James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison, founded in 1908, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Education and Psychology, Integrated Science and Technology, and Science and Mathematics, and the Graduate School. Its 472-acre campus is located in Harrisonburg.

Website: www.jmu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
19,975
Undergraduate
Students
(58.5%) 11,693 Women
(41.5%) 8,282 Men
1,861
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
75% of 21,099 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
540-620 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
560-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,230
Out-of-state: $42,944
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,386
Out-of-state: $28,100
Room and Board
$10,092
Average Percent of Need Met
34%
Average Freshman Award
$9,808
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,189
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,044
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Harrisonburg Population
50,981
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
30% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bulldog (with crown and cape)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.6% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
6.8% Hispanic/Latino
4.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.3% White
2.6% Unknown
International Students
2.0%
First-Year Students Returning
90.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
57.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 4  
Foreign Language 5  
Social Studies 2  
History 3  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
800 South Main Street
City, State, Zip
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone
(540) 568-5681
Fax
(540) 568-3332
E-mail
admissions@jmu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
Not reported
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
75% of 21,099 applicants were admitted
Women
80% of 12,571 applicants were admitted
Men
68% of 8,528 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
5,482 (35%) of 15,866 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,182 (32%) of 10,038 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,300 (39%) of 5,828 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
2,500
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,425
Students Admitted From Wait List
225

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
540-620 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
53%
Score of 400 - 500
6%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
560-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
46%
Score of 500 - 600
45%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
11%
Score of 24 - 29
56%
Score of 18 - 23
32%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 16%
Top quarter: 51%
Top half: 94%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,230
Out-of-state: $42,944
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,386
Out-of-state: $28,100
Room and Board
$10,092
Books and Supplies
$1,038
Other Expenses
$3,714
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003721
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,028 (73.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,086 (64.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,813 (86.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,599 (86.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
34%
Average Award
$9,808
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,162 (60.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,076
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,493 (85.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,447
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 141 (8.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
77 (1.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,114

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
11,326 (61.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
7,847 (69.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,144 (91.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
5,234 (72.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
37%
Average Award
$8,755
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,289 (56.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,908
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,067 (73.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,286
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 579 (10.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
218 (1.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,823

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
51%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,189
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Systems Science and Theory
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Communication/journalism, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Forestry
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,044
Part-Time Faculty
497
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
53%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 33% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 8% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Education, Master of Music, Master of Science in Education, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching

Master's Programs of Study

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Health Education
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resources Management
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nutrition
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physiology
  • Reading Education
  • Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education
  • Technical Writing
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Harrisonburg Population
50,981
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
721 acres

Weather

Temperature
25.7 average low in January, 85.1 average high in September
Rain
114 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Harrisonburg
Nearest Train Station
25 mile(s) from campus in Staunton

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
30% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
70%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
lighted pathways

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bulldog (with crown and cape)
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x    
Field Hockey x x    
Football     x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x    
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Football    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running    
Field Hockey    
Football x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field    
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
19,975
Women
11,693 (58.5%)
Men
8,282 (41.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
18,905
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.6% Asian
5.0% Black/African-American
6.8% Hispanic/Latino
4.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.3% White
2.6% Unknown
International Students.
2.0%
Average Age
24
All Graduate Students
1,861

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
90.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
57.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
80.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
82.6%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 3.5%
Engineering 0.5%
Law 2.8%
Theology 0.3%
Arts and Sciences 2.2%
Medicine 0.8%
Veterinary Medicine 0.3%
Education 5.8%
Other 9%

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