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JMU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to JMU, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from JMU by March 15.

JMU Admissions Stats at a Glance

JMU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.8%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 56%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to JMU?

James Madison University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! JMU will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into James Madison University

It is very difficult to get into JMU. JMU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, JMU accepted 80% of all applicants, around 19,255 of the 23,922 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like JMU, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, JMU waitlisted 2,800 students. Of those, 1,457 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does JMU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at JMU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

JMU 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to JMU must submit the following items. Double check with JMU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into JMU?

Out of all students that were admitted, 55% submitted a class rank. At JMU 17.8% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48.4% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At James Madison University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 55%

JMU does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

JMU does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 56% of JMU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for JMU?

To be competitive with other JMU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1270 (or higher!) on the SAT. At JMU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1270 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of JMU students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of JMU students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for JMU?

To be most competitive at JMU, you should strive to earn between 23 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for JMU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for JMU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to James Madison University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to JMU.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in JMU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

JMU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to JMU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to JMU.

Does JMU accept transfer credits?

JMU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does JMU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

JMU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to JMU?

JMU is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is JMU's acceptance rate?

JMU's acceptance rate is 80%.

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JMU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into JMU? JMU is a very selective institution. The JMU acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 80 out of every 100 applicants.



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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

JMU ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


23 to 28


23 and Less


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JMU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1270


Math SAT Range

550 - 630


Reading SAT Range

570 - 650

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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