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James Madison University

James Madison University

James Madison University

James Madison University (also known as JMU, Madison, or James Madison) is a public coeducational research university located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S. Founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, the university has undergone four name changes before settling with James Madison University.  The university is situated in the Shenandoah Valley, with the campus quadrangle located on South Main Street in Harrisonburg.

James Madison University was founded in 1908 as a women’s college, James Madison University was established by the Virginia General Assembly. It was originally called The State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg. In 1914, the name of the university was changed to the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. At first academic offerings included only today’s equivalent of technical training or junior college courses; however authorization to award bachelor’s degrees was granted in 1916. During this initial period of development, the campus plan was established and six buildings were constructed.

James Madison University is considered “More Selective” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For the Class of 2012, the university received more than 23,141 applications, with there currently being 3,960 freshman spots available for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Currently, James Madison University offers 108 degree programs on the bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels. The university comprises seven colleges and 78 academic programs.

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James Madison University Tuition and Fees

Tuition & Fees
(per semester)

In-State $4,224.00
Out-of-State $10,869.00
Room & Board $4,004.00
Internet Connection Fee $60.00
Orientation Fee (one time) $175.00
(per credit hour)
In-State $374.00
Out-of-State $1,003.00


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