Get ready for Springboard!

Follow the steps in your One Book to reserve your spot for Summer Springboard Orientation and check back here for updates and information.

We can’t wait to welcome you to JMU. Bring your questions and get ready to meet our phenomenal students, faculty and staff!

Chat with JMU

Representatives from Residence Life, University Business Office, Financial Aid, and the Registrar will be available to respond to your questions.

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4
Drop in

Thursdays, 9 - 11 a.m.
June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
Drop in

Schedule for Your Day

All your unique links to these virtual events will be available on your personal page, which will be emailed a few days before your reserved date.

Noon - 12:20 p.m. - University Welcome
Get started with a message from President Alger and our Orientation staff!

12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Check-in and Peer Discussion
Meet your Orientation Peer Adviser and other Dukes in your group, ask questions and get the inside scoop on how to succeed academically and socially.

1:30 - 2:25 p.m. - Your College Home
Meet faculty in your academic college and learn more about the academic opportunities that lie ahead.

2:45 - 4 p.m. - Academic Advising
Meet your first-year academic advisor and plan for your bright future at JMU.

3:30 - 5 p.m. - What's Next
Have any final questions or thoughts? Debrief with your OPA at the end of the day.

Need help with Internet access?

First-Year Springboard Dates

College of Arts & Letters
June 22, 24, 29, July 6, 7, 9, 15

College of Business
June 22, 24, 30, July 6, 8, 9, 14, 16

College of Education
June 24, 30, July 6, 7, 16

College of Health & Behavioral Studies
June 22, 23, 25, 29, July 7, 9, 14, 15

College of Integrated Science & Engineering
June 23, 25, 29, July 7, 8, 15

College of Science & Mathematics
June 23, 25, 30, July 6, 8, 16

College of Visual Performing Arts
June 25, 29, July 8, 14, 15

Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management
June 22, 24, 30, July 8, 16

Independent Scholars
June 24, 25, 30, July 6, 16

June 23, 24, 30, July 6, 7, 9, 14, 16

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Springboard Day
  1. Communicate with others about your schedule to avoid interruptions.
  2. Set up a comfortable and quiet space.
  3. Grab snacks and drinks before you start.
  4. Avoid multitasking during your sessions.
  5. Prepare questions ahead of time.
  6. Have a pen and paper ready for notes.
  7. Plan to use a laptop or desktop computer.
  8. Check your internet connection, links, audio and video in advance.
  9. Contact Orientation at if you have questions.
  10. Show your spirit by wearing something JMU or using one of the JMU virtual backgrounds.

Get to know JMU!

Before your Springboard day, take time to explore our campus resources, meet our Orientation staff or take a virtual tour!

Upcoming Livestreams

Friday, July 10

Friday, July 17

  • 1 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Community Expectations and Campus Safety Live Panel

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

  • 11 a.m. Zoom - Getting and Staying Engaged
  • 3 p.m. Zoom - Getting and Staying Engaged
  • 7 p.m. Zoom - Getting and Staying Engaged

Thursday, July 23

  • 1 p.m. Zoom - International Programs: World Fun Facts Games

Tuesday, August 4

Previously Recorded Livestreams

Thursday, April 2 

Friday, April 3

  • 6 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - College of Visual and Performing Arts (recorded)

Monday, April 6

Tuesday, April 7

Thursday, April 9

Friday, April 10 

  • 6 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - College of Integrated Science and Engineering (recorded)

Monday, April 13

  • 6 p.m. Facebook or YouTube -College of Health and Behavioral Studies (recorded)

Tuesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 15

Thursday, April 16

Friday, April 17

Monday, April 20

  • 2 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Living on Campus (Residence Life, Dining) (recorded)

Tuesday, April 21

  • 2 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Student Involvement (Clubs and Orgs) (recorded)

Thursday, April 23

  • 2 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Health, Wellness and Recreation (Health and Counseling Centers, UREC) (recorded)

Wednesday, June 3

Thursday, June 11

  • 7 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - First Year Advising and Enrollment FAQs Live Panel (recorded)

Thursday, June 18

  • 1 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Financial Aid, Student Employment, Card Services Live Panel (recorded)
  • 6 p.m. Facebook or YouTube - Financial Aid, Student Employment, Card Services Live Panel (recorded)

Tuesday, June 30

Wednesday, July 1


Madison Mondays

Throughout the summer, we will share videos and information for the following campus resources.

Monday, June 1
Preview Life as a Student

Monday, June 8
Preparing for Class Enrollment: First Year Advising and Disability Services

Monday, June 15
Taking Care of Business: Financial Aid and Student Employment, University Business Office and Card Services

Monday, June 22
Health Services: University Health Center and Counseling Center

Monday, June 29
Living on Campus: Residence Life and Dining Services

Monday, July 6
Academic Support: Learning Centers, Study Abroad, Libraries, Bookstore, Information Technology

Monday, July 13
Community Expectations: Public Safety, Dean of Students, Title IX, Student Accountability and Restorative Practices

Monday, July 20
Building Community: University Recreation Center, Student Activities Involvement Leadership, Community Service-Learning, International Students, Athletics, Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Expression, Civic Engagement

Monday, July 27
Building Community: University Recreation Center, Student Activities Involvement Leadership, Community Service-Learning, International Students, Athletics, Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Expression, Civic Engagement

Monday, August 3
What’s Next: Getting ready for move-in and 1787 Weeks of Welcome


Virtual Tours

360 Tours

Pro tip for mobile users: tap the title of the video in the pop-up to open in the YouTube app.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get Connected

Participating in virtual orientation programs requires access to reliable internet. This virtual Orientation is designed to be experienced on a computer, but if access to a computer is difficult, a phone with web browsing capability may work for parts of it. If you are concerned about your internet access, there are a variety of resources available to help ensure you are able to join the virtual orientation programs.

First, let us know if you are dealing with a problem related to internet access so we can help offer alternative options and notify others about your situation.

Second, public spaces such as libraries and coffee shops may offer free internet access. Please continue to practice social distancing and prioritize your safety if you visit these spaces. Here are maps of locations offering public wifi:

Third, some internet providers and phone companies are offering access for a limited time for a reduce cost or free. Check with your provider to see what they might be offering. 

You will use MyMadison to enroll in courses. Mobile MyMadison (the version of MyMadison that works on a phone) is under revision. Until Mobile MyMadison is ready, it is best to use MyMadison on a computer. If you don't have internet access on your computer, you could try using your mobile phone as a "hotspot" to connect your computer to the internet. If you have questions about any of this, please contact the JMU IT Helpdesk.

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