James Madison University

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James Madison University (JMU) is a public, liberal arts university
located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, about two hours from both
Washington, D.C.
and Richmond, Virginia. JMU was established in 1908 and offers degrees
at the
bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. JMU is proud to be the only
U.S.
University named for our fourth President, James Madison.

Admissions Information

As of fall 2012, JMU had a total student enrollment of 19,927.
Incoming freshmen numbered 4,325 and the school accepted
63.5% of
its 22,648 first-time applicants. The overall student/faculty ratio was
16:1,
with 1,351 full- or part-time instructional faculty members servicing
the
student population. Over 91% of the freshmen returned for their
sophomore
school year. The per semester in-state tuition is $4,588 ($410 per
credit hour),
and out-of-state tuition is $11,827 ($1,095 per credit hour). There is
a $40.00
application fee.

College Majors

JMU offers majors in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Bachelor's
degrees are offered for:

  • Visual and Performing Arts (Art, Drama,
    Music, etc.)
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
    (Biology, etc.)
  • Business, Management, and Marketing
    (Accounting, Finance, International Business, etc.)
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering
  • English Language and Literature
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Foreign Language and Literature
  • Health Professions and Clinical Services
    (Athletic Training, Nursing, etc.)
  • History, Law and Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, and Fitness
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration and Works
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics,
    Sociology, etc.)

Undergraduate Programs

JMU offers 74 different undergraduate degrees. In addition to the
college majors listed above, JMU also offers the ability to receive
educational
licensure in programs for elementary, middle school, and secondary
levels, as
well as specialties for foreign language and special education.
Pre-professional
programs are offered for pre-law and pre-theology, medicine, dentistry,
optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, forensic
sciences, and veterinary medicine.

Graduate Programs

Almost 10% of the students enrolled at
JMU are working towards advanced degrees. A total of 44 different
graduate-level programs are offered. Graduate programs offered include
Accounting, Adult
Education, Art, Biology, Communication, Education, English, Exceptional
Education, History, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Political Science,
Psychology,
and Strategic Leadership.

Rankings

JMU has a reputation as a high-quality school with various awards
and high rankings to back that reputation up. U.S.
News and World Report
listed JMU as the second-highest rated
school in the South in their 'Best Colleges' guidebook. Kiplinger's
Personal Finance's
listed JMU as #20 in their top 100
list of 'Best Values in Public Colleges' in 2013. Bloomberg
Businessweek
magazine ranked JMU at #11 among public
schools and #29 among business schools for their College of Business.
In
2010-2011, Open Doors 2012 reported
that JMU ranked #2 in both participation of students in short-term
international studies and the total number of students studying abroad.
Forbes lists JMU
at #38 in their 2012 Best Buy Colleges report.

Accreditation

JMU is accredited to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate
degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools. JMU also holds numerous other accreditations from:

  • AACSB International (The Association to
    Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • American Chemical Society
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational
    Therapy Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Information Technology
    Professionals
  • Commission for Collegiate Nursing
    Education
  • National Association of College and
    University Attorneys
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Council for Accreditation of
    Teacher Education
  • Virginia Board of Nursing
  • Virginia State Board of Education.

Departments, Colleges and Schools

JMU is divided into the following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • College of Integrated Science and
    Engineering
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Graduate School

Financial Aid and Scholarships

JMU accepts grants and scholarships such as the Federal Pell
Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Virginia
Guaranteed
Assistance Program, Commonwealth Award, and University Grant. JMU also
participates in the following Virginia Tuition Waiver programs:
Virginia
Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program and Virginia Line of
Duty
Code of Virginia Program. Loans for tuition can also be obtained
through
Federal Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, and Parent Loans to Students.

Library System

The JMU campus has two, primary, traditional libraries, the Carrier
Library and the Rose Library. Both offer laptops for checkout, as well
as
printing and copying services. The Music Library provides recordings
and print
resources for music. JMU houses a special collection at the Carrier
Library,
which includes local histories and archival collections. Also at the
Carrier
Library is a media resource center that provides media equipment to
rent and
video editing equipment.

Athletics

The JMU Dukes are an NCAA Division I team (Championship Division)
in the Colonial League, which includes schools like Villanova, William
and
Mary, and Rhode Island. JMU plays intercollegiate sports for baseball,
softball, field hockey, and football. There are men's and women's teams
for
basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women can also compete in
lacrosse,
swimming and diving, volleyball, cross country, and track and field.

Student Housing

JMU is located on 721 acres and has 80 buildings for academic or
administrative duties, 34 support facilities, and 34 for student
housing. Per-semester room and board is set at $4,259.50. JMU also
provides services to help students find housing off-campus, offers
utility help, and services for students wishing to live off-campus.

General Information

Admission Office

Sonner Hall, MSC 0101

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

(540) 568-5681

Fax: (540) 568-3332



Contact: Michael Walsh

Director of Admissions
Main Address

800 South Main Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

(540) 568-6211

www.jmu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 16,916

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,957

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,648

Graduate enrollment: 1,538

Setting

Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 91%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art
– General B
Art
History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater
Arts B
Music
– General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biology
B
Biotechnology
B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting
B
Business
Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial
Economics B
Finance/Banking
B
Hospitality
Administration/Management B
International
Business B
Marketing
Management B
Quantitative
Finance B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric
B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer/Information
Sciences – General B
Information
Sciences/Systems B

Engineering
Engineering
– General B

English Language & Literature
English
Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business
Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Foods/Nutrition
Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign
Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical
Sciences

Athletic
Training/Sports Medicine B
Community
Health Services B
Health
System Administration B
Nursing
(RN) B
Speech-Language
Pathology B

History
History
– General B

Law & Legal Studies
Justice
Studies B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal
Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics
– General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Science,
Technology & Society B
Systems
Science/Theory B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical
Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy
and Religion B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry
B
Geology
B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology
– General B

Public Administration &
Services

Public
Administration B
Social
Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology
B
Economics
B
Geography
B
International
Relations B
Political
Science/Government B
Social
Sciences – General B
Sociology
B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All
information is subject to change. You should confirm all information
with a college admissions officer.

James Madison University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (540) 568-6211
Website: www.jmu.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/
Address: 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 21,820
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 83%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 19,988 (92% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $12,206
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,106
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,413

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

James Madison University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at James Madison University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 82
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 121
Education 76
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 541
History 11
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 211
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 61
Visual and Performing Arts 42
Grand total 948274

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at James Madison University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,206
Out-of-state $29,106
Books and supplies $1,056

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,976
Out-of-state $29,544

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,797 62%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,438 32% $8,413
Student loan aid 1,929 42% $8,860

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,204 36% $7,507
Federal student loans 7,304 37% $6,210

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for James Madison University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled James Madison University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 23,579 9,473 14,106
Percent admitted 100% 71% 80%
Percent admitted who enrolled 19% 19% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

James Madison University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 21,820
Undergraduate enrollment 19,895
Graduate enrollment 1,925

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

James Madison University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
    • Professional/Scientific Psychology (PSPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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