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James Madison University

JMU says:
There are six factors which will be used to evaluate applicants for admission to JMU. These include the Program of Study, Academic Achievement, Standardized Test Scores, Secondary School Report Form, Personal Statement, and Extracurricular Activities.

The Admissions Committee is most interested in the quality of the applicant's high school program of study. Students with solid achievement in four or more academic courses each year of high school will have a distinct advantage in the admission process. Students who challenge themselves with the upper level courses offered in their high school (i.e. Honors-level courses, Advanced Placement classes, etc.) will increase their competitiveness for admission.

Academic Achievement
To evaluate students' achievement in the high school programs, the Admissions Committee notes the high school grade point average and class rank if reported by the high school. JMU is more interested in how a prospective student performs over the four year high school program than the results of a standardized test.

Standardized Tests
Performance on the SAT I or ACT helps the committee discern applicants' past academic achievement and their potential for future academic achievement. Please refer to the "Quick Facts" link to the left for statistics of this years enrolled class

SAT II's are NOT required for or considered in the admissions process. However, students should take the SAT II in writing and foreign language for placement purposes. More information on how SAT II's are used can be found by clicking here.


Secondary School Report
This form is located in the application and must be given to the high school guidance office. This is where the Admissions Committee will learn if the applicant chose the most demanding program of courses, an average program of courses, etc. They also tell us how competitive the high school class is by sharing with us how many students intend to go on to a four year college next year. They will rate the applicant in some areas such as academic potential, motivation, and leadership skills. They will also complete the only letter of recommendation that is required to be submitted with the application

Personal Statement
We do not require a particular topic for the Personal Statement. We allow applicants to decide what the committee still needs to know in order to accurately evaluate their application. Please do not repeat information that can be found in the application. This space is provided to help the committee get to know the applicant better. We encourage students to be creative and have fun with it! Please know that the committee will consider content and grammar as well as spelling. The statement should be about a page but no longer than a page and a half. We don't have a preference in font type or line spacing.

Extracurricular Activities
We are looking for quality involvement rather than quantity of involvement. We like to see the type of involvement students have in particular clubs and/or organizations rather than just being a member. Please tell us about club, organization and athletic activity. We are also interested in students who have been involved in community service or held part time jobs.
Your Combined ACT:
SAT Math + Verbal:
Your Chances at JMU
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at JMU
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
9,147
13,074
# Admitted
5,004
8,303
% Admitted
54.7%
63.5%
% Overall
59.9%
May 27 2014Sociology
I had a 4.0 GPA, 1200 SATs and plenty of extracurriculars. I took a total of 10 AP classes in high school. Plenty of people didn't do all that though.
SAT: 1200 Female
Jan 21 2014PreMed and Medical
GPA is the most important part (and a large factor as to whether you will get a scholarship) , but jmu definitely looks at the whole package. Try to get as involved as you can is HS.
Female
Dec 16 2013Art & Design Department
I applied. Easy as that, got in without any issue, they didn't even really require an essay. People with MUCH worse HS grades than mine got in with little issue as well.
ACT: 27 SAT: 1200 Female
Dec 15 2013Undecided
It's getting really difficult and competitive to get in so make sure you spend a good amount of time on the application and if you don't get in directly the first time, write letters to the directors of admission telling them what you have improved on and different skills you have accumulated over the semester. That's what got me in in the end! :)
ACT: 21 SAT: 1700 Female
Nov 27 2013Finance
I worked very hard in high school and achieved a good GPA. I also was very involved in high school through sports, student government, and other clubs.
SAT: 1910 Male
Nov 11 2013Other
I was very active in student government and DECA (a business association), French club, and Yearbook, as well as sports in high school. I held many leadership positions. I had a 3.7 GPA and got a 2100 composite on the SATs. I took 6 AP classes and a challenging schedule my senior year. Be diverse! Apply early action!
SAT: 2100 Female

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