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 15.

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 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 and 11 a.m. Guided tours of the campus are conducted at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the week and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Additional tours and conferences may be offered during peak visitation times in April, July and August. The Office of Admissions is closed on holiday weekends and each Saturday from May to Aug. 31.

If you want to attend a group conference or tour you should make an appointment by calling (540) 568­3620. Parking for visitors is available in the Admissions Visitor Lot near Sonner Hall where the Office of Admissions and the Campus Visitation Center are located. The Office of Admissions will send you a parking permit along with a confirmation of the visit.

Inclement weather may result in conferences and tours being canceled. Please call the Office of Admissions if weather conditions are severe.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the university is competitive. Each year, the university receives applications from students representing approximately 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 four 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 and performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Testing Program Assessment are additional factors in the decision-making process. The high school counselor secondary school report form, evidence of special talents and abilities and the depth of involvement in extracurricular activities which indicate leadership, organizational and/or 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 Notification Admission

The university will offer nonbinding Early Notification Admission to qualified freshman applicants with exceptional high school programs of study, academic achievement, SAT or ACT scores and potential to contribute to the university community. The deadline for early notification is Dec. 1. 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 Notification 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 for Freshmen

Applications for admission to James Madison University should be submitted early in the first semester of the high school senior year. Prospective students should:

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 nonacceptance or dismissal.

Transfer Students

Admission Requirements

To transfer to James Madison University, a student must meet the following admission requirements:

Application Procedures for Transfers

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 the Registrar 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.

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; however, applications must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the time a student wishes to register. Students who have been absent from JMU for more than one semester must include a personal statement with their application explaining their absence. If the student has attended another institution since leaving JMU, 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, without prior approval from the dean or provost of the college in which the student is enrolled.

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

Art, Dance, Music and Theater 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 and Art History as part of their admission requirements. Students unable to travel to JMU may send a videotape, audio tape, color photographs 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 the Department of Nursing, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or by calling (540) 568­6314.


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. This 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 not refundable except for personal illness certified by a physician, for unavoidable emergency or other extenuating circumstances approved by the assistant vice president for finance.

Nontraditional 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 of Advanced Placement courses for the 1996-97 academic year. The score necessary to earn college credit at JMU, the corresponding course title at JMU, and the credit hours which can be 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)
Nonmajors: 8
BIO 101 (3)
BIO elective (5)
5 Majors: 8
BIO 120 (4)
BIO 130 (4)
Nonmajors: 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
Nonmajors: 8
CHEM 131, 131L,
132, 132L
Comparative Government 4 POSC 240 3
Computer Science (A or AB) 4 CS 238 4
Economics (Micro) 5 ECON 201 3
Economics (Macro) 5 ECON 202 3
English Language and Composition 4 ENG 101-1026
or English Literature and Composition
French Language or Literature 4 FR 231 3
German Language 4 GER 231 3
U.S. Government4POSC 2253
European History4HIST elective3
5HIST elective6
U.S. History4HIST 2333
5HIST 233-2346
Latin: Vergil or Literature4LAT 231-2326
MusicN/ANo credit given0
Physics B 4 PHYS 140-140L; 8
PHYS 150-150L
Physics C: Mechanics 4 PHYS 240-140L 4
Physics C: Electricity 4 PHYS 250-150L 4
and Magnetism
Psychology 4 PSYC 101 3
Spanish Language or Literature 4 SPAN 231 3

1 Students who receive a score of "3" may want to take a departmental examination to earn credit in either MATH 205 or MATH 235.

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 successfully completing 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 registrar's 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 "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.

Credit Awarded 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 and Enrollment Services.

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, six credit hours will be awarded for each higher-level examination on which a score of five, six or seven has been earned. Some subsidiary-level examinations may 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.

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.

The German abitur will fulfill liberal studies requirements with the exception of six credits for ENG 101-102 and six credit hours of cultural studies.

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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Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University