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JMU Admission Requirements

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Chances of getting into James Madison University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.1%
Admission Difficulty for James Madison University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionLow

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.

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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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JMU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1120-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
74%
SAT Scores for James Madison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for James Madison University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1210

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

James Madison University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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JMU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
23-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
21%
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 #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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

James Madison University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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JMU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.57*
Typical High School Grades
B+

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*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.

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

James Madison University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 13,737 9,412 23,149
Accepted 10,389 6,078 16,467
Acceptance Rate 76% 65% 71%
Enrolled 2,671 1,869 4,541
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 26% 31% 28%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to James Madison University and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
V
Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, Virginia

G
George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

S
St Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, Maryland

W
West Liberty University

West Liberty, West Virginia

P
Penn State York

York, Pennsylvania

C
Christopher Newport University

Newport News, Virginia

P
Penn State Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania

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

FAQs

Does James Madison University prefer SAT or ACT?

74% of students submit their SAT scores to JMU. 21% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into James Madison University?

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.

What SAT score is required for James Madison University?

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.

What ACT score is required for James Madison University?

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.


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