The Bloomberg Businessweek Best Undergraduate Schools ...

James Madison University’s business school ranked 28th in the country among public and private undergraduate business schools according to the “Bloomberg Businessweek’s” sixth annual rankings (formerly “BusinessWeek“).

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James Madison University named as one of the top 10 public universities in the country for students graduating on time with a four-year graduation rate of 68 percent.

For the 17th consecutive year …

James Madison University ranked as the top public, master's-level university in the South in the highly regarded annual poll on academic quality conducted by U.S. News & World Report for its guidebook, 2011 America's Best Colleges. JMU also had the highest graduation rate — 81 percent — among both public and privates colleges in the South.

With 44 of its alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers …

in developing countries, JMU ranked 21st in the nation among large colleges and universities for graduates currently serving as volunteers with the U.S. service program in a 2009 ranking.

The U.S. News' 2011 America's Best Colleges

The U.S. News' 2011 Best Colleges guidebook recognizes JMU among 86 colleges and universities that were most often cited by college presidents and admissions deans who were asked to identify up to 10 schools in their U.S. News ranking category where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The Princeton Review's 2010 guide, Best Value Colleges,

also selected JMU as one of the nation's top 50 best values for a college education. The list recognizes schools that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable price.

JMU placed at No. 19 nationally in The Kiplinger 100 …

a listing of best values in public colleges — schools that deliver a stellar education at an affordable price — published in the February 2011 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

"In the midst of the stunning Shenandoah Valley lies …

a purple and gold gem" opens the review of JMU in The Insider's Guide to the Colleges 2007. "JMU is incredibly friendly," authors write. "Its social graces tend to alleviate what might otherwise be a stressful academic lifestyle. Additionally, the campus accommodates students' busy schedules exceedingly well." The guidebook highlights "full professors who hold consistent office hours and make themselves extremely accessible." In its "Bottom Line" on JMU, the Insider's Guide concludes: "JMU provides a terrific liberal arts education and continues its history of producing successful alumni today, while fostering an inclusive and high-spirited atmosphere that complements its beautiful area."

Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of "The New York Times,"

included JMU in his highly regarded book, "The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011," which features over 300 of the country's "best and most interesting colleges and universities."

In ratings of college cuisine, …

Madison ranked No. 3 in the nation in the Best Campus Food List, based on student surveys, in The Princeton Review's annual college guide for 2011, Best 373 Colleges.

The Princeton Review's 2011 guide, Best 373 Colleges,

ranked JMU No. 18 in the School Runs Like Butter category, a measurement of how smoothly a school operates.

JMU's Dukes football team won …

the 2004 Division I-AA National Championship by defeating the Montana Grizzlies, 31-21, in the championship game Dec. 17, 2004, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Head Coach Mickey Matthews was named the national Division I-AA Coach of the Year by the America Football Coaches Association in January 2005.

The Admissions Web site that guides potential students …

from prospect to applicant at JMU was ranked among the top 10 Web sites in the nation in 2005 by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions.

JMU earned a place on the 2009 President's Higher Education …

Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service and Campus Compact administer the federal government awards program.

President George W. Bush, in a May 16, 2005, speech …

on alternative fuels, included James Madison University (along with the U.S. Department of Defense and National Park Service) as an operator of major vehicle fleets using biodiesel.

Madison ranked second nationally …

among master's-level institutions for the total number of students who study abroad in semester-long programs to expand their educational experience to other cultures, as reported in November 2009 in Open Doors, an annual report published by the Institute of International Education. JMU ranked third for short-term programs and 16th for yearlong programs.

JMU's Army ROTC program received the MacArthur Award

as the best large battalion in the eastern United States in March 2005. The award is based on the overall performance of cadets in ROTC programs in academic performance, leadership demonstrations, physical conditioning and the collective scores of cadets in various training programs. JMU's Duke Battalion was cited as the best large battalion based on its record of commissioning more than 19 lieutenants after graduation each year. The MacArthur Award is named for Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Madison was selected as a "college with a conscience,"

one of 81 of the nation's best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national organization committed to civic service in higher education. JMU is the only Virginia college featured in the 2005 book, Colleges With A Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, published by Random House/Princeton Review Books. Colleges were selected for "both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society."

JMU's Alternative Break Program …

is 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 named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges …

in The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges. 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.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching …

has acknowledged JMU's community engagement efforts by approving the university to receive its Community Engagement Classification for 2010. The honor recognizes "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities … for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."