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Rank: 40

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VAhttps://www.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 84%, James Madison's six-year graduation rate stands out among large public universities and is 13% higher than expected based on the student 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 $53,800 on average, according to PayScale data. 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: James Madison University has a primarily in-person course schedule, with modified teaching methods and class sizes to keep students as safe as possible.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$28,200
% of students who get any grants
35%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,500
Average price for low-income students
$14,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
71%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1210/26
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
19,680
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
55%
% of need met
37%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$5,820
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$20,500
Average salary within 5 years
$53,800
% earning more than $28,000
86%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: James Madison University has a primarily in-person course schedule, with modified teaching methods and class sizes to keep students as safe as possible.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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