Our Mission

James Madison University's mission, vision and values statements reaffirm the university's long-time commitment to meeting the needs of its students. In one simple sentence the mission states JMU's commitment to the country and society.


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.


Academic Quality: We are dedicated to exemplary learning experiences because they are the essence of our mission. Community: We thrive when we collaborate, respect and serve others, and appreciate our interconnectedness. Diversity: We strive to be an inclusive community that values the richness of all individuals and perspectives. Excellence: We seek to be innovative and to perform at the highest levels. Integrity: We pursue ethical reasoning because it is essential to meaningful citizenship. Student Focus: We provide experiences that challenge and support students.