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About JMU

PUBLIC 4-YEAR

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University (JMU) is a comprehensive liberal arts university, founded in 1908, offering bachelors, masters, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. JMU is a student-focused university committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives. Faculty and students share an unusually close relationship with an incredibly high level of student involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus. The amount of undergraduate research in the sciences has been cited as peerless. With a grounding in the liberal arts, specialized knowledge, analytical skills, and the application of science and technology, students are equipped with the skills necessary to creatively address the issues and needs facing contemporary society.

JMU is open for business. Reaching beyond its campus, JMU is a focal point for economic development activity in the region. The university works closely with community development corporations, state agencies, municipalities, regional planning agencies, developers, business leaders, chambers of commerce, and local officials providing a gateway to the university's faculty and staff who specialize in areas of mutual interest. This ensures continuity of involvement at all levels of government, education, and business. Economic development is embraced as a component of the academic colleges of the university, thus providing resources unequaled in the region keeping the university at the forefront of economic prosperity for the Valley. The university's new model of technology transfer focuses on entrepreneurial propensity to help inventors and entrepreneurs commercialize technologies and create new business opportunities.

JMU's collaborative approach in teaching and research encourages businesses to utilize equipment available in the laboratory facilities, such as probabilistic risk assessment modeling capabilities, rapid prototyping and RFID lab. Combined, these are enablers for a diverse and prosperous economic future for the Shenandoah Valley and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


RANKING

  • First best public master's institutions in the South (US News & World Report 2007America's Best Colleges guide)
  • Second - Southern master's universities, public & private with the highest graduation rate
  • No. 17 nationally in The Kiplinger 100, a listing of best values in public colleges (February 2006)

  • Top 35 nationally for "undergraduate research/creative projects" (US News & World Report 2007America's Best Colleges guide)
  • Ninth in the number of graduates earning Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and 13th in the life sciences among baccalaureate and master's degree institutions (National Science Foundation summary for 1999-2004)

 

SUPERLATIVES/RECENT ACCOLADES

  • James Madison University's Business School was ranked 35th in Business Week magazine's first ranking of the nation's Top 50 Undergraduate Business Schools
  • The 2006 America's Best Colleges guidebook by U.S. News and World Report gave special recognition to JMU's "First-Year Experiences"
  • The Princeton Review (Spring, 2006) names JMU as one of the nation's best values
  • President George W. Bush (May 16, 2005) included JMU (along with U.S. Department of Defense and National Park Service) as an operator of major vehicle fleets using biodiesel
  • JMU Dukes won the 2004 Division I-AA National Championship in Football
  • JMU's Army ROTC program received the MacArthur award as the best large battalion in the eastern United States (3/ 2005)
  • JMU ranked No. 6 in nation for "great campus food"
  • A study of economic education research productivity among colleges and universities, published in fall 2004, ranked JMU in the top 20 nationally; JMU tied at 15th with Duke University, New York University, the University of Delaware and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • In March 2005, JMU was selected as "one of 81 of the nation's best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service," by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact

RESEARCH

JMU initiated its first program emphasizing modeling, simulation, and visualization in 1992 with the creation of the Math Modeling Center (MMC). The MMC currently houses a system of 73 parallel processing and parallel visualizing computers and serves both as a research and teaching facility. JMU is also home to the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance (www.jmu.edu/iiia), which is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on homeland and national security issues including probabilistic risk assessment. In addition, effort is currently underway to create the Institute for Visual Studies, which will be a learning center and idea incubator for understanding the role of visualization and visualization technologies in learning and in society.

To learn more about JMU's involvement in research and technology, please visit the College of Integrated Science's website at http://www.jmu.edu/cisat.

FULLTIME ENROLLMENT

(2005-2006): 16,546

UNDERGRADUATE TUITION (per semester):

In-State: $3,145

Out-of-State: $8,118

GRADUATE TUITION (per credit hour):

In-State: $264

Out-of-State: $743

AFFILIATED SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, GRADUATE SCHOOLS

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

NUMBER OF DEGREES CONFERRED (2005-2006)

Bachelor's -- 3,501

Master's 498

Educational Specialist 18

PhD's 10


SELECTED DEGREES OFFERED * PhD's offered in other majors

Selected Business Degrees

James Madison University

Bachelors

Masters

Accounting

x

x

Business Administration

 

x

Computer Information Systems and Management Science

x

 

Economics

x

 

Finance

x

 

Hospitality & Tourism Management

x

 

International Business

x

 

Management

x

 

Marketing

x

 

Quantitative Finance

x

 

 

Selected Engineering and Sciences Degrees

James Madison University

Bachelors

Masters

Biochemical and Molecular Biology

x

 

Biology

x

x

Biotechnology

x

 

Chemistry

x

 

Computer Science

x

 

Computer Information Systems

x

 

Computer Science: Information Security/Secure Software Development

 

x

Environmental Science

x

 

Integrated Science & Technology

x

x

Mathematics

x

 

Physics

x

 

Statistics

x

 

 

Selected Health Sciences Degrees

James Madison University

Bachelors

Masters

Nursing

x

x

Physician Assistant

 

x

Occupational Therapy

 

x

Athletic Training Education Program

x

 

Health Services Administration

x

 

Kinesiology Exercise Science and Physiology

x

x