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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
James Madison is a highly rated public university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 18,554 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the James Madison acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Community Health Services and Counseling, Communications, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 82% of students, James Madison alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,400.
About James Madison University...
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
Neither required nor recommended
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
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Academics

Professors
A-
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.167 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.167 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,554Undergrads
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 109 responses
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  • Friendly
    45%
  • 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.221 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.253 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 109 responses
Report
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    28%
  • Energetic
    16%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    14%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    13%
  • Pride
    13%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    6%

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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There are many great things about JMU and undergraduate students are the focus! Undergrads are awarded so many unique opportunities at JMU from internships and practicums to clubs and student employment. JMU is student-focused and I've met so many faculty and staff members that care about my success. While there are many different people to meet here and there is a social group for everyone, there is one thing I would like to see change. The student dynamic at JMU is somewhat immature. Students come here to party and have fun and are not always focused on the true reason why they are here, to earn a degree. The professors certainly are focused on teaching their students, but students here don't always have their focus on learning.
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It was a huge university and had a lot of awesome people. The professors, staff and faculty all seemed really nice. I enjoyed my electives a lot! The education and psychology departments are phenomenal. However, I recommend everyone stay away from the physics and chemistry department. A lot of the professors have a language barrier or teach above your head intentionally. The class averages do suffer, but there's a huge curve at the end, which means you learn nothing but pass. There is a lot to do around campus, but the area is a ghost town when students leave for break. The people of the town are racist, so this not a people of color friendly location. The minority population is usually segregated (own parties, fraternities, and extra-curriculars) from the rest of the community. It is a beautiful campus and I would recommend the school overall but had to put in a disclaimer.
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!