James Madison University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,250
6% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$16,154
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
2.31%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
75.2%
21,100 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
21,836
91.2% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
82.6%
3,324 Graduates

About

James Madison University is a higher education institution located in Harrisonburg city, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at James Madison University were Community Health Services (445 degrees awarded), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (390 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (263 degrees).

In 2017, 5,483 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at James Madison University. 61.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,291 degrees), 14.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (304 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at James Madison University is $6,250, which is $-14,483 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at James Madison University is $6,250, which is $-14,483 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,154.

In 2017, 34% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 38% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,250
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at James Madison University was $6,250. The cost of tuition at James Madison University is $-14,483 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,154
2017 Value
0.603%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 James Madison University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,154. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of James Madison University grew by 0.603%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,334
Room and Board
$990
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at James Madison University was of $9,334 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $990. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.66% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.43% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

34%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
38%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

34% of undergraduate students at James Madison University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.86% with respect to 2016, when 35% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.31%
2016 Default Rate
69
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at James Madison University was 2.31%, which represents 69 out of the 2985 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

James Madison University received 21,100 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.958% annual decline. Out of those 21,100 applicants, 15,867 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.2% acceptance rate.

There were 21,836 students enrolled at James Madison University in 2017, and 87% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

James Madison University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
15,867
Accepted Out of 21,100

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of James Madison University was 75.2% (15,867 admissions from 21,100 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 72.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -0.958%, while admissions grew by 3.26%.

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SAT Scores

87%
Submission Percentage
4,064
Scores Submitted

87% of enrolled first-time students at James Madison University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

James Madison University has a total enrollment of 21,836 students. The full-time enrollment at James Madison University is 19,925 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,911. This means that 91.2% of students enrolled at James Madison University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at James Madison University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.7% White, 6.39% Hispanic or Latino, 4.9% Black or African American, 4.39% Asian, 4.15% Two or More Races, 0.128% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at James Madison University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (44.4%), followed by White Male (30.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.98%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (56.3%), followed by White Male (20.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.82%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at James Madison University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,836 students. The full-time enrollment at James Madison University is 19,925 and the part-time enrollment is 1,911. This means that 91.2% of students enrolled at James Madison University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%
2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at James Madison University was 90%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), James Madison University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    16,311
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,395
  3. Black or African American
    1,069

The enrolled student population at James Madison University is 74.7% White, 6.39% Hispanic or Latino, 4.9% Black or African American, 4.39% Asian, 4.15% Two or More Races, 0.128% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.105% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 613 students (2.81%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1303 more women than men received degrees from James Madison University. The majority of degree recipients at James Madison University are white (4,291 degrees awarded). There were 14.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (304 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at James Madison University is Community Health Services (445 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (390 degrees) and Liberal Arts & Sciences (263 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at James Madison University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (301 degrees awarded), Communications (397 degrees), and English (152 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at James Madison University are Elementary & middle school teachers (312,097 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (222,740 people), Other managers (217,793 people), Postsecondary teachers (150,075 people), and Education administrators (101,846 people).

The most specialized majors at James Madison University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (301 degrees awarded), Communications (397 degrees), English (152 degrees), History (78 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (35 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at James Madison University are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at James Madison University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (301 degrees awarded), Communications (397 degrees), English (152 degrees), History (78 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (35 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at James Madison University are Elementary & secondary schools (569,949 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (359,948 people), Legal services (185,986 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (173,319 people), and Computer Systems Design (163,294 people).

The most specialized majors at James Madison University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (301 degrees awarded), Communications (397 degrees), English (152 degrees), History (78 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (35 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by James Madison University.
Most Common
  1. 445 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 390 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 263 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at James Madison University was Community Health Services with 445 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 2,090
  2. 3,393

In 2017, 2,090 degrees were awarded to men at James Madison University, which is 0.616 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,393).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 131 degrees were awarded to men at James Madison University in Speech Communication & Rhetoric, which is 0.492 times less than the 266 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 368 degrees were awarded to women at James Madison University in Community Health Services, which is 4.78 times more than the 77 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

66%
100% Completion Time
83%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 66% of students graduating from James Madison University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 83% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 83% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at James Madison University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.56% of graduates (85 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,291 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    304 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    203 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at James Madison University is white (4,291 degrees awarded). There were 14.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (304 degrees).

3.21% of degree recipients (176 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,712 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,579 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    188 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at James Madison University is white female (2,712 degrees awarded). There were 1.72 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,579 degrees).

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Operations

James Madison University has an endowment valued at nearly $93.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.59M (1.71%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, James Madison University had a total salary expenditure of $524M. James Madison University employs 341 Professors, 292 Associate professors, and 265 Assistant professors. Most academics at James Madison University are Male Professors (206), Male Associate professors(153), and Female Assistant professors (151).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at James Madison University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 405 employees, Management, with 338 employees, and Service with 321 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$93.2M
2017 Endowment
16.5%
growth from 2016

James Madison University has an endowment valued at about $93.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of James Madison University grew 16.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $12.8M - Federal
  2. $8.51M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, James Madison University received $12.8M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.51M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$198M
2017 Salaries
5%
growth from 2016

In 2017, James Madison University paid a median of $198M in salaries, which represents 37.9% of their overall expenditure ($524M) and a 5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.73% growth from 2015 and a 6.23% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$85.3M
Instructional Salaries
1,044
Number of Employees

In 2017, James Madison University paid a total of $85.3M to 1,044 employees working as instructors, which represents 43% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
341 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
405 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at James Madison University were Professor with 341 employees; Associate professor with 292 employees; and Associate professor with 265 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at James Madison University were Office and Administrative Support with 405 employees; Management with 338 employees; and Service with 321 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at James Madison University was Male Professor with 206 employees, Male Associate professor with 153 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 151 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at James Madison University.

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