Not only are buildings at JMU aesthetically pleasing, they also offer students a safe, effective way to pass the time, aside from sleeping and studying. The Quad, for instance, is commonly packed with students. The collective activity on the Quad seems to underline social activity. You might see sunbathers, students throwing around a football, or even some Media, Arts, and Design students shooting their latest flick.
Possibly the most cherished relic on the JMU turf is the Recreation Center, popularly known as UREC. Spanning three stories, complete with a climbing wall, racquetball courts, and an indoor track, UREC offers a little something for any student. For students who prefer to tailor their own workouts, there are rooms brimming with weights and cardio machines. If you're someone who likes to taste a little bit of everything, there are more than 100 classes offered at UREC that vary from worldbeat dance to body sculpt to cycle fit. It's no wonder JMU was ranked 10th out of the top 25 healthiest schools. Even if you’re not in the mood to work out, study tables and a smoothie restaurant greet every student as they walk in. UREC can be a perfect place for group meetings, or just people watching.