Changing the world since 1908

It's not just a slogan. It is Madison — a living, evolving university where change is the status quo. Equipped with the power that knowledge gives, JMU students, faculty and alumni work toward a brighter future in nearly every sector of global society. We expand the world's knowledge through innovative and cutting-edge research, widely available to our undergraduates. We explore new worlds through global-centric perspectives and study abroad programs. We devise new ways to generate prosperity. We help those struggling with disease, poverty, handicaps or lack of opportunity through science, education and service.

With the mentoring of faculty whose first love is teaching, we help students fulfill their destinies. JMU offers each student a future of significance — not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success.

And our alumni continue to demonstrate the unrestrained liberty of individuals to use their acquired knowledge to transform the world.

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

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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 bibliography of JMU history

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