Essay Requirements: James Madison University

James Madison University 
United States

Admission Essay requirements

Personal Statement is optional. This is the  space for  you to tell us more  about  yourself or  any topic of your  choosing. What does the  committee need to  know  about  you that can't be found in your application? Be creative. Have fun. Your personal statement should be no more than 500 words.

Admission essay/personal statement essay prompts

Personal  statements  are  short  essays  often  written  as  part  of  an application  (for  graduate  study,  study  abroad,  a  job,  an  internship,  a scholarship....). Some  personal statement  instructions  ask  specific questions and offer  specific length  requirements; others leave the topic and length more open and allow you to figure it out yourself.

Office of Admissions Contacts

Phone: 540­568­5681
Fax: 540­568­3332


How this university ranks
From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Accounting ProfessionalsGraduate #18

James Madison University statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Washington D.C. Metro Area - 24,858
Charlottesville, Virginia Area - 9,791
Richmond, Virginia Area - 7,009
Greater New York City Area - 5,776
Norfolk, Virginia Area - 3,744

Where they work

Booz Allen Hamilton - 468
Capital One - 451
Fairfax County Public Schools - 444
Deloitte - 406
Aramark - 325

What they do

Sales - 7,432
Education -7,424
Operations - 6,312
Information Technology - 4,782
Healthcare Services - 4,732
Media and Communication - 4,236
Finance - 4,235
Marketing - 4,182

What they studied

Marketing - 4,501
Business Administration and Management, General - 4,396
Psychology - 4,383
Finance, General - 3,691
Accounting - 3,244
Political Science and Government - 3,221
Mass Communication/Media Studies - 2,810
English Language and Literature/Letters - 2,722

What they’re skilled at

Microsoft Office - 20,362
Customer Service - 17,649
Leadership - 16,597
Public Speaking - 15,907
Microsoft Excel - 15,086
Social Media - 14,597
Management - 13,791
PowerPoint - 13,672

Notable alumni

KRISTENKristen Cavallo

Mullen Lowe
SVP, Planning and Development at The Martin Agency
SVP, Group Planning Director at The Martin Agency
Senior Strategic Planner at Arnold Worldwide
BBA, Marketing

1987 – 1991


JeffJeff Haden

Ghostwriter, Speaker, Inc. Magazine Contributing Editor
Manufacturing Manager at Von Hoffmann Graphics
Owner at BlackBird Media
Bindery Supervisor at R. R. Donnelley & Sons
B.S., Communication Arts

1978 – 1982


geeGee Smith

Partner at Zeke Capital Advisors
Regional Director at Prudential Securities
Regional Manager at Goldman Sachs
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, General

1988 – 1990


bondJames Bond

Chief Financial Officer at WETA
Director, Program Planning, Operations and Sales at Discovery Communications
Manager, Strategic Planning and Analysis at HBO
Chief Financial Officer at National Geographic Channel
BS, Math

1983 – 1988


  James Madison University Recommendations to apply

JMU Adult Degree Program
As a graduate of the JMU Adult Degree Program (ADP), I received my bachelor's of Individualized Study in Human Resource Development and Adult Education then went on to receive my masters in education. ADP worked perfectly for me as I continued working on completing my degree while working full time. The new online modules make it easier to develop a concentration that will hold value across industries. So proud to be a "Double Duke"! 

rufoJackie Rufo

M.Ed.Student Services Coordinator & Faculty
Adult Degree Program
Assessment & Measurement in Higher Ed Student at JMU 

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