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.
|Application Fee||Undergraduate Application: 70 USD|
Graduate Application: 60 USD
|Average SAT score||1160-1320 (optional)|
|Average ACT score||24-30 (optional)|
|Mode of payment||Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover|
|Academic Calendar||Semester based|
|Student to faculty ratio||16:1|
|Intake Sessions||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|Work experience||Required for graduate programs only|
|Financial Aid||Scholarships available for both international and national students|
Fax: (540) 568-3332 | Graduate Admissions
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.
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.
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:
|Internet based TOEFL||80|
|Paper based TOEFL||550|
|Critical Reading Portion of SAT||500|
Some South Asian countries and it’s country-specific requirements, for students to get admission in the James Madison University
|India||A minimum average of 60 on a 100 point grading scale.|
|Afghanistan||A minimum average of 80 out of 100.|
|Bangladesh||A 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.|
|Bhutan||A minimum average of Second Class, or 50%|
|Nepal||A minimum average of Second Division, Merit. or 45%|
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:
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:
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:
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 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.
Requirements for some of the popular master’s courses opted at the James Madison University are mentioned below :
|Requirements||International M.B.A||M.S. in Computer Science (Online)||M.S. in Accounting||M.A. in Psychological Sciences||M.Ed in Mathematics|
|Executive M.B.A||Information Security M.B.A||Innovation M.B.A|
|Academic Session||Fall||Fall||Fall||Fall, Spring, Summer||Fall, Spring, Summer||Fall||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|GMAT/GRE||GMAT/GRE||GMAT/GRE||GMAT/GRE||GRE (Recommended)||GMAT||GRE||GRE (optional)|
|Work experience||5+ years||2+ years||2+ years||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|LOR||Required (1 letter)||Required (2 letters)||Required (2 letters)||Not Required||Not Required||Required (3 letters)||Not Required|
|Personal Statement||Required||Required||Required||Required||Not Required||Required||Not 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