in the class. Can you take me off the waitlist?