18 facts you may not know about James Madison University

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SUMMARY: Apparently, everyone knows that the James Madison University football Dukes are 10-0 and ranked No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 College Football Poll in only our second year at the FBS level. But here are 18 facts you may not know about JMU.

1. No. 64 Public National University (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2024)
2. 7th Best College Campus (Niche.com, 2023)
3. No. 1 Most Instagrammed location in Virginia
4. Public, co-ed research university
5. Two hours from Washington, D.C.
6. 22K+ students
7. 92% undergraduates
8. 115 years old
9. Situated in Virginia’s historic and beautiful Shenandoah Valley

10. 80% of undergrads do research, a practicum, an internship or student teach by graduation
11. 96% of Class of 2022 grads were employed, enrolled in grad school or seeking career-related endeavors within six months of graduation
12. 4th-winningest women’s basketball program in history
13. 68% increase in undergraduate applications in the last two years

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14. 26% students of color
15. Average undergraduate class size: 25
16. 89% of undergrad classes have fewer than 50 students
17. 98% of undergrad classes are taught by professors
18. Mascot is Duke Dog

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Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Last Updated: Friday, November 17, 2023

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