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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

At A Glance

Main Address

800 S Main St

Harrisonburg, VA 22807-0001

https://www.jmu.edu/

Admission Office

Sonner Hall, MSC 0101

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

(540) 568-5681

Fax : (540) 568-3332

admissions@jmu.edu

Contact : Michael Walsh

Director of Admissions

Type of School

Large

Public

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

College Board Code: 5392

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : January 15

Total undergraduates : 19,894

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 4,455

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 35.0%

Average financial aid package : $10,649.00

In-State Tuition : $12,330.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $29,230.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Large Town (10-50k)

Rural

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: Jan 15

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : Apr 1

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 2 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : --

Early Decision And Action

Early action application due : Nov 1

College will notify student of early action admission by : Jan 15

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Jan 15

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Mar 1

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : Mar 1

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Returning for sophomore year : 90.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Health Professions : 20.0%
Business/Marketing : 16.0%
Communications/Journalism : 9.0%
Social Sciences : 8.0%
Computer and Information Sciences : 5.0%
Liberal Arts : 5.0%
Parks And Recreation : 5.0%
Psychology : 5.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B M
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Accounting B M
Business Administration and Management, General B M
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance, General B
Hospitality Administration/Management, General B
International Business/Trade/Commerce B
Marketing/Marketing Management, General B

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General B M
Information Science/Studies B

Education
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching M
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services M
Education, General M
Health Teacher Education M
Mathematics Teacher Education M
Special Education and Teaching, General M

Engineering
Engineering, General B

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B M
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing B M

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General B

Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing M
Athletic Training/Trainer B
Audiology/Audiologist D
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling B
Health/Health Care Administration/Management B
Occupational Therapy/Therapist M
Physician Assistant M
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse B
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist B D M

History
History, General B M

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics, General B

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Science, Technology and Society B M
Systems Science and Theory B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General B M

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B
Geology/Earth Science, General B
Physics, General B

Psychology
Psychology, General B D M
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology D
School Psychology M

Public Administration & Social Services
Public Administration B M
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Economics, General B
Geography B
International Relations and Affairs B
Political Science and Government, General B M
Social Sciences, General B
Sociology B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Art/Art Studies, General B M
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General B
Music Pedagogy D
Music Performance, General B M

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Accelerated Program

Double Major

Honors Program

Independent Study

Internships

Teacher Certification

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Washington Semester

ROTC Available

ROTC, Army

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Distance Learning

Computer Services

1583 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Computer repair service available on campus

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Large

Unique Facilities : arboretum, observatory, planetarium, mineral museum, science on a sphere, performing arts center

Geographic Location : 123 miles from Washington, DC.

Large Town

Rural

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 19,894

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 4,455

Degree-seeking undergrads : 19,654

Graduate enrollment : 1,925

Student General Information

All students average age : 26

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 78.0%

Out of state students : 22.0%

Part Time students : 4.0%

Percentage of males : 42.0%

Percentage of females : 58.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 5.0%

Black African American : 5.0%

Asian : 5.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 7.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 2.0%

White : 75.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 2.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

4.0% Men who Join Fraternities

7.0% Women who Join Sororities

Student Newspaper : The Breeze

Student Newspaper URL : www.breezejmu.org

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 98.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 32.0%

Housing Options

Apartments For Single Students

Wellness Housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Theme Housing

Coed Housing

Fraternity/Sorority Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Dukes

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

Intramural

NCAA Division I

NCAA Division IAA

Intercollegiate

Scholarship

Counseling And Wellness

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Health services

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Adult (re-entering) student services/programs

Minority students services

Chaplain/spiritual director

Financial aid counseling

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

Y

Model United Nations

N

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

Y

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Archery

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Bowling

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Cheerleading

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Diving

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Fencing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Field Hockey

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Football

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division IAA

Football(non-tackle)

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Gymnastics

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ice Hockey

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Racquetball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Rowing (Crew)

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Skiing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Squash

Men's Club

Women's Club

Swimming

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Table tennis

Men's Club

Women's Club

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track and Field

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Club

Women's Club

Track: Indoor

Women's NCAA Division I

Track: Outdoor

Women's NCAA Division I

Triathlon

Men's Club

Women's Club

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Water Polo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Wrestling

Men's Club

Other Sports : caving, tae kwon do, cycling, roller hockey, paintball, swing dance, quidditch, jiu-jitsu


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $70.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 23,578

Admitted : 18,097

Enrolled : 4,455

Less selective 77.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early action - not restrictive

Offered place on waitlist : 3,169

Number accepting place : 1,724

Accepted from list : 960



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record

Considered

Alumni Relation

Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Racial/Ethnic Status

Recommendations

Standardized Test Scores

State Residency

Talent/Ability

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Considered if submitted: ACT

Considered if submitted: SAT

Test Policies for placement

Institution's own exam

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Additional requirements for home-schooled students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants:

(in addition to any polices listed)

Statement describing home school structure and mission

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

Rigor of high school curriculum, as shown by the quantity and quality of courses, most important. Class rank or GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, special skills or talents important. Counselor recommendation considered.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 18.0%

Top Quarter : 36.0%

Top Half : 93.0%

Bottom Half : 7.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : No

From the college: Applicants for admission who have completed advanced work in secondary school may use AP test scores to apply for course credit at JMU. Information about AP exams is available at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/about-exams.For a full list of available AP credit opportunities at JMU, refer to the Advanced Placement table.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

History

0

0

English

0

4

Math

0

3

Science

0

3

Social Studies

0

2

Foreign Language

0

2

Science Lab

0

5

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : -- and Percent who submitted ACT scores : --

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

*

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

*

ACT Composite

*


* The college did not report these requirements or does not have specific requirements.


