We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.


Academic Quality: We are dedicated to exemplary learning experiences because they are the essence of our mission.

Community: We thrive when we collaborate, respect and serve others, and appreciate our interconnectedness.

Diversity: We strive to be an inclusive community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives.

Excellence: We seek to be innovative and to perform at the highest levels.

Integrity: We pursue ethical reasoning because it is essential to meaningful citizenship.

Student Focus: We provide experiences that challenge and support students.

What We Do

We provide support services, programs and resources so that student learning is engaged, relevant and applied.

We help students learn what they need to know and what they don't know they need to know.

We help build and maintain the culture of the institution toward belonging and community.

We help JMU address the changing needs of students.

We help our students learn accountability and how to overcome challenges by achieving an effective balance of challenge and support.

The Madison Way

"Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people." - James Madison

The JMU Community Is:

SCHOLARLY - Intellectual pursuit is our primary focus.

STUDIOUS - We are committed to the rigors of academic excellence and growth.

HONEST - Academic and personal integrity are fundamental components in any and all of our interactions.

ACCOUNTABLE - Individuals and groups accept responsibility for behaviors, and abide by laws and community standards.

RESPECTFUL - We appreciate and learn from the human ideological differences that make our community stronger.

RESILIENT - We possess the courage and commitment to face personal challenges and obstacles.

COMPASSIONATE - We thoughtfully contribute to the local, regional, national, and international community.

INVIGORATING - We are a friendly community and we make intentionally healthy choices about our physical, social and emotional lives.

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