A Better World

Engaged learning happens everywhere at JMU. Every discussion. Every lab. Every study group. Every team project. Every interaction with a professor.

Our professors aren't just transmitting content. Our professors place you in situations where you will develop an understanding of processes and complexities. This makes you better. And making you better sets the table to make the world better.

In 2014, the prestigious Gallup Purdue Index revealed that the factor most correlated with a higher sense of purpose and well-being among 29,000 surveyed graduates—having had a faculty member take personal interest in them while they were a student. Anyone with even just a passing familiarity with JMU knows that this is a welcoming place where excellent faculty really do care about students as people.

In 2016, JMU contracted with Gallup to survey our alumni. They were asked to rate themselves against the same dimensions used in the Gallup Purdue Index. On every dimension of well-being, JMU alumni scored far above the national average for graduates from all colleges and universities, and also scored significantly above the average of alumni who graduated from the Top 100 colleges and universities in the US News & World Report rankings. We’ve always believed that The Madison Experience was superior. Now we have objective data to support that belief.

JMU. Engaged learning. Connecting the dots. A better you.

Facts & Figures

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

Established: 1908

Enrollment: 21,227

Degree Programs: 124 (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, 2017

Top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2016

No. 1 master's institution for short-term study abroad participation - Institute of International Education, 2013/14

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

More rankings and recognitions

Latest faculty accomplishments


“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 bibliography of JMU history

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