James Madison University School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Harrisonburg, VA

$7,250

Avg in-state tuition

$23,564

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About James Madison University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

James Madison University is a large public university located on an urban campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,594, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 80%. The university offers 56 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 82%, and a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $7,250, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $23,564.

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Admissions Breakdown

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

Acceptance Rate Insight

80% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Test scores Considered (not required)

High school rank Not required or recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1120-1280

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 23-28

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of more than 15,000 students.

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22k

Students Enrolled

96%

Online Student Enrollment

17:1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online
On-campus
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program.
International Online classes are available for students around the world.

Demographics

White

75%

Hispanic

7%

Black

5%

Two or more races

5%

Asian

5%

Unknown

2%

Non-U.S. Citizen

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

59%

Socio-economic diversity

14% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

7

Total Online Enrollment

20,632

Student Location Breakout

96% 4%

Percent of Programs Online

93% On-campus

7% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates 100% online

Associate Not offered

Bachelor's Not offered

Graduate Certificate 60% online

Master's 3% online

Doctorate Not offered

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $7,250 $23,564
Graduate $10,848 $27,888

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time, degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,082
On-campus room and board $11,348
On-campus other expenses $4,020
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $11,348
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $4,020
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $4,020

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $23,700 $40,014
Off-campus without family $23,700 $40,014
Off-campus with family $12,352 $28,666

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

14%

State Grant Aid

14%

Institution Grant Aid

18%

Pell Grant

14%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,709
State Grant Aid $5,934
Institution Grant Aid $7,853
Pell Grant Aid $4,570

Financial Outlook

$46k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

$21k

Average student debt after graduation

Resource

Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPEDS data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.