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About the Day

This event is designed to be flexible to meet your needs, so there is no "set schedule" that must be followed. You are encouraged to explore campus and various areas of interest at your leisure throughout the day.

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Arriving on Friday? 

There is an Early Check-In opportunity available from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday night.  See detailed information.

The following are the events available during Explore JMU: Academic Open House on September 24. 
A printed program for the day will be available at check-in. See detailed check-in directions and parking information.

Check-in is from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Event programming runs between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Academic Events

Our events to explore academic programs are grouped by academic colleges. You are welcome to attend as many academic events as your schedule allows.

Expand the sections below to see times, locations, and programs for each academic college. Room numbers for academic information sessions will be included in the paper program and Guidebook app.

Need help? A great way to find what sessions fit you best is to search for your major or minor in our Find My Program page. That helps you figure out which academic college houses your primary interest. If you are undecided about your potential major in college, feel free to check out any academic session and our Exploratory Students session.

Morning Academic Events (9 a.m. - Noon)

Locations: Harrison Hall; Wilson Hall

*Major-specific information sessions: 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. 

  • English
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
  • History
  • International Affairs*
  • Justice Studies*
  • Philosophy & Religion 
  • Political Science*
  • Public Policy & Administration*
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • School of Communication Studies
  • School of Media Arts and Design*
  • School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication*

Locations: Engineering/Geosciences (EnGeo); King Hall

Major-specific information sessions: 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Science & Technology
  • Intelligence Analysis

Locations: Engineering/Geosciences (EnGeo); Physics/Chemistry (Phys/Chem); Bioscience Building

Department Tours: 9 - 9:50 a.m. from 1st floor of EnGeo and Phys/Chem

Major-specific information sessions: 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental Programs
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Locations: Forbes Center; Duke Hall

Major-specific information sessions: 9 a.m. & 10 a.m.

  • School of Art, Design and Art History
  • School of Music
  • School of Theatre and Dance

Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Advising provides aspiring health professionals with the information, advising, and application support necessary to engage in career exploration, achieve excellence in core competencies, and prepare for admission to health professions schools.

Location: Engineering/Geosciences (EnGeo) Building

Minors: Pre-Athletic Training; Pre-Dentistry; Pre-Medicine; Pre-Optometry; Pre-Physical Therapy; Pre-Pharmacy; Pre-Veterinary Medicine; Pre-Physician Assistant; Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • 9 - 9:45 a.m.: Pre-Professional Health Overview and Q&A
  • 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Student Panel
  • 11 - 11:45 a.m.: Pre-Professional Health Overview and Q&A
Afternoon Academic Events (1 - 4 p.m.)

Location: Hartman Hall

College overview sessions: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m.

Major-specific information sessions: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

  • Accounting
  • Computer information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance & Quantitative Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Location: The Union

Teacher Education overview: 1 p.m.

Major-specific information sessions: 2 p.m. & 3 pm.

  • Elementary Education (PreK - 6th grades)
  • Inclusive Early Childhood (Birth - age 5)
  • Special Education (K - 12th grades)
  • Middle Grades Education (6th - 8th grades)
  • Secondary Education (6th - 12th grades)

Location: Health and Behavioral Studies Building; Miller Hall; Wilson Auditorium

Major-specific information sessions: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

  • Health Professions:
    • Dietetics
    • Health Services Administration
    • Occupational Therapy (graduate program)
    • Athletic Training (graduate program)
    • Physicians Assistant (graduate program)
  • Kinesiology
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Social Work

Location: Godwin Hall

Major-specific information sessions: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

  • Hospitality Management
  • Sport and Recreation Management

Learn more about our Honors College and how you can be part of a program designed to strengthen your education at JMU. 

Open House: 1 - 4 p.m.

Location: Hillcrest House

Join us as Cadets and Cadre from the JMU Army ROTC Duke Battalion discuss the program and answer questions about what is necessary to fulfill the Professional Military Education requirements for a commission as an Officer in the US Army upon graduation.

Location: Festival Conference and Student Center

Information sessions: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Academic Events offered Throughout the Day

Come learn about our General Education Program at JMU, and how credits earned in high school through programs like AP, IB or Dual Enrollment can apply to those classes.

Location: The Union Ballroom (5th floor)

Information Sessions: 10 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m.

Intentionally choosing Exploratory as your pathway at JMU allows individuals to take courses from a variety of areas across campus with the goal of finding their best fit major. Exploratory Advising supports and guides students in the process of finding a major, helping students thoughtfully explore their interests, goals and career aspirations through a variety of resources.

Location: Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Information Sessions:

  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Overview and Q&A
  • Noon - 1 p.m.: Student Panel
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Overview and Q&A

JMU X-Labs is designed to teach innovation with intention. Its programming challenges students to take ownership of their education, pivot creatively, and confidently tackle problems. The “X” in JMU X-Labs represents the variable of discipline – any and every major is welcome. Come learn more about our academic classes, Pop-Ups, Open Lab hours, and events.

X-Labs Open House: Noon - 3 p.m.

Come learn about the over 80 study abroad programs available to JMU students.

Location: The Union 256

Information Sessions: 10 a.m., Noon and 1:30 p.m.

Student Resource Events

Learn about the admissions process or other support services for students at our student resource events. Expand the topics below to see event times and locations.

Want more on the JMU admissions process and financial aid and scholarships procedures? Come watch our 25-minute video that will answer most of your questions while it loops continuously during this time.

Festival Conference and Student Center, Balloom A
Offered continuously from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Madison Hall, 1001
Offered continuously from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Are you looking to transfer to JMU? Come hear from Admissions and University Advising staff as they help you navigate the transfer admissions process.

Location: Student Success Center


  • 11 - 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Do you have a question about the admissions process you can’t get answered anywhere else? This is the place for you. (Please note that this Q&A session is merely for your information, as JMU does not use an interview as part of our admissions process.)

Festival Conference and Student Center, Ballroom B/C
Offered continuously from Noon - 3 p.m.

Madison Hall, 1002
Offered continously from Noon - 3 p.m.

Come explore our amazing University Recreation Center (UREC) and learn about the multitude of opportunities that are available to students through UREC.

UREC Open House: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

UREC Tours: 

  • Group tours are offered continulously from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Self-guided tours are available during normal operating hours from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Get a chance to ask questions of the Student Success professionals on campus who can assist you as you move through your JMU career. Over 18 offices will have representatives available!

Location: Student Success Center

Open House: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Campus Tours

Take a 45-minute tour with a Student Ambassador tour guide to see one side of campus or the other. The tours focus on the student experience at JMU.

East Campus Tours

Offered continuously from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Leave from the lower level of Festival.

West Campus Tours

Offered continuously from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Leave from the Burruss Fountain.

Residence Hall Tours

Come get a chance to look inside one of our two model residence hall rooms on campus and see what your room could look like when you come to JMU.

Shenandoah Hall

Offered continuously from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hillside Hall

Offered continously from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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