Changing the world since 1908

The Madison Experience is a powerful and rare combination that prepares students for the dynamic world we inhabit.

With 94 percent of our 20,000 students being undergraduates, JMU combines the best of research-based universities and small liberal arts institutions. Professors include undergraduates in research opportunities. They care about students’ well-being beyond the classroom. After graduation, students are welcomed to a prestigious network of 120,000 Dukes who are passionate about JMU and who help each other succeed. We fully embody our mission, Be the Change, living lives that impact society.

Facts & Figures

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

Established: 1908

Enrollment: 20,855 (92% undergraduate)

Degree Programs: 122 (bachelor's, master's and doctoral)

School Colors: Purple and Gold

Mascot: Duke Dog

Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division I

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Rankings & Recognitions

No. 2 top public school in the South - U.S. News & World Report, 2014

Top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2014

No. 2 master's institution for study abroad participation - Institute of International Education, 2012/13

Top 5 percent of business schools in the world to earn accreditation by AACSB International

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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” -James Madison


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In 1907, the citizens of Harrisonburg, a rural city two hours south of Washington DC, campaigned vigorously to bring a new Normal School to the region. Their ultimate success gave birth to an institution that would claim a century with innovative, forward-thinking educators and legions of students eager to make the status quo obsolete. In 1908 the Madison began — and it has not stopped or slowed down since. See bibiography of JMU history

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