James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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James Madison University is one of the sixteen public 4-year colleges in Virginia. The campus is located in an urban area, in Harrisonburg.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 21,836 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 4,669 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 4,202 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 90%). Every year 83% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

James Madison University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $6,250, and fees were $4,580. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $22,064 and $5,166 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students21,836
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 13 218
Master's degree 4 23
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 6
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1927 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/12/1999 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/08/2006 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1100 to 1260
ACT23 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $70
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$208/credit
In State Students$208/credit
Out of State Students$735/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$458/credit
In State Students$458/credit
Out of State Students$1,058/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,360 $9,360 $33,075
ADN 70 $14,560 $14,560 $51,450
BSN 125 $26,000 $26,000 $91,875
FNP 50 $22,900 $22,900 $52,900
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of James Madison University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 14% $4,173
Other Federal Grant 1% $1,489
State Grant & Scholarships 8% $5,601
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 19% $7,020
Federal Student Loans 41% $5,305
Private Loans 7% $16,805


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$12,606
$30,001 to $48,000$13,312
$48,001 to $75,000$17,194
$75,001 to $110,000$22,419
Over $110,000$24,355

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
James Madison University
800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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