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The JMU Student Success Center is a place for:

  • Challenge, support, and community:
    • helping students make successful transitions into, through, and out of the university through a broad range of programs, services, and resources
  • Collaborative learning:
    • helping students become more efficient, effective, and engaged learners who come together with peers, faculty, and staff for educational activities
  • Inquiry and discovery:
    • encouraging students to reflect, apply, and engage in "thinking, doing, wondering, figuring out things, predicting and recognizing" *
  • Advising and consulting:
    • guiding students in making decisions and developing responsibility for their learning, behavior, physical and emotional health, finances, and career

*Banning, J. H., Clemons, S., McKelfresh, D., & Gibbs. R. W. (2010). Special places for students: Third place and restorative place. College Student Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4.


The Student Success Center at James Madison University provides a collaborative, high-impact environment to support student learning, student health, and student services. The center is a hub of programs and services helping students become more efficient, effective, and engaged learners with space to study, collaborate, and learn. The programs, services, and resources housed in the Student Success Center provide advice and assistance for a variety of financial, curricular, technical, and employment concerns for students.

Vital Statistics

  • Over 250,000 square feet with 5 floors of departments and services
  • Nearly 300 faculty and staff offices with additional spaces for undergraduate and graduate students
  • 19 university functions (see complete list below)
  • 14 meeting spaces counting 8 innovative and experiential classrooms
  • 2 dining options including Dunkin' Donuts and a restaurant with 1 private dining room
  • A large student commons area fostering individual study and group collaboration
  • An outdoor plaza with green space and a dining patio

University Departments and Functions

  • Administrative Offices
  • Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Student Veterans
  • Card Services
  • Career & Academic Planning
  • Centennial Scholars Program
  • Community Service-Learning
  • Counseling & Student Development Center
  • Dean of Students
  • Dining Services
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Information Technology Computing Support
  • Learning Centers
  • Madison Advising Peers
  • Orientation
  • Office of Disability Services
  • Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Student Affairs Technical Services
  • Student Employment
  • Student Success Center Operations
  • The EPIC Center
  • University Business Office
  • University Health Center

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