Visiting the University

First Year Student Admission

Application Deadlines

Transfer Admission Requirements

Advanced Placement

Credit for Military Service

Special Admission Requirements

International Admission

International Baccalaureate Courses


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Office of Admissions
Sonner Hall
(540) 568-5681
(540) 568-3332 (fax)
E-mail: admissions@jmu.edu
http://www.jmu.edu/admissions

Admissions
The enrollment for the university is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia. The number of students admitted each year is limited by the resources available to the university.

Visiting the University
We encourage prospective students to attend a group information session and a walking tour of campus. To check our visitation schedule and make a reservation, visit http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/visit. In inclement weather, the Office of Admissions cancels conferences and tours. If weather conditions are severe, call the Office of Admissions, (540) 568-5681, before you come.

First Year Student Admission
JMU's admission process is competitive. In fact, we receive more qualified applications than we can accommodate. For the 2009 admissions process, approximately 60 percent of applicants were admitted with 88 percent of the applicants being 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:

Academic Program
Competitive applicants should minimally have the following:

Students who challenge themselves with the upper-level courses offered in their high school (i.e. Honors-level courses, Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment) increase their competitiveness. Although schools provide different opportunities, applicants should pursue the most demanding college preparatory programs available. Because strong students come from many different types of schools, we evaluate applicants within the context of their high schools.

Academic Achievement
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.

Standardized Tests
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.

Extracurricular Activities
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.

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Application Deadlines

Early Action Admission
Early Action is more competitive than the Regular Decision process. To be admitted through Early Action, a student needs to be superior in curriculum, grades, test scores and extracurricular activities.
The university will offer non-binding early notification admission to qualified first year student applicants. The deadline for early notification is November 1. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-January and must submit a room or tuition deposit by May 1 to enroll at the university. Some students who are not selected for early notification are considered under the university's regular admission process.

For the last two years, 45 to 50 percent of students deferred from Early Action to Regular Decision were eventually admitted. Students who apply Early Action do not have an advantage over students who apply Regular Decision.

Regular Decision Admission
Because Early Action is more competitive than Regular Decision, students who apply through Regular Decision are not at a disadvantage. Applications must be postmarked by January 15 to be considered for regular decision admission. All applicants will receive notification of their admission status the first week of April. Admitted students must submit a room or tuition deposit by May 1 to enroll at the university.

Application Procedure for First Year Student Admission
To access the application, apply online by filling out the application and submitting it electronically with an electronic payment. Students applying to James Madison University must:

Transfer Admission Requirements
To transfer to JMU, a student must:

Application Procedure for Transfer Admission
To apply for transfer admission to the university, applicants 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 of the program in which the student is majoring will determine the credits required for graduation.

With the exception of some community college degrees in General Studies, JMU General Education requirements will be waived for those students who have completed either the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree at a Virginia community college. For the complete listing of degrees associated with a Virginia Community College that waive all General Education requirements, go to the Transfer Advising Web site. Students who complete one of these associate degrees and are offered admission will receive junior-level status; however, due to varying major and degree requirements, junior-level status does not guarantee graduation in two years. For more details, consult the Office of Admissions or the JMU Virginia Community College Transfer Guide.

Advanced Placement
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:

Advanced Placement Examinations
P.O. Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/AP/about.html

2010-2011 Academic Year Advanced Placement 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. Refer to the Office of Admissions Web site ror more information and the most recent scores.

NOTE: This information is subject to change at the discretion of James Madison University. For the 2010-2011 academic year, the scores displayed below supersede the scores in the printed 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog.

Placement Course Minimum Required Score JMU Equivalent Credit Hours
Earned
Art History 4 GARTH 206 3

Art Studio: Drawing 4 Art elective 3

Art Studio: General 4 Art elective 3

Art Studio: 2D Design 4 Art elective 3

Biology 5 GISAT 113, GSCI 104 and BIO 000 1 8 total (3 + 1 + 4)
  or  
  GBIO 103, GSCI 104, and BIO 000 1 8 total (3 + 1 + 4)
       
