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Colleges / James Madison University

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate77%

About JMU

Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a public university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia within the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. With approximately 20,000 undergraduates, students at JMU enjoy the big state school experience without sacrificing an intimate academic environment. JMU has an average class size of 25 and 98% of classes are taught by professors, which is uncommon for a school of its size. Outside of the classroom, JMU has become known for its great school spirit and sports teams. JMU is a Division I school and has recently moved up in conference, so the students love to show up to all our sports games whenever they get the chance, but football and basketball are especially popular. James Madison University sets up their students for a great future after college, having the best job placement for Virginia colleges and 96% of 2021 graduates either being employed, in graduate school, or pursing other career endeavors six months after graduation. James Madison University is the perfect choice for a student looking for a college that offers amazing student life along with engaging academics and stellar post graduate opportunity.

James Madison University is a public, state university in the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. JMU was founded in 1908. The college currently enrolls around 22,166 students a year, including 20,070 undergraduate students.

JMU Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into JMU. JMU admitted 77% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 18,265 students applied to JMU and 13,976 were admitted.

James Madison University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 77%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Test Optional May require tests
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%

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James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia,.

If you would like to see JMU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Harrisonburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Shenandoah Valley Regional.

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College Info

JMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to JMU is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to JMU is Mar 1.

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JMU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1150 - 1300


Math SAT Range

560 - 650


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

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Wondering what life at JMU is like? There are approximately 22,166 students enrolled at JMU, including 20,070 undergraduate students and 2,096 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 79% percent are from VA and 21% percent of students are from other states.


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