Students Say

James Madison University has a reputation as “a school that values education, respect, and integrity.” The university boasts “one of the best BA programs for musical theater on the East Coast,” and an “amazing” business school. A communication major says, “James Madison offered a positive, enriching, and supportive learning environment,” and most students agree that JMU is an “inspiring environment filled with students striving to be productive members of society.” A senior says, “I found the JMU environment to be comfortable and conducive to learning,” and it seems clear that “JMU is all about taking your academics seriously.”

Overview

Applicants
22,550
Acceptance Rate
66%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

James Madison University has a reputation as “a school that values education, respect, and integrity.” The university boasts “one of the best BA programs for musical theater on the East Coast,” and an “amazing” business school. A communication major says, “James Madison offered a positive, enriching, and supportive learning environment,” and most students agree that JMU is an “inspiring environment filled with students striving to be productive members of society.” A senior says, “I found the JMU environment to be comfortable and conducive to learning,” and it seems clear that “JMU is all about taking your academics seriously.” Professors get consistently high marks for being “available to help” and “interested in student achievement.” Although they’re often described as “challenging,” students say professors are “willing to facilitate your education in any way possible” and “are very down to earth, approachable, and huge supporters of discussion-based classes.” Like any large university, there are “some professors you want to avoid,” and students grumble that “registering for classes, if you don’t have priority, is a pain.” It’s worth noting, however, that “classrooms and facilities are always well kept and very up-to-date with all the best teaching technology.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,487
with Terminal Degree
830

755
Men
732
Women
132
Minority
35
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (LL.M., M.C.L., M.L.I., M.S.L., J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Charles Haley
All-ProNatFBLeaguelinebacker; 5-time Superbowl win

Marcia Angell
Former exec editor-The New England Journal of Med.

Barbara Hall
Movie/TV writer and producer

Phoef Sutton
Movie/TV writer and producer

Kevin Dunbar
CEO DunbarArmored,nation's largest armored car div

Phil Bigler
National Teacher of the Year in 1998

Phil Vassar
Country music star and writer

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

JMU’s office of Career and Academic Planning offers a variety of resources for students exploring their post-graduation options. Academic and career advising is available for students looking to explore their interests; career fairs and recruiting events are held on campus; job and internship opportunities are listed online through Recruit-A-Duke; and resources are available for help with résumés, cover letters, and interviews. Beyond the Career and Academic Planning office, students cite their professors as a source of guidance: “They are a great resource for preparing for graduate school, and always do their best to make sure you are on track for your career.” Of JMU alumni visiting Payscale.com, 44 percent feel as though they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$48,000

Median Mid-Career Salary
$85,200

Alumni with High Job Meaning
44%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
90

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

With in-state tuition being just over $5,400 per year, James Madison University is an exceptionally affordable school. Another $8,828 will provide students with full room and board; books and educational supplies will increase this figure by almost $900, and required school fees are $4,256. Out-of-state tuition is just more than $20,200. About half of undergrads receive need-based financial aid, with the average need-based gift aid being in the neighborhood of $7,500. Need-based financial aid packages will generally provide freshman with over $8,000 in support.

Bang For Your Buck

Having an enrollment of 4,000 freshmen, and more than 18,000 undergraduate students overall, James Madison University includes representation from more than eighty countries. Ninety-five percent of students are full-time, with 60 percent being female and almost 30 percent from out-of-state. With almost 1,400 faculty on campus, students are pleased to find two-thirds have PhDs. Impressively, nine out of every ten students return to the university for sophomore year.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,611

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,613

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,670

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,732

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,611

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,406
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$20,266
Required Fees
$4,256
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$876

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,264
Transportation for Commuters
$1,942

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

At JMU, “the typical student is friendly, smart, open-minded, and fun.” Students describe themselves as “excellent [at] maintaining a round, balanced life,” and say, “Everyone seems relaxed and knows how to have fun but keep their school work a priority.” One student jokes that the typical student is “probably a girl considering our ratio seems like eighty to twenty at times,” and another concurs, “more males would be nice.” Students tend to be “white from the upperto middle-class,” and an International Affairs major says, “Although we do have all types here, most people consist of your typical prep wearing Uggs and a North Face.” Some complain, “There is party atmosphere here that can seem dominating,” and “If you do not go out and party you stand out.” Others note, however, “Greek life is small,” and parties “are usually open to everyone,” adding that partying isn’t “all students here think about. People will get together and drink for fun, but it isn’t a necessity.” A sophomore says, “On the weekends, students can go to downtown Harrisonburg to the various restaurants and shops,” or enjoy on-campus movies at a reduced rate. Still others take advantage of the “great places to hike and spend time outdoors” and JMU’s easy accessibility to nearby ski resorts.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,144
Out of State
25%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

