JMU the number one choice for high school seniors in Virginia.
In a recent survey, JMU topped the list with 12 point 9 percent of college bound students applying.
Virginia Tech was second at 12.2 percent and UVA last year's leader, was third at 9.3 percent.
JMU received a record number of applications this year. Freshman applications were up 12 percent, to more than 16,000.
JMU also received 2,000 transfer applications. The favorite out-of-state choices were West Virginia University and the University of Florida.