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If you want to know more about James Madison University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is James Madison University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

James Madison University was awarded 223 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer information systems.

Overall Quality

JMU is ranked #186 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when JMU held the #192 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

JMU is also ranked #7 out of 49 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for James Madison University.

Is It Hard to Get Into JMU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at James Madison University is 75%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that JMU is a good fit for you.

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

The student to faculty ratio at James Madison University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at James Madison University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 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 19,975 undergraduates at JMU with 18,905 being full-time and 1,070 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 61.02 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  61.02 out of 100
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How Much Does James Madison University Cost?

The overall average net price of JMU is $20,204. 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 +
$12,606 $13,312 $17,194 $22,419 $24,355

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

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 43% of students took out student loans averaging $7,970 a year. That adds up to $31,880 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at JMU is 2.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from JMU make around $56,600 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for JMU students since it is 39% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 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 situated in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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 58 majors graduated from James Madison University. Of these students, 4,639 received undergraduate degrees and 815 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 448 $29,200
Communication & Media Studies 384 $36,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 252 $27,300
Nursing 240 $61,900
Health & Physical Education 235 $30,800
General Psychology 234 $29,500
General Biology 195 $25,700
Finance & Financial Management 178 $62,100
Marketing 159 $48,100
Hospitality Management 155 $41,500

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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