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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 18,905 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the James Madison acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Community Health Services and Counseling, Communications, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 83% 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
75%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1100-1260
ACT Range
23-28
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
$16,154/ 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
    $12,606/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,312/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,194/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,419/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,355/ 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
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.175 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.175 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,905Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 117 responses
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  • Friendly
    46%
  • Awesome.
    14%
  • Partier
    14%
  • Polite
    9%
  • Real
    7%
  • Chill
    5%
  • Driven
    3%

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.229 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.261 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 117 responses
Report
  • Friendliest place on Earth
    27%
  • Energetic
    15%
  • Happiest place on Earth
    15%
  • Pride
    13%
  • HUGE FAMILY
    12%
  • Party-town
    8%
  • The Disneyland of Colleges
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
83%
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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James Madison University Reviews

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James Madison University is an outstandingly fantastic campus, which includes nice students and helpful staff. Harrisonburg may not be the biggest college town, but there’s things always going on off campus, as well as on campus grounds as well. Furthermore, studies are taken seriously, as well as any extracurriculars, especially music, which is something JMU excels at, and football, with our team going to the National Championship two times in recent years. It’s not like a big name college, such as Alabama or Notre Dame, but it has that feel of one. It has the heart of one. It has the people of one. If you’re considering applying or coming to a decision, this is definitely a great place to call home, even if it’s just for a little while. And if you aren’t considering, please do! Come take a tour of the town of Harrisonburg and the campus JMU has. It has everything a college kid needs to succeed and have a little fun as well!
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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.
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.