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Harrisonburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
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4 College Junior

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

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.

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 Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys on campus are very friendly, hardworking, and always willing to help. They are very athletic and are passionate about what they do. Some can be shy but otherwise they are outgoing and they love to be at JMU and they show it!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very friendly, nice, and easy demeanors!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Hottest Girls
  • 15th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 23rd
    Party Girls
  • 30th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 67th
    Party Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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At JMU, the campus is quite eclectic. When there's not a group of self-named "biddies," you’ll meet hordes of down-to-earth, humble individuals. Because of the large size, the heterogeneity allows you to communicate with every single personality. Whether you befriend a couple of long-boarding chill guys, hipster glasses-sporting fashionistas, or the occasional "biddie," JMU does not disappoint in diversity. As a whole, JMU students take pride in how they look during the evenings, but during the early morning classes, you may see some runaway pajamas.

Because the scale is tipped in the guys' favor at JMU, there seems to be less of a relationship component and more of a hook-up culture on campus. With the overflow of parties and friendly atmosphere, JMU spurs on more hook-ups and friends-with-benefits ordeals. Of course, if you are looking for a relationship, there are thousands that are still on the market. Joining a club, co-ed fraternity, or even socializing amongst classmates will be sure to help you find someone that interests you.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
The Health Center provides contraceptives to women students through the Choices program. In addition, condoms are provided free of charge at the Health Center.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Parties and frats
  2. The Quad on a warm day
  3. Tanning salon
  4. UREC (gym)
  5. Clubs/organizations
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Football field
  2. The Kissing Rock in the middle of the Quad
  3. Random parties
  4. The stacks in the library
Social Scene
Social is James Madison's middle name (the school, not the dead President). It's impossible not to find yourself at, or at least invited to, a party at JMU on a weekend or weeknight. Meeting and interacting with the opposite sex is never a problem, although the odds of dudes scoring hot girls are significantly larger than the odds of girls scoring hot dudes. On a Friday night, it's definitely easier to locate someone decked out and ready to rumble than someone who's chillin' in his or her pad. Although nearly extinct, rare species of non-partiers do exist, although their habitats have been greatly compromised by settlers of the rather intoxicated sort.
Hookups or Relationships?
The nature of JMU (overpopulation of gals, deficiency of guys) creates a scene that tends to embrace random hookups. Many of the folks who are couples have been couples for a long time, some still sticking it out in relationships that started in high school. Other people (many of the girls) are together with a fellow from a different school; Bridgewater, UVA, and Virginia Tech are all relatively nearby, making long-distance relationships equally promising. On the whole, however, JMU is like any other school: if you want to hook up, you can make it happen; if not, you can cruise with your ladies or your boys, and window shop without smearing the glass, if you catch my drift.
Dress Code
Although JMU kids tend to dress a little on the preppy side—hair tied back with ribbons or decked out in khaki pants and polo shirts with the collars turned up—there is no real dress code on campus. Some students create their own fashion with a wardrobe from vintage and thrift stores, garage sales, and random sale racks. Others go for baggy pants and skater shoes. Finally, some go for the casual, unshowered look, which is best completed with sweat pants and a T-shirt. The best-dressed award, however, definitely goes to our future CEOs and investment bankers from the CoB (College of Business). You can spot business majors a mile away with their pinstriped pantsuits, nylons, and flawlessly gelled, blow-dried, and curled hair.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 91 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 91 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 97 responses

  • 26% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Casual dating at your school
  • 16% Long-distance relationship
  • 12% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 8% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 8% None
  • 8% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 16 responses

  • 30% The Quad on a warm day
  • 30% Clubs/organizations
  • 15% Parties and frats
  • 13% UREC (gym)
  • 7% It varies depending ont the person
  • 4% Dorm halls
  • 0% Tanning salon

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 43% Awesome.
  • 24% Polite
  • 14% Partier
  • 5% Real
  • 5% Friendly
  • 5% Chill
  • 5% Driven

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 100% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 18 responses

  • 44% Join a club/activity!
  • 26% Dorm
  • 15% Parties
  • 15% Anywhere, just start a convo!

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 5% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 32% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 62% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.


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