July 13-20, 2014
The JMU Summer Honors Institute is a unique week-long program where talented rising high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand look at life in a dynamic university and its Honors program.
As a JMU Summer Honors student you can:
Who can attend:
Up to 25 talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior years will be accepted to attend following a competitive application process.
Each day will begin with the Honors Core Course. This interdisciplinary course introduces the big picture questions that embody an Honors education. Called “Ways of Knowing,” the core course grapples with the fundamental question of how we derive knowledge of the world around us. Together with your fellow Summer Honors students and the professor, you will discuss approaches to this question from the sciences, humanities, and the arts, and learn about perspectives from the Western and non-Western worlds.
The rest of the morning and early afternoon will be spent in subject-area classes. Students will take a different class (sometimes two) each day. Taught by outstanding faculty members from around the university, these courses are designed to be interactive and hands on. You will engage with the professors and your fellow classmates, working together in a fun and dynamic learning environment. With a selection of courses to choose from, you will be able to craft a program that lets you explore majors you are interested in. In addition to classes, students will attend a number of information sessions throughout the week on topics such as college admissions and career exploration.
All academic work for the Honors Core Course and the subject-area classes will be done in the classroom. You will not be assigned homework during the Summer Honors Institute. These courses are not eligible for JMU credit.
Afternoons and evenings are reserved for field trips and fun activities. Summer Honors students will explore the Shenandoah Valley through activities such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, whitewater rafting, and taking in a Shakespeare play at Blackfriar’s Theatre in nearby Staunton. You might be able to grab dinner at a restaurant on Harrisonburg’s historic Courthouse Square. On campus, you will be able to make use of some of JMU’s fantastic facilities, such as the University Recreation Center and the planetarium.
The living-learning environment in the Honors residence hall will bring you together with your fellow Summer Honors students and give you a sense of what your first year of college life will be like. Peer counselors, who are current JMU Honors students, will guide you throughout the week and share their experiences with you along the way.
Even if JMU is not the right college for you, the Summer Honors Institute will introduce you to the kinds of experiences you can expect from a university Honors program, and will distinguish you as an exceptional student who is looking to make the most of your college experience.
The cost is a $650 residential fee to participating students, which covers instructions, class materials, housing, meals and social activities. Consider bringing money for snacks, bookstore and personal.
Partial scholarships may be available to applicants who demonstrate a financial need. Please contact Katie LaPira at firstname.lastname@example.org to fill out an additional financial assistance application form.
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