Rankings and Recognitions
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 2013. JMU placed 20th on the list of four-year public schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
JMU is one of the top master’s-level institutions in the country in study-abroad participation, according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2012 report, which measured study abroad in 2010-11. JMU ranked second in the nation in participation in short-term programs and second in total number of students who studied abroad, with 1,101. In addition, JMU compared favorably with similar institutions in semester-long programs (12th) and programs lasting a full academic year or longer (15th).
The U.S. News & World Report 2013 edition of its “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks the university No. 2 on the list of top public schools in the South and includes JMU among colleges and universities that were most often cited by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked to identify up to 10 schools in their U.S. News ranking category where the faculty has a strong commitment to teaching. JMU is included in the magazine’s listing of schools where students are involved in undergraduate research and creative projects that result in original scholarly papers that can be formally presented on or off campus.
JMU’s College of Business remains in the top 5 percent of undergraduate business schools ranked annually by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. The College of Business ranked 11th among public institutions and 29th among all business schools.
JMU ranks No. 38 on The Forbes Top 100 Best Buy Colleges 2012 special report.
JMU’s commitment to becoming a model steward of the natural world was recognized with a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award bronze medal in April 2013. JMU’s Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World was recognized for its learning outcomes and assessment work.
JMU is named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” Factors considered in the rating system include green building certification programs, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable 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 “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition,” subtitled “The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.”
JMU’s Alternative Break Program was the Break Away National Program of the Year for 2010. The award, which JMU also earned in 1999, recognizes the university’s commitment to active citizenship.
JMU is included in the 2014 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges, which features more than 300 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities.
JMU earned a place on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for commitment to service and civic engagement on campus and in the nation. JMU has been on the honor roll, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, since the list was established in 2006.