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Harrisonburg, VA
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17,086
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1942 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Throughout campus, we have things called blue lights. Which are basically posts with blue lights on them that has a button you can press for immediate assistance from police. Also, on the back of our student id cards, we have numbers posted for police (emergency and non emergency), student police, sexual assault hotline, and a number to call for a cab service

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everyone on campus is like one big family. There are several places to hang out between green spaces and one basement of a building. Every night of the week there is a different function being held somewhere (such as karaoke night).

The libraries are nice too, but they need more study rooms.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Compared to other schools, my school has great dining options. I have the opportunity to go somewhere different for every meal. Then at each place, there is a variety of different types of food to have, so if I go with a group of people we can each get our own things. Fortunately, there are some places to get healthy things, but they are usually limited to salads. Food is kind of expensive though. Eating at a establishment can take a "punch" but each punch costs $10. However, at some halls, they will only allow you to get $5 worth of food, so it doesn't equal very much.

5 College Junior

Majors: I have been accepted into the college of education. I would say it is one of the less stressful applications to fill out. First off, it is a rolling application, and you have to make sure you complete everything on a long list. Then, once you finish everything you can submit it. As long as you follow all the criteria, you should not have a problem being admitted into the program. Some of the things on the list included: taking the Praxis I, having a GPA of at least 2.7, taking two online courses (one being spotting different forms of abuse at home), not having a criminal background, and other assortment things along with everything else

4 College Junior

Majors: I am new to the program. Next semester I will be submerged completely in my program. So far I love it, but I have to admit it to be a bit stressful. There is a lot of information and things for me to complete, and communication has not been the best. Between having two different advisers, it is hard to know who I should ask what and when, and when I have to have things completed.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have absolutely loved my time at school. Most of my learning experiences have been very rewarding and have had impacting professors. However, we are required a set number of gen-eds, and even though you particularly do not want to take said gen-ed you have to. Many of the gen-ed professors forget that it is a gen-ed and expect way to much of their students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni program is huge! They always have different events going on, welcoming alumnis, current students, and the community. They often host several job fairs to help students find internships and careers following school.

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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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