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I received my acceptance letter... now what?

Follow the specific instructions found in your acceptance letter to pay the deposit. Once you have done so:

  • Complete the One Book steps to declare your major, complete your housing contract, start registering for classes, etc…
  • Apply for your student visa.
When should I arrive on-campus?

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

  • Summer Springboard is a 1-day orientation which takes place in June or July to introduce you to JMU. You can opt not to attend.
  • Transitions is the mandatory orientation program for new international students. 
    • Option A: August 20-23 – This 3-day option is specifically designed for students who live abroad as we provide airport pick-up, early move-in to your residence hall, set-up bank account, arrange shopping trips. You'll learn to navigate your campus, its many resources as well as on and off-campus expectations, mixed with fun activities, personal connections, and what it means to be a successful JMU student.
    • Option B: August 30 @3-5pm – Transitions Meeting is a condensed orientation to cover only the mandatory immigration and health insurance material that every F-1 student holders need to know and attend.
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  • 1787 is the orientation program for every new students which marks the official beginning of your JMU experience.

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. 
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.

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

  • How do I complete the One Book emergency notification step?
  • What about my tuition and fees?
  • 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 and the Resources section of our webpage too. For more questions comments and concerns, please contact the following individuals:

  • Thomas Lavenir - for information related to Transitions and the arrival process.
  • - for information related to immigration and visas.

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