• Alison Merzel

School Spotlight: James Madison University

JMU is a public research university in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. Over 90% of enrolled students are undergrads, so competition with graduate students for access to opportunities is not an issue at this school. Its relative proximity to Washington DC reflects JMU's strength in political science and international relations; however, business, health sciences and psychology are among their strongest programs. Here are some more fun facts about James Madison University:


1) Student satisfaction at JMU is high: According to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, students at JMU are more likely to recommend their school than students at any other school in the country.


2) JMU has one of the country's largest collegiate marching bands with 535 members (450 typically march) - the Marching Royal Dukes. They have performed at the inauguration of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and have appeared in four Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parades!


3) While JMU accepted 78% of applicants for admission to the school for Fall 2020, the admissions requirements for the Honors College are more highly selective. Students in the Honors College benefit from honors courses, honors housing, specially designed study abroad programming, and a capstone project with faculty mentorship among other privileges.


4) The Health Services Administration program at JMU is one of only 45 fully certified undergraduate programs by the AUPHA, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Students looking for careers in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, medical practices, etc. will be well prepared for entry-level administrative positions upon graduation from this top-ranked program.


5) JMU is apparently the #1 most instagrammed landmark in Virginia! This must be because the campus is situated in the Shenandoah Valley amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah River. If the great outdoors are your passion, there is no shortage here of ways to take advantage of being one with nature.


Visit JMU virtually or in-person with advance registration for limited open house and campus tour opportunities. Early action deadline is November 15 and regular decision is February 1.



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