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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 133 degree programs to choose from, you are sure to find the right path towards your career goals. With a JMU degree, 95% of the 2016 graduates were employed, in graduate schools, or pursuing other career endeavors six months after 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 77
Graduate programs

Not available through Study Group

Academic entry requirements Academic entry requirements 2.5 GPA (4.0 scale)
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 (#6 among both public and private universities) in southern USA; #2 most innovative schools in southern USA; #7 best undergraduate teaching in its category (U.S. News & World Report, 2019)
  • #1 Business Schools with the Best ROI (Poets&Quants, 2018)
  • Best 382 Colleges in America; Best Southeastern Green Colleges; #5 Best Campus Food in the USA: Princeton Review 2018
  • #125 America's Top Colleges; #84 America's Best Value Colleges: Forbes.com 2018
  • #42 Best Values in Public Colleges in America: Kiplinger Magazine 2017
  • #20 best accounting programs in the USA (CollegeFactual, 2018)
  • Top 26% in student engagement of public and private universities (The Wall Street Journal, 2018)
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

Average class size


Student-to-faculty ratio


Student population


International student population


Countries represented


Number of alumni 127,000+

Harrisonburg, Virginia

Campus setting

Urban - small city

Campus size

3 km2

Nearest big city

Washington, DC (209 km)

Student clubs and organizations

350 including Financial Management Association, Habitat for Humanity and International Student Association



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
  • 1 semester - $11,825
  • 2 semester - $23,650
  • 3 semester - $33,150
  • 4 semester - $40,650 (English for Academic Purposes + International Year 3-Semester.)
Room and board (per semester)
  • $5,142
Undergraduate Direct Entry (per year)
  • $38,508


  • 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.

Application Deadlines

Summer Semester 2019

International Study Center March 29, 2019

Fall Semester 2019

Undergraduate Direct Entry June 1, 2019
International Study Center July 19, 2019

Next start dates

Summer semester 2019


Fall Semester 2018


JMU Student Neena

“I always had that American dream of going to a university with a big, beautiful campus and lots of clubs and organisations I can get involved in. That college experience was what I was looking for, and I feel like America has it all.”

Neena from Vietnam
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