At JMU, what you see is precisely what you get—a quality education. Professors give you the typical syllabus explaining their office hours in detail, and students should take advantage of the opportunity to bond with professors and their assistants. Most professors are regarded as extremely approachable and dedicated. It's easy to make an appointment with a prof, and the rewards (improved grades, happy parents) are sweet. At JMU, it's not easy to slack off and squeak through with a decent grade.
JMU gives a small-school feel in the midst of a large campus. However, some large underclassman gen-eds might make you feel a little lost among more than 200 students. As classes become more specialized, though, the teacher-student ratio narrows. With more than 80 academic programs, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you as a major. Many programs offer a broad spectrum of real world applications, and concentrations can help tailor a major to students’ personal interests. As you dig more into each major, you’ll find internships and jobs a little more accessible than before.