  4 GISAT 113 and GSCI 104 4 total (3 + 1)
  or  
  GBIO 103 and GSCI 104 4 total (3 + 1)
       
  3 GISAT 113 and GSCI 104 4 total (3 + 1)
     

Calculus AB 4 GISAT 151 (students receiving AP credit 4
  for GISAT 151 must take ISAT 151L)  
  or  
  MATH 235 4

Calculus BC 4 GISAT 151 and ISAT 000 2 8 total (4 + 4)
  (Students receiving AP credit for  
  GISAT 151 must take ISAT 151L)  
  or  
  MATH 235 and MATH 236 8 total (4 + 4)

Chemistry 4 Majors: 6
  CHEM 131 and CHEM 132  
     
  Nonmajors: 8
  CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L,  
  CHEM 132 and CHEM 132L  
  or  
  CHEM 120 and CHEM 120L 4
       
  3 GSCI 101 and GSCI 104 4 total (3 + 1)

Comparative Government 4 POSC 240 3

Computer Science (A or AB) 4 CS 139 4

Economics (Micro) 4 ECON 201 3

Economics (Macro) 4 GECON 200 3

English Language and
Composition or English
L
iterature and Composition
4 GWRTC 103 3
   
   

Environmental Science 4 GGEOL 115 and ISAT 000 2 8 total (3 + 5)
       
  3 ISAT 000 2 4

Environmental Science
and Chemistry
4 GISAT 112 and ISAT 000 2 7 total (4 + 3)
   
       
  3 ISAT 000 2 (4 + 3)

French Language
or French Literature
4 FR 231 3
     

Human Geography 4 GEOG 280 3

German Language 4 GER 231 3

Government: U.S. 4 GPOSC 225 4

History: European 5 HIST 201 and HIST 202 6
       
  4 HIST 201 3

History: U.S. 4 GHIST 225 4

History: World 5 GHIST 101 and GHIST 102 6 total (3 + 3)

Italian Language
and Culture
4 ITAL 231 3
     

Latin Language 4 LAT 231 4

Physics B 4 PHYS 140 and PHYS 140L, 8
  PHYS 150 and PHYS 150L  
       
  3 GSCI 101 and GSCI 104 4 total (3 + 1)

Physics C: Mechanics 4 PHYS 240 and PHYS 140L 4

Physics C: Electricity
and Magnetism
4 PHYS 250 and PHYS 150L 4
   

Psychology 4 GPSYC 101 3

Spanish Language or Spanish Literature 4 SPAN 231 3
   

Statistics 4 GISAT 251 3
  or  
  MATH 220 3

1 BIO 000 does not count toward major or minor requirements in biology or toward general education requirements but is elective credit toward a degree.
2 ISAT 000 does not count toward major or minor requirements in biology or integrated science and technology or toward general education requirements, but is elective credit toward a degree.

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Special Admission Requirements
In addition to regular first year student and transfer admission requirements, students who want to major in music, musical theatre or dance must also complete an on-campus audition. Prospective art students who intend to major in studio art are encouraged to submit a portfolio and be interviewed.

Art

Phone: (540) 568-6216/6661
E-mail: art-arthistory@jmu.edu
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory

Portfolio reviews for prospective art majors are conducted on campus and at select off-campus National Portfolio Review Days. Though not required for admission to JMU as a studio art major, a portfolio review is recommended as a way for the student to get feedback on their work, learn important information about the School of Art & Art History, and meet faculty members. A portfolio review is required for scholarship consideration. For a complete list of portfolio review dates and the School's supplemental application form, visit the School of Art & Art History's Web site.

Students unable to attend a review day in person are encouraged to send slides, photographs, or a CD with images of their work, along with the school's supplemental application form, directly to the School of Art & Art History. Mailed portfolios must be postmarked no later than January 31 and will be reviewed for scholarship consideration.

Students intending to major in art history are not required to submit a portfolio but should follow the regular JMU admission process and deadlines.

Transfer students or students who are currently enrolled in JMU under another major and who wish to declare a Studio Art major must submit a portfolio for review to the portfolio review committee. Transfer and change of major portfolios will be reviewed once each fall and spring semester. Transfer and change of major students who are not recommended for admission to the studio art major may reapply the following semester. Portfolio reviews for transfer and change of major students are held approximately two weeks prior to advanced registration.

