James Madison University

James Madison University

James Madison University is a public coeducational research university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia It was founded in the year 1908. JMU was named one of "America's Best Value Colleges" in the Princeton Review's 2007 rankings. The university offers more than 100 degree programs on the bachelors, masters, educational specialist and doctoral levels. The university is comprised of seven colleges:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Graduate and Outreach Programs
  • College of Integrated Science and Technology
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts

JMU's athletic teams are nicknamed "Dukes". It competes in the NCAA's Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for football), the Colonial Athletic Association, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. JMU's football team won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 2004. Country singer Phil Vasser is a notable alum of the university.

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James Madison University
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg , VA 22807
General Phone: (540) 568-6211

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James Madison Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts898foreign language and literature, English, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, social services, anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, ...
Business and Management850business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, financial management, international business, marketing
Therapy and Counseling422psychology, school psychology, quantitative psychology, community health services
Education and Teaching301education, special ed, school counseling, adult education, health teaching, math teaching, education courses
Media295communication studies
Science267biology, biotechnology, science and society, chemistry, geology, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy252health and physical education, athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering128computer and info science, information science
Medical Support and Technology117audiology, speech pathology, physician assistant
Art Studies106art studies
Family and Social Work98food and nutrition, public administration, social work
Music80music performance
Hospitality75hospitality management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine69registered nursing, adult health nursing
Law49advanced legal research
Religion and Philosophy34philosophy and religious studies
Drama and Performing Arts33drama
Medical Administration24health care administration
Fine Arts10art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for James Madison in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,50446
Master's degree60125
Post-master's certificate251
Doctor's degree134

James Madison Student Body

In 2007-2008, James Madison had a total enrollment of 17,918 students (17,647 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 39%
20-21 39%
22-24 14%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey8%
New York4%
(International Students)1%
New Hampshire1%

James Madison Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %
Part-Time 33 %

James Madison Room and Board (2007)

James Madison offers campus housing for 5,725 of its 17,647 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Harrisonburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

James Madison Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520610
SAT Math530620
SAT Writing520610
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

James Madison Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,964
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,458
Room and board $ 7,172
Room charge $ 3,888
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,570
Books and supplies $ 876
Other expenses $ 3,690

Financial Aid:
James Madison participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 372100)

James Madison Faculty

James Madison has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year31$116,50021$110,703
Associate professorcalendar year7$95,16912$90,235
Assistant professorcalendar year4$62,0847$80,539
Instructorcalendar year3$68,63015$59,588
All faculty totalcalendar year45$105,15455$88,458

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year149$87,84064$81,568
Associate professoracademic year120$70,66682$65,680
Assistant professoracademic year133$58,465133$53,749
Instructoracademic year41$49,48475$48,834
All faculty totalacademic year443$70,819354$60,501

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

James Madison Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports1898116

James Madison Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education, Other
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
Physician Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music Performance, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
School Psychology

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