JMU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into James Madison University
|Applicant Competition||Very 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. James Madison University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. 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
Applicants Submitting SAT87%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||600|
|SAT Math 25th||570|
|SAT Composite 25th||1170|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||640|
|SAT Composite 75th||1320|
|Average SAT Score||1250|
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 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.
|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%|
JMU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT35%
|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|
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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.57*
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need very good grades in high school to get into James Madison University. 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 grades are above the average 3.57 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as JMU accepts 75% of all applicants.
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)||28%||33%||29%|
Applications are DueJan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply90
Applicants have 90 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.
Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to JMU before the Jan 15 application deadline.
|SAT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Nov 2||Nov 15|
|Dec 7||Dec 20|
|ACT Test Date||Scores Available|
|Oct 26||Nov 14|
|Dec 14||Dec 24|
What are the requirements for admission to James Madison University and what considerations affect 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|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey data for James Madison University.