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Admission

The enrollment for the university is as 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.

Initial admission does not ensure continued enrollment in succeeding sessions. Students who do not enroll for a semester must apply for readmission to a subsequent semester. Deposit and readmission invoices are mailed to regular students enrolled at the university. Those who plan to attend the following academic year must submit the invoice and payment to the cashier's office prior to March 20.

Visiting the University

Prospective students are invited to attend group conferences and to participate in group walking tours of the campus.

Group conferences are held each weekday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Guided tours of the campus are conducted at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the week and at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Tours are not conducted during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and spring vacation periods. Our Saturday visitation program is not available from May 7 through Aug. 27.

Anyone wishing to attend a group conference or tour should make an appointment by calling (703) 568-6147. Parking for visitors is available in the admissions visitor lot or in "G" lot, located in front of Godwin Hall. A parking permit can be secured in advance from the Office of Admissions. Our visitation center is located in the Tidewater Room of Warren Hall.

Freshmen

Admission Requirements

Admission to the university is competitive. Each year, the university receives applications from students representing more than 2,000 different high schools. Because high school programs and grading systems vary widely, the secondary school program cannot be rigidly prescribed. However, in general, JMU expects that candidates for admission will have completed college preparatory courses in English, mathematics, natural science, social science and foreign language.

The Admissions Committee is most interested in the quality of the applicant's high school program of study. Students with solid achievement in five or more academic courses each year of high school will have a distinct advantage in the admission process. Honors-level courses, especially Advanced Placement classes, increase an applicant's competitiveness from an admissions standpoint. Academic achievement, as evidenced by class rank or grade point average; performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or American College Testing Program Assessment (ACT) are critical factors in the decision-making process. Counselor recommendations, evidence of special talents and abilities and the depth of involvement in extracurricular activities which indicate leadership, organizational and problem-solving skills are also important during application review. An applicant's potential to contribute to and benefit from the university's diverse range of academic and extracurricular programs is an important factor in the admissions process.

Early Action Admission

The university will offer Early Action Admission to highly qualified freshman applicants with exceptional high school programs of study, academic achievement, SAT or ACT scores and potential to contribute to the university community. All freshman applications postmarked by Dec. 1 will be automatically considered for Early Action Admission. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-January and must submit a room reservation or tuition deposit by May 1 to enroll at the university.

Regular Admission

Students not selected for Early Action Admission will be considered under the university's regular admissions process. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 15 to be considered for admission. All applicants will be notified of their admissions status the first week of April. Admitted students must submit a room reservation or tuition deposit by May 1 to enroll at the university.

Application Procedures

Applications for admission to James Madison University should be submitted early in the first semester of the high school senior year. The first step in the admissions procedure is to request the application for undergraduate admission. Prospective students should carefully complete and submit the application, along with the $25 application fee, to their high school guidance counselors. Applicants should request that the counselor attach a copy of their transcript and forward it with the completed application and fee to:
	Office of Admissions
	James Madison University
	Harrisonburg, VA 22807
In addition to the completed application and the official high school transcript, a one-page personal statement and the Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Testing Assessment scores must be submitted. Applicants should request that SAT or ACT scores be forwarded to James Madison University directly from the College Board or American College Testing, respectively.

Information furnished on applications and all other university documents and records must be accurate and complete without evasion or misrepresentation. Failure to do so is cause for non-acceptance or dismissal.

A medical history and a report of a medical examination must be submitted by all matriculating students (enrolling for seven or more credit hours) on forms provided by the university. A student will not be permitted to complete registration until a satisfactory report of a medical examination has been submitted to the university's Health Center.

Transfer Students

Admission Requirements

A student who wishes to transfer to James Madison University must meet the following admission requirements:

Application Procedures for Transfers

	Office of Admissions
	James Madison University
	Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Evaluation of Transfer Credits

Credit will be awarded for those courses in which the student has earned a grade of "C" or better and which are equivalent to courses offered at JMU.

After the student has been approved for admission, the Office of Transfer Admissions and Credit Evaluation will evaluate the transcript(s) of each transfer student to show the credits accepted by the university. The head of the department in which the student is majoring will determine the departmental credits required for graduation. Credit will not be awarded for work taken during academic suspension.

Liberal studies 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. Please consult the JMU Virginia Community College Transfer Guide for details.

Re-entry Students

Students who attend JMU and withdraw are classified as re-entry students. Re-entry students who were previously approved as degree-seeking students, as well as special students who wish to apply as degree-seeking students, must apply through the Office of Admissions. Re-entry students are not automatically readmitted to the university. The student's readmission will be subject to a complete evaluation of the student's record.

Re-entry applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students who have been absent from JMU for more than one semester must include a personal statement explaining their absence with their application. If the student has attended another institution since leaving JMU, applications must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wishes to enroll. The work there, as well as that done at JMU, will be taken into consideration by the Admissions Committee.

Students placed on academic suspension may apply for readmission after one academic year. Their records must be reviewed by the Office of Admissions to be considered for readmission. However, credit earned elsewhere, within one year of being suspended from JMU, will not be accepted.

Students re-entering the university after an absence of a semester or more return under the current catalog or the catalog of their graduating class.

