James Madison University (JMU)

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JMU can be found in Harrisonburg, VA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. JMU enrolls nearly 22,000 students per year.

The majority of students that got into JMU earned an SAT score within the range of 1120 - 1290, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 23 - 28. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the JMU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.28 - 3.52. Approximately 80 percent of all students which applied were admitted at JMU, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 25 percent continued on to attend. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected JMU acceptance rate 2021 is estimated to be 69%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at jmu.edu.

Overall JMU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for James Madison University was reported as 76.8% in Fall 2020 with over 23,600 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • JMU ACT Scores: 23 - 28
  • JMU Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into James Madison University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into James Madison University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for James Madison University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 72.1%
  • 2017-2018: 75.2%
  • 2018-2019: 71.1%
  • 2019-2020: 76.8%
  • Projected JMU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 69.0%

How Does JMU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for JMU is thirty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Virginia-Main Campus23.9%
George Mason University86.7%
Virginia Commonwealth University87.1%
West Virginia University84.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to JMU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading570 - 650
Math550 - 640
Total Score1120 - 1290
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score23 - 28
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