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Summer Honors Institute

July 9 - 15, 2023

All applications must be submitted by May 15, 2023.


The JMU Summer Honors Institute is a unique week-long program where talented rising high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand look at life in a dynamic university and its Honors College.

As a JMU Summer Honors student you can:

  • Experience the excitement of life at a great university
  • Take hands-on courses with outstanding faculty
  • Explore careers and academic majors from the sciences, humanities, arts, business, and social sciences
  • Learn about how college Honors programs can help you make the most of your college experience
  • Attend admissions workshops and enhance your college applications
  • Live in dorms and explore the JMU campus
  • Go on field trips, explore downtown, and do other fun activities in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley

Who can attend:
Up to 30 talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year will be accepted to attend following a competitive application process.

Cost to attend: 

The cost is a $1,100 residential fee to participating students which covers instructions, class materials, housing, meals, and social activities. Consider bringing money for snacks, the bookstore, and personal items.

Upon acceptance, there is a non-refundable $100.00 deposit to secure your seat in the program. If you later decline your seat after making the deposit, you will not receive a refund for the deposit. There are a limited number of seats and a large number of applicants each year, therefore, a deposit guarantees your seat in the program.

As for the rest of the cost ($1,000), if you cancel your registration, you will receive:

  1. A full refund if the cancellation request is received no later than 3 weeks prior to the start date of the program; after 3 weeks, a 75% refund will be given.
  2. No refund for a “No Show” or for a cancellation request received the day before or after the start date of the program

For more information on scholarships or additional questions, contact Melissa Heatwole at or call (540) 568-4226.

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