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JMU ranks No. 1 for graduate employment among all Virginia universities


Based on College Scorecard data maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, James Madison University is the “2019 Best College for Getting a Job” in Virginia.

Employers have a particularly strong appetite for JMU graduates because they possess not just professional and technical mastery, but because they also communicate well, think critically, understand context, work exceptionally well on teams and reason ethically. Research published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities surveying C-suite-level executives and hiring managers confirms that these skills, which cut across majors, are the most highly prized by employers. 

Interviewed about the ranking by local ABC-TV affiliate WHSV, JMU spokesperson Andy Perrine remarked, “It’s because we’re a hybrid. We have strong technical and scientific programs like U.Va. and Virginia Tech. But we also have an award-winning core curriculum. This gives our students those other kinds of skills that employers are looking for.”


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Published: Monday, October 7, 2019

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2021

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