A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
James Madison University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Colonial Athletic Association
Address
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Website

James Madison University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1030-1220
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$16,252/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,872/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,148/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,369/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,359/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,152/ year

Academics

Professors
B
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
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.165 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.165 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,433Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 107 responses
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  • Friendly
    44%
  • Partier
    15%
  • Awesome.
    14%
  • Polite
    10%
  • Real
    7%
  • Chill
    6%
  • Driven
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.219 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.251 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 107 responses
Report
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    28%
  • Energetic
    15%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    14%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    13%
  • Pride
    13%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
82%
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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I love the campus and all the students! There's a wide variety of students here that guarantees ease in finding friends in classes and other places on campus. There's also so much to do every week! JMU offers so many organizations and clubs to join as well as fun activities for the whole campus to join in on. The reason I didn't give JMU 5 stars is because there are some small difficulties that arise for me throughout the school year. For example, it is very difficult to register for classes and get all the classes you need to satisfy graduation requirements, especially as a freshman. Also, because JMU is a smaller campus with a growing student population, there are always very long lines for food, for example, because they cannot cater to every single student. These are just a few examples of small problems I face on campus, but overall, I love JMU!
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I absolutely love my university! From the beautiful campus to the welcoming atmosphere. Everything about this school is why I love to call it home. We believe in being the change and everyday we represent that model as a whole campus. The only things I would say that need improvement are classes and the relationship with the president. Some of the classes here at JMU are taught by multiple professors. In most of these cases, these professors grade differently, thus providing a greater variation in grades throughout the entire class. All professors should grade similarly. In regards to the president, I wish he was involved more with the students. His personality is great in helping with donations and funding, but it is not very approachable to students. Students should feel welcomed by the president who should know when to conduct business and when to be fun for the students.
The university has a very clean and beautiful campus. Along with their incredible dining, there are many great stores and shops nearby for a great convenience with their free buses. The alumni is very high spirited, and all the events are very exciting. The professors always seem to be involved in their students and constantly put themselves in assistance for students. Overall, JMU is a great school, and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to attend such a fun yet prestigious university!