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When should I arrive on-campus?

If you will be attending JMU in the Fall semester (August):

  • Transitions is the orientation program for new international students and students who live abroad. More information forthcoming

If you will be attending JMU in the Spring semester (January):

  • Plan to arrive on campus or Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Saturday, January 11 2020 as Transitions (the orientation program). Make sure to contact Thomas Lavenir to arrange for your arrival and provide with specific details. 

    • Saturday, Jan. 11: If you requested to be picked-up at the IAD airport (around 1pm), meet in the Baggage Claim Area 11's waiting area. Once you arrive on campus we will then arrange your move into your residence Hall. At 6:15pm we will meet in front of Madison Hall's main entrance (also the entrance to the Admissions office) to head out for dinner in town

    • Sunday,  Jan. 12: Starting at 9am we will meet in front of Madison Hall's main entrance (also the entrance to the Admissions office) to enjoy some brunch and then cover important and useful related information such as  JMU 101, what to expect, health insurance as well as a campus tour and shopping.

During this weekend Thomas Lavenir can be reached on his office number: (540) 568-7314 as his calls will be forwarded to his cell phone.

Where can I stay overnight?

Near the Dulles Airport- These hotels offer a free shuttle to and from the airport.

In Harrisonburg-

How can I get to JMU?

Dulles International Airport [IAD]

We recommend that you fly in to Dulles International Airport. It is located approximately 2 hours (driving distance) from JMU.

  • Fall semester (August) When you attend the 3-day Transitions program (option A) we provide 2 shuttles to pick you (students only) up at no cost (as long as you make the necessary reservation [LINK]):
    • 9:30am Purple Bus: Dulles Airport Comfort Inn lobby
    • 2pm Gold Bus: Dulles International Airport- Baggage Area 11
  • Spring semester (January): We are providing for a shuttle to pick you up (students only) on Saturday, January 11 around 1pm from the Dulles International Airport- Baggage Area 11

 Alternative options:

  • The Virginia Breeze/the Mega Bus provides a daily round-trip to JMU/Harrisonburg and the Dulles international Airport. The cost is approximately $40.
  • Shenandoah Regional Airport [SHD] is the closest airport, only 25 minutes away (driving distance) from JMU/Harrisonburg. To get to JMU/Harrisonburg, arrange (online) for a shuttle to transport you to Harrisonburg/JMU. The cost is approximately $40.
Contact Info

You may have many questions on your mind, including the following ones:

  • Should I bring my cell phone?
  • Will there be linen in my room?
  • What is my JMU mailing address?
  • Who are the LINKers?

You will find the answers to these questions in this handout. For more questions comments and concerns, please contact the following individuals:

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