James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
0
100
86%
Acceptance Rate
31,755
Students Applied
80%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
1341
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1 May 1
Fall Regular Decision January 15 May 1
Other
Transfer Summer Deadline
February 1
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$70
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
79%
Out-Of-State Students
21%
US States Represented
49
Countries Represented
92
5%
Submitting ACT
25%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 26
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1204
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
560
75th
650
Reading
25th
580
75th
660
3.20
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
18
Top 25%
48
Top 50%
89
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
200
$30k - $48k
193
$48k - $75k
246
$75k - $110k
274
$110k+
649

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 540-568-5681
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.21 Average Rating
I thought location meant nothing. It does. I thought party life meant nothing. It does. One sounds good; one doesn't. The atmosphere and location around JMU make for a great life around JMU. You will enjoy it here. The problem is, is that there is a pretty big party life here, and if that is not for you then I'd still recommend coming here, providing you have the power to say no.
Samuel from Chesterfield, VA
Definitely tour the campus and get a feel for yourself. Get a good idea about what the dorms look like, because a lot of them are amazing, but some aren't so great. Pick your roommate, trust me. Having a bad roommate (really at any college) can change your whole living situation. Don't buy a printer, it's only five cents at the library and you aren't printing novels so it's cheaper that way.
Rebecca from Ashburn, VA
Don't be afraid to you be yourself when you come here. There are so many different kinds of people that will accept you for who you are. Find out what interests you and get involved. You are surely bound to find something you're passionate about, especially when you get to choose from over 3,000 organizations. Also, be ready to bleed purple and gold. This is the most spirited school I've ever experienced!
Alexandra from Norfolk, VA
Apply early! I would also say live on the Quad or East Side of campus. And walk the campus; don't take the buses. They are stuffy and annoying. I used to take them, but walking around JMU really improves the way you feel about it (it is so beautiful). In general, apply here. I can't think of anything negatives as to why you would want to go anywhere else.
Sara from Wallingford, CT
A tip for prospective students would be to learn your limits as soon as possible. JMU is a work hard play hard institute. Students here push themselves in the classroom just as hard as they do at the beer bong table. And, always be comfortable with who you are. With 18,000+ students, this small feeling university has so much to offer that there is no need to conform.
Luisiana from Hammonton, NJ
Studying is more important that partying, but you have to relax and have fun nonetheless. Do not let your room-mate bring you down, talk to your RA and get a new one. Do not think that campus police is a bunch of rent-a-cops, they will arrest you, trust me.
Joshua from Dale City, VA
Honestly, just be yourself. For the most part, JMU is really non judgmental. Also, have an open mind, be engaged, and work hard. JMU is amazing, and you should come here!!
Lauren from Royersford, PA
definitely visit the campus in order to see if you like it. it would be nice to drop in on a class to see one of the many teaching styles that professors possess.
Jeanne from Chantilly, VA
Smile at people while walking through campus, it's normal. Make laying on the quad a habit. Try new foods on campus, it's all superb. VISIT THE GYM, it's beautiful. And lastly, get out and experience the night life, but remember what the library is for.
Joy

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