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Thank you for your interest in BRidge to Madison. The program is on hiatus for the 2023-24 year while we fine-tune some of the details and processes. Please come back later for updates! 

What is BRidge to Madison?

BRidge to Madison is an invitation-only program where prospective first-year students can begin their academic studies at BRCC while living in the residence halls at JMU.

Applicants who were initially waitlisted at JMU are identified and invited to the Bridge program by the JMU Admissions Office based on their academic promise to successfully complete appropriate coursework at BRCC and make the academic transition to a degree-seeking student at JMU at the end of their Bridge year. Students will benefit from the excellent academic offerings and often smaller class sizes at BRCC while engaging in most of the same opportunities, activities, and organizations as other first-year JMU Dukes.

Bridge students take classes at BRCC that satisfy requirements for general education and their intended major at JMU. Upon completion of their Bridge year, those who successfully meet the program's academic requirements will be admitted to JMU and will continue coursework leading toward their degree. 

Our JMU and BRCC staff are excited about this partnership and its opportunities for future Dukes. We are committed to providing students with the educational experiences for success. 

Program Overview

You will find detailed information on this website, but below is an overarching summary.

  • Select students are invited to join the Bridge to Madison program by the JMU Admissions Office.
  • Students who accept the invitation will live on the JMU campus and have access to JMU student activities and services.
  • Students commute to BRCC for their classes by driving their own vehicle or using the BRITE shuttle service that runs between BRCC and JMU throughout the day.
  • Students are assigned an academic advisor and have access to learning resources at both BRCC and JMU to help them succeed during Bridge and successfully transfer to JMU beginning their second academic year.
  • Upon completing a minimum of 24 BRCC credit hours and earning a GPA of 3.0, students continue their studies at JMU to earn a 4-year JMU degree.
  • Students meeting Bridge requirements will be admitted to JMU for the subsequent fall semester without being required to resubmit a JMU admission application.
  • Students who do not meet these requirements can be considered for admission through the typical competitive admission review process.
  • Students who are not admitted to JMU after their Bridge year are encouraged to apply for admission to JMU at a later date.
  • Credits and GPA used to meet the 3.0 GPA and 24-credit requirement must be earned at BRCC after high school graduation. All transferable courses must have an earned grade of "C" or better to count towards Bridge requirements for JMU admission. Credits earned at BRCC with the grade of "C" or better transfer to JMU. Grades earned at BRCC are not included in the student's JMU grade point average (GPA).

We invite you to browse through the website for detailed information. 

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