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ONLINE APPLICATION

2015 Application Deadlines

Early Action: December 15, 2014
Regular Decision: February 28, 2015


Decisions

Early Action: early February
Regular Decision: mid-April

Current High School Students

Approximately 200 high-achieving entering first-year students are admitted as Track I Honors Scholars each year. These students participate in four years of Honors study in any major offered at the university. They take a core of General Education courses that are designated Honors; select additional Honors courses, Honors seminars and Honors option courses; and complete a Senior Honors Project. Track I Honors Scholars are required to complete 27 credit hours of Honors work and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. Students who successfully complete the program are designated Honors Scholars in the commencement program and on their transcripts and diplomas, in recognition of their distinguished record in the program.

Learn more about Track I requirements.


Admissions Information

The entering class is limited to approximately 200 students. Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • High school grades
  • Standardized test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership
  • Must have applied to JMU before applying to Honors

Most applicants will have:

  • At least a 1280 combined reading/math SAT (or 30 ACT) AND
  • All A’s (or mostly all A’s) in core courses, including honors and AP courses AND
  • Significant extracurricular and leadership experiences

We may consider students who fall short in ONE of these areas.

There is no application fee for Honors.


Deadlines
Fall 2015:
  • Honors Early Action: December 15, 2014
  • Honors Regular Decision: February 28, 2015

All students may apply anytime through February 28. However, students who applied to JMU through the JMU Early Action process have the option to apply to the Honors Program through the Honors Early Action process by submitting your application on or before December 15. Early Action applicants who applied to the Honors Program after December 15 will be considered for Honors Regular Decision. Applications must be received and transcripts must be postmarked (if mailed) by these dates for applications to be considered. Honors Early Action applicants whose transcripts are received after the December 15 deadline will be deferred to Honors Regular Decision.

Honors Early Action applicants do not have an advantage over Honors Regular Decision applicants in the selection process. Additionally, some Honors Early Action applications may be deferred to Honors Regular Decision.


Decisions

Every applicant will receive a decision letter mailed to their home address. Decisions will not be disclosed via e-mail or telephone.

Honors Early Action Applicants:
  • Decisions will be available online in early February.
  • Student must have applied to JMU through the Early Action process AND applied to the Honors Program by December 15.
  • If an Honors Early Action applicant is deferred by the JMU Admissions Office, the Honors decision will be deferred to Regular Decision.
Honors Regular Decision Applicants:
  • Decisions will be available online in mid-April.
  • Student must have applied to the Honors Program by February 28.
Decisions made by the Honors Program have absolutely no bearing on decisions made by the JMU Office of Admissions. 

Final admissions considerations by the Honors Program are made AFTER Office of Admissions decisions have been released. The Honors Program does not share admissions decisions with the Office of Admissions.

ONLINE APPLICATION

2015 Application Deadlines

Early Action: December 15, 2014
Regular Decision: February 28, 2015


Decisions

Early Action: early February
Regular Decision: mid-April

How to Apply

Applying to the Honors Program as an incoming freshman, Track I Honors Scholar involves the following steps:

1) JMU Application & Honors Program Application
  • You must first apply to JMU before applying to the Honors Program. After submitting your JMU application, you can access the Honors Program Application by using the same User-ID and password that you used on your JMU application.
  • Do not wait to receive your decision from JMU before applying to the Honors Program. You can apply anytime until the February 28 deadline.
  • There is no application fee for Honors.
  • Do to the large number of applicants, we do not conduct interviews.
2) Test scores
  • SAT I and/or ACT scores should be entered in the designated field on the Honors Program Application. Official test scores are not required to be sent to the Honors Program office separately.
  • Recommendation letters, resumes, mid-term grades, Secondary School Reports, AP scores, and SAT II scores are not required. The application provides a place to list your activities, honors, awards, and distinctions.
3) Essay Questions
  • The application includes two essay questions. Your responses should be in your own words and each response should be at least 200 (but not more than 400) words. Your responses should help us understand you and should demonstrate that you understand what the Honors Program at JMU is about. 

Essay Question #1: Based upon your understanding of the JMU Honors Program, what kind of student do you think the program is or should be looking for and why do you think you are that kind of student?

Essay Question #2: Based upon your understanding of the JMU Honors Program, how do you think participation in the program will enhance your college experience and help you move toward your longer-term goals?

4) Send unofficial transcripts
  • Send an unofficial transcript to the Honors Program. Your application cannot be considered without this transcript. We do not have access to the transcript you sent to the JMU Admissions Office.
  • Unofficial transcripts can be sent via any of the following methods:
    Fax: (540) 568-8079
    E-mail: honors@jmu.edu
    Mail: JMU Honors Program, 251 Warren Service Drive, MSC 1501, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

If you have read the instructions above and understand that a transcript must be submitted directly to the Honors Program office by the posted deadlines, you are ready to apply.

Apply Online

If you have additional questions after reading the information provided, call (540) 568-7728 or email honors@jmu.edu.

If you are unable to login to the Honors Program application, please send an e-mail to help@applyweb.com explaining the error message. Be sure to include your full name and that you are applying to the JMU Honors Program.

What are the criteria for admittance into the Honors Program?

A typical Honors student will have the following:

  • unweighted GPA of 3.75 or higher
    AND
  • combined Math and Critical Reading score of 1280 or higher on the SAT OR
  • composite ACT score of 30 or higher

These are only guidelines; the entire application is taken into consideration. The academic record and extra-curricular activities all play a vital role in the decision-making process.

What are the benefits of participating in the JMU Honors Program?

  • Small honors classes
  • Priority registration
  • Student lounge and computer laboratory
  • Honors residential hall
  • Mentorship by great professors
  • Undergraduate research in your major
  • Diploma and transcript designations of Honors Scholar
  • Excellent preparation for graduate and professional school

Are Honors classes harder than other university classes?

Honors classes are not harder, nor do they receive any greater GPA weighting than other courses. They do offer greater opportunity for discussion and debate, work with primary materials, research and writing, and the development of critical thinking.

How many freshmen will be selected to participate in the Honors Program?

Approximately 200 students enter as freshman Honors Scholars each year.

Do you need my high school transcripts? Do they need to come directly from my high school?

Yes, a copy of your transcripts must be sent to the Honors Program office; we cannot access the transcript you send to JMU Admissions. We will accept either official or unofficial transcripts, so they may come from either you or the high school.

I sent a copy of my transcript to Admissions. Why do I need to send another copy to the Honors Program?

Documents submitted to the Admissions Office are confidential, become part of your permanent record, and are not distributed to other departments. The Honors Program maintains its own confidential files. In order to consider your application, we must have a copy of your transcript in our files.

If my school does not rank, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. You are strongly encouraged to apply.

If I have been home-schooled, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes. You are strongly encouraged to apply.

What are the requirements to stay in the Honors Program after my freshman year?

To remain in good standing, students must achieve and maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and complete at least one Honors course or Honors option each semester until all Honors requirements are met.

If I am not accepted, can I apply to the Honors Program later?

Yes. Students achieving a cumulative 3.5 GPA at JMU are invited to apply to the Honors Program as 2nd semester freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. At that time, the JMU GPA is the primary criteria for acceptance.