Scene from 2011 fall move-in day.
When fall semester 2012 officially begins with the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 27, the James Madison University student body will include 4,330 first-time freshmen, according to preliminary data.
Although official enrollment figures are not available until after census days on Sept. 17 (on-campus enrollment) and Oct. 8 (off-campus enrollment), JMU is poised to welcome a total enrollment of slightly more than 20,000 students. Recent reports show an enrollment of 20,032.
A total of 657 transfer students are beginning their JMU experience this fall.
Biology remains the most frequent major among freshmen declaring majors, followed by nursing, health sciences, psychology and interdisciplinary liberal studies.
The most popular first name among female students entering JMU as first-time freshmen is Emily. The most popular name among males is Michael, followed closely by Matthew.
Approximately 124 new faculty members are joining the JMU community this fall.
Aug. 21 and 22: Residence halls open at 9 a.m. for first year students on assigned days.
Aug. 24: First Year Student Assessment Day. All first-year students are required to participate. Details about the day are available on the Center for Assessment & Research Studies website.
Aug. 24: Residence halls open at 9 a.m. for transfer and international students.
Aug. 25: Residence halls open at 9 a.m. for returning students.
Aug. 27: Fall semester begins. Classes meet as scheduled.
Sept. 3: Labor Day. Classes meet as scheduled.
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Aug. 20, 2012