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2020 NSO

Welcome to NSO

Welcome to the James Madison College community. We ask that you review the information posted here prior to your NSO advising date, and check your MSU email account regularly for information. If you're looking for more information about what to expect during advising, please listen to our NSO introductory podcast [ direct link ] [ podcast apps link ].

If you have any sort of questions during enrollment, please utilize the chat box on the bottom right of this screen. It is the FASTEST way to get information you need, and will allow your advisor time to focus on more complex issues.

Pre-Advising Information

Pre-Advising Homework

Every first year student is asked to complete and submit this homework document prior to their advising appointment. For best results, download Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form. It is free. If you do not use Adobe Acrobat reader, we may not get your homework properly. You can print to a PDF instead if you use a different browser/program on both PC and Mac.

Message for incoming transfer students on preparing for college NSO meetings.

Presentations – View All

NSO Welcome Message - Jeff Judge (audio only)
NSO Academic Requirements Presentation - Emelia Hammond
MC100 - Amber Benton
Career Services - Karissa Chabot-Purchase
Getting Involved - Amber Benton
NSO Advising Details - Lindsay Snyder
Field Experience (Max) - Intro | Presentation
JMC Student Handbook

Language Planning

All JMC majors require a 2-year foreign language proficiency. Some students will continue with a language that they have been studying and others will start a new language. The full list of available languages is available online. Students who wish to continue their study of a language from high school should meet with a language advisor prior to their JMC advising appointment for accurate placement. You can download a presentation with more information and instructions for scheduling an appointment here.

Math Placement

All incoming JMC students are asked to take the math placement test online prior to their advising date. There are several exemptions to this, but our experience tells us that it is necessary to have this score on file as a back-up, regardless of their SAT/ACT or AP/IB scores. You can take the exam here.

Academic Advising & Enrollment

Advising Appointment

Please check your MSU email account the week before your scheduled NSO date for instructions on connecting with your JMC advisor. Each student will have two appointments – one for advising and another for enrollment. Please be prepared for appointment times between the hours of 9am and 6pm EST on your scheduled dates.

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You will have time to try enrollment independently prior to your second appointment with an advisor. Please view the tutorial prior to beginning and utilize our Peer Assistants if you have trouble.

Schedule Builder
Watch Schedule Builder Tutorial

Need Help? Chat with a Peer Assistant (click chat bubble in the bottom right of the screen).

Post Enrollment

To-Do List

  • Complete welcome week survey.
  • Verify that all AP/IB or Transfer credit has been received by MSU
  • Continue to monitor MSU email for updates