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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people go to football games, but that's about it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: JMU is not an extremely sports-oriented school but basketball is definitely the main attraction here (we have a great women's basketball team!) the gym facility UREC is amazing for students and I absolutely love it.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our gym is one of the best in the area. The staff there are so friendly.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I wasn't an athlete but from what I saw they had great facilities and the school is known for school spirit.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are definitely noticed at JMU, however, are not a huge part of campus activities. If you are not a big sports fan, you can manage to attend the university all four years and never even have to notice anything that is going on with the athletic life. The athletic facilities are definitely nice enough for the athletics that JMU has, and the recreation center on campus is top notch. The additions being added to it are going to make it into an even nicer center with more amenities to students on campus who are very intent on being physically fit.


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JMU recently experienced a boost for its athletics with the construction of the football program's new Bridgeforth Stadium. Though only a Division II school, JMU's football team enjoys a warm welcome from the enthusiastic student body at each game. Parents Week and Homecoming come with a shower of purple and gold paint and an excuse for students to overflow the stadium with cheers and whoops. The newly renovated stadium is packed with students during home games.  It’s not uncommon to see piles and piles of school spirit radiating from each eager JMU student. When they’re not belting the JMU fight song, they’re assuming the posture and energy of the JMU mascot, the Duke dog.

If you’re not as invested in football, JMU offers a slew of different recreational sports teams, including archery, water polo, tennis, soccer, and much more. If you really want to deviate from tradition, choose fencing or the JMU quidditch team. Club sports and intramurals allow a student to get their fix of actively engaging in their chosen sport without it swamping their academic and personal lives.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
260 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
247 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 82
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 37
Other Sports: 116
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 70%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 78%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bhangra
  • Boarderline
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Caving
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Madison dance
  • Paintball
  • Quidditch
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Swing dance
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Triathalon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Boccerball
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Handball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Street hockey
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Convocation Center
  • Field Hockey Complex
  • Godwin Hall
  • Hillside Courts
  • Lacrosse Complex
  • Marilyn Crawford Fitness Center in Godwin
  • The Robert & Frances Plecker Athletic Performance Center
  • Savage Natatorium
  • Track & Field Complex
  • University Park
  • UREC
  • Veterans Memorial Park
Most Popular Sports
Aside from the usual basketball, football, and soccer, the rugby and intramural teams are popular to watch or participate in.
Most Overlooked Teams
Archery and water polo
School Spirit
Plenty of students boast T-shirts reading, "I Bleed Purple," "JMU Dukes," or "Madison." These paraphernalia signify that, although JMU's football team may not always win and its status will never be akin to that of Yale or Harvard, JMU students are proud to be Madison students. Walking on campus, you can feel that students are proud to be one of nearly 15,000 who call JMU home. Turnout at football games, regardless of the scores, is impressive; clubs and organizations are added to the roster every year, in addition to countless more intramural teams. Students come to mingle and to socialize. Madison is a friendly school where students are involved in their campus and community. Whether it is politically, musically, journalistically, athletically, or socially, the bottom line is that JMU kids want to be associated with their University. Each year, competition for admission to James Madison University becomes more intense and more competitive because the school radiates a positive energy that is hard to ignore.
Getting Tickets
Hop over to the Athletic Ticket Office to snag tickets for your favorite JMU sports. The ticket office is located in the D entrance of the JMU Convocation Center and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Worry, but not too much, about getting tickets for football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, or soccer. Admission to all other home sporting events is free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Arboretum

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 152 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 151 responses

  • 48% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 36% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 16% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 149 responses

  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 73% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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