James Madison University - JMU Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

James Madison University
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James Madison University Admissions Overview:

James Madison University has largely open admissions with an acceptance rate of 72% in 2015. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are above average. For those interested in applying, be sure to check out the school's website for updated information and requirements. Along with an application, prospective students will need to submit high school transcripts and scores from the ACT or SAT.

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Admissions Data (2016):

JMU Description:

JMU, James Madison University, is a public university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The university offers 68 undergraduate degree programs with areas in business being the most popular. JMU has a high retention and graduation rate compared to similar public universities, and the school frequently does well on national rankings for both its value and its academic quality.

The attractive campus features an open quad, a lake, and the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. In athletics, the JMU Dukes compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association and Eastern College Athletic Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, and tennis.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 21,270 (19,548 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,390 (in-state); $26,164 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $990 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,334
  • Other Expenses: $4,150
  • Total Cost: $24,864 (in-state); $40,638 (out-of-state)

JMU Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 62%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 29%
    • Loans: 43%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,349
    • Loans: $7,532

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 65%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Football, Soccer
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Softball, Lacrosse

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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