AP & Admission Policy

From the college: The most important factor in our admissions process is the strength of a student's curriculum, therefore AP classes strengthen an application. Enrollment in AP courses is very important to the admissions process, however, the testing scores are not considered in admission.

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

Art History

4

3

ARTH 206

All

Biology

4

8

BIO 140 & 150 or ISAT 113, ISCI 104 & BIO 000

All

Calculus AB

4

4

MATH 235

All

Calculus BC

4

8

MATH 235 & MATH 236

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

4

4

MATH 235

All

Chemistry

3

4

CHEM 120 and CHEM 000 or ISCI 101 and ISCI 104

All

4

8

CHEM 131 & CHEM 131L and CHEM 132 & CHEM 131L-132L or CHEM 120 & CHEM 000

All

4

6

CHEM 131 & CHEM 132

Corresponding Major

Chinese Language and Culture

4

3

CHIN 231

All

Comparative Government and Politics

4

3

POSC 240

All

Computer Science A

3

3

CS 000

All

5

3

CS 149

All

Computer Science Principles

3

3

CS 000

All

English Language and Composition

4

3

WRTC 103

All

English Literature and Composition

4

3

WRTC 103

All

Environmental Science

3

4

ISCI 000

All

4

8

ISAT 112 & ISAT 000

Corresponding Major

4

8

GEOL 115, ISCI 104 & ISAT 000

All

European History

5

3

HIST 201 or HIST 202

All

French Language and Culture

4

3

FR 231

All

German Language and Culture

4

3

GER 231

All

Human Geography

3

3

GEOG 280

All

Italian Language and Culture

4

3

ITAL 231

All

Latin

4

3

LAT 231

All

Macroeconomics

4

3

ECON 200

All

Microeconomics

4

3

ECON 201

All

Music Aural Subscore

5

1

MUS 143

All

Music Non-Aural Subscore

5

3

MUS 141

All

Music Theory

5

1

--

All

Physics 1

3

4

ISCI 101 & ISCI 104 or PHYS 140 & PHYS 140L

All

Physics 2

3

4

PHYS 150 & PHYS 150L

All

Physics B

3

4

ISCI 101 & ISCI 104 or PHYS 140 & PHYS 140L

All

4

8

PHYS 140, PHYS 140L and PHYS 150 & PHYS 150L

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

4

PHYS 150 & PHYS 150L

All

4

4

PHYS 250 & PHYS 150L

All

Physics C: Mechanics

3

4

PHYS 140 & PHYS 140L

All

4

4

PHYS 240 & PHYS 140L

All

Psychology

4

3

PSYC 101

All

Spanish Language and Culture

4

3

SPAN 231

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

3

SPAN 231

All

Statistics

4

3

MATH 220 or ISAT 251

All

United States Government and Politics

4

4

POSC 225

All

United States History

5

4

HIST 225

All

World History: Modern

5

3

HIST 102

All

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

50

3

American Literature

50

6

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

50

6

Biology

50

6

Calculus with Elementary Functions

50

3

Chemistry

50

3

College Mathematics

50

3

English Literature

50

6

French I

50

6

French II

62

12

German I

50

6

German II

63

12

Human Growth and Development

50

3

Humanities

50

6

Information Systems and Computer Applications

50

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

50

3

Introductory Business Law

50

3

Introductory Psychology

50

3

Introductory Sociology

50

3

Natural Science

50

6

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

3

Principles of Management

50

3

Principles of Marketing

50

3

Principles of Microeconomics

50

3

Social Sciences and History

50

6

Spanish I

50

6

Spanish II

66

12

Western Civilization I

50

3

Western Civilization II

50

3

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 35.0%

% of loans / jobs : 65.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 87.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 61.0%

% Judged to have need : 67.0%

% that were offered aid : 61.0%

% that had need fully met : 67.0%

% of need met : 35.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $10,649.00

Avg non need-based aid : $7,105.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $8,341.00

Avg need-based loan : $3,462.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $28,554.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Mar 1

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Brad Barnett

Financial aid office phone : (540) 568-7820

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $220.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): $777.00

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Leadership

Minority Status

Religious Affiliation

State/District Residency

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Alumni Affiliation

Art

Athletics

Leadership

Minority Status

Music/Drama

State/District Residency

Work Study Programs

Nights

For part-time students

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

External finance company

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$12,330.00

$12,330.00

$12,330.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$29,230.00

$29,230.00

$29,230.00

Room and board:

$11,348.00

$11,348.00

$5,840.00

Books and supplies:

$1,056.00

$1,056.00

$1,056.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$1,968.00

$1,968.00

$1,968.00

Transportation expenses:

$1,938.00

$1,938.00

$1,938.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$28,640.00

$28,640.00

$23,132.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$45,540.00

$45,540.00

$40,032.00

Important cost information from the school: College of Business Tuition Differential $50; Nursing Tuition Differential $90

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Baseball

Available

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Diving

Available

Field Hockey

Available

Football

Available

Golf

Available

Available

Lacrosse

Available

Soccer

Available

Available

Softball

Available

Swimming

Available

Tennis

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Volleyball

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 24

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): --

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: --

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: --

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 60

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Admission Requirements (Recommended)

Essay or Personal Statement

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 1,410

Transfers admitted percentage: 67.0%

Transfers admitted: 950

Transfers enrolled percentage: 52.0%

Transfers enrolled: 734

Students who applied for transfer from 2 year schools: 62.0%

Students who applied for transfer from 4 year schools: 38.0%

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Spring

Transfers accepted as

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Special Requirements

--

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $60.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $29,230.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $11,348.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $11,348.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $777.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: 84

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 80

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students