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Applicant Status At James Madison University

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:22,864
Male Applicants:9,635
Female Applicants:13,229
Total Acceptances:13,705
Male Acceptances:5,188
Female Acceptances:8,517
Acceptance Rate:60%
Yield: ? 29%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(540) 568-5681
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:No
Application Fee:$60
Application Web
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early ActionNovember 1January 1
Regular Decision January 15 April 1
Must-Reply-By May 1 or within 2 weeks of notification thereafter
RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
Nor Recommended
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:4,029
Full-Time Male Enrollment:1,551
Full-Time Female Enrollment:2,475
Part-Time Male Enrollment:2
Part-Time Female Enrollment:1
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? 3,406
Applicants Accepting: ? 1,568
Students Enrolled: ? 165
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:2,137
Applicants Accepted:1,234
Students Enrolled:733

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 520 - 620 530 - 620 520 - 610 1570 - 1850 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported 23 - 27 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:26%
SAT/ACT Required:Either
Students Submitting SAT:94%
Students Submitting ACT:32%
SAT Subject Test Requirements

Facts & Statistics

Tips for Getting In
  • SAT scores should be at least 1500.
  • Take AP classes in high school.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • Art, and all affiliated classes, is a closed major.
  • Bikes are the way to get around as a freshman, especially if you're a slow walker and tend to be late for things.
  • Bring a fan if living in a dorm without air conditioning (the Village).
  • Bring nice clothes, just to try and occasionally keep up with the people who dress up every day for class. Or to just have fun clothes to wear for parties.
  • Contact your RA or hall director if you have problems with your roommate. The sooner the situation is handled the better, and changing rooms/roommates isn't uncommon.
  • Don't park in the gravel lot if the weatherman is predicting rain because when it rains, the gravel lot floods first.
  • Don't take your winter coats and sweaters home during spring break because you might still need them afterwards!
  • General education classes are more difficult than they seem; GSCI 101 is one of the worst.
  • JMU doesn't give too many holidays off. For example, be prepared to go to class on Labor Day and Presidents' Day.
  • JMU is a pretty big party school.
  • Online tests are harder than in-class tests.
  • Parking briefly in a spot labeled "motorcycle parking" does not constitute parking legally. Neither does using your flashers in front of Dukes. You will get a ticket.
  • Some majors, like Media Arts & Design, are very competitive and hard to get into.
  • Student assessment day in February sucks for everybody who has 45 to 70 credits to their name.
  • There is a train that runs through campus throughout the day at random times. Teachers don't always take the excuse of "I was stuck on the other side of the tracks" for being late.
  • Transfer students are not guaranteed housing on campus.
Interviews & Information Sessions
During the fall and winter, the Office of Admissions offers group information sessions and student-guided tours Monday through Friday and occasionally on Saturdays. In July, the same schedule applies. In August, informational sessions are available along with a booklet to help you take a self-guided tour. For more information or to view the current visitation schedule, check out If you were psyched for an interview, you may want to de-psych, because JMU does not offer them. In place of an interview, JMU requires a personal statement in the application. It's a sort of interview on paper.
Campus Tours
Contact Admissions at least two weeks prior to your visit, as visitation schedules are prone to change. The easiest way to schedule a visit is to fill out a reservation form electronically at Once you have submitted the form, you will receive automatic electronic confirmation that will include directions and local lodging information. However, if you are bringing a group of eight or more people, please contact the visitation center at (540) 568-5681.
Campus Map
Virtual Tour of Campus
Did You Know?
JMU was originally called the State Normal School for Women in Harrisonburg in 1908.
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