College of Arts & Letters (Undergrad)


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Faculty Facts

Annual tuition fees

  • Undergraduate: $5,000 (3.0 GPA)
  • ($70 application fee)


4 Years


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List of Programs

  1. Anthropology
  2. Communication Studies
  3. English
  4. History
  5. International Affairs
  6. Justice Studies
  7. Media Arts and Design
  8. Modern Foreign Languages (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish)
  9. Philosophy and Religion
  10. Political Science
  11. Public Administration
  12. Sociology
  13. Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication


Academic Requirements

  • 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Admission to JMU is competitive and strong applicants are selected based on the following criteria:
  1. Core Academic Courses: English, social science, foreign language, lab science and mathematics*
  2. Grades: Mostly A’s and B’s in core academic courses
  3. Rigor of Coursework: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Dual Enrollment and Cambridge International in addition to honors-level courses

Additional requirements

  • Other things considered include involvement in extracurricular activities and additional information found in the letter of recommendation and in the personal essay.

English Tests Requirements





About Faculty

The College of Arts and Letters combines the inclusive community of a small liberal arts college with the innovation of a research university. Located on the beautiful quad, the college offers high-quality programs across thirteen majors with focuses ranging from culture, communication, and creativity to politics, ethics, and justice.

Top Reasons to Study in James Madison University

Being the change

JMU knows that success requires both intellect and action. You will be encouraged to participate in life outside of your studies, for a full and rich university experience.

The Madison experience

The University offers an unforgettable study experience, combining the very best of American education and college life. The University represents the perfect blend of focused learning and true university spirit. James Madison University is delighted to welcome international students and is committed to making you feel at home.

First-class education

You will share a close relationship with the faculty (teaching staff), and the curriculum is innovative and lively. Students have a high level of involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus. The Service Learning Program is nationally known for providing the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world situations.

Ranking & Accreditation of James Madison University

  • #1 Most recommended public university in the U.S. —Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Ed, 2019
  • #64 Public National University —U.S. News & World Report, 2024
  • #7 Best College Campuses in America —, 2023
  • #1 most innovative university in the south by U.S. News & World Report
  • 80% of JMU students do undergraduate research, an internship, a practicum or student teach
  • #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
  • #25 best public college value in the U.S. by MONEY magazine
  • 98% of 2019 JMU graduates were employed, in graduate school or involved in other career endeavors within six months of graduation

Student Accommodation at James Madison University

  • Housing and Food: around $12,264

On-campus housing
Many international students live on campus for their first year. There are many options of residence halls and apartments.

Off-campus housing
In some cases we will place students in off-campus accommodation. There are a lot of nearby apartment complexes, many of them are new and have great amenities too.

Madison International
This is a prestigious dedicated residence where first-year international and U.S. students live and study together. Make friends with people from around the world and improve your English quickly as you spend more time with your English-speaking friends.


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