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Chances of getting into James Madison University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for James Madison University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into JMU and can I get accepted? The school has a 75% acceptance rate ranking it #28 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,867 out of 21,100 applicants were admitted making James Madison University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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JMU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for James Madison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for James Madison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1250

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to James Madison University?

James Madison University typically requires applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1250 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

James Madison University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1320 and Above Good >84%
1245 to 1320 Avg + 75%-84%
1170 to 1245 Avg - 64%-75%
1095 to 1170 Reach 51%-64%
Less than 1095 Low <51%
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JMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for James Madison University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for James Madison University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into JMU?

Admission data indicates that JMU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 35 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to James Madison University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

James Madison University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
28 and Above Good >85%
25 to 28 Avg + 75%-85%
23 to 25 Avg - 66%-75%
21 to 23 Reach 56%-66%
Less than 21 Low <56%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

James Madison University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

High School Class Rank

99% of James Madison University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted James Madison University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 27%
Top 25% of class 45%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

James Madison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,572 8,528 21,100
Accepted 10,039 5,828 15,867
Acceptance Rate 80% 68% 75%
Enrolled 2,774 1,895 4,669
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 33% 29%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to James Madison University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

James Madison University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at James Madison University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey data for James Madison University.