James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University, 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.

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

Tuition & Fees

$12,206

$29,106

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
52%
500-599
37%
400-499
3%
700-800
6%
600-699
42%
500-599
48%
400-499
4%
30-36
14%
24-29
55%
18-23
29%
12-17
2%
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undergraduateRatios

42%

male

58%

female

1

teacher

16

students

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Moderately Selective

76%

acceptance rate

Accepted 18,097
Declined + 5,481
Total Received 23,578
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Public

19,895

undergraduate students

1,925

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

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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 University, 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 21,820
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)

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Harrisonburg, VA

721-acre campus in Harrisonburg (population: 54,215), 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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
32%
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 4% of male students
 
9 sororities 7% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
18%
Top 1/4
33%
Top 1/2
90%
Bottom 1/2
10%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
52%
500-599
37%
400-499
3%
700-800
6%
600-699
42%
500-599
48%
400-499
4%
30-36
14%
24-29
55%
18-23
29%
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 or ACT Considered if submitted
SAT Subject Tests Not used

Moderately Selective

76%

acceptance rate

Accepted 18,097
Declined + 5,481
Total Received 23,578

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Interview
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

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

Financial Aid

37%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$9,333.00

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,250
Room $5,428
Board $5,072
Additional fees $4,956
Books & supplies $1,056
Total $23,762
Average Financial Aid - $9,333
Total with Avg. Aid $14,429

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $13,902,067
State $10,504,778
Institutional $12,744,283
Other external $3,288,708
Total $40,439,836

Non-need-based

Federal
State $150,000
Institutional $6,282,707
Other external $308,533
Total $6,741,240
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 540 568-7820
F: 540 568-7994
fin_aid@jmu.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Bradley Barnett
Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
barnetbd@jmu.edu

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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

Club Sports - Men's

archery, baseball, basketball, caving, crew, cross-country, cycling, equestrian sports, fencing, golf, gymnastics, in-line skating, lacrosse, paintball, roller hockey, rugby, ski racing, soccer, snowboarding, squash, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

archery, basketball, caving, cheerleading, crew, cross-country, cycling, dance, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, ski racing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, track, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, bowling, flag football, floor hockey, fly fishing, Frisbee golf, inner-tube water polo, racquetball, soccer, softball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball (indoor/sand)

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Athletic Directors

Jeffrey T. Bourne (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Jennifer Phillips (women's)
Associate Athletic Director For Compliance/swa
email

Athletic Facts

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

Majors

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

  1. Health Sciences
  2. Kinesiology
  3. Communication Studies

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Other

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary science

21,820

total students

78%

in-state

22%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

91%

19,895
students

Female
58%
11,489

Male
42%
8,406

9%

1,925
students

Female
72%
1,390

Male
28%
535

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

94%

18,798
students

Female
59%
10,939

Male
41%
7,859

6%

1,097
students

Female
51%
550

Male
49%
547

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
74%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

67%

Transfer applicants accepted

77%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

60

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

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 transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
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