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Freshmen applicants must submit:
  • A completed application
  • A $30 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official copy(ies) of secondary school transcript(s)
  • Official copy(ies) of SAT or ACT test results
  • A counselor recommendation or letter of recommendation (if requested)
  • A writing sample (if requested)
Additionally, for prospective fine arts majors, art students must undergo a portfolio review and dance, music and theatre students must audition. Information on these programs may be found under the appropriate department in the College of Fine Arts section of this Catalog.
Applicants who have not earned a high school diploma, but who have received a high school equivalency diploma or certificate from their state by satisfactory performance on American Council of Education’s Tests of Educational Development (GED), must submit a copy of their GED certificate along with the application for admission.
Every freshman applicant must submit scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. Information regarding these tests may be obtained from a high school guidance office or by writing:
  • Education Testing Service (CEEB), Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
  • ACT Registration, Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
The applicant must ensure that the secondary school record, standardized test scores, final academic transcript(s), and any statements and recommendations are sent to the Office of Admission.
Admission to Jacksonville University is competitive. JU seeks students from a variety of backgrounds with strong academic preparation who can contribute to and benefit from the University’s many academic and co-curricular programs.
JU seeks to admit students who have the background necessary to be successful academically. The most important factors in the admission decision are the academic record and standardized test scores. The student’s academic record carries more weight than standardized test scores. Jacksonville University considers courses taken grades attained, and class standing as parts of a student’s academic record. Other factors which may be considered include recommendations, leadership potential, extracurricular and service-related activities, special talents, and the ability to contribute positively to the campus community. Jacksonville University does not discriminate against applicants based on ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, national origin or disability.
Interviews with an admission counselor are strongly encouraged during an arranged visit to the campus. To be considered for admission, students must satisfactorily complete, or be in the process of completing, a standard college preparatory program. Students applying for admission must complete the following minimum requirements:
  • Four (4) units of English
  • Three (3) units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
  • Three (3) units of natural science (preferably, two (2) units as lab sciences)
  • Three (3) units of social sciences (history, civics/government, political science, psychology, sociology, economics)
  • Two (2) units of the same foreign language is strongly recommended
Students who accept admission to JU agree to abide by all University rules, regulations, and policies. Attendance is a privilege that may be forfeited by anyone whose conduct is inconsistent with the traditional policies or regulations of the University. Students under disciplinary suspension or dismissal are prohibited from visiting the campus or using University facilities.

Home-Schooled Freshman Application - Jacksonville University recognizes and appreciates students who have been educated in a home school setting. In order to make an informed admission decision, all home-schooled students will be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee (ARC) under the following guidelines:
  • SAT or ACT scores are required.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation evaluating the student’s academic potential from qualified educators or evaluators outside of the home-school environment. 
  • An official academic transcript.
  • A portfolio that includes:
    • Two (2) writing samples of not less than 100 words.
    • A bibliography of reading completed and texts used.
    • A description of the curriculum for grades 9-12.
  • An interview with the Office of Admission is strongly encouraged.
The Admission Review Committee will review the application materials of each home-schooled applicant and determine the admissibility of the applicant. The ARC reserves the right to consult with and receive recommendations from faculty members in appropriate disciplines in reviewing the portfolio. The Office of Admission will notify the applicant of the ARC’s recommendation.


A student of unusual maturity, whose high school record shows excellent academic performance through the junior year in a college preparatory program and whose scores on a standardized aptitude test are high, may apply for admission to the University for enrollment after the junior year in high school. A strong recommendation from the high school is expected, and the candidate must interview with the Office of Admission either in person or by telephone.
The dual enrollment program is designed primarily for high school seniors who, along with their guidance counselors, feel that their academic program would be enriched by college-level courses. The non-degree application for admission to JU is required with the indication that the student is applying for dual enrollment.
The following supporting data must be submitted with the application:
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of the College Board (PSAT may be submitted) or the American College Test (ACT);
  • An official copy of the secondary school transcript, including grades through the junior year; and
  • Guidance counselors’ recommendation, including a statement in support of allowing the student to attend both high school and college at the same time.
Consideration of the application will follow receipt of all required and/or requested materials. Applicants are notified of their admission on a rolling basis. Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.
Students who are enrolled in high school or college at the time of their admission to JU are expected to maintain the same level of academic achievement throughout the remainder of the school year. If a student’s academic performance falls below a satisfactory level after the student has been admitted to JU, the acceptance may be rescinded.  
Final high school or college transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admission as soon as possible after completion of the school year or term.
Admitted new undergraduates are required to pay $300 enrollment deposit to confirm their plans to attend JU. Upon matriculation and registration for classes, the new undergraduate student’s enrollment deposit is applied to that student’s account. In the case of students who reside in University residence facilities, $100 is applied as the student’s residence hall damage deposit, and $200 is applied to the student’s account.
Deposits should be paid by major credit card, check, or money order payable to Jacksonville University. International students must pay their enrollment deposits by major U.S. credit card, international money order or make arrangements to pay the deposit by wire transfer. Contact the Office of Admission for details.
Requests for deposit extensions or deposit waivers should be made in writing to the Office of Admission. Partial waivers may be available for students who demonstrate significant financial need as determined by the financial aid process.
Once the enrollment deposit is received, the University will provide information about residence life, new student orientation, academic advising and registration.
JU adheres to the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC) enrollment deposit deadline of May 1. Priority is given to students who submit their enrollment deposit by March 1. Admitted new students should pay their enrollment deposit by May 1 for the fall semester, or within two weeks following notification of acceptance if admitted after May 1 for the fall semester, or if admitted for the spring or summer semester.
Deposits received prior to May 1 for the fall semester are fully refundable if the University is notified in writing prior to May 1 that the applicant is canceling his or her enrollment. Deposits made after May 1 for the fall semester are nonrefundable. Enrollment deposits for the spring semester and/or summer semester are nonrefundable.
Students admitted to Jacksonville University may defer their enrollment for up to one calendar year provided they do not attend another regional accredited college or university during that time. Students who do complete course work at another college or university must submit official transcripts of that work for review and approval before being allowed to enroll