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Rank: 39

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VAwww.jmu.edu/
Civic engagement and community service are a part of campus culture at James Madison, especially since the 1986 establishment of an initiative promoting Community Service-Learning. All students are encouraged to "break out of the campus bubble" by volunteering. Some course assignments even require volunteer work. At 82%, the school's six-year graduation rate stands out among large public universities and is 8% higher than schools with similar demographics. State-level data also show that James Madison's graduation rates are fairly steady across different student demographics, including different family income levels. 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. James Madison is in the middle of the Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, offering mountain views and some hilly walks around campus and the city of Harrisonburg.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$26,700
% of students who get any grants
35%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,500
Average price for low-income students
$12,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
72%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1130/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
21,167
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
51%
% of need met
43%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$4,418
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$20,900
Average salary within 3 years
$53,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
40%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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