Applying to the Honors College as an incoming freshman involves the following steps.
1. Apply to JMU, then to Honors
  • You must first apply to JMU before applying to the Honors College. After submitting your JMU application, you can access the Honors College application with the same username that you used on your JMU application.
  • Do not wait to receive your decision from JMU before applying to the Honors College. You can apply anytime until the February 28th deadline.
  • There is no application fee for Honors.
2. Test scores
  • SAT I and/or ACT scores should be entered in the designated field on the Honors College Application. Official test scores are not required to be sent to the Honors College office separately.
  • While the application provides room to list some activities, honors, awards, and distinctions, you are encouraged to submit (1) formal resumes and/or (2) updated or semester grades if not reflected on your original transcript(s) submitted to JMU. This supplemental material should be submitted as attachments to Please put your full (last/first/middle) name in the subject line.
3. Essay Questions
  • The application includes two essay questions. Your responses should be in your own words and each response should be at least 200 and no more than 500 words. Your responses should be crafted to help us understand your life goals and preparation for future plans and also demonstrate that you understand the purpose of the JMU Honors College.
  • Essay Question #1: Based upon your understanding of the Honors College, what kind of student do you think the College should be looking for and why do you think you are that kind of student?
  • Essay Question #2: What are your long-term goals and how do you think participation in the Honors College will help you achieve them?

If you have additional questions after reading the information provided, please call (540) 568-6953 or email honors@jmu.eduIf you are unable to login to the Honors College application, please send an e-mail to with a description of the error message. Be sure to include your full name and note that you are applying to the JMU Honors College.

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