Jacksonville University Requirements for Admission

What are Jacksonville University's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Jacksonville University and build a strong application.

School location: Jacksonville, FL

This school is also known as: JU


Admissions Rate: 89.9%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Jacksonville University is 89.9%. For every 100 applicants, 90 are admitted.

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This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet Jacksonville University's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.


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Jacksonville University GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.27

The average GPA at Jacksonville University is 3.27.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.27, Jacksonville University accepts below-average students. It's OK to be a B-average student, with some A's mixed in. It'd be best to avoid C's and D's, since application readers might doubt whether you can handle the stress of college academics.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

Jacksonville University recommends that you take the SAT or ACT. This means the test might be optional, but submitting a good SAT/ACT score will boost your application chances, especially since most other students will be submitting their scores.

Jacksonville University SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1010

The average SAT score composite at Jacksonville University is a 1010 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes Jacksonville University Lightly Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Jacksonville University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 880, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1130. In other words, a 880 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1130 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math500440560
Reading + Writing510440570
Composite10108801130

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.


Jacksonville University ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Jacksonville University likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 23

The average ACT score at Jacksonville University is 23. This score makes Jacksonville University Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 20, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 25.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 20 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to Jacksonville University, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 20.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

Jacksonville University considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that Jacksonville University requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.



Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is lightly selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 880 SAT or a 20 ACT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. As long as you meet the rest of the application requirements below, you'll be a shoo-in.

But if you score below our recommended target score, you may be one of the very few unlucky people to get rejected.


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What are your chances of admission at Jacksonville University?
Chances of admission with these scores:

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  • 80-100%: Safety school: Strong chance of getting in
  • 50-80%: More likely than not getting in
  • 20-50%: Lower but still good chance of getting in
  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Jacksonville University here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for some freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 2
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $30
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
  • Other Notes Audition for music, dance, and theater majors; portfolio for art, computer art, and design majors; interview for the Honors Program recommended for some freshmen

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Recommended
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office June 1

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 3
  • Science 3
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies 3
  • History
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes Rolling Rolling
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information


Other Schools For You

If you're interested in Jacksonville University, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to Jacksonville University.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than Jacksonville University. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 1145 23
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA 1140 23
Washington State University Pullman, WA 1125 23
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 1105 22
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 1100 22
Texas State University San Marcos, TX 1095 23
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 1090 24

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for Jacksonville University, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
California State University Northridge Northridge, CA 1030 19
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA 1017 19
California State University Fresno Fresno, CA 1010 19
California State University Stanislaus Turlock, CA 1000 19
California State University Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 993 19
California State University East Bay Hayward, CA 992 19
Kean University Union, NJ 990 20

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for Jacksonville University, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If Jacksonville University is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill, NY 970 20
Southern Vermont College Bennington, VT 970 18
Alabama State University Montgomery, AL 950 18
College of St. Elizabeth Morristown, NJ 950 16
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT 940 24
Texas Southern University Houston, TX 910 17
California State University Dominguez Hills Carson, CA 900 18

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