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Join us to meet other New Dukes committed to making a difference!

To find details about the upcoming New Dukes break, check out our break descriptions page

What is the Alternative Break for New Dukes (ANB)?

We are excited to connect you with other NEW students through service before beginning classes on campus in the fall. As a part of Weeks of Welcome, these student-led breaks are specifically for new Transfer students and incoming First-Year students. 

In the 25 years of JMU Alternative Breaks, we have found that these are powerful and life-changing experiences because our program is based on a core philosophy of service and learning. Check out our eight quality components here. By registering online for the break you commit to this philosophy including full engagement (which also includes having an alcohol and other drug-free experience).

Check out this video from a previous break!  

No previous experience required. Come ready to learn, serve, and get connected!

Your ANB Experience

Don't know anyone?  That's okay because no one else will either!  You will make up to 30 new friends before classes even start.  You will likely be placed in a small group of seven to ten, including 4-7 first-year or transfer students, 2 student co-leaders, and 1 faculty/staff learning partner, while also getting to share time and experiences with the larger group.  Once you sign up, group leaders will begin scheduling meetings for the group to get to know each other and to orient you with the details of the experience.  

To find out about additional opportunities during the upcoming academic year, check out our break descriptions page.


This experience is $20 for the weekend which covers transportation, housing, meals, leadership, education, a t-shirt, and lots of fun!  Scholarships are available.  


**When you register, you will need to have your student ID number handy. Even if you haven't received your JAC yet, you have access to your ID number. 

To locate your ID number: 

Log into MyMadison at  Click on the Applicant tab. In the middle of the window under "Personal Information" you will see your 9 digit student ID number.

To complete your registration and secure your spot on the break, you MUST make your payment following the instructions at the end of the online registration.


You will be directed to a PayPal invoice from Community Service-Learning at the completion of your online registration.  Payments will typically be made electronically.   Email for details on how to pay via check or cash.

The online registration is not complete until you also make your payment following the instructions at the end of the registration. Scholarships are available.

Once you've registered and paid, you will receive email communication with educational materials and logistics to help you prepare. **Please be sure you're checking your JMU email and the email you provided, as these are our best points of contact information for you.**  


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