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2023 Re-entry Dates and Deadlines:

2023 Spring Semester:  Tuesday, November 1, 2022
(the 2023 Spring Semester Undergraduate Re-entry Form will be available between September 12, 2022 and November 1, 2022)

2023 Summer Session:  Saturday, April 1, 2023

2023 Fall Semester:  Saturday, July 1, 2023


Please read the following notes prior to completing the Undergraduate Re-entry Form:

1. The Undergraduate Re-entry Form may require an applicant who responds “NO” to Questions 14, 15, and/or 16 of Sections A and/or B of the“Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates” to explain their answer(s).  If you are not requesting in-state tuition and the explanation pop-up box appears, please type “Not applicable” in the box.

2.  If you are planning to pursue the Adult Degree Program/an Individualized Study major upon re-entry, DO NOT COMPLETE THE UNDERGRADUATE RE-ENTRY FORM.  You will need to contact the Adult Degree Program to determine if you are eligible for the Adult Degree Program; if the Adult Degree Program determines you are eligible to pursue the program upon re-entry, they will provide you with a link to the Adult Degree Program (ADP) Re-entry Form.  Please complete the Adult Degree Program: Contact Us form to connect with an Adult Degree Program enrollment advisor.

How to Apply for Re-entry After 2 or More Years

You should complete the  Undergraduate Re-entry Form if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

  1. You were previously enrolled at JMU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.

  2. You had at least one graded (including withdrawals) semester at JMU.

  3. You will have been absent from JMU for at least 2 years/24 months when you re-enter.

  4. You are planning to enroll in JMU classes if granted re-entry.

If you meet requirements 1 and 2 but will have been away from JMU for less than 2 years/24 months when you re-enter, you will need to complete the Undergraduate Intent to Enroll form.   

If you meet requirements 1, 2, and 3, but are applying for re-entry in order to apply to graduate (i.e. you are in academic good standing at JMU and are transferring in final hours, etc.) , you will need to complete the Undergraduate Intent to Enroll form.   

Re-entry Dates and Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester: November 1 

  • Summer Session: April 1  

  • Fall Semester: July 1 

Start Early:

We encourage you to submit your re-entry form at least two weeks before the submission deadline.  We begin processing re-entry forms at least six (6) weeks prior to a semester or terms submission deadline.

During our peak processing times (early April, early July, and early November) it will take at LEAST 4 weeks for processing.

User Account:

If you applied for admission to JMU via the JMU Online Application you already have an online application account.  The JMU re-entry form is hosted/powered by the same company that hosts/powers the Office of Admissions online application, so you created an online application account when you applied for (freshman or transfer) admission to JMU.  If you do not remember your password, click the “Forgot your password” link below the password entry box on the "Log In" page.  

If you applied for admission to JMU via a paper Admissions form you will need to click on the "Create Account" tab and complete the required steps to create an online application account.    

Re-entry Form Fee:

The re-entry form fee is $40 and is subject to change. Pay the re-entry fee within the online application by using a valid credit/debit/check card/or electronic check.

Upload Re-entry Form Materials:

In addition to the Undergraduate Re-entry Form, you may be required to submit the materials listed below.

Upload all required materials inside the online application before clicking the submit button.  Check the quality and accuracy of your uploaded documents. Illegible documents will not be processed. 

Unofficial Transcripts:
IF you have taken courses at another college/university (or at multiple colleges/universities) in the time since you were last enrolled at JMU, you MUST upload a copy of an unofficial transcript from each college/university you attended.

Personal Statement:
All students completing the Undergraduate ADP Re-entry Form MUST include a personal statement.  The personal statement may be typed/copied into the Personal Statement text box or uploaded.  The personal statement should be, at minimum, approximately one-page in length, and should address the reason(s) for your departure from JMU, and highlight your activities during your absence from JMU.  If you were on academic probation or suspension when you left JMU your personal statement should also address the reason(s) for your academic status, and the academic plan you will pursue if you are granted re-entry (the major you plan to pursue, the academic resources you plan to utilize, etc.).  For additional guidance, please visit the Re-entry Personal Statement information page. 

In-State Residency Documentation:
If you are requesting Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, you will need to complete the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates section of the re-entry application, and provide specified residency application documentation. Failure to complete the residency section of the re-entry application will result in an out-of-state residency classification.

The Virginia In-State Tuition Rates section of the re-entry application has 4 sections.  Section A is completed by all applicants seeking Virginia In-State Tuition Rates; if you are under the age of 24 and are not married or if you are claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes, Section B (which requests parent or legal guardian information) must also be completed.  All questions must be answered completely.
The most recent year’s federal and state tax forms – with financial information and social security number(s) blacked out - for the student and the parent/guardian/spouse (if applicable) must be uploaded in Section C. Income tax returns must be dated and signed. A photocopy of a current Immigration Visa must be submitted if applicable. The applicant may also submit any additional documents to support entitlement to Virginia instate tuition in Section C.  In Section D you will certify that the information you shared and uploaded in the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates section of the re-entry form is accurate.

In-State Tuition and Residency FAQs

Test Scores:
High school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores are NOT required.

Only completed applications will be considered for re-entry. JMU reserves the right to cancel any application that is not completed in a timely manner. It is your responsibility as the applicant to be aware of all requirements. If you have questions, contact Academic Student Services. Information contained on this application (i.e. Social Security number) will be provided to Virginia state agencies if required by law.

Financial Aid Checklist:

James Madison University strives to make financial assistance available to degree-seeking students who demonstrate financial need. Priority in awarding financial aid is given to new and returning full-time students who have completed the necessary application procedures below by the priority deadline of March 1.

􀂉 Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

􀂉 Complete/file the FAFSA by March 1, listing James Madison University as an institution to receive that information. Our institutional code is 003721.

􀂉 You will be notified of your eligibility for financial assistance after being offered re-entry.

􀂉 For information on scholarships, visit the JMU Scholarships home page at https://www.jmu.edu/scholarships/.

Financial aid applications received after the priority deadline will be considered for assistance after on-time filers.


Quick Guide


Create an online re-entry form. Upload your (unofficial) transcript(s) and any/all other required materials directly to the online application.  

Paper copies of the re-entry form will NOT be accepted/processed.


Applying for Virginia In-State Tuition?  Read THIS before you hit submit.   


Submit your application and pay a non-refundable $40 application fee.

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