james madison university

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James Madison University (also known as JMU or Madison) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges.

The university, established in 1908 as a women's college, is now a public, co-ed research university. The school attained university status in 1977, and currently offers both undergraduate and post graduate degrees to an enrollment of more than 22,000 students. The student body of JMU represents all 50 states and about 89 foreign countries. 

The acceptance rate at JMU is about 20 percent. The school and its programs have ranked very highly with elite publications such as Bloomberg Business, Kiplinger Magazine, Newsweek, Princeton Review, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. 

JMU is made up of the following colleges:

  1. College of Arts and Letters
  2. College of Business
  3. College of Education
  4. College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  5. College of Science and Mathematics
  6. College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  7. College of Visual and Performing Arts
  8. The Graduate School

There is an entire Wikipedia page devoted to notable JMU alumni. They include many professional athletes, musicians, writers, actors, politicians, and university professors, among others.

JMU is accredited by the 

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about JMU. 

Shown above: A rainbow over Wilson Hall

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james madison university Q&A

1. Where is James Madison University?

The main campus of JMU is located at 

800 South Main Street

Harrisonburg, Virginia


2. What programs are offered at James Madison University?

The university offers about 115 undergraduate and post graduate degree programs in many fields of study.

Here is an alphabetical list of undergraduate and graduate majors and degree programs available at JMU: 

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Architectural Design
  • Art History
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Finance
  • Geographic Science
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Services Administration
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Industrial Design
  • Integrated Science and Technology
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • Justice Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Math
  • Media Arts & Design
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sport and Recreation Management
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Theater
  • Writing

Above: No, gentlemen, you may NOT join this JMU sorority.

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3. How much does it cost to attend James Madison University?

According to the university website, the cost of tuition for undergraduate enrollment for one semester is 

  • $7,250 per semester for residents of Virginia
  • $23,650 per semester for enrollments from out of state

Tuition rates for graduate students are as follows:

  • $473 per credit hour for residents of Virginia
  • $1,231 per credit hour for enrollments from out of state

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, student orientation fees, lab fees, late fees, materials fees, graduation fees, and others. 

Above: Bridgeforth Stadium at JMU

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4. What is the James Madison University campus like?

The campus of JMU spans 721 acres, including a 125-acre arboretum and a lake that occupies almost 10 acres. The campus is home to 148 buildings. Campus buildings include the College of Integrated Science and Technology, the Chemistry and Physics Building, the University Recreation Center, the Festival Conference and Student Center, a library, a book store, and a planetarium, as well as 35 residence halls. The architectural centerpiece of the JMU campus is Wilson Hall, pictured above. 

The campus quad is conveniently located on South Main Street, featuring all the conveniences of a college town. A public bus service gets students around campus and around the city of Harrisonburg. Local points of interest include several museums. 

The school colors are purple and gold. The student varsity athletes at Madison are known as the Dukes. They play for Division I of the NCAA. Intercollegiate sports for men and women at JMU include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming / Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

In addition to sports, other campus activities include hundreds of clubs such as a speech team, a marching band, a student newspaper, a 3D printing club, an ROTC club, and an African Student Organization, to name only a few. You can even start your own club at JMU. 

Above: The men's rugby team at JMU

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Above: The men's football team at JMU

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5. What are the distance learning options at James Madison University?

Distance learning programs are currently offered at Madison in the following subjects:

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Spanish

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6. What is the contact information for James Madison University?

You can reach an operator on the main campus of JMU by calling 540-568-6211. 

To reach the JMU business office, call 540-568-6505, or send a fax to 540-568-7363. 

Above: The JMU logo

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Below: Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia

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