Application and Deadlines
Completed applications must be received by these dates to be considered.
Incoming Students

November 29

Late applications may be submitted before May 1 with notification after May 15. 

Please download and complete the Honors College application form and submit to honors@jmu.edu with "Incoming Student Application" in the email subject line.

Current JMU Students

December 22
For spring admission

May 15
For fall admission

Please download and complete the Honors College application form and submit to honors@jmu.edu with "Current Student Application" in the email subject line.

Transfer Students

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis after notification of acceptance to JMU.

* Students in honors programs at select Virginia community colleges may transfer directly into the Honors College. 

Please download and complete the Honors College application form and submit to honors@jmu.edu with "Transfer Student Application" in the email subject line.

Application Criteria

Student are admitted on the basis of grades from previous and current institution(s) and the strength of their application essay.

  • Applicants typically have a cumulative unweighted GPA above 3.5 at all previous institutions.
  • Strong, well-written essay that demonstrates a coherent argument, appropriate word choices, and sufficiently addresses the question prompt.

In most cases, the minimum length of study required to complete the Honors curriculum at JMU is 5 semesters. Students who anticipate graduating in four semesters should explain in the optional "additional information" section of the application how they expect to complete their Honors coursework within their anticipated timeframe. It is always advised that you contact the Honors Advisor for assistance in planning and projecting your time to degree.

For more information on admissions to the Honors College, please contact honors@jmu.edu.

Transfer and current students may be eligible for second-year Honors housing in Shenandoah Hall or Apartments on Grace.

All transfer and current students admitted for the spring semester are required to do the following:

Decisions

Incoming First Year Students

Decisions can be found in the Applicant Center in the MyMadison web portal. Please note that all applicants' status will be "incomplete" until all items are reviewed and processed by the JMU Admissions Office.

  • Students must have applied to JMU by the stated deadline for Honors.
  • If an Honors early action applicant is deferred by the JMU Admissions Office, the Honors decision will be deferred to regular decision. 

Decisions made by the Honors College have no bearing on decisions made by the JMU Office of Admissions. 

Final admissions considerations by the Honors College are made AFTER Office of Admissions decisions have been released. The Honors College does not share admissions decisions with the JMU Office of Admissions.

Current JMU Students 

Current students will be notified by email within 3 weeks of the application deadline. Students must declare the minor in MyMadison in order to be formally admitted.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be notified by email and through their MyMadison accounts within 3 weeks of applying. Students must be accepted to JMU prior to submitting an Honors College application.

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