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Want the scoop on James Madison University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors JMU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is James Madison University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

James Madison University was awarded 150 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mental and social health services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked JMU as #194 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

JMU is also ranked #7 out of 48 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for James Madison University.

Is It Hard to Get Into JMU?

Acceptance Rate

James Madison University has an acceptance rate of 75%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 )

SAT Math Scores for James Madison University  ( 540 to 620 )
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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James Madison University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, James Madison University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at James Madison University is 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at James Madison University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like James Madison University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at JMU for first-time, full-time students is 66%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at James Madison University.

Good Overall Diversity at JMU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,923 undergraduates at JMU with 18,881 being full-time and 1,042 being part-time.

JMU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for JMU is 73.27 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  73.27 out of 100
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How Much Does James Madison University Cost?

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.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of JMU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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.

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How Much Money Do JMU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from JMU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $56,600 in their early years. This is good news for future JMU graduates since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at James Madison University make the most money.

Location of James Madison University

James Madison University is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The location of JMU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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

James Madison University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 54 majors graduated from James Madison University. Of these students, 4,665 received undergraduate degrees and 753 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mental & Social Health Services 467 $29,200
Communication & Media Studies 415 $36,900
Health & Physical Education 240 $30,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 237 $27,300
Nursing 228 $61,900
General Psychology 228 $29,500
General Biology 173 $25,700
Finance & Financial Management 171 $62,100
Marketing 168 $48,100
Information Science 151 $68,400

Learn more about the majors offered at James Madison University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at JMU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,632 students took at least one online class at James Madison University. This is a decrease from the 18,591 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,632 545
2016-2017 18,591 591
2015-2016 2,294 416
2014-2015 2,406 389
2013-2014 2,317 376

Learn more about online learning at James Madison University.

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Notes and 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.


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