Steps for Success for Incoming First Years June

Congrats on your student’s acceptance into JMU! The Office of Residence Life (ORL) wants you to know that we’re here to make your student’s transition to living at JMU as smooth as possible. From pertinent information on our website and updates via our social media platforms to our supportive full-time and hall staff, there are resources for you every step of the way!

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you and your student take advantage of all ORL has to offer:
  • Check out our website (www.jmu.edu/orl) periodically throughout the summer and academic school year for important housing and move-in information, driving directions, and monthly newsletters including topics for pertaining to you and your student!
  • Follow us on social media! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube @jmureslife. Be sure to have your student follow us as well! Stay connected and follow #JMU22!
  • Visit us at First Year Summer Springboard! We will have a table at the Resource Fair in the Student Success Center and will be available to answer all your questions related to housing and move-in!
  • Encourage your student to live engaged! Encourage them to attend hall programming and to engage with their fellow residents in their residence hall! Also remind them that their Resident Advisers (RAs) and Hall Director (HD) are always available and are there to help them live supported. Be sure they’re aware of our Academic Support Programs as well! It’s ORL’s mission to design and maintain a caring environment that encourages academic success, personal growth and responsibility to one’s community.
  • Weigh your options when it comes to housing for 2019-2020! Believe it or not, your student will be inundated with information very soon after they move in this fall about where can live for the following year. We want you to know that all incoming students have the option to live on campus past their first year! Approximately 35% of students choose to live on campus for their second year here at JMU. Encourage your student to LIVE ON! Live Safe. Live Close. Live Supported. Live Engaged. #LIVEON

We can hardly wait for your student to arrive! For more detailed information about everything mentioned here, visit www.jmu.edu/orl and browse our entire website! Should you have any further questions, feel free to email us at res-life@jmu.edu or give us a call at 540-568-HOME (4663)! See you in August!

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