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.
Abroad and beyond
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).
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.”