Location
Harrisonburg, VA
Undergrads
17,086
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1949 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Junior

Athletics: The football games are a lot of fun

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girl diversity is not easily visible but it is there

College Junior

Campus Housing: There are great dorms and awful dorms

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse in personality, not so much race

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great local restaurants in the downtown area.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The recent case on sexual assault is self explanatory

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus and local cops see students as easy targets

4 College Junior

Scholarships: It's straight forward: fill out the FAFSA and wait for a confirmation from JMU.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love that we get student discounts, but the options are the same as you'd probably find in a suburb.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school does what it has to do. As long as you're respectful, they'll work with you.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options when it come to off campus housing. Most locations are less than 2 miles from campus and the rent is more than reasonable.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some professors I had for general education classes didn't work well with how I learned, but the further I got into my major, the classes got smaller and the professors became more relatable.

College Junior

Overall Experience: Since I'm still in school, I wouldn't know how this works exactly, but JMU does a very good job at preparing the student to go out into the job market.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I would say the best place to live on campus would be on the Quad. The dorms are nice and spacious and very close to most general education classroom buildings.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Other than the mountains, Downtown Harrisonburg is probably the greatest attraction off campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The very few crimes that do occur happen off campus in the town. I feel very safe on campus.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: I've heard schools that are either known for their downtown bar scene, Greek party scene or apartment party scene. At JMU, all three are known to be good. I think it has a positive impact because it really brings JMU students together.

4 College Junior

Majors: The pay is not the greatest, but it's an internship, meaning you're mostly in it for the experience. The money is a plus. The hours are flexible and employers take into account that you are a student.

5 College Junior

Majors: My program is very straight forward. Declare your major, get it approved, and discuss your plan with your mentor.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People at JMU are attractive, on the inside and out. Occasionally, you'll bump into some jerks, but the majority of the population is as friendly as can be.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life seems to be a big part of campus. However, if you're not a part of it, it doesn't affect your social life too much. Non-Greeks generally see Greeks as very cliquey, but that is simply a general view.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys here are great. I do wish there were more southern accents, most students are from Northern Virginia, Jersey, or Pennsylvania. The guys are very nice and are very very attractive. The girls are very pretty and are very kind. You can meet anyone on a party Thursday-Saturday night. Most business majors do not have Friday classes so you can find a business boy/girl partying on a thursday night. Parties are easy to get into for girls and harder to get into for freshman boys. Even with the higher girl ratio guys will allow any girl into a party for free. Girls mostly wear yoga pants and a JMU sweatshirt. Male or female mostly everyone you see with be sporting some type of JMU gear.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are many stores close to campus that students often go to. The locals love the students. Harrisonburg is defined but the college. They have tons of school spirit. We have great parks and a beautiful arboretum that students love to walk or run through.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school is updating a ton of their areas. The science buildings are new as are the performing arts buildings. The school is getting ready to redo the football stadium and rumors are that they are also redoing the basketball center. Their are two librarys, one for each side of campus. The new library is beautiful. There are plenty of places for students to go and hang out. They are even making a new "student success" center so that there are more dining halls, study areas, and a more state of the art medical center. The new medical center is absolutely gorgeous and state of the art. JMU is becoming more high-tech.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of sophomores move off campus, and almost all juniors and seniors live off campus. Sophomores move off campus so that they can drink without the RAs catching them. That's usually the only reason that sophomores move off campus. The off campus housing is nice. You pay for what you get. You can live really close or you can live far away from campus either way there is fantastic busing services and a bus app to help you get back to campus. The area is very safe.

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Sandra Jolles
Hometown
Great Falls Virginia
Major
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
2015
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JMU offers a strong community, with students displaying an overwhelming amount of pride. You'll find you will love this school simply because every other student carries that same love. This sense of spirit is infectious. Harrisonburg has been named the "friendly city" by students, faculty, parents, and townfolk, and it’s no surprise why. Each year offers unique experiences that keep you coming back for more. JMU might not be charmed with the best football team in college history, but with the overwhelming amount of pride and zeal displayed at each game, it seems the perfect team for a enthusiastic school.

One pitfall might be the lack of nearby attractions or activities to enjoy on a weekend night. This can result in a many people resorting to parties as their means of entertainment. While Harrisonburg is by no means urbanized, you'll find some of your best memories on the nights you spend with your peers. Whichever friend group you click into, you'll find a little piece of yourself on this campus.

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