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Undergraduate Program Requirements

CSP award recipients receive financial assistance and the opportunity to grow academically, professionally, and as an individual. The requirements listed below provide a multifaceted support system that monitors all undergraduates in the program, while still holding them accountable for their development throughout their time at JMU. 

In addition to Pell Grant eligibility through a preliminary and an annual verification process, students must adhere to the following requirements to remain in the program. 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Centennials are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in the program.

Study Hall 

All CSP incoming freshmen and transfers are required to attend six hours of supervised study hall per week during their first semester at JMU. Maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA will remove this requirement for future semesters.

Community Service

Centennials must complete 50 hours of community service per semester, totaling 100 hours every academic year in the Harrisonburg area. Community service completed outside of the Harrisonburg area will not be counted.

Small Group Meetings 

Each Centennial is assigned to a small cohort with other undergraduate students in CSP. Mandatory small group meetings are held weekly and are led by a Graduate Assistant Mentor. 

Large Group Meetings

All Centennials are required to attend bi-weekly large group meetings, which take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 4:30-5:30pm on campus. 

One-on-One Meetings

All Centennials are required to meet with the Executive Director or the Assistant Director, in addition to their mentor Graduate Assistant throughout the academic year. 

Employment Restrictions

CSP undergraduates may not hold outside employment during the academic year, unless prior approval has been granted by the Executive Director. However, students are strongly encouraged to gain employment during breaks and the summer.

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