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First Year Housing FAQs



When is the housing application available?

The application will be available on the Online House System after Wednesday, April 9.

When is the Housing Contract due?

The Housing Contract must be submitted by Thursday, May 15.

I'm in the Honors program. Do I have to submit a Housing Contract?

Yes. All first year students must complete a Housing Contract.

Does everyone have to submit a Housing Contract?

Yes. All first year students must complete a Housing Contract, unless they are an authorized commuter.

Do I have to complete the two-year contract?

NO, the second year contract is not required. Students who complete the second year contract will be guaranteed JMU housing for their sophomore year, but we will also offer second year contracts to students in October of their freshman year. 

When will I find out my room and roommate?

Roommate information will be sent out to students on August 1 to their @dukes email address. The information will include their building location and room number, roommate information, and move in date.

Can I choose what day I move in?

No, students will be assigned a move in date based on the building they are in.

What buildings are available to first year students?

The following halls will be available to first year students:

  • Bluestone:Gifford, Hoffman, Logan, Wampler and Wayland
  • Hillside: Bell, Hillside and McGraw-Long
  • Lakeside: Eagle and Shorts
  • Skyline:Chesapeake, Potomac and Shenandoah (A-section)
  • Treehouses: Dogwood, Maple, Magnolia, Oak, Spruce and Willow
  • Village: Chappelear, Dingledine, Garber, Hanson, Ikenberry and Weaver

How do you assign spaces?

We try to follow as closely as possible to students' preferences, but unfortunately it is impossible to give everyone their first or second location choice. If you arrive on campus and are still interested in a room change, your Hall Director can help you fill out a room change form which will be processed three weeks into the school year. 

Housing Application FAQs



What is a Housing Application?

A Housing Application lets the Office of Residence Life know that a student has interest in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic year.

Only students who have completed a Housing Application are offered Housing Contracts as space permits.

Current freshmen will be given priority for Housing Contracts. Contracts are then offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are currently living on campus, then to new incoming transfers, and finally to students who are currently living off campus.

If I fill out a Housing Application, am I guaranteed a space in the residence halls?

Completing a Housing Application does not guarantee a student a space in the residence halls nor does it commit a student to JMU housing.

The University does not guarantee residential housing for any student after their freshman year.

Who should complete a Housing Application?

  • Students who are currently living in the residence halls and are interested in returning for the upcoming academic year.
  • New transfer students who are interested in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic semester or year.
  • Students living off campus and are interested in living in the residence halls during the upcoming academic year.

When and how should I complete a Housing Application?

Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are available through the Online Housing System starting at 1:15 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014. Information about applying for on-campus housing will be emailed to all current on-campus students in September.

What happens after I apply?

If there is space available:

  • The applicant will be sent an e-mail to their JMU e-mail address with an offer for a Housing Contract and a due date.
  • Applicants must sign the contract online by the assigned due date in order to guarantee housing for the upcoming academic year.
  • The contract will be binding for the entire academic year for which it is signed and may only be canceled within 5 business days after it is signed.
  • Students should not submit a Housing Contract as a backup plan, as they will be held to all terms and conditions once the contract is received.
 

If there is no space available applications will be kept on file. Contract offers are made to applicants on an as space permits basis.

How do I cancel my Housing Application?

  • Housing Applications are automatically inactivated if a student is offered a Housing Contract and fails to sign the contract by the due date.
  • If you have not been offered a Housing Contract and are no longer interested in being on our applicant list, please email us at res-life@jmu.edu to cancel your Application.

Housing Contract FAQs



What is a Housing Contract?

  • A Housing Contract is a legally binding document that, when signed electronically, commits a student to live in the residence halls during the upcoming year and reserves a space for the student according to the Terms and Conditions of the Contract.
  • Students must complete a Housing Application in order to be considered for a Housing Contract offer.
  • The University does not guarantee residential housing for any student after their freshman year.

How do you decide who is offered a Housing Contract?

  • Current freshmen will be given priority for Housing Contracts. Contracts are then offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are currently living on campus, then to new incoming transfers, and finally to students who are currently living off campus.
  • If you are offered a Contract and wish to reserve a space on campus you should review the Terms and Conditions of the Contract and electronically sign the Contract if you agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  • The contract will be binding for the entire academic year for which it is signed and may only be canceled within 5 business days after it is signed.

When and how should I complete a Housing Contract?

You must first apply for residential housing. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are available through the Online Housing System starting at 1:15 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014. Based on space availability you will receive an e-mail to your JMU account with either a contract offer or a message about your application.

What happens after I sign a Housing Contract?

Students with signed housing contracts will be able to complete the Online Room Selection process in February and March.

How do I cancel my Housing Contract?

To cancel your Housing Contract within 5 business days after electronically signing it, email the Office of Residence Life at res-life@jmu.edu

To request cancellation of your Housing Contract at any other time you will need to use the online Contract Release Request. Contact the Housing Office at (540) 568-4663 or res-life@jmu.edu for additional information.

