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Application Stages

1. Get ready


2. Apply


3. Check your status


Decision Received? Now what?

Application Review Process

JMU seeks to select the strongest candidates from a high quality applicant pool. Our application review focuses primarily on high school courses and grades. These two factors are the most consistent indicators of academic success in college.

Each applicant’s academic record is evaluated within the context of their school’s curriculum. Students may submit additional materials, such as, a personal statement, letter of recommendation, extra-curricular activities and standardized test scores may be helpful in the review process but are not required.

What JMU considers during the application review:

High School Courses

Competitive applicants should take rigorous coursework within the core academic areas (English, foreign language, social studies, mathematics* and lab sciences). This typically means taking college-level courses that are offered, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment, Cambridge International, Governor’s Schools, in addition to honors-level courses.

*Mathematics requirement: One full year beyond Algebra II in a course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.  Course recommendations may include pre-Calculus, Math Analysis, Trigonometry, Probability/Statistics, Finite Math and Calculus. Courses that DO NOT meet this requirement include Algebra Functions & Data Analysis, Computer Mathematics, Computer Science and Consumer Mathematics.

Grades

JMU evaluates your grades throughout your entire high school career in core academic courses only rather than an overall GPA. A competitive applicant is an A/B student in core academic coursework.

Optional Items:

The following items will be considered in the review of your application if you choose to submit them:

Extracurricular Activities

What have you done in clubs, organizations and athletics beyond just being a member? JMU is looking for quality involvement rather than quantity. Community service and part-time jobs count, too. List them on your application.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation will be accepted and must be requested by the applicant through the application. JMU will contact the recommender with instructions for submitting a letter.

Personal Statement

Is there something important we should know about you? The personal statement section on the application is your opportunity to tell us in 500 words or less.

Standardized Tests

JMU no longer requires SAT/ACT scores. If you choose to submit a test score, your official test results must be sent to us electronically from the testing agency and arrive by the application deadline. If you do not submit test scores, you will not be penalized in the application, scholarship or Honors College review processes.

Student-athletes who do not want test scores used during the admissions application review, do not need to submit them directly to the Office of Admissions. For NCAA Division I athletic eligibility purposes, JMU Intercollegiate Athletics will receive your test scores directly from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Freshman dates and deadlines

Early Action (non-binding)

More about Early Action


Regular Decision

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