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As we start the 2020-2021 academic year, we understand that the “new normal” has not yet been established. We recognize that everyone’s academic experiences have been impacted by the virus. Regardless of the changes you and your students encountered, we are here to help. We are as committed as ever to working with you to support your students through the college search process. This new year provides unique avenues for us to foster growth in our relationship as we create together the “new normal.”

It is with this in mind that we are pleased to announce the launch of our Counselor Education Program. Our goal is to help you by being transparent and accessible. To meet this, we have revamped this website into a one-stop-shop of helpful resources and ways to connect with our office. We will also be sending out monthly newsletters and offering regularly scheduled webinars to keep you updated on what is new at JMU and to provide helpful information as you counsel your students through the college search and application process.

Please reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns—we are here to help and would love to connect! You are more than welcome to reach your regional admissions counselor, email the Counselor Education Program, or call us at 540-568-5681. If you are not on our mailing list already, please consider joining here.

Best wishes,

JMU Admissions

Counselor Open House

We will be offering a Counselor Open House again in the Spring of 2021. Please check back for more information.

Downloadable Resources

View or download any of our admissions publications and resources.

Upcoming Webinars

September 29, 2-3PM

JMU Admissions 101 - Register Now
Join us for our Admissions 101 webinar with Chris Carlberg (he/him/his), an Assistant Director of Admissions at James Madison University. During the session, you will learn more specific details about the application and decision-making process at JMU and have the opportunity to ask your burning questions (as well as any frequently asked by your students).

October 13, 2-3PM

Chat with the Dean: Financial Aid and Scholarships - Register Now
Join JMU’s Dean of Admissions, Michael Walsh, as he talks with Brad Barnett, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships. They will review the different opportunities available to JMU students and applicants, talk through eligibility requirements, cover the selection process, and answer any additional questions you may have.

Please join our counselor mailing list to recieve additional information and please stay tuned as we plan additional webinar offerings.

Recorded Videos and Webinars

September Chat with the Dean

COVID-19 Impact on Evaluation Process

Ways to Stay Connected to JMU

COVID-19 Impact

We realize every school system has made challenging decisions on grades and course offerings due to the pandemic. We will take all of that into consideration when evaluating transcripts during our application review process. We are here to help! If you have any questions, concerns, or general comments, please do not hesitate contact our office at 540-568-5681, reach out to your regional admissions counselor or email

*All grading anomalies will be taken into consideration during the application review process.

Visit JMU’s Campus

We would love to have you come and visit our new admissions building and see all the exciting growth on campus once we officially reopen!

To join us for an information session and campus tour in the future, don’t register, but view our schedule. Email us at that you are coming with the date and time. We’d love to say hello and provide lunch for you on campus while you are here, but please let us know in advance!

Planning a school or group visit? Please contact us at visit-jmu@edu to schedule.

Request a Visit from JMU

Our fall travel has been suspended due to covid-19. While we regret not being able to visit your school in-person, we would love to meet with you and your students virtually.

Feel free to reach out to our travel coordinator, Jamie Didawick (via e-mail at to schedule a virtual visit, panel attendance, or college fair.

Admissions Information

Tracking Your Students:
We would like to keep you updated on the status of applicants from your school. Please use the Counselor's Companion to track your students.

Most answers regarding our admissions process can be found on this site. If you or your students have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Letter of Recommendation Submission Process:
We have retained the same submission process for letters of recommendation as we have used in the last few years. 

Our process requires the student to submit the reference's email address. Our office will then send directions to the recommender on how to complete the submission process. Please do not send the regional counselor or the application processing team letters of recommendation directly without consulting your school’s regional counselor first.

Mid-Year Grades:
Mid-year grades may be requested to be reviewed with a student's application. While mid-year grades are not required, studies have shown that students who experience a drop in their senior year grades will often follow with poor grades in their freshman year of college, so it is always in the student's best interest to continue to do well through senior year.

JMU requires a final official transcript for all admitted students after graduation, and we reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission due to poor academic performance in the senior year.

Connect with Us

Open House

Want to learn more about what JMU has to offer? Join us for our Virtual Open House! JMU's Virtual Open House will consist of online events throughout the month of October, and will include live chats with faculty, staff, and current students. You will have the opportunity to attend academic presentations, learn more about the honors program, financial aid, study abroad, student life and more! Please join us in October and encourage your students to register, too.


JMYou is our very own closed social media platform for prospective students. JMYou is where your students can connect with current JMU students and their regional admissions counselor to get answers to all of their questions. They’re also able to read articles and join the discussion on a variety of topics to further familiarize themselves with JMU. Please encourage your students to join by signing up here:


On Instagram? So are we! You and your students can follow us @jmuadmissions to see what is new in our office, get application information, deadline reminders, and meet our team.

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