4.52%
Asian
4.25%
African-American
5.29%
Hispanic
79.12%
Caucasian
2.85%
Unknown
2.46%
International

59% female
41% male
25% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, JMU is known for its “beautiful” campus, and students rave about the “benefits of walking in the mountains.” An English major says, “The moment I walked on campus I was captured by the student spirit and how beautiful it is.” School spirit is generally high, and students say, “There’s a huge sense of JMU pride, everyone loves the Dukes!” A senior adds, “We have so much pride for our school. There is a friendly, collaborative ambiance here that is unparalleled anywhere else.” The university is known for its Southern hospitality, and one student describes the student body as “the ‘door-holding freaks of America’ because even when people are several feet away, we stand there to hold the door for them.” There are numerous ways to get involved on campus, and the “sheer number of student activities is stellar.” Students rave about the “personal involvement that JMU offer(s),” and say, “They make you feel like a part of the campus, not just another number.” Food services and facilities get high marks across the board, and most agree that the “administration and faculty are always willing to talk to students and point them in the right direction,” noting that one of “the greatest strengths of the school is the ability to get any sort of assistance when needed.” Regardless, there are complaints about traffic on campus, and many feel, “the school could improve on parking, by a long shot.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Valerie Schoolcraft

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation is not required until after a student is offered acceptance to JMU. A current and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation should provide information to support requests for accommodations. For more details, visit the Disability Services website at: http://www.jmu.edu/ods/Documentation.shtml for documentation guidelines.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation is not required until after a student is offered acceptance to JMU. A current and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation should provide information to support requests for accommodations. Visit the Disability Services website at: http://www.jmu.edu/ods/Documentation.shtml for documentation guidelines.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
330
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
28

3% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

32% participate in intramural sports
2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Dukes)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Dukes)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Virginia

Sustainability

James Madison University launched an innovative, sustainability-themed bachelors degree in engineering and multiple environmental minors and it hasn’t slowed down since. A signatory of both the Talloires Declaration and ACUPCC, JMU is home to the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) and campus-wide environmental stewardship committees who work on collaboratively coordinating environmental stewardship efforts across campus, advocating for sustainability-driven priorities, and challenging all members of the James Madison community to think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of Earth. A campus emissions inventory is periodically completed and a JMU’s efforts toward environmental has led to the introduction of a food donation program on campus, LEED Platinum certification of the university's Wayland Hall (residence hall), and the transformation of the campus transportation system. The expansion of the award-winning recycling and composting program will only add to JMU’s outstanding recycling résumé; the school participates in RecycleMania and 100 percent of buildings have designated recycling areas. Resources on green careers and jobs are available in the academic advising and career-planning center. Faculty members across the university are actively engaged in research and development related to sustainability issues. JMU is also home to multiple student organizations advocating around sustainability issues, including E.A.R.T.H. Club, and the Environmental Management Club—clearly JMU’s students share some of the leadership of their university’s presidential namesake.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
70

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
318

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christy Bradburn
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions MSC0101
481 Bluestone Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Phone
540-568-3613

Email
bradbucm@jmu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Quad
Taylor Down Under
University Recreation Center
East Campus Dining Hall
Student Success Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Harrisonburg
Skyline Drive
George Washington National Forest
Massanutten Resort
Harrisonburg Farmer's Market

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M - F, some Saturdays
8am - 5pm, (Saturday and Summer Hours Vary)
540-568-3613

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.jmusports.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Check with academic department; contact information for academic departments can be found at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/13/index.html

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Harrisonburg City Transit buses provide free transportation around campus and around Harrisonburg. There is an Amtrak train station in Staunton, VA (about 30 minutes away). The closest airport is Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (about 20 minutes away). There are major airports in Charlottesville (about 1 hour away), Richmond (about 2 hours away) and Washington DC (about 2 hours away). There are several bus services that offer transportation to/from larger metropolitan areas on weekends and holiday breaks.

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-81 traveling North: Take EXIT 245 - Port Republic Rd/ VA-253. Turn LEFT on Port Republic Road and turn RIGHT at the second light onto Bluestone Drive. Pass the lake. The Office of Admissions, in Sonner Hall, will be on the LEFT. I-81 traveling South: Take EXIT 245 - Port Republic Rd/ VA-253. Turn RIGHT on Port Republic Road and take the first RIGHT, at the stoplight, onto Bluestone Drive. Pass the lake. The Office of Admissions, in Sonner Hall, will be on the LEFT. I-81 traveling South:Take EXIT 245 - Port Republic Rd/ VA-253. Turn RIGHT on Port Republic Road and take the first RIGHT onto Bluestone Drive. Pass the lake. The Office of Admissions, in Sonner Hall, will be on the LEFT.

Local Accommodations
http://www.jmu.edu/parents/travel/accommodations.shtml
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Key Stats

22,550
Applicants
19,144
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists