James Madison University

Brief Description: Public, four-year college in Harrisonburg, Virginia, nestled among the mountains and farmland of the Shenandoah Valley.

High Honors: JMU consistently earns high marks from college reviewers, such as Kiplinger and U.S. News & World Report, for offering a high-quality college education at an affordable price. For the 2011-2012 academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees (per semester) for in-state students costs just over $4,000.

Room and Board –JMU coeds don’t have much to worry about when it comes to choosing a college housing arrangement. According to CollegeProwler.com, a website that reviews schools across the country, JMU has some of the best housing and dining options, both on and off campus.

Fun Fact: JMU has more than 350 student organizations, so students have plenty of options to meet new friends and engage in community service, athletic, leadership, academic and social activities.  The Madison Flyfishers (for outdoor recreation enthusiasts), New and Improv (for improve comedy) and Word is Born Poets Society are just a few of JMU’s unique clubs.


Smu-logo1 Southern Methodist University

Brief Description: Private, nonsectarian university located near Dallas, Texas with a student body (including both undergraduate and graduate students) of approximately 11,000.

High Honors: SMU has established itself as a premier institution of higher education, ranking in the top third of all eligible schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National Universities” list.

Artist’s Dream: SMU is home to the Meadows Museum, an internationally acclaimed museum that displays one of the country’s most expansive collections of Spanish art.

Fun Fact: Famous SMU alumni include Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates, legendary TV and film producer Aaron Spelling and pop singer Graham Colton.