A Better You

Engaged learning happens everywhere at JMU. Every discussion. Every lab. Every study group. Every team project. Every interaction with a professor.

Our professors don’t just disseminate knowledge. They engage you in discussion and critical thinking. They challenge you to create, innovate and collaborate to come up with solutions to complex problems. They work alongside you in the classroom, in conducting research, and during study abroad and service learning trips.

What does that mean for you and your future? A 2014 Gallup survey of more than 29,000 college graduates in the U.S. found that having a professor take a personal interest in them while they were a student leads to a higher sense of purpose and well-being. JMU alumni scored far above the national average on every dimension of well-being, and significantly higher than alumni of the Top 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

JMU. Engaged learning. A better you.

Facts & Figures

Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

Established: 1908

Enrollment: 21,227

Degree Programs: 124 (bachelor's, master's and doctoral)

School Colors: Purple and Gold

Mascot: Duke Dog

Athletic Affiliation: NCAA Division I

More facts and SCHEV Profile

Rankings & Recognitions

No. 2 top public school in the South - U.S. News & World Report, 2017

Top 100 "Best Values in Public Colleges" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2016

No. 1 master's institution for short-term study abroad participation - Institute of International Education, 2013/14

Our College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, reserved for the top 5 percent of business schools in the world

More rankings and recognitions

Latest faculty accomplishments


“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” — James Madison


President's Office


In 1907, the citizens of Harrisonburg, a rural city two hours south of Washington D.C., campaigned vigorously to bring a new Normal School to the region. Their ultimate success gave birth to an institution that would claim a century of innovative, forward-thinking educators and legions of students eager to make the status quo obsolete. In 1908, the Madison Experience began — and it has not stopped or slowed down since. See bibliography of JMU history

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