High graduation rates and low costs are among the factors landing JMU a place on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s top 100 “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2017. JMU placed 62nd on the list of four-year public schools that combine outstanding education with eco¬nomic value.
Abroad and beyond
JMU is one of the top master’s-level institutions in the country in study-abroad participation, according to the Insti¬tute of International Education’s Open Doors 2016 report, which measured study abroad in 2014–15. JMU ranked first in the nation in participation in short-term programs and second in total number of students who studied abroad, with 1,161.
JMU is named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition.” Factors considered in the rating system include green building certification programs, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renew¬able energy resources and recycling and conservation programs. In 2012, JMU’s Wayland Hall became the first renovated residence hall in the country to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum award, the highest LEED certification status.
JMU’s “impressive balance of educational, social and extracurricular activities to enrich students’ experience” earned the school a place in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck - 2016 Edition.”