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|First Year Student Admission||Special Admissions Requirements|
|Transfer Admission Requirements||Nontraditional Academic Credit|
|First Year Student Admission|
|JMU's admission process is competitive. In fact, we receive more qualified applications than we can accommodate. For the 2005 admissions process, approximately 65 percent of applicants were admitted; however, 90 percent of the applicants were competitive. There is not a prescribed formula for gaining admission. The admissions committee works to select the strongest candidates from a high quality pool. We consider the following factors in evaluating applicants: program of study, academic achievement, standardized test scores, Secondary School Report Form and recommendation, extracurricular activities, and an optional personal statement. Each applicant is rated in the following four areas, listed in order of importance:|
Competitive applicants should minimally have the following:
|To evaluate achievement in high school, we evaluate grades in the core subject areas: mathematics, English, foreign language, social studies and lab sciences. A competitive candidate is an “A” or “B” student in core courses. We look at performance throughout the entire high school career.|
|Performance on the SAT I or ACT helps discern past academic achievements and potential for future academic success. SAT IIs are not required for or considered in the admissions process.|
|We are looking for quality rather than quantity. For instance, we like to see what applicants have done in clubs, organizations and athletics beyond just being members. We also consider community service and part-time jobs. We look at the variety and depth of your involvement. Applicants must be academically competitive before extracurricular activities are reviewed.|
|Application Procedures for First Year Student Admission|
|There are three easy ways to submit applications. Go to www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/ and select one of the following three options. The admissions office prefers use of the first or second option.|
Students applying to James Madison University must
|Transfer Admission Requirements|
|To transfer to JMU, a student must
|Evaluation of Transfer Credits|
|Credit will be awarded for those courses equivalent to courses offered at JMU in which the student has earned a grade of “C” or better. After the student has been approved for admission, the Office of the Registrar will evaluate the transcript(s) of each transfer student to show the credits accepted by the university. The academic unit head in which the student is majoring will determine the credits required for graduation. With the exception of some degrees in General Studies, General Education requirements will be waived for those students who have completed either the Associate in Arts, Associate in Sciences, or the Associate in Arts and Sciences degree at a Virginia community college. Students who complete one of these associate degrees and are offered admission will receive junior-level status. For more details, consult the JMU Virginia Community College Transfer Guide, available at http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/transfer/guide/.|
|The Office of International Admissions is responsible for the admission and enrollment of undergraduate international students. It also evaluates “A” Level examinations for academic credit.
Credit will be awarded for those courses equivalent to courses offered at JMU in which the student has earned a grade of “C” or better.
All non-U.S. citizens and nonpermanent residents of the U.S. must complete the international student application. This application and an international student information guidebook are available in the Office of International Admissions, located in Sonner Hall.
In addition to regular first year student and transfer
admission requirements, international students must present evidence of English proficiency and documentation of sufficient financial resources.
The university welcomes international applications and is authorized by federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Requests for information concerning the admission of undergraduate international students should be directed to
|Credit for International Examinations|
|JMU will follow the recommendations of the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials when awarding academic credit based on international examinations. Questions regarding the evaluation of international examinations should be directed to the Office of International Admissions.|
|JMU recognizes the International Baccalaureate diploma and individual IB courses by awarding credit on IB higher-level examinations in essentially the same manner in which credit is allowed for Advanced Placement courses. Typically, credit hours will be awarded for each higher-level examination on which a score of five, six or seven has been earned. Some standard-level examinations will also be considered for credit. The university encourages the completion of the IB diploma and will give special consideration for admission to students who have completed the IB program. The grading scale is from one to seven, with seven being the highest score. For a full listing of available IB courses and credit opportunities, refer to the table below.|
|International Baccalaureate Courses
|Students with the German Abitur for 13 years only may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of advanced standing. Awarding of credit will be based on a grade of “C” or better. A passing grade will be equivalent to six credit hours in the subject. The German Abitur will fulfill general education requirements with the exception of nine credit hours and the information literacy competency exams (Tech Level I and the ISST) required in Cluster One and of the four credit American Experience requirement in Cluster Four.|
|United Kingdom "A" Level Examinations|
|Credit will be awarded to those students who receive a “C” or higher on an “A” level exam. Credit will be comparable to completing the two-course introductory sequence (six credit hours) in the subject.|
|Special Admission Requirements|
|Students unable to travel to JMU may send a videotape, color
photographs or slides of their work in support of their art application. Students who intend to
major in art history are not required to submit a portfolio or additional material for review but
should follow the regular JMU admission process. Students who submit a portfolio will be eligible to
receive a first year student art scholarship.
Portfolio reviews for art majors are conducted on campus. For the complete schedule of portfolio
review/interview sessions and additional information, refer to the School of Art and Art History Web site
at http://www.jmu.edu/art/, contact the School of Art
and Art History (540) 568-6216 or e-mail:|
|Auditions for music are given on three specific dates in January and February. It is important that you indicate your intention to participate in the audition process by January 15. For more information, call the School of Music at (540) 568-3851 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|In addition to the regular first year student and transfer admission requirements, students who intend to major in nursing must submit a supplemental application. Applications may be obtained from
|Theatre and Dance|
|Admission to the theatre and dance programs are by audition. Most theatre and dance auditions are given in late fall and early spring. For more information, contact the School of Theatre and Dance at (540) 568-6342 or (540) 568-6511.|
|Nontraditional Academic Credit|
|Applicants for admission who have completed advanced work in secondary school may apply for advanced credit in certain subjects at JMU. Students may apply to the College Board for permission to take one or more of the tests offered through the Advanced Placement program at the following address
|Credit for Military Service|
|JMU encourages veterans to apply for admission as full-time or part-time students. Information regarding VA Educational Benefits is available from the veterans’ coordinator, Warren Hall 504. Veterans who have one or more years of active military duty will be granted six hours of health and kinesiology elective credit (providing they have no previous credit in this area). Students must submit a Report of Separation (DD-214) to receive this credit. Additional credit may be given for successfully completing certain service schools. This credit will be determined based on recommendations in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. The Office of the Registrar should be consulted. Credit is allowed for courses taken at the Defense Language Institute. The amount of credit varies with the type of courses successfully completed. JMU must receive an official transcript. Credit allowed is based on the recommendation in A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. For those languages not offered at JMU, a maximum of 12 hours is accepted.|
|2006-2007 Academic Year AP Courses|
|The score necessary to earn college credit at JMU, the corresponding course title at JMU and the credit hours which can be earned appear below. The grading scale is from one to five with five being the highest score.
For more information and the most recent scores, refer to the Office of Admissions Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/info/scores.shtml. NOTE: This information is subject to change at the discretion of James Madison University.