University description (as per official university website)
About James Madison University
James Madison University, established in 1908, is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The university is a public, comprehensive university located within a 2 hour drive from Washington, D.C. James Madison University (JMU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. JMU is divided into six colleges with 67 undergraduate majors and 36 graduate programs. The student enrollment of about 17,00 students makes the university a mid-sized school. Several national publications have consistently ranked James Madison University among the best undergraduate, public universities in the U.S.A. For the 12th consecutive year and 16th time, James Madison University ranked as the top, public, master's level university in the South in the annual poll on academic quality conducted by U.S. News & World Report. JMU also had the highest graduation rate - 80% - overall among public and private colleges in the South.
JMU encourages the enrollment of international students. JMU hosted over 440 international and foreign-born students from 55 different countries this year.
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements:
Undergraduate applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for admission for the Fall Term (August - December) is April 1st. Priority consideration for scholarships is given to applications received by February 15th. The deadline for the Spring Term (January-May) is October 1st. The deadline for the summer term (June-July) is January 1st.
Graduate Admissions Requirements:
Graduate applications requirements and deadlines vary according to the department. Prospective graduate students should check the departmental website for specific departmental requirements and deadlines. The College of Graduate and Outreach Programs has a rolling admissions policy for most programs. It's recommended submitting your completed application by May 1st for the fall semester, October 1st for the spring semester and April 1st for the summer session.
James Madison University awards tuition grants to international applicants who demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. The awards are granted each year ranging from $500 - $13,000. They use your application for admission, transcripts and test scores to make scholarship decisions; there is no separate scholarship application required to be considered for these tuition grants. Those who apply by April 15th will be given priority consideration for financial awards.
There are several types of graduate assistantships (GA's) available: Teaching, Graduate and Doctoral. Each year the University awards approximately 350 Assistantships. To determine which departments are offering assistantships each year, you should contact the department directly to inquire about assistantship possibilities. All GAs assist their department 20 hours per week and earn a stipend ranging from $6,959 to $8,167. Assistantships pay up to 9 credits of graduate coursework each semester (fall and spring semesters).