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James Madison University is a public institution located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

3 Undergraduate Degrees
399 Graduate Degrees
$38,766 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
80% Acceptance Rate

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James Madison University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at JMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Other Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards JMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#36 Best General Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#36 Best General Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#56 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#63 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools College Factual
#64 Best General Special Education Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#112 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is James Madison University?


Contact details for JMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Phone: 540-568-6211

How Do I Get Into JMU?

You can apply to JMU online at:

Admission Requirements for JMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into JMU?

80% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
56% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at James Madison University is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 56% 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 570 and 650. Math scores were between 550 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for James Madison University  ( 570 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for James Madison University  ( 550 to 630 )
JMU received ACT scores from 14% 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 )

Can I Afford James Madison University?

$38,766 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of JMU is $38,766. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,938 a year. That adds up to $35,752 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at JMU is 2.0%. 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.

James Madison University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,420 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,727 undergraduate students at JMU, with 18,420 being full-time and 1,307 being part-time.


There are also 1,867 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,420 full-time undergraduates at JMU, 41% are male and 59% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of James Madison University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 873
Black or African American 881
Hispanic or Latino 1,334
White 13,902
International Students 222
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,208

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at James Madison University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 73 countries are represented at JMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

Online Learning at James Madison University

4,653 Took All Classes Online
20,632 Took At Least One Class Online
159.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 20,632 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at JMU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 12th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of JMU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at James Madison University was $12,330 for in-state students. Out-of-state students paid $29,230. The following table shows how JMU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Mathematics Education #24 #29
Adult & Continuing Education #63 #61

Online Growth Rankings of JMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at James Madison University was 159.0%. This is the #210 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at JMU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at JMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at JMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Educational Assessment #1
Educational Assessment, Testing, & Measurement #1
Mathematics Education #4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism #13
Special Education #25
Instructional Media Design #31
Educational/Instructional Technology #31
Teacher Education Subject Specific #43

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

James Madison University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Education 0 0 295 295
General Special Education 3 0 31 34
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 25 25
Other Education 0 16 0 16
Adult & Continuing Education 0 0 8 8
Educational Assessment, Testing, & Measurement 0 6 0 6
Educational/Instructional Technology 0 6 0 6
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 0 4 0 4
Health Education 0 0 4 4
Mathematics Education 0 0 4 4
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 0 0
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3 32 367 402


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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