Special Admission Requirements

Music and Arts Majors

In addition to the regular freshman and transfer admission requirements, students who wish to major in music, theater or dance must also complete an on-campus audition. Prospective art students must submit a portfolio of their work to the School of Art as part of their admission requirements. Students unable to travel to JMU may send a video tape, audio tape or slides of their work. Students interested in these majors should contact the respective school or the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Nursing Majors

In addition to the regular freshman and transfer admission requirements, students desiring admission to the Department of Nursing must submit a supplemental application. Applications may be obtained from:
	Department of Nursing
	James Madison University
	Harrisonburg, VA  22807
	(703) 568-6314

Veterans

James Madison University encourages veterans to apply for admission as full-time or part-time students. Information is available from the veterans service office, Wilson Hall, Room 107.

Enrollment Procedures

The Office of Admissions will notify admitted students of enrollment procedures in the admission letter.

New Residence Hall Students

New students who have been accepted as residence hall students should confirm their acceptances of the offer of admission by returning a room reservation deposit of $250 by May 1. The fee will be credited to the student's account upon registration. If payment of this fee is not made on or before the due date, the acceptance will be withdrawn.

Commuting Students

New or re-entry students who have been accepted as commuting students should confirm their acceptances of the offer of admission by returning a tuition deposit of $250. This deposit will be credited to the student's account during the same school year for which the deposit is requested.

For new students, this deposit is to be made by May 1 and is non-refundable except for personal illness certified by a physician, for unavoidable emergency or other extenuating circumstances approved by the assistant vice president for finance.

Non-Traditional Academic Credit

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
Interested students should discuss this matter with their guidance counselors or principals. The College Board reports the results of the examinations to the university.

The following is a list for the 1994-95 academic year of 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:

Advanced					Credit
Placement	  Required	JMU		Hours
Course		     Score	Equivalent	Earned

Art History		4	Art elective	3
Art Studio: Drawing	4	Art elective	3
Art Studio: General	4	Art elective	3
Biology			3	BIO 101		3
 			4	Majors:		8
 				  BIO 120 (4)
				  BIO elective (4)
				Non-majors:	8
			          BIO 101 (3)
				  BIO elective (5)
			5	Majors		8
				  BIO 120 (4)
				  BIO 130 (4)
				Non-majors	8
				  BIO 101 (3)
				  BIO elective (5)
Calculus AB  [* 1] 	4	MATH 235	4
Calculus BC  [* 1] 	4	MATH 235-236	8
Chemistry		3	CHEM 100	3
			4	Majors: 	6
				  CHEM 131, 132
				Non-majors:	8
				  CHEM 131, 131L,
 				  132, 132L
Comparative		5	POSC 240	3
  Government
Computer Science	4	CS 138		4
  (A or AB)
Economics (Micro)	5	ECON 131	3
Economics (Macro)	5	ECON 132	3
English Language	4	ENG 101-102	6
  and Composition
  or English Literature
  and Composition
French Language		4	FR 231		3
  or Literature
German Language		4	GER 231		3
U.S. Government		5	POSC 225	3
European History	4	HIST elective	3
			5	HIST elective	6
U.S. History		4	HIST 233	3
			5	HIST 233-234	6
Latin: Vergil or	4	LAT 231-232	6
  Catullus-Horace
Music			N/A	No credit given	0
Physics B		4	PHYS 130-135	8
Physics C: Mechanics	4	PHYS 240	4
Physics C: Electricity	4	PHYS 250	4
  and Magnetism
Psychology		4	PSYC 101[*2] 	3
Psychology		5	PSYC 101-102	6
Spanish Language	4	SPAN 231	3
  or Literature

1 Students who receive a score of "3" may wish to take a 
  departmental examination to earn credit in either MATH 205 
  or MATH 235.
2 Psychology majors and minors will have PSYC 102 waived 
  and three additional hours of psychology electives will replace
  PSYC 102.

Service Credit

Veterans who have one or more years of active military duty will be granted six hours of health and kinesiology credit (providing they have no previous credit in this area). This credit will permit students to be exempt from kinesiology requirements; however, those students in a teaching curriculum must complete HTH 370, The School Health Program, for licensure purposes.

Additional credit may be given for successful completion of certain service schools. This credit will be determined on the basis of recommendations in "A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services." The registration and records office 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. An official transcript must be received. Credit allowed is based on the recommendation in "The Guide to the Evaluation of Experiences in the Armed Services." For those languages not offered at JMU, a maximum of 12 hours is accepted.

Credit Awarded for International Examinations

JMU will follow the recommendations of the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials in the awarding of academic credit based on international examinations. Questions regarding the evaluation of international examinations should be directed to the Office of International Admissions and Enrollment Services.

International Baccalaureate

JMU recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) 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, six credit hours will be awarded for each higher-level examination. The university encourages the completion of the IB diploma and will give special consideration for admission to students who have completed the IB program. Credit is given only for courses with scores of five, six or seven on the higher-level examination.

German Abitur

Students with the German abitur may be awarded up to 30 credit hours of advanced standing. The awarding of credit will be based on a grade of "C" or better and a passing grade will be equivalent to six credit hours in the subject.

United Kingdom "A" Level Examinations

Passing with a grade of "C" or better in an "A" level subject will be considered comparable to completing the two-course introductory sequence (six credit hours) in the subject.


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Last reviewed: Sept. 10, 1994
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