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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 2014. JMU placed 22nd on the list of four-year public schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

A JMU graduate in her purple and gold graduation robes.

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 2013 report, which measured study abroad in 2011-12. JMU ranked second in the nation in participation in short-term programs and second in total number of students who studied abroad, with 1,071. In addition, JMU compared favorably with similar institutions in semester-long programs (7th) and programs lasting a full academic year or longer (12th).

Student s on study abroad trip

The U.S. News & World Report 2014 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 encouraged to engage in service learning in which they participate in required or for-credit volunteer work in the community.

JMU Capital Marketings Lab

The JMU College of Business is among the top 5 percent of business schools in the world to have earned accreditation by AACSB International. The college is consistently ranked among the top 40 business programs by Bloomberg Businessweek.

JMU ranks No. 168 on The Forbes Top Best Buy Colleges list for 2014.

JMU’s commitment to becoming a model steward of the natural world was recognized with a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award silver medal in April 2014. JMU’s East Campus Hillside Naturalization Project was honored.

JMU green roof on East Campus

JMU is named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 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: 2014 Edition,” subtitled “The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.”

Students on a service projectg

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 2015 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.