Harrisonburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Difficult work load, lots of art projects.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes and Professors are mostly good and you can pick how hard you want to make it for yourself.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I obviously have no experience with what my major would be like at another school but I heard great things about the education program here before coming and it did not disappoint. I have only taken a handful of classes for major so far but they have been great the teachers are excellent- really willing to help you understand the material and succeed and have a lot of personal experience and tips with how to handle children and your own classroom. I have heard that you are pretty much guaranteed a job out of school and JMU makes sure to give you classroom experience starting sophomore year- next year I will be tutoring students for one of my classes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a dance major, the performing arts community is huge and there is always something going on

4 College Junior

Academics: The curriculum is challenging, yet manageable and compared with other friends at other schools I feel that the academics are one of the best in the area. The registration process is a bit annoying and challenging and could definitely be improved.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 832nd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 834th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 863rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 867th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 889th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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At JMU, what you see is precisely what you get—a quality education. Professors give you the typical syllabus explaining their office hours in detail, and students should take advantage of the opportunity to bond with professors and their assistants. Most professors are regarded as extremely approachable and dedicated. It's easy to make an appointment with a prof, and the rewards (improved grades, happy parents) are sweet. At JMU, it's not easy to slack off and squeak through with a decent grade.

JMU gives a small-school feel in the midst of a large campus. However, some large underclassman gen-eds might make you feel a little lost among more than 200 students. As classes become more specialized, though, the teacher-student ratio narrows. With more than 80 academic programs, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you as a major. Many programs offer a broad spectrum of real world applications, and concentrations can help tailor a major to students’ personal interests. As you dig more into each major, you’ll find internships and jobs a little more accessible than before.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 31%
  • 20 to 49 students: 56%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health & Behavioral Studies
  • College of Integrated Science & Technology
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
  • Doctorate – Professional practice
Most Popular Majors
  • Community Health Services and Counseling: 3%
  • Foundations of Education: 3%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Communication and critical thinking
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Wellness
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Continuing education
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Best Places to Study
  • Carrier Library
  • East Campus Library
  • Hillcrest House (for Honors kids)
  • The Quad (in sunny weather)
  • Starbucks
  • Taylor Down Under (TDU)
Tips to Succeed
  • Allow at least half an hour before class to find a parking spot.
  • Always dispute test questions and bad grades.
  • Be involved on campus in clubs and organizations.
  • Brush elbows with the townies; they are wonderful, friendly people.
  • Check your e-mail, Blackboard, and the JMU Web site at least once a day.
  • Do your homework.
  • Don't give in to caffeine and an all-nighter; get enough sleep the night before a final or midterm.
  • Get involved in dorm life; if possible, spend two years on campus.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go camping and hiking at least once before you graduate.
  • Go to class.
  • Keep in touch with the parental units.
  • Know how to use Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Read the Breeze.
  • See movies when they come to Grafton—it'll save you a few bucks each time.
  • Take a public speaking class. It will pay off by the time you've completed your umpteenth group presentation.
  • Wear shower flip-flops. Seriously, just do it.
Did You Know?
  • James Madison University was originally named State Normal and Industrial School for Women. The first male students stepped upon school grounds in 1946 under President Duke.
  • There is absolutely no excuse for not being involved. JMU has more than 250 recognized clubs and organizations, at least one of which should pique your interest.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 71 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 28% Phil Vassar - award-winning country musician
  • 22% Charles Haley - NFL player with 5 Super Bowl rings
  • 17% Gary Clark- former Washington Redskin
  • 11% Dr. Marcia Angell - editor, N.E. Journal of Medicine
  • 6% Robert "Phoef " Sutton - writer/producer, "Cheers"
  • 6% David Gill - successful and well-respected artist
  • 6% Curtis Keaton - NFL running back
  • 6% Delvin Joyce - NFL punt returner

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 70 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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