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The University
James Madison University is a public, comprehensive university and is the only university in America named for James Madison. The university offers programs on the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral levels with its primary emphasis on the undergraduate student. JMU provides a total education to students Ė one that has a broad range of the liberal arts as its foundation and encompasses an extensive variety of professional and pre-professional programs, augmented by a multitude of learning experiences outside the classroom. The quality of the JMU experience has been recognized repeatedly in many national publications.
Mission Statement
We are a community committed to preparing students to become educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

Since its establishment in 1908, James Madison University has grown from a small state normal and industrial school for women to todayís coeducational comprehensive university with a fall 2005 enrollment of 16,938. The university was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, with Julian Ashby Burruss as its first president. The school opened its doors to its first student body in 1909 with an enrollment of 209 students and a faculty of 15. Its first 20 graduates received diplomas in 1911. In 1914, the name of the school was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg.

The school received authorization to award bachelorís degrees in 1916. During this initial period of development, Burrussí administration established the campus plan and constructed six buildings. After Burruss resigned in 1919, Dr. Samuel Page Duke became the second president. Dukeís administration erected nine major buildings. In 1924, the university became the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg and continued under that name until 1938, when it was named Madison College in honor of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. In 1946, the Duke administration admitted men as regular day students.

Following the retirement of Duke, Dr. G. Tyler Miller became the third president of the university in 1949 and remained until 1970. Millerís administration enlarged the campus by 240 acres and constructed 19 buildings. The administration also revamped the curriculum. In 1954, the expanding school received authority to grant masterís degrees. The university became a coeducational institution in 1966.

Dr. Ronald E. Carrier became JMUís fourth president in 1971. His administration changed Madison College into a university. In 1977, the university adopted its current name, James Madison University. The Carrier administration nearly tripled the number of students and university faculty members and constructed some 30 major campus buildings. Doctoral degrees were authorized in 1994.

Dr. Linwood H. Rose was named JMUís fifth president in September 1998. Under his leadership, JMU has continually been recognized in national publications as one of the nationís finest institutions of its type. Before being named president, Rose had served as a member of the institutionís administration for 23 years, including service as executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

Back to top of pageAdministration
The general responsibility for the administration of the university has been assigned to the president, who is appointed by the JMU Board of Visitors. When the board is in recess, its executive committee may exercise the power of the board. Assisting the president in the administration of the university are the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the senior vice president for administration and finance, the senior vice president for student affairs and university planning, the senior vice president for university advancement, and the executive assistant to the president. Appointment to these positions and to the universityís instructional and administrative faculty are made by the JMU Board of Visitors upon the recommendation of the president. JMU consists of the following colleges:
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Graduate and Outreach Programs
  • College of Integrated Science and Technology
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts 
Back to top of page Undergraduate Degrees
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
Back to top of page Graduate Degrees
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Educational Specialist
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Education  
Back to top of page JMU Alumni
JMU benefits from an active, enthusiastic and supportive alumni association. With more than 83,000 graduates, the JMU Alumni Association strives to develop a continuing interest in the university by providing opportunities for service, fellowship, networking and loyalty for JMU alumni, parents of current students and friends of the university. The association provides scholarship opportunities for incoming JMU freshmen as well as currently enrolled students. Alumni chapters across the country sponsor events, programs, services and various forms of communication for a diverse constituency. In addition to the university-wide Homecoming festivities, reunion events are hosted annually. Appointed volunteers on the JMU Alumni Association Board of Directors advise the alumni office in the implementation and management of the associationís affairs. JMUís quarterly magazine, The Madison, provides information about the university to all alumni, parents of currently enrolled students, friends and businesses, corporations, and foundations associated with JMU. The e-mail newsletter, Brightening the Lights of Madison, is increasingly popular as a way for alumni to stay informed about alumni and campus activities. Further information about all of these programs, products and services is available at
Back to top of page JMU Foundation
The James Madison University Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established in 1969 to promote the welfare, efficiency, service to the public, and objectives of James Madison University and to encourage private gifts of money, securities, land, or other property of whatever character for such purposes, and to that end to take, hold, receive, and enjoy any gift, grant, devise or bequest, for the benefit of James Madison University in the manner designated, for the general purposes and improvement of James Madison University, and to accept, execute and administer any trust in which it may have an interest under the terms of the instrument creating the trust. Gifts received by the foundation are used to support the university in many ways, such as:
  • construction of buildings
  • endowed chairs for distinguished faculty members
  • purchase of library resources
  • purchase of specialized equipment for university classrooms and laboratories
  • renovation and additions to existing facilities
  • scholarships for students
  • special academic opportunities for students
  • special academic programs
Back to top of page Accreditation
JMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award the bachelorís, masterís, Educational Specialist, Doctor of Audiology, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Psychology degrees.
  • Additional Accreditation
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration
  • American Assembly for Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Chemical Society
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Advancement of Health Education
  • Association of University Health Programs in Health Administration
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants, Inc.
  • Center for Credentialing Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the accrediting agency for The American Dietetic Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council on Social Work (baccalaureate level)
  • Education Commission on Accreditation on Social Work
  • Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • International Association of Counseling Services
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National League of Nursing
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • Virginia Board of Nursing
  • Virginia State Board of Education
  • Membership
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Council on Education
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities
  • College and University Personnel Association
  • Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
  • Council of Southern Graduate Schools
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • Southeastern Universities Research Association
  • Institutional and Educational Membership
  • Association of Computing Machinery
  • Corporate Membership
  • American Association of University Women