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Welcome to JMU!

To be academically and socially successful, you'll likely need support along the way. Let us help you out! Below are just some of the great resources on JMU's campus designed to assist you during this important transition in your life!

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Orientation and Transition Email Communication

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Dukes First Year Peer Mentor Program

Going to college is exciting and full of endless opportunities, but can be difficult and overwhelming! Are you still looking to get connected to the campus community? Are you wanting to learn more about campus resources or how to get involved? The Dukes First Year Program is the perfect opportunity for you.

The Dukes First Year Peer Mentor program is designed to provide individualized support for new students who will be paired with an upper-class mentor that will aid in their transition to JMU. The program focuses on building a strong connection with your mentor and becoming acclimated to the campus community. This experience can be tailored to meet individual needs, but will aim to connect students to various campus resources that will support your academics, promote health and well-being, and help students find their place in the JMU community. If you have any questions, please email Mallory Powers (

If you’re interested in joining this program and connecting with a peer mentor, please complete this short survey: 

Dukes First Year Peer Mentor Survey

Required steps

All incoming first-year, transfer and graduate students are required to complete four training modules. You can find more information on the Required Online Programs for Students page.

The One Book website includes several steps to prepare you for your transition to JMU.


Learn about JMU's financial aid process, the FAFSA and scholarships at

Find information about Madison Money Manager and payment options at

Find dining locations, meal plan options and employment opportunities at 

Purchase a meal plan through Card services at

Shop for course materials, textbooks, rentals, and digital, computers, JMU apparel and school supplies at


Encourage your student to meet with their Academic Advisor as needed.

Find academic support available for your student at

Learn more about the accommodations available to students at

Life at JMU

Research JMU's residence halls at Take a look at our residence halls with the Virtual Tour option.



Explore off-campus housing options at

Get familiar with parking options on campus and transportation around campus and the surrounding Harrisonburg community at


Learn about clinical services and educational resources offered at

Find mental health support, resources and self care at


Unsure where to find help? Let the Dean of Students connect you at

Explore options for living a healthy lifestyle at


Discover ways to get involved in student organizations and clubs at

Start wearing purple and learn about sporting events at


DMAD brings over 100 New Dukes together before Weeks of Welcome to volunteer with a non-profit partner in a small group led by students and CEVC staff. Learn more by visiting

MOAT is a three-night, four-day adventure program designed for new JMU students. Students will meet up with welcoming and knowledgeable student trip leaders to tent camp, rock climb, hike, and canoe in the Shenandoah Valley. No experience is necessary. Learn more by visiting our website.


Resources for Families

Find programs, services and information to enhance and support your student's academic and social growth at

Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Tim Miller, Student Affairs staff, and Parent’s Council members will host virtual question and answer sessions about move-in. There will be a brief overview of ways to stay connected with student life on campus, a preview of important parent communications you'll see throughout the year, and tips and tricks to make move-in successful.  

Feel free to register and join in any of these virtual sessions:  

 For questions, contact

The Office of Family Engagement and Student Affairs invite families to a reception during move-in to share resources, connect with other families, meet with JMU administrators, and toast to a special occasion. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.  You are welcome to attend anytime between 6-8 p.m.   

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 6–8 p.m. in the Hall of Presidents (D-Hall, 3rd Floor) 
  • Friday, Aug. 18, 6–8 p.m. in the Hall of Presidents (D-Hall, 3rd Floor)

 For questions, contact

Virtual Tours

360 Tours

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