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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 9 through Saturday July 22, 2017. Our programs traditionally begin on a Sunday in July, and last for 2 weeks, ending on a Saturday. Both programs respectively kickoff 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 per participant. This fee covers lodging in JMU residence halls, meals in JMU dining facilities, activities, etc. Upon acceptance, this fee can be split into two separate payments of $250.

How Are Participants Selected?

Applicants, parents/guardians, and those offering recommendations will complete and submit the following online forms:

  • Participant Application
  • Parental Information Form
  • 500-700 Word Essay
  • School Recommendation Form
  • General Recommendation Form
  • Send Transcripts

From there, the program director along with a selection committee will select participants for the program based upon application materials submitted by the deadline. Our goal is always to accept a diverse group of participants, as a part of their growth will be learning from one another.

How Do I Apply?

Applications will go live on this website on Monday, February 6, 2017. Please complete our short Summer Programs 2017 Interest Form. This will ensure that we have your contact information to email you on that date, as a reminder. That form can be accessed through the following link: If you should have any questions, we can be reached at or Thank you for your interest!