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James Madison University
  • 4 Year
  • HARRISONBURG, VA

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Report Card

grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade A+
  5. Athletics
    grade A+
  6. Party Scene
    grade A+
  7. Professors
    grade A minus
  8. Location
    grade B+
  9. Dorms
    grade A minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A+
  11. Student Life
    grade A+
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

800 SOUTH MAIN STREET
HARRISONBURG, VA 22807
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
From James Madison University

At James Madison University, we do it differently. We pride ourselves on an unprecedented academic exploration that is heavy on learning by doing. Our approachable faculty have the gift of engaging students in ways that lead to meaningful intellectual breakthroughs. Our students are challenged and supported. The Madison Experience includes a beautiful campus and surrounding area, vibrant outside-the-classroom experiences and lifelong friendships. There is always something to do here. From professors who care to classmates who are hungry to learn, life at JMU changes our students for the better. Better learning. Better careers. Better lives.

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James Madison University Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
77%
SAT Range
1120-1290
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

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Cost

Net Price
$18,708 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,413 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
62%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 152 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 197 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 197 responses

Majors

Media Arts and Design Major at JMU

JMU's School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD, as we call it) offers a unique program of study that prepares students for careers in mass media and communications. Concentrations within the major allow students to pursue interests in video production, photography, journalism, interactive design and creative advertising.

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,798 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,097
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 138 responses
  • Friendly
    46%
  • Awesome.
    12%
  • Partier
    12%
  • Polite
    8%
  • Chill
    7%
  • Real
    6%
  • Driven
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 251 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 283 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 139 responses
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    27%
  • Energetic
    16%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    12%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    12%
  • Pride
    12%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 110 responses

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