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Students who have transferred to JMU as first semester sophomores are encouraged to apply to the Honors College as Track II Honors Scholars. Honors coursework undertaken at a previous institution may in some instances be accepted to fulfill JMU Honors requirements.

Students who have transferred to JMU as second semester sophomores or as juniors should apply to Track III Honors.

Students in the Honors Program at Northern Virginia Community College (and Reynolds Community College) may transfer directly into the JMU Honors College. See below for details.

Deadlines

Applications for admission to the Honors College as a JMU transfer student are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no deadline. However, applicants should wait to apply to Honors until AFTER being admitted to JMU. 

Application Criteria

Transfer students are admitted on the basis of grades from previous institution(s) and strength of application essay. Transfer students typically have a cumulative GPA above 3.7 at all previous institutions, but there is no required minimum cumulative GPA. Those admitted will enter as Track II Honors Scholars. Honors coursework undertaken at previous institution(s) may in some instances be accepted to fulfill JMU Honors requirements. 

In most cases, the length of study required for students to complete the Track II Honors curriculum is at least 5 semesters at JMU. Students who anticipate graduating in fewer semesters should explain in the optional "additional information" section of the application how they expect to complete their Honors coursework within their anticipated timeframe. It is always advised that you contact the Honors Advisor for assistance in planning and projecting your time to degree.

Submit the Honors Transfer Application after receiving admission to JMU. Upon submission of the Honors Transfer Application, applicants should send unofficial copies of all college-level transcripts to honors@jmu.edu. Applicants who are enrolled at another institution at the time of application may be provisionally admitted to Honors, pending successful completion of coursework at the end of the semester. An updated transcript should be sent to honors@jmu.edu when available.

For more information on transfer admissions to the Honors College, please contact honors@jmu.edu. For information on transfer admissions to JMU, please visit the Office of Admissions.

Northern Virginia Community College

Students in the Honors Program at Northern Virginia Community College (and Reynolds Community College) may transfer directly into the JMU Honors College as Track II Honors Scholars, due to a special arrangement between the two institutions. See below for additional information.

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission into the JMU Honors College as a Track II Honors Scholar, NOVA students must:

  • Complete an Associate of Arts (AA) or a transfer-oriented Associate of Science (AS) Degree at NOVA. The AS in General Studies is not considered a transfer-oriented degree.
  • Complete the NOVA Honors Core curriculum of 18-21 credits and be in the Honors Program at NOVA.
  • Present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) upon application to JMU and upon graduation from NOVA. 
    • If a student has attended multiple institutions, they must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale at NOVA and all previous institutions.
    • All work attempted at NOVA and any other institution(s) attended will be included in the GPA considered by JMU. The only exception is that, in compliance with JMU policy, a student is allowed to repeat up to two different courses where the initial grade earned will not be included in the grade point average calculation. A student who has repeated more than two courses is not eligible to apply to JMU through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement but is eligible to apply through the traditional transfer admissions process.
    • Eligible transfer students must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
    • JMU will evaluate credit granted by Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations for possible credit; such credit will be granted only if examination scores meet established JMU criteria in place at the time the student enrolls. JMU does not evaluate, or grant credit for, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations.
    • Be admitted to JMU.
    • Complete a separate application to the JMU Honors College.
Implementation
  • JMU Honors will recognize 12 Honors credits completed at NOVA and apply them as 12 credit hours of electives in Honors courses at JMU.
  • NOVA transfer candidates in Honors Track II must complete 12 additional hours at JMU, including 6 hours of Honors seminars and a 6-hour senior Honors project.
  • If any of the requirements imposed on JMU Honors Track II students are modified subsequent to the signing of this MOU, NOVA transfer students will be held to the revised requirements. Any NOVA transfer student accepted into the JMU Honors College under this agreement shall be bound by the requirements in effect at the time of acceptance.
  • Students who did not complete the NOVA Honors curriculum may still be admitted to the JMU Honors College on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact honors@jmu.edu

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

Students in the Honors Program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College may transfer directly into the JMU Honors College as Track II Honors Scholars, due to a special arrangement between the two institutions. This memorandum of understanding (MOU) facilitates the transfer of honors students between J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Reynolds) and James Madison University (JMU).

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission into the JMU Honors College as a Track II Honors Scholar, Reynolds students must:

  • Complete an Associate of Arts (AA) or a transfer-oriented Associate of Science (AS) Degree at Reynolds. The AS in General Studies is not considered a transfer-oriented degree.
  • Complete the Reynolds Honors Core curriculum of 18-21 credits and be in the Honors Program at Reynolds.
  • Present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) upon application to JMU and upon graduation from Reynolds.
    • If a student has attended multiple institutions, they must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale at Reynolds and all previous institutions.
    • All work attempted at Reynolds and any other institution(s) attended will be included in the GPA considered by JMU. The only exception is that, in compliance with JMU policy, a student is allowed to repeat up to two different courses where the initial grade earned will not be included in the grade point average calculation. A student who has repeated more than two courses is not eligible to apply to JMU through the Guaranteed Admission Agreement but is eligible to apply through the traditional transfer admissions process.
    • Eligible transfer students must provide transcripts from all institutions attended.
    •  JMU will evaluate credit granted by Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations for possible credit; such credit will be granted only if examination scores meet established JMU criteria in place at the time the student enrolls. JMU does not evaluate, or grant credit for, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations.
    • Be admitted to JMU.
    • Complete a separate application to the JMU Honors College.
Implementation
  • JMU Honors will recognize 12 honors credits completed in Reynolds CC Honors and apply them as 12 credits of electives in honors courses at JMU.
  • Reynolds transfer candidates in Honors Track II must complete 12 additional credits at JMU, including 6 credits of Honors seminars and a 6-credit Honors capstone project. These courses are described on the JMU Honors College website.
  • If any of the requirements imposed on JMU Honors Track II students are modified subsequent to the signing of this MOU, Reynolds transfer students will be held to the revised requirements. Any Reynolds transfer student accepted into the JMU Honors Program under this agreement shall be bound by the requirements in effect at the time of acceptance.
  • This MOU shall commence on July 1, 2017, with the intent to admit the first students in August 2017 or as soon thereafter as administratively possible.
  • Students who did not complete the Reynolds Honors curriculum may still be admitted to JMU Honors on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, please contact honors@jmu.edu.

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