Congratulations on accepting your admissions offer to join the JMU community! We know that must have been a big decision for you and your family, as transitioning to college is a big step to take in life. With this big decision out of the way, you’re going to be a pro at making a few more decisions that await you. This is the beginning of the three-phase process of successfully transitioning to JMU. Read on to learn about each of the phases.

The One Book

The One Book is your one-stop-shop that contains all the important steps, details and information you need to begin the transition to JMU. The One Book, and the companion website, will guide you through steps to complete in preparation for Summer Springboard and making the transition to campus in August. It is important that you – not your parents or siblings – complete all of the steps by the stated deadlines. Why wait until the deadlines? Get ahead by completing the steps early!

Summer Springboard

We are excited to welcome you to JMU and are eager to help you transition to your life as a Duke. We hope you and your family are remaining safe and healthy and please know that JMU is closely monitoring the ongoing guidance and recommendations related to COVID-19. We want you to know that the Governor of Virginia’s stay-at-home order through June 10 has led us to offer a virtual Summer Springboard orientation. We know you were looking forward to coming to Harrisonburg to begin your Madison experience but your safety and well-being will always be our top priority. We look forward to engaging with you virtually soon and will share more specific details in May.

1787 Weeks of Welcome

Finally, we’ll round out your transition with 1787 Weeks of Welcome, our fall welcome weeks program. This is the official beginning of your JMU experience…you’ll move into your residence hall, reconnect with your OPA, meet your First yeaR Orientation Guide (FROG), and be immersed in several academic and social programs throughout the first few weeks to help you become acclimated to the campus. Sure, there will be fun times and many memories made, but the important thing about these weeks is that we help you get prepared for the collegiate experience that you have chosen for the next chapter of your life. We hope you’re ready for all that we have in store for you, because the university is excited about you, as the newest member of James Madison University!

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