Why Choose JMU

Changing the world since 1908

It's not just a slogan. It is Madison — a living, evolving university where change is the status quo. Equipped with the power that knowledge gives, JMU students, faculty and alumni work toward a brighter future in nearly every sector of global society. We expand the world's knowledge through innovative and cutting-edge research, widely available to our undergraduates. We explore new worlds through global-centric perspectives and study abroad programs. We devise new ways to generate prosperity. We help those struggling with disease, poverty, handicaps or lack of opportunity through science, education and service.

With the mentoring of faculty whose first love is teaching, we help students fulfill their destinies. JMU offers each student a future of significance — not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success.

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Large-school resources, small-school attention

With 94 percent of our 23,000 students being undergraduates, JMU makes it a priority to offer a unique mix of the best of the research- based universities and the small liberal arts schools. Professors teach your classes and the undergraduate research opportunities are with professors who are often national experts in their respective fields. In all our academic programs, the liberal arts play a key role in the curriculum. Research combined with a liberal arts education is a powerful combination that truly prepares you for the dynamic world we inhabit.

Check out the many Undergraduate Programs of Study that include Business, Education, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Sciences, and Technologies. And when you're ready, remember that JMU offers very strong programs through The Graduate School. 

Fast Facts: Fall 2020

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,943
Freshman Retention Rate: 90%
Graduation Rate: 82%
Student/Professor Ratio: 16:1
Average Class Size: 25

Residential Life

James Madison University prides itself on our outstanding residence halls! All first-year halls have a variety of amenities, including kitchen facilities, study lounges, wireless internet in all bedrooms and recreational features such as Ping Pong tables and big-screen televisions.

Each hall is mixed gender with separate bathroom facilities for men and women. You will not be sharing a room with someone of the opposite gender, but he or she may be your neighbor! Visit the Office of Residence Life website or Res Hall 360 more information.

Financial Aid

To determine your eligibility for assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA forms received by the Department of Education before our priority filing date of March 1, 2021, will receive first consideration. Our federal school code is 003721. JMU does not base admission decisions on financial aid. Please visit the scholarships and student employment websites for more information.


Applying to JMU

Freshman Application Deadlines

Your freshman application and all supporting documents are due by the deadline below:

Early Action (non-binding) Deadline: November 1
Decisions posted online late December

Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
Decisions posted online in late March

Shortly after submitting your application JMU will begin our communication plan regarding your application. You'll be encouraged to activate your JMU e-ID in order to use the Applicant Center in MyMadison, where you can your application status and review your admissions decision when available.

Completing the Freshman Application

The following are required to complete your application file:

  • Submitted Online Application
  • $70 Application Fee (or Fee Waiver)
  • Official High School Transcript

You are welcome to submit official test scores or official high school transcripts prior to your online application. Applicants may send their official high school transcript through a preferred electronic provider or through the United States Postal Services; however, please do not send multiple transcripts.

The following items are optional (you may choose to submit):

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Letter of recommendation (one)
  • Personal Statement of 500 words or less. (Please note that we do not use the Coalition Essay; your personal statement must be entered on the application to be considered.)
  • Standardized test scores

Learn more about our admission requirements and process.

Checking your Application Status

Shortly after submitting your online application, you will be encouraged to activate your JMU e-ID in order to use the Applicant Center in MyMadison. In the Applicant Center, you will be able to track receipt of your application documents. Remember, items (both electronic and paper) are processed in the order in which they are received. Please be patient as we work dilligently to match items to application files. 

Transferring to JMU

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. 

  • The Transfer Process
  • Transfer Dates and Deadlines

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