James Madison University, also called JMU or James Madison, is a public research institution of higher learning residing in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is committed to engaging learning that places students in situations that enable them to gain a solid understanding of the complexities of their specified degree program. The mission of JMU is to prepare students to become educated and open-minded individuals who lead rewarding and successful lives. The core values of JMU include academic quality, community, diversity, excellence, integrity, and student focus. James Madison is deemed “Most Selective” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It features a 91 percent freshman retention rate, and it is one of the top master’s-level universities in the nation in participation in study-abroad opportunities. The campus sits on 721 acres and the campus is separated into five parts: Hillside, Lakeside, Bluestone, Skyline, and the Village. JMU is home to nine schools of education: College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, College of Education, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrated Science and Engineering, College of Visual and Performing Arts, College of Health and Behavioral Studies, The Graduate School, and Honors College. It offers 124 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. James Madison University was founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. It originally had two buildings, which are called Jackson and Maury Halls today. It became the State Normal School for Women in 1914 and State Teachers College in 1924. In 1938, the college’s name was changed to Madison College in honor President James Madison. The first men were admitted to the college in 1946. From 1949 to 1970, the college grew exponentially, with the construction of 19 buildings. The college was authorized to award master’s degrees in 1954. In 1966, the college officially became a coeducational institution. The college officially became James Madison University in 1977. Today, the university houses 148 major buildings and is currently home to about 19,000 students. Today, the U.S. News and World Report ranks James Madison University as the number two public school in the South.

James Madison University Accreditation Details

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The online nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The online speech and language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

James Madison University Application Requirements

For undergraduate admissions, applicants are required to submit the online undergraduate application and pay a non-refundable $70 application fee. The following must also be submitted to the admissions office: official high school transcripts, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities, and official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency. For certain majors and programs, additional special admission requirements are required.

For individuals seeking graduate admission to JMU, they must submit the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education and official GRE, GMAT, or other related test scores sent directly from the testing agency must be sent directly to the office of admissions. For specific programs, students must submit letters of recommendation, resumes, and personal statements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for undergraduate students is as follows: Virginia resident full-time students-$10,390 and non-resident full-time students-$26,164. For graduate admission, Virginia residents pay $448 per credit hour and non-residents pay $1,179 per credit hour.

James Madison University participates in various financial aid programs to help students pay for their college education. The available programs include scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Examples of scholarships include: • Centennial Scholars Program • JMU Foundation Scholarships • JMU Foundation Department Scholarships • Madison Award for Academic Excellence • Thomas A. Dingledine Scholarship for Achievement in Academics and Service • Second Century Scholars Scholarship Program • Sarah Lanier Tabb Oliver Scholarship. The available grants include: • Federal Pell Grant • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) • Commonwealth Award • JMU Grant • University Grant-In State • University Grant- Out of State • Virginia Community College Transfer Grant • Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program. The available loan programs include: • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan • Federal Direct PLUS Loan • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan and • Federal Perkins Loan. James Madison University participates in the Federal Work Study program that enables students to work both on and off-campus to earn money to pay for college related expenses. Pay and hours vary on employer, position, and qualifications.

Online Degrees Available

James Madison offers both undergraduate and graduate online programs. The undergraduate programs include the RN to BSN degree program, adult degree program, and Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate. The graduate programs include Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate, Master of Education in Educational Technology, educational technology certificate, high education assessment specialist certificate, K-12 gifted education endorsement certificate, Master of Science in Computer Science: Information Security, Master of Education in Mathematics, and Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. The online RN to BSN program offers students a flexible, partly online learning experience for licensed registered nurses. Classes are offered once a week to enable students to continue working and maintaining other obligations. The program can be finished in two years of part-time courses. The curriculum builds upon current nursing knowledge and provides a solid foundation in advanced nursing practice. The required courses include RN/BSN strategies for success, health assessment, issues in contemporary nursing practice, introduction to nursing research, leadership and management in healthcare, and community health nursing. The undergraduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is intended for those seeking a better understanding of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students must complete three courses in overview and assessment of Autism Disorders, communication, language and sensory issues in ASD, and PBS, FBA, and BIP. The Master of Education in Educational Technology program requires the completion of 30 to 33 credit hours. The core courses include inquiry in education, learning theory and instructional models, foundations of educational technology, educational technology management, developing and critiquing visual literacy, and professional development in educational technology. The Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology provides a broad foundation and practicum experiences for individuals who deal with conditions related to communication and swallowing. The core courses include physiological and acoustical phonetics, advanced children’s language disorders, augmentative communication, voice disorders, aging and communication, and evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders. Students in the MS program in speech and language pathology at James Madison University must also complete online and campus-based speech practicum experiences.