James Madison University


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James Madison University

In-state Tuition

$6,290 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$16,236 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 15

Application fee


Educational Resources


CISAT Library and Music Library; Special Collections: JMU Historical Collection, Shenandoah Valley local history collections, Rare Books and Periodicals collection.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 641,039 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 8,804 current serial subscriptions.
  • 1,372,969 microforms.
  • 35,192 Audio/Visual items.
  • 5,392 e-books.

Museums & Art

Planetarium (closed for renovation), arboretum, Madison Art Collection



  • Students are required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 1,583 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,000 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, health service, other


minority student, career, personal, academic, older student, other


on-campus job interviews, resume assistance, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 38% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • In total, there are 33 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 97% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 72% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: James Madison Week, Homecoming, Family Weekend, Madison Symposium, Masterpiece Season, Constitution Day, International Week, Martin Luther King Day, Commencement (December and May)
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 287 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Beta Beta , Beta Gamma Sigma, Eta Sigma Gamma, Iota Iota Iota, ISAT Honors Society, Kappa Pi, Mortar Board (Inc. ), Omicron Delta Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Pi, Phi Sigma Tau, Pi Mu Epsilon, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Tau Beta Sigma, Lambda Pi Eta, Order of Omega, Sigma Delta Pi
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Agape Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Campus Ministry, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, Hillel Counsellorship, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Latter Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA), Lutheran/Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Muslim Student Association, Wesley Foundation, Young Life Leadership, Canterbury Episcopal Ministry, Christian Student Union, Freethinkers (JMU), Living Buddhism, AO, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Asian Student Union, Black Student Alliance, Contemporary Gospel Singers, Korean Students Association (KSA), Madison International Association, African Student Organization, International Student Assoc, Italian Cultural Society, Russian, Sigma Iota Alpha, Vietnamese Student Assoc
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Bus: Alpha Kappa Psi, Assoc of Info Tech Prof (AITP), Club Managers Assoc of America (JMU), Delta Epsilon Chi, Economics Club, Environmental Bus Club, Madison Investment Fund, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Sigma Pi, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Professional Convention Management Assoc (JMU); Comm/Pub: Assoc of Women in Comm, Bluestone, The Breeze, Diogenes’ Lantern, gardy loo, Honors Publication, Madison Review, WXJM-FM; Community Service: Best Buddies, Campus Assault Response, Circle K Internat’l, Delta Sigma Theta, Links, Madison Honors Club, March of Dimes (JMU), PROMotion, Relay for Life, Rotaract, SafeRides, Social Work Organization, Students in Free Enterprise, Up `Til Dawn; Ed: Air/Waste Mgt Assoc, Geography, Human Resource Development, IEEE Computer Soc, Kappa Delta Pi, Math Teachers Org, Math and Statistics, Nat Art Educ Assoc, Pre-law Soc, Roop Group: Past/Present, Soc of Physics Students, Student Educ Assoc, VOX; Grad: Graduate Assoc of Assess/Meas Practitioners (GAAMP); Health Sci/Natural Sci/Math: ACHESA, Assoc of Energy Engineers, Dietetic Assoc, Pi Mu Epsilon, Pre-med Assoc, Pre-Occupational Therapy Soc, Pre-Pharmacy Soc, Stu Athletic Training Assoc; Humanities: gardy loo; Political: ACLU, Col Republicans, Col Democrats, Madison Review; Prof Frat: Alpha Chi Sigma, Am Criminal Justice Assoc (Lambda Alpha Epsilon), Delta Sigma Phi, Kappa Pi, Knights of Columbus, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Chi Theta, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota; Residence Hall: Nat’l Res Hall Honorary, Res Hall Assoc; Social Issues: Amnesty InterNat’l, Animal Rights Coalition, Brothers of New Direction (BOND), Int’l Justice Mission, Nat Assoc of Social Workers, Orange Band, Progress; Social Sci: Anth, Psyc, Soc, Student Circle of the Assoc of Black Psychologists (JMU); Special Interest/Clubs: Amer Soc of Interior Design, Artscene, Assoc for Computing Machinery, Astronomy, Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, Cartoon Satire, Fashion Design, Future Mothers of Amer, Geology, Happy Feet, Harmony, Int’l Soc of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Knitwits (JMU), Madison Anime New-type Great Assoc, Madison Historians, Madison Linguistic Services, Madison Motorsports, Nat’l Student Speech/Language/Hearing Assoc, Nursing Stu Assoc, One in Four, Pre-Physical Therapy Soc, Pre-Veterinary Soc, Psychology Peer Advising, Safe Rides, Sailing, SIGGRAPH, Sign Language, Soc for Technical Comm, Soc for Manufacturing Engineers, Spanish, Stu Ambassadors, Univ Program Board, Unix Users Group, Virginia Biotechnology Assoc; Spirit/Tradition: Stu Duke; Sports/Clubs: Baseball, Basketball (M/W), Boarderline Snowboarding, Caving, Crew, Cycling, Equestrian Team, Field Hockey (Coed), Golf, Gymnastics, JMU All Girl Cheerleading, Lacrosse(W), Paintball, Rugby/Football (M/W), Running, Ski Racing, Soccer (M/W), Softball (W), Sports Club Council, Swim, Table Tennis, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (M/W), Water Polo (M/W), Ultimate Frisbee (M/W); Stu Gov: SGA; Visual/Perf Arts: Blues Tones, Breakdancing, Cinemuse Film, JMU Dance Theatre, Madison Dance, Madison Project, Note-Oriety, Speech Team, Indiv Events, Stratford Players, Swing Dance
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Breeze (two times per week), Diogenes’ Lantern (monthly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Washington, DC (123), Weyers Cave (15)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Staunton (25)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Charlottesville (50)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 55% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 19% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,680
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 13 fraternities
  • 13 fraternity houses
  • 9% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 8 sororities
  • 8 sorority houses
  • 11% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered at cooperating institution (U. of Virginia)
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited

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