With 53 of its alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers in developing countries, JMU ranked 14th in the nation among large colleges and universities for graduates currently serving as volunteers with the U.S. service program in a 2008 ranking.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 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.
JMU earned a place on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction 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.