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James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia


James Madison University

Public 4 Year

About James Madison University

James Madison University (also known as JMU, Madison, or James Madison) is a public coeducational research university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States. Founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, the institution was renamed Madison College in 1938 in honor of President James Madison and then James Madison University in 1977. The university is situated in the Shenandoah Valley, with the campus quadrangle located on South Main Street.


Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, Harrisonburg City

James Madison University Rankings

Prepler rankings are based on rigorous and in-depth analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

2022 Best Colleges in America

#345 of 6828

2022 Best Colleges in Virginia

#10 of 158

Best Community health services and counseling Colleges & Universities in America

#3 of 113

Most Popular Majors

Out of 22 majors categories at James Madison University, the 5 most popular are listed below.

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate of college is a strong indicator of success of the college’s students in attaining their educational goals. Prepler defines graduation rate as the percentage of first-time, full-time students who graduated from James Madison University within four or six years.

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 6 years

Notable Alumni