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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?

18,905 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,281 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at JMU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at JMU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from JMU makes roughly $56,600 a year. This is 39% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from JMU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

James Madison University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, JMU is ranked #194 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #7 out of 48 schools in Virginia.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that JMU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for JMU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 11
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 22
Best Colleges 194
Best Colleges for International Students 211
Best Colleges for the Money 520
Best Colleges for Diversity 940

Where Is James Madison University?

Location of James Madison University

Contact details for JMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-6211
Website: www.jmu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.jmu.edu/jmuweb/facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMU

How Do I Get Into JMU?

You can apply to JMU online at: www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/

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?

75% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
87% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at James Madison University is 75%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 87% 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 560 and 640. Math scores were between 540 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for James Madison University  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for James Madison University  ( 540 to 620 )
200
800
JMU received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for James Madison University  ( 23 to 28 )
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36

Can I Afford James Madison University?

$21,281 Net Price
43% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of JMU is $21,281. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for JMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,426 $15,052 $18,412 $24,050 $25,676

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

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At JMU, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $8,401 a year. That adds up to $33,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at JMU is 2.3%. 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

18,905 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,975 undergraduate students at JMU, with 18,905 being full-time and 1,070 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  JMU

There are also 1,861 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,905 full-time undergraduates at JMU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  JMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of JMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 864
Black or African American 919
Hispanic or Latino 1,265
White 14,092
International Students 411
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,354

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

545 Took All Classes Online
1,632 Took At Least One Class Online
11.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at JMU. In 2017-2018, 1,632 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.

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This school is the 15th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of JMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at James Madison University was 11.2%. This is the #1,251 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at JMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of JMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication Sciences 6%
Educational Assessment 75%
Health Professions 3%
Special Education 41%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at JMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at JMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Communication Sciences #9
Computer Information Systems #79
Special Education #86
Teacher Education Subject Specific #98
Computer & Information Sciences #173
Nursing #268
Education #336
Business Administration & Management #405
Health Professions #436

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%.

James Madison University Majors

In 2017-2018, James Madison University awarded 9,330 undergraduate degrees and 1,506 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 105 63 0
Allied Health Professions 0 19 30 0
Anthropology 0 32 0 0
Biotechnology 0 29 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 146 54 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 13 0 0
Chemistry 0 28 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 5
Communication & Media Studies 0 415 12 0
Communication Sciences 0 74 36 8
Computer Information Systems 0 86 2 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 61 0 0
Economics 0 77 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 171 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 107 3 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 27 0 0
General Biology 0 173 11 0
General Education 0 0 257 0
General Engineering 0 62 0 0
General English Literature 0 60 4 0
General Psychology 0 228 12 4
Geography & Cartography 0 70 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 40 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 91 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 240 28 0
History 0 56 6 0
Hospitality Management 0 120 0 0
Information Science 0 151 0 0
International Business 0 32 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 101 0 0
Legal Research 0 63 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 237 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 58 0 0
Marketing 0 168 0 0
Mathematics 0 78 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 467 0 0
Music 0 54 8 6
Nursing 0 228 28 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 4
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 24 0 0
Physics 0 14 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 93 16 0
Public Administration 0 65 12 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 22 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 97 17 0
Social Work 0 74 0 0
Sociology 0 39 0 0
Special Education 0 0 45 0
Student Counseling 0 0 21 0
Systems Theory 0 51 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 10 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 1 0
Writing Studies 0 41 9 0
Total 0 9,330 1,432 74

References

*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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