2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$18,528

Net Price

86%

Admitted

26%

Enrolled

82%

Graduation Rate

16/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

James Madison University

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 22,166. In 2021, there were 343 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #7 in Virginia and ranks #154 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Master, Doctor

Psychology Graduates

343

Total Enrollment

22,166

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Ranking for James Madison University

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#7

Virginia Rank

Combining ranking factors for 40 schools that offer psychology degrees in Virginia, James Madison University ranks #7.

#154

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., James Madison University ranks #154.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, James Madison University offers General Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the master level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology, General Psychology and School Psychology. At the doctorate level Counseling and Applied Psychology, General Psychology, Psychometrics Psychology and Research Psychology are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSMAPhD
Counseling and Applied Psychology114
General Psychology236128
Psychometrics Psychology2
Research Psychology2
School Psychology11
Social Work57
Total Graduates2933416
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Professional Psychology (IPSY) – Predoctoral internship programs Counseling and Student Development Center – Varner House
  • Professional/Scientific Psychology (PSPSYD) – PsyD Doctoral programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 21,176 students applied to the James Madison University. The university admitted 86% and 26% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Virginia universities is 9,148. On average, all Virginia institutions admit 75% and 20% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of James Madison University students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 91%. Compared to all Virginia four or more years colleges, the percentage is 76%.

The overall graduation rate for James Madison University is 82%, compared to 60% for all Virginia universities.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare JMU to Virginia Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of James Madison University to the average of all Virginia four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

JMU

21,176

Applicants

86%

Percent Admitted

26%

Percent Enrolled

91%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

82%

Graduation Rate

VA Colleges

9,148

Applicants

75%

Percent Admitted

20%

Percent Enrolled

76%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

60%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 1,051 or 73% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 382 or 27% part-time faculty members employed at James Madison University. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 1,051 or 73%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

JMU

16 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

73%

Percent Full-Time

27%

Percent Part-Time

73%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

VA Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

62%

Percent Full-Time

38%

Percent Part-Time

60%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at James Madison University the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $7,460, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,098.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $11,184 and the average cost for graduate fees is $1,330.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend James Madison University in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for James Madison University2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$11,550
On-Campus Living Expenses$4,002
Total Living Expenses$15,552
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$7,460
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,098
Total Undergraduate Expenses$24,110
In-State, Graduate Tuition$11,184
In-State, Graduate Fees$1,330
Total Graduate Expenses$12,514
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend James Madison University is $18,528. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend James Madison University presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$14,288$13,588
$30,001 – $48,000$14,985$14,826
$48,001 – $75,000$19,216$18,572
$75,001 – $110,000$24,471$24,432
$110,001 and more$27,196$27,600
US Department of Education

Compare James Madison University to all Virginia universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

JMU

$24,110

Cost to Attend

$8,387

Average Financial Aid

58%

Percent Receiving Aid

$18,528

Net Price

VA Colleges

$39,837

Cost to Attend

$18,288

Average Financial Aid

89%

Percent Receiving Aid

$21,389

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 2,583 or 58%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 7,133 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $8,387.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid7,133$8,387
Pell Grants2,846$4,781
Federal Student Loans6,433$6,256
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the James Madison University to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

JMU

7,133

Grant or Scholarship Aid

43%

Grants or Scholarships

2,846

Number of Pell Grants

17%

Pell Grants

6,433

Federal Student Loans

39%

Federal Student Loans

VA Colleges

4,309

Grant or Scholarship Aid

47%

Grants or Scholarships

2,066

Number of Pell Grants

22%

Pell Grants

2,863

Federal Student Loans

31%

Federal Student Loans

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