Jim Jump has devoted the past 40 years to helping young people make thoughtful decisions about their futures.  He is currently the Academic Dean and Director of Guidance at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia, and previously served as an admissions officer, philosophy professor, and women’s basketball coach at the college level.


Jim is a past President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and a three-time President of its Potomac and Chesapeake regional affiliate.  He is the only person to win both of Potomac and Chesapeake’s major awards, the Richard L. Apperson Award and the Jack Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admission.


His articles have appeared in Southern Living, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Journal of College Admission, and he was a Contributing Editor and humor writer for Virginia Country magazine.  His blog, Ethical College Admissions (found on this site) is regularly highlighted in Inside Higher Ed’s  “Around the Web” section.  He has been interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times to Time to the Washington Post to Teen Vogue.