James Madison University

The ultimate American undergraduate experience

A truly All-American college experience that offers great value for money

Your studies

JMU has strong academic programs with an emphasis on collaboration, group work, and great teaching. It also provides great value when compared to schools of equal rank.

A selective admissions process means that JMU students are among the best in the world. Classes have a 16:1 student to professor ratio, giving you a more interaction as you study. With over 122 degree programs to choose from, you are sure to find the right path towards your career goals. With a JMU degree, 86% of students are able to find a job within 6 months of graduation.

The university’s business program is frequently ranked as one of the top business schools in the USA. Students who get a business degree from JMU are more than ready for the challenges of a global business career.

Life on campus

JMU students are typically friendly and approachable, and are extremely welcoming to students from overseas. Cheering for the university’s athletic teams (know as the Dukes) is one of many popular social activities, and JMU students “bleed purple” with school spirit. The university also has over 350 student clubs and organizations, which should be more than enough to help you fill your study breaks.

JMU’s lovely campus is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It boasts a large 'quad', or common area, as well as a planetarium. The town is surrounded on all sides by wooded mountains where you can hike and explore.

James Madison University will give you a great education and let you make lots of new friends from all over the world. It really is the perfect place to get a well-rounded American college experience.

Come and explore everything James Madison has to offer

Undergraduate majors


Graduate programs

Not available through Study Group

Academic entry requirements
  • 'B' or GPA 3.0
English Language requirements

International Year One from equivalent of TOEFL iBT 45 (no official score required)

Graduate admissions tests


Most popular majors
  • Undergraduate: Business; Management; Marketing; Health Professions; Communications; Journalism 
  • Graduate: IT; Visual and Performing Arts; Computer Science
Institution type

Public University

  • #2 public university (#7 among both public and private universities) in southern USA; #3 best undergraduate teaching in its category; #17 best undergraduate business program in USA: U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2016
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools 2014
  • Best 378 Colleges in America; top 75 Best Value public university in America; #2 Best Campus food in the USA: 2014 Princeton Review
  • #29 best (top 5%) undergraduate business school in the USA (2013): Bloomberg Businessweek magazine
  • #168 America's Top Colleges (2013): Forbes.com
  • #23 Best Values in Public Colleges in America (2013): Kiplinger Magazine
  • One of 240 US universities named in Barron's Best Buys in College Education (2008)
  • Peterson's 440 Great Colleges for top students (2010)
  • Top 300 'best and most interesting public and private schools' in the USA; one of 45 'Best Buy Schools': Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011
  • #66 best master's-level university in the USA: Washington Monthly College rankings (2013)
Specialized accreditations

AACSB, ABET, ACS, APA, NASM, NASAD, National Association of Schools of Dance, National Association of Schools of Theatre, NASP, NCATE, CAATE, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Association of University Health Programs in Health Administration, ARC-PA, CIDA, CACREP, CSWE, Society for Public Health Education, International Association of Counseling Services, NLNAC, American Dietetic Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Association for IT Professionals

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Countries represented


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Harrisonburg, Virginia

Campus setting

Urban - small city

Campus size

3 km2

Nearest big city

Washington, DC (209 km)

Student clubs and organizations

332 including Astronomy Club, Breakdance Club, Habitat for Humanity and Outdoor Adventure Club


Social life

Student life at JMU centers around the university campus. Impressive in both scale and facilities, the campus is one of the most scenic in the USA, offering mountain views east and west – and it is only 2 hours from Washington, DC.

As a JMU student you can choose from over 350 student clubs and organizations that are ready to welcome you. The large, picturesque campus is home to friendly students from across the USA and around the world. By taking part in clubs, activities and events you will quickly become a part of the University’s strong community. 

On campus you can see the stars in the planetarium. Play sports outdoors in the beautiful and historic quad, pack a picnic and study under the willow trees by Newman Lake, and attend critically acclaimed shows at the Forbes Center for Performing Arts. If you're looking for an active university experience, JMU will not disappoint.

Home life

The large, picturesque campus is home to friendly students from across the USA and around the world. You can choose to live on or off campus. Whatever you decide, it is easy to find a safe and comfortable home away from home to suit your needs. 


Harrisonburg is located in the Shenandoah Valley and is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges for you to explore – on foot, by bike or on horseback. The small city of Harrisonburg, Virginia welcomes a wide range of cultures and nationalities and holds an annual International Festival. There are also many parks, shops, a movie theater and a quaint downtown with a range of restaurants.

Find out more about student life and James Madison University and the International Study Center

Degree programs
Tuition & Fees
International Year One
  • 2 semester - $22,250
  • 3 semester - $32,050
  • 4 semester - $39,550
Room and board (per semester)
  • $4,644
Undergraduate Direct Entry (per year)
  • $32,050
  • US university fees are given in United States Dollars (USD). Canadian university fees are given in Canadian Dollars (CAD).
  • Prices are estimated and subject to change without notice.
  • For details on all University fees and approximate costs of getting a North American degree, please contact a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Next start dates

Spring Semester 2018

Classes Start: January 08

Summer Semester 2018

Classes Start: May 07

Fall semester 2018

Classes Start: N/A

Application deadline

Spring Semester 2018 - TBD

Undergraduate Application Deadline

December 08, 2017

"Once I saw the pictures of campus I knew I wanted to come to JMU. The academics are awesome. The professors are always trying to help you do your best and be your best."

Marina from Brazil
Communications, James Madison University

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