And JMU is joining an impressive group of colleges and universities that have made the decision to reduce the role of scores in admissions.
According to the nonprofit National Center for Fair and Open Testing (Fair Test), the list of test-optional schools has grown to more than 950 accredited institutions awarding bachelor’s degrees, with more than 275 highly “ranked” in their “tiers” by , including such familiar names as Bowdoin, Mount Holyoke, Pitzer, Smith, Trinity College, Wesleyan, Wake Forest, Providence and College of the Holy Cross.
There will be no minimum GPAs, similar to test-optional policies in use by Christopher Newport University, George Mason University or Virginia Commonwealth University.
Applicants will be entirely free to decide whether they want to include test scores along with their applications.
This admissions data tells us that of the JMU admitted students who submitted scores, most fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT.
The middle 50% of students admitted to JMU received a composite ACT score between 23 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 23. Students may submit their ACT scores if they believe they will add to their application.James Madison offers 74 undergraduate degree programs with majors in business being the most popular.JMU has a high retention and graduation rate compared to similar public universities, and the school frequently ranks well nationally for both value and academic quality.Division I recruited student-athletes are required to provide access to their SAT scores to determine eligibility per NCAA guidelines.During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 21% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, James Madison University had an acceptance rate of 71%.This means that for every 100 students who applied, 71 students were admitted, making James Madison's admissions process somewhat less competitive.Students seeking admission will no longer be required to submit tests results from either the SAT or the ACT as part of the JMU application process.Unlike other Commonwealth universities, which have also decided to downgrade reliance on standardized tests in admissions, JMU will not be adding any “strings” to their new policy.During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 74% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.This admissions data tells us that of the JMU admitted students who submitted scores, most fall within the the top 35% nationally on the SAT.