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James Madison University
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Public   4-Year
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Total Enrollment
Undergraduate
19943
Transfer-in
1084
Average Class Size
Overall
27
Years 1 & 2
37
Years 3 & 4
18

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a public university located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. JMU is fast becoming one of the nation’s leading lights in higher education because students enjoy unusually engaged relationships with world-class faculty who are here because they want to pursue knowledge and make teaching their No. 1 priority.
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Freshman Application Deadline
Fall
1/15/2021
Freshman Application Deadline
Spring
11/1/2021
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Fall
1/15/2021
Freshman Priority Application Deadline
Spring
11/1/2021
Freshman Financial Aid Date
3/1/2022
Transcripts
Freshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum). GED ...see moreFreshman applicants are required to submit an up-to-date high school transcript (including senior-year curriculum). GED holders must submit their official GED scores.
Tests
Freshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) have the option to send in SAT or ACT scores. Electronic sub...see moreFreshman applicants (high school graduates and GED holders) have the option to send in SAT or ACT scores. Electronic submission directly from the testing agency is required. International applicants must provide test scores that show English language proficiency. see https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/international-admissions-process.shtml
Essay
Students have the option to write a one-page personal statement to serve as their essay.
Interview
Interviews are not part of our admissions process.
Letter of Recommendation
Students have the option to send in up to one letter of recommendation. Applicants list their recommender as part of the...see moreStudents have the option to send in up to one letter of recommendation. Applicants list their recommender as part of the application process. Recommenders will be sent an email on the applicant’s behalf requesting the recommendation.
Application Fee
The online application fee is $70 and is not refundable.
Freshman Student Catalog Year
Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance.
Freshman Definition
A freshman is defined as a student that has graduated from high school or holds a GED equivalency that has not taken any...see moreA freshman is defined as a student that has graduated from high school or holds a GED equivalency that has not taken any college coursework after high school graduation
Application Types
JMU has its own application and also accepts the Coalition application.
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Financial Aid
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Minimum GPA
2.5
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Transfer Application Deadline
Fall
3/1/2022
Transfer Application Deadline
Spring
10/1/2021
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Fall
3/1/2022
Transfer Priority Application Deadline
Spring
10/1/2021
Transfer Financial Aid Date
3/1/2022
Transfer Student Catalog Year
Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance.
College Fit
JMU is a mid to large size institution that behaves more like a smaller institution. Faculty and staff hold students as...see moreJMU is a mid to large size institution that behaves more like a smaller institution. Faculty and staff hold students as the top priority. JMU has a 96% satisfaction rate. 88% of classes have less than 50 students. JMU is the #1 most recommended public University in the US by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education; JMU is the #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
Associate Transfer Degree Completion
Completion of an approved transfer associate degree will guarantee completion of the general education courses at JMU b...see moreCompletion of an approved transfer associate degree will guarantee completion of the general education courses at JMU but may not fulfill specific departmental requirements or prerequisites needed for the major.
Course Transfer Criteria
Min grade for courses to transfer: C
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Transfer applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts (or official GED scores) along with all coll...see moreTransfer applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts (or official GED scores) along with all college transcripts (including DE coursework).
Tests
Test scores are not accepted for transfer applicants.
Essay
Students have the option to write a one-page personal statement to serve as their essay.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are not accepted for transfer applicants.
Interview
Interviews are not part of our admissions process.
Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA) Application Process
Transfer applicants from a VCCS institution must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying to JMU. Requirements and f...see moreTransfer applicants from a VCCS institution must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying to JMU. Requirements and forms are available at: https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-GAA.shtml
Application Fee
The online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU?s onlin...see moreThe online application fee is $70 and must be paid via credit card when submitting the Common Application or VCU?s online application. Do not submit cash, checks or money orders. The fee is nonrefundable.
Transfer Definition
A transfer student is a student that has graduated from high school (or holds a GED equivalency) AND has taken courses i...see moreA transfer student is a student that has graduated from high school (or holds a GED equivalency) AND has taken courses in college after high school graduation.
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Transfer Admissions
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Minimum GPA
2.5
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Accepts Credits for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning is awarded on a per case basis for Adult Degree (Individualized Studies Majors) and RN-BSN stu...see moreCredit for prior learning is awarded on a per case basis for Adult Degree (Individualized Studies Majors) and RN-BSN students only and in consultation with the department of expertise, with the exception of military service credit. Credit for learning acquired in military service is awarded by the registrar?s office using the ACE guide credit recommendation for study/experience listed on the military transcript and in consultation with the department of expertise.
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The links below take you to pages on the James Madison University website. Use Catalog Search to find their programs and courses in this portal.
College of Arts & Letters
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College of Business
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College of Education
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College of Health & Behavioral Studies
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College of Integrated Science & Engineering
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College of Science & Mathematics
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College of Visual & Performing Arts
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Campus Service and Engagement
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Disability Services
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Offers Credits for Prior Learning
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Weekend/Evening Courses Available
Online Degree Options Available
Summer Courses Available
Flexible Degree Options
High School Dual Enrollment
Guaranteed Admissions
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Reverse Transfer
Campus Housing
Club/Sports
Military Friendly
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Yellow Ribbon Program
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Credit for Military Experience
Dedicated POC for Military
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Recognized Student Veteran Organization
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SOC Member
GI Bill/Tuition Assistance
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College Catalog
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