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What is the Second Year Success Program?

The Second Year Success program is designed to help second-year students learn about themselves and engage with the JMU community through a series of meetings and campus activities. Topics will include exploring your personal identity and strengths through the StrengthsFinder assessment, strategies for success through our “Sophomore Success” common reading book, conversations structured around academic, civic and community engagement, etc. Topics may vary based off cohort interest and time. 

The program is available to second year students for the 2019-2020 academic year, and it is funded through a grant from the Division of Student Affairs.

Why Was the Program Created?

Colleges and universities dedicate significant time and resources to acclimate first year students. Often, the same attention is not given to second year students, leaving them open to questions of belonging and identity. This program’s mission is to provide an experience for second year students to explore their goals and strengths, identify helpful resources on campus, and engage with other students so they can be successful in their years to come at JMU and beyond.

How Can I Apply?

Second year students can apply on a rolling basis from August 26th to October 4th. The program will meet every Friday afternoon from 2:30-4pm from October 11th-November 15th of the Fall semester. 

At the end of the Spring semester, students who have completed the program requirements will be invited to the “Halfway There” Celebration and receive their certificate, tote bag and shirt! 

What Are the Requirements of the Program?

  1. Attend at least 4 out of the 6 meetings with other participants
  2. Accomplish 3 items from the program punch card (ex: attend a Deep Impact conversation, go to Tea Time at Madison Union, attend professor office hours) 
  3. Complete pre-program and post-program questionnaire

Who is eligible?

The program is open to any second year student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework at JMU or another institution of higher education.


If you have further questions, please email Cassidy Persson at

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