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JMU Jargon

ANTs  are Assisting New Transfer Student peers that will guide transfer students through Summer Springboard and Transfer 1787. They also transferred and can give you the scoop on what it’s like to transfer to JMU.

Chips is Mr. Chips, a full-service convenience store located across the street from the JMU Bookstore.

Convo is the Convocation Center, where basketball games, many concerts and public events are held.

D-Hall is the all-you-care-to-eat dining facility on the Bluestone side of campus.

Duke Dog Alley is a tunnel under I-81 that allows you to easily get from the west side of campus to UREC and the Convo.

Dukes, that’s us! Our mascot, Duke Dog, honors former JMU President Samuel Page Duke.

FLEX is a declining-balance account that you or your family can add money to.

FROGs are First-yeaR Orientation Guides who will guide you during 1787 August Orientation.

FYI, First Year Involvement, located in Huffman Hall, is open to first-year students and resident advisors. It’s a place where you can have fun and get assistance with writing projects and academic support.

GenEd is the General Education Program, the liberal arts core curriculum required of every student.

JAC is your JMU Access Card.

MOAT stands for Madison Orientation Adventure Trips for incoming students.

OCL is the Off Campus Life office that can assist commuter students with finding off-campus housing, roommates and signing up for utility deposit assistance.

OPAs, Orientation Peer Advisers will guide you through Summer Springboard Orientation and help run 1787 August Orientation.

ORL is the Office of Residence Life, located in Huffman Hall, and is in charge of all on-campus housing.

TDU is Taylor Down Under, one of our on-campus coffee shops and great place to hang out.

UHC is the University Health Center.

UREC is the University Recreation Center with aerobic, cardio and weight rooms, various sports courts, a climbing wall, an indoor track, a junior Olympic-size pool, an awesome Adventure Center and even a smoothie bar.