Dear Class of 2020… Congratulations on your acceptance to James Madison University. You have likely been nervously waiting for that acceptance letter, and now it’s finally here—so take a breath.

Three years ago, I received early admittance into JMU. When I heard back, I immediately threw other university contenders out the window and shook hands with James Madison. Choosing JMU was the best decision for me, and I hope it’s the right fit for you.

When I first visited JMU, I did not have that ‘feeling’ everyone says you’re going to experience when you first step foot on campus. I didn’t get that feeling anywhere. I’ve never understood it… are people saying the college was built just for them? And was it destiny that they took a tour? If you got that feeling, I envy you. You’re already off to a better start than me. And if you didn’t, then there is no need to worry. JMU may not have had me instantly hooked as a senior in high school, but after my first semester as a college freshman, I knew I was in the right place.

What got me hooked was JMU’s sense of community both inside and outside the classroom. College is a place for academic AND social prosperity, and JMU can give you the best of both. Those skills are not only useful today… they will be with you for the rest of your life.

photo credit:
Top Entrance Festival
photo credit: Lane Maloney ’14

If you have not already done so, arrange to take a campus tour. While you’re on campus, be sure to take full advantage of the opportunity. In addition to your tour, check out buildings relevant to your anticipated major, eat lunch in one of our amazing dining halls, and don’t hesitate to ask anyone on campus (ANYONE) why JMU is so great.

Once again, congratulations. You have the opportunity of a lifetime in front of you, and I sincerely hope you take it. We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing community. Go Dukes.


To register for CHOICES, JMU’s admitted student open house, visit

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