Transfer Application Stages
- View our majors
- Come for a visit
- Join our mailing list
- Research financial aid and scholarships
- Review the courses are likely to transfer to JMU
- Familiarize yourself with JMU graduation requirements
- Keep up your grades! JMU will not accept a C- or lower for transfer credit
- Complete your application. Include:
- The online application
- $60 application fee
- Official college transcripts, including transcripts for any dual enrollment classes taken in high school
- Official high school transcripts or GED results
- Official ACT or SAT I test scores
- Intent to enroll (for VCCS students applying under the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement)
- Fine arts and nursing majors have special requirements
- View dates and deadlines
- More on the transfer application process
Check your status
- Check your status on MyMadison. We'll email you access instructions a few days after your application is received.
- Application/Mail Processing Status. See what documents our office is currently processing.
- View MyMadison tutorial
Transferring from a Virginia Community College
What we're looking for
To be eligible to apply for transfer admission, a student must have completed or be in the process of completing at least 24 credit hours post high-school graduation. Priority consideration is given to associate degree completers or those with at least 48 college credits earned. JMU offers admission to a very small number of students who only have one year of college coursework at their previous institution.
JMU considers transfer applicants' college program and grade-point average, high-school program and grades, and SAT 1 or ACT scores. The more credit hours you have earned in college, the less emphasis is placed on your high-school record.
Competitive transfer applicants should have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and successfully complete college course work in all core subject areas: English, mathematics, social science and lab science. Math is extremely important in the transfer admission process. Math courses that would likely transfer to JMU must include a level that is considered beyond college algebra and have one or more elements of geometry, computing, number theory, logic, probability, statistics, or calculus.
Pathways to JMU
There are multiple pathways to JMU from a Virginia community college. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the various options since each has an impact on the courses you take while still at the community college.
The Guaranteed Admission Agreement
JMU has guaranteed admissions agreements with several Virginia community colleges and Richard Bland College. Under the GAA, admission to JMU is guaranteed to a student who completes an appropriate associate degree, has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and meets additional requirements as outlined in the individual agreements. Admission to JMU is guaranteed, though certain majors may have additional admissions requirements.
Read more about Guaranteed Admissions Agreements »
Regular Admission with an Associate Degree
A student who earns an approved associate degree, applies and is admitted to JMU will receive junior standing and will have General Education requirements waived.
Read more about approved associate degrees »
Regular Admission without an Associate Degree
A student who has not earned an appropriate associate degree from a Virginia community college will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. Admission to JMU is not guaranteed.
Read more about this option »
Transfer applicants are admitted for spring, summer and fall semesters.
Spring semester is the most competitive and limited to approximately 100 students. We know changing from one college to another is a big deal and our Orientation Program has special transfer student programming in place to ease the transition.
The Office of the Registrar will complete an evaluation of credit after an offer of admission has been made. Each course taken at another institution will be evaluated individually, and credit will be allowed only for equivalent college courses offered at JMU in which a grade of "C" or better has been earned. A "C-" will not transfer.
You may also want to review courses that will count towards your major as you are progressing through your VCCS or Richard Bland Associate Degree to help in your transition to JMU.
If you are receiving an Associate Degree
JMU will waive general education requirements and grant junior-level status to admitted students who have completed an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, or an Associates in Arts and Sciences degree at Richard Bland College or any Virginia community college.
Read more about approved associate degrees »
In addition, Associate Degrees with a major in General Studies programs at the following community colleges have been approved by the State Committee on Transfer for recognition under the conditions of the State Policy on Transfer:
- Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
- Germanna Community College
- John Tyler Community College
- Lord Fairfax Community College
- Mountain Empire Community College
- New River Community College
- Patrick Henry Community College
- Piedmont Virginia Community College
- Southside Virginia Community College
- Southwest Virginia Community College
- Virginia Highlands Community College
- Virginia Western Community College
- Wytheville Community College
If you are not receiving an Associate Degree
If you transfer to JMU from a Virginia community college or Richard Bland College without earning an associate's degree, your credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis as specified in the JMU Transfer Guide for Virginia community colleges and Richard Bland College.
JMU requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. If you are offered admission to JMU, you must complete all prerequisite, major, program and degree requirements to graduate and you must meet the following requirements:
- Have earned a minimum of 25% of credit hours (30 credits for degrees programs of 120 credits) at JMU
- Have earned at least 50% of credit hours (60 credits for degrees programs of 120 credits) accepted by JMU from accredited senior (four-year) institutions of higher education, including JMU
- Meet course prerequisites for the major regardless of where general education requirements were completed
- Must be attending JMU during the semester in which degree requirements are completed
There is no limit to the number of hours that may transfer to JMU.
Transfer Dates and Deadlines
Fall Term (Aug. – Dec.)
- March 1 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)
- Late April - Admission decisions posted online in the Applicant Center of MyMadison
- Early May - Intent to enroll deposit deadline
Spring Term (Jan. – May)
- October 15 - Application deadline for all pieces (application, transcripts, etc.)
- Early November - Admission decisions posted online in the Applicant Center of MyMadison
- Late November- Intent to enroll deposit deadline
Summer Term (Jun. – Jul.)
- How to apply - transfer application process
- Financial aid and scholarships for transfer students
- Special admissions requirements for art, music, theatre, dance, and nursing majors
- Transfer Advising - helpful tips on planning coursework at your current institution, a list of resources for transfer students and more