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James Madison University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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With over 24,449 student applications just during fall 2019, admissions at James Madison University, the overall acceptance rate was 73% from which we can infer that the university is mildly selective. Among the admitted students, 2% population consisted of international students.

Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a public research university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, adding up to over 139 course options for students to pursue. 

The university offers 76 bachelor’s and 53 master’s programs, along with 8 doctoral. Top majors at JMU include Business, Journalism, Social Sciences, Health Professions and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Admitted freshmen ranked in top third of their high school classes with ACT scores ranging from 24-30.

  • The applications are open at JMU for all Summer, Spring and Fall academic sessions. 
  • JMU doesn’t conduct a personal interview as a part of their admission procedure.
  • SAT/ACT test scores aren’t a requirement for the JMU admissions and are only optional for students to include in their application.
  • Instead, the high school transcripts, mentioning the courses and grades achieved are looked forward to, in the application. 
James Madison University Fall 2019 Admissions


Application PortalOnline
Application FeeUndergraduate Application: 70 USD
Graduate Application: 60 USD
Acceptance Rate73%
Average SAT score1160-1320 (optional)
Average ACT score24-30 (optional)
Mode of paymentVisa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover
Academic CalendarSemester based
Student to faculty ratio16:1
Intake SessionsFall, Spring, Summer
Work experienceRequired for graduate programs only
Financial AidScholarships available for both international and national students
(540) 568-5681
Fax: (540) 568-3332 | Graduate Admissions

Admission Deadlines

James Madison University is in strict compliance with their deadlines. Hence, international students are advised to stick with the dates and submit their applications at the earliest.

Undergraduate Applicants

Term/SemesterApplication Deadlines
FallJune 1
SpringOctober 1
SummerFebruary 15

Graduate applicants

  • For the majority of the Post-Graduation degree programs, James Madison University accepts complete applications prior to at least 6-weeks before the start of the semester in which the student wishes to get admission in.
  • But, as JMU accepts applications on a rolling basis for most of the graduate courses and if the course that you are applying for doesn’t have a deadline then the students are advised to send applications 6-12 months prior to your planned enrollment term.
  • Deadlines for application submission vary from course to course. You can look for the application deadline of the program in which you are opting to enroll in by checking the official university website.

International Student Admissions

International students need some additional documents to study in the US. The following documents are required to be fulfilled by the international students to apply for admission at James Madison University.

  • Online Application to be filled on the JMU’s Online Application Portal.
  • Application Fees of 70 USD.
  • Original copy of high school transcripts certified by the institution sending it.
  • If the transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and sent.
  • Proficiency in English 
  • One letter of recommendation.
  • Financial Certification of 45,000 USD to verify financial support for one academic year.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of U.S. Visa documents
  • Official scores of various standardized tests 
    • SAT/ACT scores (optional)
    • GRE/GMAT (where required)

English Language Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency for nonnative speakers is required for getting admitted at James MAdison University. This can be achieved by attaining a minimum score in one of the following tests:

TestMinimum Score
Internet based TOEFL80
Paper based TOEFL550
Critical Reading Portion of SAT500

Country-Specific Requirements

Some South Asian countries and it’s country-specific requirements, for students to get admission in the James Madison University

CountryUndergraduate requirements
IndiaA minimum average of 60 on a 100 point grading scale.
AfghanistanA minimum average of 80 out of 100.
BangladeshA minimum average of 60 on a 100 point grading scale if, in a Bangla medium school, 70 out of 100 if in an English medium school or if achieved a Second Division in high school.
BhutanA minimum average of Second Class, or 50%
NepalA minimum average of Second Division, Merit. or 45%

Visa Requirements

Admitted international students need to acquire an F-1 or J-1 student visa to study at JMU. For this, a visa document, usually I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued by James Madison University once:

  • The university has offered you a place in its programs
  • All the financial requirements have been met
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport has been received by the office

Once you receive the visa document, contact the nearest US Consulate and schedule your visa interview. Do not forget to carefully go through all the required procedures and documents, namely:

  • I-20/ DS-2019 form
  • Offer letter from JM
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of funding
  • SEVIS fee receipt

James Madison University International Undergraduate Admissions

There are as many as 76 undergraduate course options for students to choose from at JMU. Among which the most popular major opted by students is biology, followed by nursing, health sciences, interdisciplinary liberal studies, marketing, psychology, accounting, finance and media arts and design. 

Application Portal: JMU’s online application

Application fees: 70 USD (non-refundable)

To check Application Status: MyMadison Portal

Basic requirements of documents for international students are listed under:

  • Completed online application
  • High school transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency, 
  • Financial certification,
  • Visa documents. 

The addition of supporting documents like proof of participation in extracurricular activities and personal statements will increase the credibility of your application. 

James Madison University International Graduate Admissions

James Madison University accepts applications on a rolling basis for most of the graduate courses offered. Programs are offered across a number of fields like Arts, Business, Communication, Education and Sciences.

Application Portal: JMU Graduate Application

Application Fee: 60 USD for all the graduate programs, which is non-refundable.

  • A Financial Declaration of Funds for at least 36,756 USD is a mandatory requirement for one academic year.
  • The documents required in addition to the online application are different for every course, about which the details are provided on the respective program’s page.

Requirements for some of the popular master’s courses opted at the James Madison University are mentioned below :

RequirementsInternational M.B.AM.S. in Computer Science (Online)M.S. in AccountingM.A. in Psychological SciencesM.Ed in Mathematics
Executive M.B.AInformation Security M.B.AInnovation M.B.A
Academic SessionFallFallFallFall, Spring, SummerFall, Spring, SummerFallFall, Spring, Summer
Work experience5+ years2+ years2+ yearsNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredNot Required
LORRequired (1 letter)Required (2 letters)Required (2 letters)Not RequiredNot RequiredRequired (3 letters)Not Required
Personal StatementRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot Required

In accordance with the statistics from the batch of 2018, within six months of graduation, 96% of JMU graduates were either in high school or were involved in other career endeavors.

The university believes in admitting students over quality and not quantity. So, mentioning extracurricular activities over in your application will add more value to your application. 

Students are further notified about the admission decision via the online portal and e-mail. Hence, the students are advised to check both the platforms regularly as to not miss out. 

Most of the documents for the application of Graduate courses will be submitted with the Online Application. But, sometimes students are asked to send their test scores or transcript credential evaluation through the mail, which can be sent at the following address : 

James Madison University
The Graduate School
100 E. Grace St.
Room 4050/ MSC 6702
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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