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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, diversity, recreation, community service, personal and social problem solving, environmental stewardship, 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 5th through Saturday, July 18th. 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?

In this selection process, an emphasis will be placed on students with limited exposure to college, minority students, students 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.

How Are Participants Selected?

Applicants will complete and submit this online application. Applicants will also complete and submit a 500 to 700 word essay. Lastly, 2 online recommendation forms will be required: 1) By their school counselor and 2) By another adult who is knowledgeable about the applicant. More instructions on how to access online forms for the essay and recommendations will be included at the end of this application. From there, the program director along with a selection committee will select participants for the program based upon application materials submitted by the deadline.

What is The Deadline?

APPLICATION DEADLINES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH . No additional materials will be able to be submitted beyond 8am, the morning of Monday, April 20th. If you have additional materials to turn in currently, please take advantage of this additional week to submit. If you are unsure of what materials you have not submitted, please contact the director of your respective program of interest using the following information:

Male Academy

Female Institute

Please consider leaving a voicemail if you decide to reach us by phone, and we will be sure to get back to you at our earliest convenience. Individuals accepted into the program will recieve an acceptance email and information regarding the next stage in the process in late April/early May.

What Does It Cost?

The cost of the program is $500.00. This cost includes housing, meals, tuition and fees, and all costs associated with any travel taken as a part of the program. If accepted into the program, a $250.00 non-refundable deposit will be required by Friday, May 29th, 2015. The date for the remaining balance of $250.00 is due by Monday June 15th, 2015. 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 Do I Access Applications?

Application links for both programs are included below. Your applications are not complete until all application requirements (Steps 1 through 6) are submitted. Be sure to read the landing pages at the end of the applications carefully. Also, please be sure to complete the proper forms for the program you are applying to (Male Academy or Female Institute). Although the applications are similar, the submissions will be stored based on the specific program application.

What About School Counselor Recommendation Forms and Official Transcripts?

Participant Applications for both programs require that you include your school counselor's name and email address. We then take that information and email them personally requesting this information. In that email we provide a link to the online School Counselor Recommendation Form.

Male Academy Application Materials Checklist:
  1. Participant Application:
  2. 500 to 700 Word Essay:
  3. Parental Information Form:
  4. General Recommendation Form:
  5. School Counselor Recommendation Form
  6. Official Transcripts
Female Institute Application Materials Checklist:
  1. Participant Application:
  2. 500 to 700 Word Essay:
  3. Parental Information Form:
  4. General Recommendation Form:
  5. School Counselor Recommendation Form
  6. Official Transcripts

Please view the following link for information regarding Policy 1406 - Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect: For any questions or concerns about our programs, please email or

Male Academy and Female Institute Staff Applications Are Available!

Our staff are essential to the management, flow, and success of this program. Each year we hire local college students for the following positions:

  • Resident Advisors (4)
  • Hall Director (1)
  • Administrative Assistant (1)

Please see the links below to apply. Each staff application link provides more information about the various positions. Application deadlines are Friday, April 10th!

Male Academy for Academic Achievement Staff Application Materials

Female Institute for Learning and Development Staff Application Materials