James Madison University

United States

About JMU

Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a top-ranking US state university in Virginia offering excellent value for money on a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art facilities.

The university is ranked the #2 public university in the South by U.S.News & World Report, and in America's top 50 'Best Value' public universities by Princeton Review and is known for having a strong culture of community and civic engagement.

Subject Strengths: Business, Health Professions, Communication, and the Social Sciences.


James Madison University sits on 655 acres outside of Harrisonburg, VA. The grounds provide plenty of grassy, open space for students to hang out and enjoy the sun.

The campus is split into six separate areas – Bluestone, Hillside, Lake, and Village on the west side of Interstate 81 and Ridge and Skyline on the east side. People can cross the highway to access areas on either side via a bridge or tunnel. Generally speaking, the older center of campus is around Bluestone, where the main quad is located, and the campus was originally contained on the west side of the highway. Here are some amenities near our campus.

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Notable alumni

Colonel Zakir Hamid Republic of Singapore Air Force
Col Zakir Hamid is Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) first Malay pilot, and now oversees a fleet comprising the C-130 transport aircraft, the G-550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft, the Fokker 50 and the KC-135. He graduated top of his class at James Madison University where he studied geographic information systems and mass communications on a military scholarship.

G.J. Hart CEO, California Pizza Kitchen
G.J. Hart CEO of California Pizza Kitchen where he oversees the casual dining chain’s more than 250 restaurants, including one in Singapore! Hart, a highly respected industry leader, has a proven track record of growing casual dining concepts. Hart graduated from James Madison in 1984

Marcia Angell Lecturer, Harvard University
Marcia Angell is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She graduated in chemistry and mathematics at James Madison University.
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