How hard is it to get into JMU and can I get accepted? The school has a 71% acceptance rate ranking it #25 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 16,467 out of 23,149 applicants were admitted making JMU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent. James Madison University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
Find out which students are getting accepted at JMU, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||570|
|SAT Math 25th||550|
|SAT Composite 25th||1120|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||650|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1290|
|Average SAT Score||1210|
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 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 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 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1210 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 74 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1290 and Above||Good||>81%|
|1205 to 1290||Avg +||71%-81%|
|1120 to 1205||Avg -||59%-71%|
|1035 to 1120||Reach||46%-59%|
|Less than 1035||Low||<46%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||23|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||28|
|Average ACT Score||25|
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 #11 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 21 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to James Madison University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|28 and Above||Good||>82%|
|25 to 28||Avg +||71%-82%|
|23 to 25||Avg -||62%-71%|
|21 to 23||Reach||51%-62%|
|Less than 21||Low||<51%|
What GPA do you need to get into James Madison University?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into JMU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at James Madison University was 3.57 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as JMU accepts 71% of students who apply.
*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.57 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.
99% of James Madison University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||26%||31%||28%|
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to James Madison University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||Yes|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
St. Mary's City, Maryland
West Liberty, West Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey data for James Madison University.
74% of students submit their SAT scores to JMU. 21% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
71% of those who apply are granted admission to JMU. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1290. 74% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 28. 21% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.