James Madison University is a selective public university that rejects around 40% of all applicants. To get in, most students will need grades and test scores that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The data show that the majority of students who got in had high school averages of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1600 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Slightly higher numbers improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter significantly.
You'll notice a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for JMU did not get in. At the same time, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades that were below the norm. This is because JMU's admissions process is not entirely quantitative. For one, the admissions officers will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses that prepare you for college-level work. Also, JMU will be looking for meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities. Finally, students can further strengthen their applications by writing an engaging personal statement (the statement is optional, but can certainly work to an applicant's advantage).
To learn more about James Madison University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- James Madison University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?