As you begin making plans to earn your degree at JMU, the following resources will provide useful information. Please review the following topics and click for further information.


Adult Degee Program (ADP)

The Adult Degree Program is a route for non-traditional students to earn their Bachelor’s degree. Candidate should be at least 22 years old and have a 2.0 HS GPA.

  • Spring 1 - December 1st
  • Spring 2 - February 15th
  • Summer - April 1st
  • Fall 1 - August 1st
  • Fall 2 - September 15th

Students interested in the program can read more about the application process here or call the office at 540-568-4255.

Undergraduate Admissions

Another route for student veterans is through the traditional undergraduate degree program.  Rather than developing am individualized degree program (as with the ADP), students pursue pre-defined degree tracks. Applications for admission include: an official high school transcript, an application fee, a completed admissions application, and your military service record (DD Form 214). 


  • Early Action - November 1st
  • Regular Decision - January 15th

(Note: Freshman only begin in the Fall Semester)

To receive guidance that is relevant for you prior to applying, please email Roger Burke ( for further information.

Graduate Admissions

For students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to acquire additional education, JMU’s more than 50 graduate programs may have what you are you looking for. Please review the list of graduate programs here. Each program is subject to specific application deadlines which can be found by clicking on the specific program here; generally, rolling deadlines across programs are:

  • Summer Session - February 1st
  • Fall Semester - May 1st
  • Spring Semester - September 1st

(Note: Many programs have earlier deadlines for application.  Click on your specific program here for program specific deadlines)

For general information on the JMU Graduate School, you can click here.



Not from the area? Not a problem. JMU’s Office of Off Campus Life (OCL) will help you search for, identify, and even visit different housing properties in the Harrisonburg area.  OCL will help you identify properties that suit your unique needs – whether you are looking for a single family home, an apartment with roommates, or a downtown home. Learn more about their office hours and setting up an appointment here.


If you are interested in experiencing on-campus life at JMU, the Office of Residence Life (ORL) will provide you with all the information you need to know. ORL maintains over 30 residence halls in and around JMU’s campus. For information on all that ORL and on-campus housing has to offer, learn more here.



The goals of JMU’s Orientation Office are simple: through participating in Orientation programming, JMU students will become physically, academically, and socially orientated to the JMU community. In addition to programming that will make your transition into JMU easier, the Orientation office produces and distributes the One Book, your one-stop shop resource that can answer all of your questions about starting school at JMU. Learn more information about the Orientation program here.

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