Being Seen for Who We Are

James Madison University is continuing its upward trajectory on the national scene. 

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Coming on the heels of its recent new Carnegie Classification of R2 Doctoral University with high research activity, JMU’s move from regional powerhouse to inclusion among top national schools has been buoyed by a host of leading ranking agencies.


U.S. News & World Report places JMU #72 among Top Public Schools – National Universities. Niche, another popular ranking system, has JMU #66 among top public universities. Washington Monthly lists JMU #51 in its National University Rankings. 

The U.S. News & World Report ranking list also places JMU as follows: 

  • Best Undergraduate Engineering – No Doctorate #18

  • Undergraduate Teaching – National Universities #41

  • Best Undergraduate Nursing #93 

  • Best Undergraduate Business #108

  • National Universities #151

With these accolades and the university’s move to the NCAA Division-I Sun Belt Conference, JMU continues its march to carve out a place of national prominence.

“Our rise to such levels of recognition is a direct result of JMU’s decades of excellent teaching, support for students and commitment to a premier undergraduate and graduate experience,” explains JMU President Jonathan Alger. “This transition has been intentional as the university grows and better aligns us with our peer institutions, while allowing JMU to maintain its uniqueness.”

For more rankings and JMU stats, visit About JMU.

Learn more about the Madison Experience at Explore JMU.


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Published: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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