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James Madison University

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1908
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 16,013
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $28,777,717
Admissions Address

800 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Michael D. Walsh
Admissions office telephone: (540) 568-5681
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: January 15
Application fee: $40
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.jmu.edu/admissions Tuition deposit: $250 (Refundable by May 1)
Room deposit: $250
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 4 5
Science 4 4
Lab 3 4
Foreign language 3 4
Social studies 3 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 63%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 69%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 60%
Total applicants: 17,765
Total acceptances: 11,137
Total freshman enrollment: 3,748
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 44%
Male applicants: 7,099
Male acceptances: 3,863
Male freshman enrollment: 1,314
Female applicants: 10,666
Female acceptances: 7,274
Female freshman enrollment: 2,434
Out-of-state freshmen: 33%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,600
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 600
Students enrolled from waiting list: 150

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 31%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 78%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 62%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 84%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 99%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 520 – 610
Math: 530 – 620
Combined: 1050 – 1230

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 3.2% 2.8%
600-699 24.8% 30.2%
500-599 51.6% 51.9%
400-499 19.3% 14.4%
300-399 1.1% 0.7%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 21%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 21 – 26

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 2.8% N/A N/A
24-29 44.4% N/A N/A
18-23 48.7% N/A N/A
12-17 4.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.1% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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