Male Academy and Female Institute Programs

The JMU Male Academy for Academic Achievement and Female Institute for Learning and Development are exciting two-week summer programs that provide an opportunity for students who will be rising 9th through 12th graders in the Fall to live and learn on a college campus, as well as enrich their development academically and socially.

This academic enrichment experience includes classes in Math, Writing and History with passionate and dedicated instructors from across the country. Other sessions provided to enhance personal development include topics in the area of leadership skills, career development, diversity, recreation, community service, personal and social problem solving, and teambuilding. Goals of the program are that participants will:

  • Develop knowledge about the collegiate experience and tools necessary to be accepted into and successful in college
  • Learn to navigate a college campus with awareness of the types of resources available
  • Develop meaningful relationships with young men/women in their peer groups
  • Adopt healthy views on manhood/womanhood

When Do These Programs Take Place?

Our programs traditionally begin on a Sunday in July, and last for 2 weeks, ending on a Saturday. Both programs respectively begin with an opening ceremony for participants and families and end with a closing banquet for both as well.

Who Is Eligible?

The programs are for rising 9th through 12th grade students. In the selection process, an emphasis will be placed on: students with limited exposure to college, minority students, those who would be first generation college students, and/or students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

However, all students are encouraged to apply. Young women/men from a variety of diverse backgrounds are selected for participation in the program each year and learn a lot from one another as a result of our strategic selections.

What Does It Cost?

The cost of the program is $500.00. This cost includes housing, meals, tuition and fees, activities, etc. If accepted into the program, a $250.00 non-refundable deposit will be required in May. The remaining balance of $250.00 will be due in June. Specific dates will be communicated upon acceptance. Please do not send a deposit or any payments until you have received a notice of acceptance from us.

How Are Participants Selected?

Applicants, parents/guardians, school officials and those offering recommendations will complete and submit the required online forms. From there, the program director along with a selection committee will select participants for the program based upon application materials submitted by the deadline.

How Do I Apply?

Our 2018 summer programs have ended. Applications for next year will go live in February of 2019. If you should have any questions, we can be reached at maleacademy@jmu.edu or femaleinstitute@jmu.edu. Thank you for your interest!

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