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James Madison University Overview

James Madison University is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is James Madison University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$38,766 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at JMU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at JMU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 81% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor's degree make about $65,172 a year. That's 60% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average JMU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is James Madison University?


Contact details for JMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-6211

How Do I Get Into JMU?

You can apply to JMU online at:

Admission Requirements for JMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into JMU?

86% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores
Since JMU has an acceptance rate of 86%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 26% of students accepted to JMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for James Madison University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for James Madison University  ( 560 to 650 )
JMU received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for James Madison University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford James Madison University?

$38,766 Net Price
36% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of JMU is $38,766. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At JMU, approximately 36% of students took out student loans averaging $9,063 a year. That adds up to $36,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at JMU is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

James Madison University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,723 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 20,070 undergraduate students at JMU, with 18,723 being full-time and 1,347 being part-time.


There are also 2,096 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,723 full-time undergraduates at JMU, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of James Madison University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 892
Black or African American 855
Hispanic or Latino 1,367
White 14,136
International Students 205
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,268

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at James Madison University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 73 countries are represented at JMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Online Learning at James Madison University

1,103 Took All Classes Online
7,843 Took At Least One Class Online
159.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 7,843 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at JMU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 46th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of JMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at James Madison University was 159.0%. This is the #321 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at JMU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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