Tuition & Fees

$10,830

$27,194

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

41%

59%

male

female

1
16

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 15,366
Declined + 5,938
Total Received 21,304
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Public

19,548

undergraduate students

1,722

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Health Sciences
  2. Kinesiology
  3. Communication Studies
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Codes

SAT 5392
ACT 4370

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
27%
500-599
52%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
700-800
3%
600-699
29%
500-599
51%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
30-36
9%
24-29
54%
18-23
35%
12-17
2%
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Fun Facts

  • James Madison University has a "kissing rock" on campus. Back when the women were not allowed to be alone with men on campus, they would hide behind the rock to kiss. Rumor says if you kiss someone on the rock you will marry that person.

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School Facts

James Madison, founded in 1908, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Integrated Science and Technology, Science and Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, and the Graduate School. Its 712-acre campus is located in Harrisonburg.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 21,270
Established in 1908
Coeducational Coeducational College, Became Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  APA (American Psychological Association)
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Harrisonburg, VA

721-acre campus in Harrisonburg (population: 52,478), 70 miles from both Lexington and Winchester and 123 miles from both Richmond and Washington, DC. Served by bus; major airport serves Washington, DC; smaller airport serves Weyers Cave (15 miles); train serves Staunton (25 miles). Public transportation serves campus.

James Madison University
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
12%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
98%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
15 fraternities 2% of male students
 
9 sororities 5% of female students

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
19%
Top 1/4
38%
Top 1/2
94%
Bottom 1/2
6%
Bottom 1/4
0%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
27%
500-599
52%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
700-800
3%
600-699
29%
500-599
51%
400-499
16%
300-399
1%
30-36
9%
24-29
54%
18-23
35%
12-17
2%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $70
Common application accepted no
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 15,366
Declined + 5,938
Total Received 21,304

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Considered

Essay
Recommendations
Standardized test scores

Not Considered

Class rank

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Michael D. Walsh
Director of Admissions
P: 540 568-5681
F: 540 568-3332
admissions@jmu.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $6,250
Room $5,114
Board $4,708
Additional fees $4,580
Books & supplies $1,016
Total $21,668
Average Financial Aid - $8,528
Total with Avg. Aid $13,140

Financial Aid

43%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$8,528

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $11,995,077
State $7,821,256
Institutional $9,537,014
Other external $3,051,070
Total $32,404,417

Non-need-based

Federal
State $135,000
Institutional $4,802,748
Other external $249,999
Total $5,187,747

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
diving
field hockey
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division I, Football I-AA), Colonial Athletic Association (Division I), Eastern College Athletic Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Duke Dog
School colors
purple and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Adult Education/Human Resource Development
Anthropology
Art
Art History
Assessment/Measurement
Athletic Training
Audiology
Biology
Biotechnology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Communication Studies
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Counseling Psychology
Dietetics
Earth Science
Economics
Education
Engineering
English
Exceptional Education
Finance
Fine Arts
Geographic Science
Geology
Graphic Design
Health Education
Health Sciences
Health Services Administration
History
Hospitality Management
Integrated Science/Technology
Intelligence Analysis
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Interior Architecture
International Affairs
International Business
Justice Studies
Kinesiology
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Media Arts/Design
Modern Foreign Languages
Music
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Philosophy/Religion
Physician Assistant Studies
Physics
Political Science
Psychological Sciences
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Policy/Administration
Quantitative Finance
School Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Speech Pathology
Sport/Recreation Management
Statistics
Strategic Leadership Studies
Studio Art
Technical/Scientific Communication
Theatre/Dance
Writing/Rhetoric/Technical Communication
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Undergraduate

92%

19,548
students

Female
59%
11,535

Male
41%
8,013

Graduate

8%

1,722
students

Female
70%
1,209

Male
30%
513

undergraduateFull-time

94%

18,554
students

Female
60%
11,055

Male
40%
7,499

undergraduatePart-time

6%

994
students

Female
49%
480

Male
51%
514

Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
74%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

66%

Transfer applicants accepted

61%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Recommended of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Spring: October 1

Summer: February 1

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

120

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

90%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Other
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders

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