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Who we are

Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a public university located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. JMU is fast becoming one of the nation’s leading lights in higher education because students enjoy unusually engaged relationships with world-class faculty who are here because they want to pursue knowledge and make teaching their No. 1 priority.

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Harrisonburg, VA
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Rankings & Recognitions


#1 most innovative university in the south by U.S. News & World Report

80% of JMU students do undergraduate research, an internship, a practicum or student teach

#2 graduation rate in the U.S. for large, master's level public universities

#1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.

#3 Best Bang for the Buck in the Southeast by Washington Monthly

98% of 2019 JMU graduates were employed, in graduate school or involved in other career endeavors within six months of graduation

#2 graduation rate in the U.S. for large, master's level public universities

#5 in the nation for “students who made the right choice” by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education

90% freshman retention rate (national average is 72%)

Being the Change

We know that success requires equal parts intellect and action. At JMU, that’s what Being the Change is all about.

JMU graduates are far more than merely educated. Members of a fellowship of doers, they know how to make things happen. They’ve honed their ability to think critically. They’ve learned the importance of a strong work ethic and have become committed to and skilled at collaborating with others. Diplomas in hand, they leave campus determined to live lives of meaning and pursue careers of purpose.

Equal parts intellect and action help mold JMU graduates.

Crafting the knowledge. Walking the walk. Seizing the day. Being the Change.

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