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Online registration will be live in late April. (1st-come 1st served-Priority Deadline June 1).  If you would like to be notified as soon as registration is live, please join our listserv by emailing

**When you register, you will need to have your student ID number handy. Even if you haven't received your JAC yet, you have access to your ID number. 

To locate your ID number: 

Log into MyMadison at  Click on the Applicant tab. In the middle of the window under "Personal Information" you will see your 9 digit student ID number.

To complete your registration and secure your spot on the break, you MUST make your payment following the instructions at the end of the online registration.


What is the Alternative Break for New Dukes (ANB)?

We are excited to connect you with other NEW students through service before beginning classes on campus in the fall. These student-led breaks are specifically for new Transfer students and incoming First-Year students. 

Check out a video from the break in 2018!  

Join us to explore social concerns, to learn how resilient and supportive communities are essential to our ability to function as a society, and to meet other New Dukes committed to making a difference!

Now is certainly a unique time! We will be collecting YOUR preferences and thoughts as we finalize plans for this new virtual adventure. Currently, we're envisioning that your virtual ANB kicks-off with a remote retreat where you will meet your student leaders, get to know other participants, and learn more about social concerns relevant to the local community. Your team will then virtually serve alongside various vetted community partners to meet community-identified needs. Some initial ideas we're considering:

  • Daily challenges (i.e. contacting officials to advocate for a cause you believe in, ensure at least 5 of your closest friends are registered to vote, send a postcard to a healthcare worker, etc.)
  • Commit to a meal challenge to learn more about SNAP
  • Join panels of community partners and/or JMU faculty focused on current events
  • Screenings and discussion of films/documentaries with a social justice lens
  • Trivia or other games

No previous experience required. Come ready to learn, serve in unique times, and get connected!

Your ANB Experience

In the 25 years of JMU Alternative Breaks, we have found that these are powerful and life-changing experiences because our program is based on a core philosophy of service and learning. Check out our eight quality components here. By registering online for the break you commit to this philosophy including full engagement (which also includes having an alcohol and other drug-free experience).

The online registration is not complete until you also make your payment following the instructions at the end of the registration. If funding is a concern, please email us at to inquire about any assistance.

Once you've registered and paid, you will receive email communication with educational materials and logistics to help you prepare. **Please be sure you're checking your JMU email and the email you provided, as these are our best points of contact information for you.**  

You will likely be placed in a small group of seven to ten, including 4-7 new students, 2 student co-leaders, and 1 faculty/staff learning partner, while also getting to share time and experiences with the larger group. To find out about additional opportunities during the upcoming academic year, check out our break descriptions page.


This virtual experience is $15 for the week which covers leadership, education, a t-shirt, and lots of fun! 


You will be directed to a $15 PayPal invoice from the Community Service-Learning office at the completion of your online registration.  Payments will typically be made electronically.   


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