Music

Phone: (540) 568-3851
E-mail: music_admit@jmu.edu
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/music/

Auditions for music are given on three specific dates in January and February. It is important that students indicate their intention to participate in the audition process by January 15.

Nursing

Phone: (540) 568-6314
Web site: http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/

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 the nursing department office.

Theatre and Dance

Phone: (540) 568-6342 (Theatre)
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/theatre/

(540) 568-6511 (Dance)
Web site: http://www.jmu.edu/dance/

Admissions 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.

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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.

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International Admission
The Office of 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 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:

Office of International Admissions, MSC 0101
James Madison University
481 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
(540) 568-7865


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 Admissions.

International Baccalaureate
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.

French Baccalaureate
Students with scores of 12/20 or higher on examinations in subjects studied at a coefficient of 4 or 5 may be awarded general education or other credit. Evaluation of credit will be directed by University Studies in coordination with the appropriate departmental undergraduate office. The "Total Score" of the French Baccalaureate is not used to determine credit eligibility.

German Abitur
Students with the German Abitur may be awarded general education and other credit for examination scores of 10 or higher (15-point scale.) Evaluation of credit will be directed by University Studies in coordination with the appropriate departmental undergraduate office.

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.


2010-2011 International Baccalaureate Courses

Higher-Level IB Courses 1

International
Baccalaureate Course
Minimum Required
Score
JMU Equivalent Credit Hours Earned
Anthropology
(social and cultural)
5 GANTH 195 and ANTH elective 6

Art/Design 6 ART 102 and ART elective 6
     
  5 ART 102 3
     
  4 ART elective 3

Art/Visual 5 ART 102 3

Biology 7 GBIO 103 and GSCI 104 3+1
  and  
  BIO 000 2 4
     
  5 BIO 000 2 (elective) 4

Chemistry 5 Majors: CHEM 131, CHEM 132 6
     
  5 Nonmajors: CHEM 131, CHEM 131L,  
  CHEM 132, CHEM 132L 8

Computing Studies 5 CS 139 and CS 238 8

Economics 6 ECON 201, GECON 200 6

English A 5 GWRTC 103 3

Foreign Languages
(course numbers are the
7 300 + elective 6
same in each language)    
  6 231-232 6
     
  5 231 3
     
  4 102 4

Geography 6 GGEOG 200 3
     
  5 GEOG elective 3

History: All Regions 6 HIST elective 6
     
  5 HIST elective 3

History: Africa 6 HIST 263 3
     
  5 HIST 263 3

History: Americas 5 GHIST 225 4

History: West and South Asia 6 HIST electives 6
     
  5 HIST elective 3

History: East and Southeast Asia and Australia 6 HIST electives 6
     
  5 HIST elective 3

History: Europe 6 HIST 202 and HIST elective 6
     
  5 HIST 202 3

Mathematics 5 MATH 135 3

Philosophy 6 GPHIL 101 and PHIL elective 6
     
  5 GPHIL 101 3

Physics 5 PHYS 140 and PHYS 150 6

Psychology 4 GPSYC 101 3

1 This information is subject to change at the discretion of James Madison University. For the 2010-2011 academic year, the scores displayed in the online catalog supersede the scores in the printed 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog.
2 BIO 000 does not count toward major or minor requirements in biology or toward general education requirements, but is elective credit toward a degree.

Standard-Level IB Courses 1

International
Baccalaureate Course
Minimum Required Score JMU Equivalent Credit Hours Earned
Social Anthropology
(social and cultural)
5 GANTH 195 3

Art/Design 7 ART elective 3
       
  6 ART elective 3

Chemistry 6 Majors: CHEM 131 3
       
  6 Nonmajors: CHEM 131-131L 4

Computing Studies 5 CS 238 4

Economics 6 ECON 201 with IB diploma 3

Foreign Languages 7 232 3
       
  6 231 3
       
  5 102 4

Geography 5 GEOG elective 3

History 5 HIST elective 3

Philosophy 5 GPHIL101 3

Physics 6 PSYS 140 and PHYS 150 6

Psychology 6 GPSYC101 3

1 This information is subject to change at the discretion of James Madison University. For the 2010-2011 academic year, the scores displayed in the online catalog supersede the scores in the printed 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog.

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