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The JMU Honors Program is a select academic community that offers exceptional experiences and an enriched curriculum to highly motivated and intellectually gifted students. Through small classes and independent study, Honors students cultivate the habits of critical thinking, independent analysis, and creative expression under the guidance of outstanding professors. The program offers unique opportunities such as study abroad, priority registration, an Honors residence hall, financial support, and special programming. Through the Honors Program, students receive preparation for graduate or professional schools, enhance their opportunities for rewarding careers, and expand their knowledge of themselves, others, and the world.


We are an academic community engaging highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service.

Our People

The Honors Program depends on the support and dedication of numerous people from across campus and beyond. Read more about the many people who make up the JMU Honors Program.

Honors Program Staff

Directors, advisors, and secretaries for the Honors Program.

Honors Faculty Fellows

The Honors Faculty Fellows comprise one faculty member from each of JMU's six undergraduate colleges. They play a major role in shaping the curricular and programmatic direction of the Honors Program. The Fellows engage regularly with Honors students, staff, parents, and alumni through a wide range of activities inside and outside of the classroom. 

Honors Faculty Liaisons

JMU faculty members who serve as a resource between each department and the Honors Program, articulating information about the program to their department's faculty and students.

Honors Advisory Council (HAC)

External group of alumni, parents, and friends that provides advice, support, and resources to the JMU Honors Program.