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Colleges / James Madison University

JMU Student Life

JMU is on a 721-acre campus in a small town setting in Harrisonburg, Virginia. There are many activities and organizations for JMU students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

JMU also has fraternities and sororities..

JMU Housing

JMU offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most JMU students live off campus. In 2021, 30% of undergrads at JMU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 70% of students lived off-campus or commuted to JMU. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

JMU offers coed housing and .

JMU Athletics

At JMU there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at JMU:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Club Teamsheerleading Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Safety at JMU

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

James Madison University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The JMU campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

JMU offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Additionally, JMU has lighted pathways.

Plan a Visit to JMU

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to JMU, take Interstate 81 to Harrisonburg, VA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Shenandoah Valley Regional airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Virginia you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore JMU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

JMU Students

59%

Women

41%

Men

93%

Full Time

7%

Part Time

79%

In State

21%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

75%

7%

5%

5%

5%

2%

1%

0.12%

0.10%

Undergraduate Students

19,727

Graduate Students

1,867

Non-Resident / International Students

233

JMU Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

21,594

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

80%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,330

Out-of-State

$29,230

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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