Residential Learning Community FAQs



If I am in a RLC will I be able to meet other people?

Yes, you will meet lots of other people. The RLC will be just one group of friends you are sure to make here at JMU.

How large are the Learning Communities?

RLCs range in size from 18-30 depending upon the year and specific group.

What day is move in from the RLCs?

Move in for the RLCs is Tuesday. Wednesday is a special lunch for all RLC members. It is the first opportunity you will have to meet with your faculty members.

How much time will be involved with the RLCs outside of the classroom?

This really depends on the RLC but they tend to have lots of fun activities outside the classroom like trips to Kings Dominion, Baltimore aquarium, local service projects, etc.

Is there an advantage to applying for a RLC?

Yes, you get to know faculty members right from the beginning of your college career. Ask a senior, knowing your faculty members can provide different opportunities for you here at JMU.

Are there RLCs for second year students?

Yes, Roop, Honors and Madison International all offer an optional second year component.

How do I get selected to participate in a RLC?

You will complete a special interest housing application and the faculty working with each of the RLCs will determine who is accepted.

When do I have to decide if I want to participate?

Applications are due at the same time as your housing contract; however, we will continue to accept applications until the RLCs are full. To have the best chance to get into your first choice of RLC be sure to apply by the deadline. All late applications are decided upon a rolling admission based on space available.

How do I find out if I got accepted into a RLC?

You will get an email to your JMU email account providing your status.

If I get chosen to participate in a RLC, will my roommate have to be in the same one?

No, in fact your roommate does not have to be in any of the RLCs.

Can my roommate and I be in the same RLC?

Yes. Please, remember roommates are only assigned together if they mutually request one another.

Can my roommate and I be in different RLCs?

Yes, as long as both RLCs are housed in the same building.

What halls are the RLCs in?

The RLCs are all in handicap accessible, air conditioned buildings. Currently, the RLCs are in Chesapeake, Gifford, Hoffman, and Wayland.

Do I have to take all the courses associate with the RLC or can I pick and choose?

Once accepted you will need to take all the courses associated with the RLC. If you drop one you will be dropped from the community and your housing assignment may be changed before your arrival.

How do I know what classes to take?

Once selected into a RLC you will be pre-registered for the associated courses. If at Springboard you adjust your schedule make sure to not drop one of the RLC courses. You advisor will have information in your folder but be sure to remind them you have been selected into a RLC.

Who are the RLC Faculty Coordinators?


Residential Learning Community (RLC)

Faculty Coordinator

Email

Campus Phone

Huber (Pre-professional Health)

Dr. Babcock

babcocsk@jmu.edu

540-568-6652

Honors Living and Learning Center

Dr. Falk

falkbl@jmu.edu

540-568-5535

Madison Engineering (MadE)

Dr. Gipson

gipsonkg@jmu.edu 

540-568-5054­

Madison International

Dr. Shealy

shealycn@jmu.edu

540-568-6477

Psychology Learning Community

Dr. Barron

barronke@jmu.edu

540-568-4065

Roop (Education)

Dr. Klevickis

klevicca@jmu.edu

540-568-2726

SEEDs of Science

Chemistry:

Geology and Earth Science:

Physics:

Dr. Cresawn

Dr. Reisner

Dr. St. Joh

Dr. Utter

cresawko@jmu.edu

reisneba@jmu.edu

stjohnke@jmu.edu

utterbc@jmu.edu

540-568-4366

540-568-3460

540-568-6675

540-568-4665

Trelawney (Biology Research focus)

Dr. Gobetz

gobetzke@jmu.edu

540-568-3643

Visual & Performing Arts


Dr. Sparks


Dr. Johnson

sparkge@jmu.edu

johnsomx@jmu.edu

540-568-7311

Second Year Housing Contract FAQs



What is a Second Year Housing Contract?

The Second Year Contract is offered only to incoming freshmen. It is a contract for the sophomore year which guarantees the student a space in the residence halls for their second academic year.

Is it required?

NO! This is an optional contract and should only be signed by students who are 100% sure they want to be in the residence halls their sophomore year.

Is it a back-up plan while I shop around for off campus housing?

NO! The contract is binding and you cannot cancel it at a later date. If you sign the second year contract you will have a space in the residence halls next year and billed for residential housing and a resident meal plan.

Will there be another chance to secure second year housing?

YES! Applications for residential housing are avalible each fall. If you want to submit a housing application for next year, visit the Online House System.

Will my costs be the same both years?

No. Room rates tend to increase 3% - 4% annually. The JMU Board of Visitors will determine the 2015-16 rates during the spring 2015 semester.

Why does JMU offer the Second Year Contract?

In years prior, a large number of students and their families expressed a desire to lock in second year housing during the summer prior to their freshman year.

How many freshmen sign the Second Year Contract?

Just over 10% of the incoming class chooses to sign this contract each year.