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Founded in 1908, James Madison University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,548 full time undergraduate students, and 1,722 full time graduate students.
The James Madison University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 16:1. There are 1028 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at James Madison University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at JMU are considered Selective, with ,183% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 21 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
98% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 44% were in the top quarter, and 28% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at James Madison University.
274 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
169 Students rated off-campus housing 4.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
299 Students rated campus food 4.6 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.
298 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.
297 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
297 Students rated school activities 4.5 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.
299 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
298 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.
103 Students rated James Madison University
I think JMU is a great school for students who want that study hard, play hard mentality - it is possible to have both a great social life and maintain good academics here. The food is AMAZING, theres so many options, and most professors are kind and helpful.
It’s not perfect, but it’s home. I’ve met some great people and despite only being here for a semester, I feel welcomed. There’s always something to do and I know academics are valued here. My professors are incredibly nice and patient, and the work is usually not overwhelming. Most of my work is project-based, so I’m able to get more hands-on experience and even contribute to a portfolio. Overall, I think I made the right choice in coming here.
I have never felt so at home. This school and every person I have the pleasure of encountering on a day-to-day basis means so much to me. We are one giant family. the welcoming energy is infectious. I am beyond appreciative of the faculty and staff. Each professor genuinely wants you to succeed and wants to help you reach your goals.
I love attending James Madison University. Everyone that goes here is very welcoming and friendly. I have also had really great professors who push me to succeed. They hold regular office hours, and are all easily successful. There is plenty of opportunities for students on campus to get involved and there truly is a club for everyone.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for James Madison University is 72%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Discipline is crucial. The hardest part of the college transition is trying to stay organized. Living in the dorms creates constant choices. What should I eat? Should I study or get on Facebook? Go party or sleep? It?s extremely easy to fall off track.
I?d remind myself how much better I feel when I?m living a healthy lifestyle. It?s easy to say, ?Yes? and indulge in that extra dessert or third plate of food at D-hall, but the after effects just aren?t worth it. Exercise is also a must in college. It?s hard to find time in an already packed schedule, but hitting up the gym gives me energy to be more productive and makes me feel ten times better.
Then there?s the partying, and there?s always partying and always pressure to go. The key is moderation. Learning to say no isn?t easy, but it?s really important if I?m going to be at my best and make the grades. Overall, college gives one an enormous amount of freedom, but it?s up to me to make smart lifestyle choices and have the discipline to stick with them.
Snotty and untalkative.
This is my dream school and so honored to be here.
I love the scenery of the rolling hills, Massanuten Snow Resort is 30 min. away, the professors really care, you make life-long friends, people aren't juddmental compared to other schools and all of the students really enjoy making the best out of their time.
JMU is growing and adding more students and therefore it is hard sometimes to get the classes you need. There needs to be more professors to accomodate the increasing number of students.
There is a niche for every type of person at this school, whether your interest is art or sports, there is something for everyone here.
Anyone who wants to be very individual. All the people here tend to be the same (The way they dress and act). Also someone who is not white and doesn't like being surrounded by all white people. The school is about 95% white.
Football games have the biggest student attendance that I know of.
The school size is just right, but if they keep expanding to try and become a Division I school we will be too big! I spend most of my time on campus in ISAT for my nursing classes or eating lunch in the festival. I don't get to see the other side of campus, like the quad, since I started nursing school. I feel like Harrisonburg is definitely a college town, but for someone like me who lives in the middle of nowhere and it takes 30 minutes to get to town, being able to ride a bus or drive 5 minutes to Walmart or Target is great. The most recent controversy, in my opinion, was when JMU cut a bunch of athletic programs to be in compliance with the Title XI regulations. There is tons of school pride here and everyone loves Duke Dog!! Frequent complaints include the Gen Ed program, lack of parking, and lack of housing for sophomore students, since they continue to expand the number of incoming freshman and they are automatically guaranteed housing.
My nursing professors do know my name and a handful of my GenEd professors did, especially the smaller groups, like lab groups. I believe students are competitive especially in nursing school! Many of us are Type A personality perfectionists....not always a good thing!
Registering for classes. Things get a little crazy during registration, but if some of the classes you need are closed it is always possible to get an "override" into the class with the professors approval.
There are both negative and positive stereotypes about both JMU and its students. It has a big reputation as a party school that tends to live inside its own JMU-bubble. Students are known as very friendly, open, and active. Nearly all students are involved in some sort of extracurricular. They are less competitive over grades and more competitive about who has the more hectic social schedule. The only negative stereotypes associated with the students are that many tend to come from a fairly white-washed background of privilege. Despite this, many are willing to reach out and gain an appreciation of new experiences. JMU is one of the happiest places in the world. It is known for it's spirit and its students are happy to make it known what a great place this is to be.
I wish I knew that it was okay to go to parties and not drink. I chose not to go just to save face, but really I just didn't have the amount of fun and comrodery with my hallmates as I could have. I also wish I knew that it was okay to be myself, my real self. This school is amazingly accepting of all.
In order to thrive at JMU an individual should be confident, open to diversity, and always willing to hold the door open for the next.
Southern Connecticut State University is one of the four state universities in Connecticut. Southern was founded as a teachers college, which was one of the draws for me. Today, many students at Southern concentrate in education and teaching, but there are numerous other programs that are now offered as well (116 graduate and undergraduate programs offered). Southern is also known for its ability to accommodate a wide-range of student scheduling needs, with its part-time/full-time, day/evening courses, and summer course offerings to name a few.
We had a great social atmosphere, football games were great. School spirit was very high and the frienships made were life-long.
JMU is known as a party school. The party life is great but there are also a lot of other activities to do. Not everyone goes out and parties on the weekends although a big majority of the students at the school do.
This is the outside of Warren Hall, one of the dorms. I sometimes eat lunch at those tables when the weather's nice.
Java City is our on-campus coffee shop. It also has a computer lounge.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
62% of students
attending James Madison University receive some sort of financial aid.
14% were awarded federal grants.
While 42% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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