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?
- 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%.
- The highest award offered at JMU is the doctor's degree.
- In 2017-2018, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor's degree make about $56,600 a year. That's 39% 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.
James Madison University Rankings
JMU landed the #127 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 73 colleges in Virginia, it is ranked at #6.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
JMU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at JMU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards JMU has earned from around the web.
|#4||Best Philosophy & Religious Studies Schools||College Factual|
|#15||Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools||College Factual|
|#34||Best Communication & Journalism Schools||College Factual|
|#40||Best Visual & Performing Arts Schools||College Factual|
|#47||Best Computer Science Schools||Computer Science Degree|
|#81||Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools||College Factual|
Where Is James Madison University?
Contact details for JMU are given below.
|Address:||800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807|
How Do I Get Into JMU?
You can apply to JMU online at: www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/
Admission Requirements for JMU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||considered but not required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into JMU?
Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.
Average Test Scores
About 56% 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 570 and 650. Math scores were between 550 and 630.
Can I Afford James Madison University?
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 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,938 a year. That adds up to $35,752 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
There are also 1,867 graduate students at the school.
Of the 18,420 full-time undergraduates at JMU, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of James Madison University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||881|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,334|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at JMU has changed over the last few years.
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of JMU
The following table shows how JMU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Computer Information Systems||#52||#67|
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.
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|
|Computer & Information Sciences||19%|
|Instructional Media Design||70%|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||91%|
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|
|Other Computer & Information Sciences||#7|
|Instructional Media Design||#31|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#40|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#43|
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 Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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