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Male Academy and Female Institute Programs

The JMU Male Academy for Academic Achievement and Female Institute for Learning and Development are exciting two-week summer programs, which provide an opportunity for students, who will be rising 9th through 12th graders in the fall to live and learn on a college campus, as well as enrich their development academically and socially.

This academic enrichment experience includes classes in Math, Writing, and History with passionate and dedicated instructors from across the country. Other sessions provided to enhance personal development include topics in the area of leadership skills, career development, diversity, recreation, community service, personal and social problem solving, and teambuilding. Goals of the program are that participants will:

  • Develop knowledge about the collegiate experience and tools necessary to be accepted into and successful in college
  • Learn to navigate a college campus with awareness of the types of resources available
  • Develop meaningful relationships with young men/women in their peer groups
  • Adopt healthy views on manhood and masculinity/womanhood

When Do These Programs Take Place?

This year's program dates are Sunday, July 10th through Saturday, July 23rd. Our programs traditionally begin on a Sunday in July, and last for 2 weeks, ending on a Saturday. Both programs respectively begin with an opening ceremony for participants and families, and end with a closing banquet for both as well.

Who Is Eligible?

The programs are for rising 9th through 12th grade students. In the selection process, an emphasis will be placed on students with limited exposure to college, minority students, those who would be first generation college students, and/or students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

However, all students are encouraged to apply. Young men/women from a variety of diverse backgrounds are selected for participation in the program each year, and learn a lot from one another as a result of our strategic selections.

What Does It Cost?

The cost of the program is $500.00. This cost includes housing, meals, tuition and fees, activities, etc. If accepted into the program, a $250.00 non-refundable deposit will be required by Friday, May 20th, 2016. The remaining balance of $250.00 is due by Monday June 17th, 2016. Please do not send a deposit or any payments until you have recieved a notice of acceptance from us. Please mail all payments to: James Madison University, Center for Multicultural Student Services, 285 Warren Service Drive, Madison Union 207 MSC 3504, Harrisonburg VA, 22807.

How Are Participants Selected?

Applicants, parents/guardians, school officials. and those offering recommendations will complete and submit the required online forms. From there, the program director along with a selection committee will select participants for the program based upon application materials submitted by the deadline.

Male Academy for Academic Achievement

Female Institute for Learning and Development

How Do I Access Applications?

Our application deadline for this year was Tuesday, April 5 at 5pm est. We have closed all other application components, but will still be accepting School Recommendation Forms and Transcripts from participants who have submitted all other required materials (due to how close our deadline aligned with Spring Break). If you missed this year's application deadline, we look forward to your application next year! In August we will provide a link on this website for you to complete an Interest Form. This allows us to collect your email address, so that we can email you in February of 2017 when applications go live again. Thank you for your interest!

Male Academy Application School Requirements:

  1. School Recommendation Form:
  2. Official Transcripts (school must email to or send to the mailing adress listed above)

Female Institute Application School Requirements:

  1. School Recommendation Form:
  2. Official Transcripts (school must email to or send to the mailing adress listed above)

Please view the following link for information regarding Policy 1406 - Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect:

When Will We Know If We Are Selected?

Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, April 22nd, 2016.