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JMU Demographics & Diversity

Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at JMU are mostly White with a small Hispanic population. The school has low racial diversity. 24% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of James Madison University students
Race Percent of Students
White 76%
Black 4%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 4%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 2%
Race Unknown 3%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 46% more female students than male students enrolled at James Madison University with a gender ratio of 59% women to 41% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, JMU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for James Madison University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 41%
Women 59%
Enrollment by gender for James Madison University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 8,784
Women 12,810

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

JMU serves a very low number of students outside of Virginia, with 75 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for James Madison University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 75%
Out of State 24%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$81,580 per year

14% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.8%
Part time Undergrads 3.7%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232423 IPEDS survey data for James Madison University.