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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't notice the guys too much, so I guess that says something. The girls are in general pretty but a lot of them look the same...

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls in sororities are all about their sisterhood and guys who are in a frat are all about their brotherhood. Kids can be whoever they want here doesn't matter if you're preppy or not.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I love the people here! It is the main reason as to why I chose this school.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We have a 30 to 70 ratio (guys to girls) overall but my class is 60 to 40 (guys to girls) so the population and dating habits could easily change in the next few years. I would say the dating scene isn't too different from any other university my friends are going to. Just respect your roomate

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It is a very friendly community, I have found that everyone will surprise you once you get to know them a little.

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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 115 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 113 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 105 responses

  • 25% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% Long-distance relationship
  • 17% Casual dating at your school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 9% None
  • 8% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 7% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 55 responses

  • 29% Friendly
  • 22% Awesome.
  • 20% Partier
  • 15% Polite
  • 7% Real
  • 5% Chill
  • 2% Driven

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 36 responses

  • 24% Clubs/organizations
  • 22% The Quad on a warm day
  • 19% Parties and frats
  • 14% It varies depending ont the person
  • 12% Dorm halls
  • 9% UREC (gym)
  • 0% Tanning salon

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 57 responses

  • 29% Join a club/activity!
  • 24% Dorm
  • 15% Anywhere, just start a convo!
  • 12% Greek Life
  • 11% Parties
  • 9% Whoever you sit near in your classes

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 30% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 70% 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.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 59% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 37% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 4% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.


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