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In this time of uncertainty, we are more committed than ever to helping you find your way. The university is open and operating with health and safety guidelines in place. We are offering virtual information sessions along with limited on-campus sessions and guided tours. Our application deadlines have also been extended and admissions counselors are happy to answer any questions. Learn More

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

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

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
71%
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

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%

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
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.195 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.195 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
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,881Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,042
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 136 responses
  • Friendly
    46%
  • Awesome.
    13%
  • Partier
    12%
  • Polite
    8%
  • Chill
    7%
  • Real
    6%
  • Driven
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.249 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.281 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 137 responses
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    27%
  • Energetic
    15%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    12%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    12%
  • Pride
    12%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

    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

    James Madison University Reviews

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    James Madison University is an amazing 4-year college that offers a wide variety of majors, minors, extra-curricular activities, clubs, sports, and more. The staff and students are incredibly kind, fun, and caring. Most professor genuinely care about their students learning and succeeding. I would recommend James Madison University to anyone, it's an amazing school!
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    I will be a freshman at James Madison University starting the fall of 2020. I am super excited! Due to this corona virus pandemic I haven't been able to visit but, emailing has been readily available with fast responses. For obvious reasons my family and I haven't been able to visit but it still feels like we've went due to the virtual tours they've made available to the freshman students! Everything is easily accessed, clearly stated, and organized. Getting enrolled and set up wasn't a long process at all. James Madison was the first school I applied to and my dream school. For anyone unsure about a college I would 10/10 recommend this one. If you can't get in contact with a representative most , if not all your questions could be answered on their authentic website.
    The community is SO accepting and diverse. You are able to learn about anything you are passionate about and can even make your own major! There truly is a place for everyone since it is such a diverse community which makes it easy to call home. Not to mention the food at the dining hall is very appetizing and whatever you are craving, they have! When I'm not there I miss it and feel homesick. Not to mention the professors truly want to see their students succeed to matter what they are involved in or even if it is just a gen ed class. This is home.