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How to Apply as an Incoming Freshman

The Centennial Scholars Program application for the 2021-2022 academic year for incoming freshman applying for fall admission to JMU is now CLOSED!

The application process has two phases; the eligibility phase and the interview phase. Applicants must be eligible for CSP in order to continue to the interview phase. The application process detailed below applies to incoming freshman who plan to enter JMU in the Fall semester.

  • Apply to JMU
    • CSP accepts early-action and regular decision applicants. Students who apply to JMU early-action and are deferred to regular decision, are still able to apply to CSP. JMU regular decision applicants that have not received an Admissions' response, are still able to apply to CSP.
    • Students must be a Virginia resident according to the Admission's Office application record.
  • Review CSP Eligibility and Undergraduate Program Requirements
    • Please note: All students must be Pell Grant Eligible and within a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) range to to qualify for an interview. All information provided on the FAFSA is preliminary until the JMU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships can verify Pell Grant Eligibility.
  • Complete the Online CSP Application
    • Applications are available from February 1st to March 1.
    • Students must have a JMU ID number to complete the CSP online application. Student's JMU ID number is located in the JMU Applicant Center, under "Personal Information."
  • CSP Decision Email Notice
    • Within 3-4 weeks after the CSP application deadline and following the JMU admission decisions, CSP applicants will be contacted via email regarding their application status.
    • If all eligibility requirements are met, applicants will proceed to Phase Two of the CSP application process.
  • Respond to the Email Interview Invitation
    • Eligibile applications will receive an email with a link to sign up for an interview time.
  • Attend the mandatory CSP interview
    • Freshman interviews are held in the Student Success Center on the JMU campus.
    • The interviews are typically Friday and Monday in early April during the JMU Admissions' Choices programs.
    • NOTE: Should we move to a Remote/Virtual interview process, you will receive an email with instructions on the process. 
  • CSP Decisions Emailed
    • Within 1-2 week(s) after all freshman CSP interviews have been conducted, applicants will be contacted regarding their final decision.
    • Preliminary financial eligibility screening only determines if applicants are able to receive an interview.
    • The interview phase of the application process determines which students are accepted into the program, pending final financial verification. 
  • Student Confirmation of CSP Grant Acceptance
    • Students must accept their grant award by the deadline stated in the email decision notice.
    • Final determination of financial eligibility is made by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS).
    • NOTE: If OFAS determines that a student is not Pell Grant eligible; CSP is unable to accept that student into the program.


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