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Rank: 57

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VAwww.jmu.edu/
Civic engagement and community service are a part of campus culture at James Madison University, stemming back to the 1986 establishment of an initiative promoting Community Service-Learning. All students are encouraged to learn through meaningful service opportunities. At about 83%, James Madison's six-year graduation rate stands out among large public universities and is 6% higher than schools with similar demographics, according to MONEY's calculations. The college has strong offerings in visual and performing arts as well as in the social sciences. Health-related programs, business, and communications are among the most popular majors. Although James Madison has nearly 20,000 undergraduates, nearly nine in 10 classes have fewer than 50 students in them, and the student-faculty ratio is 16:1. Recent grads report salaries of $55,800 on average. James Madison is in the middle of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, offering mountain views and some hilly walks around campus and the city of Harrisonburg. Students can also join wide-ranging organizations like the 3D printing club, bellydance club, and the cosplay guild.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$27,300
% of students who get any grants
34%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,200
Average price for low-income students
$12,610
admissions
Acceptance rate
75%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
19,666
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
52%
% of need met
41%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$5,219
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$20,500
Average salary within 3 years
$55,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
40%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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