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James Madison University

800 South Main Street Harrisonburg,
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Located in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the USA is James Madison University. Founded in 1908, James Madison University is a living, evolving university where change is the status quo. Equipped with the power that knowledge gives, James Madison University students, faculty and alumni work toward a brighter future in nearly every sector of global society.
James Madison prides itself on its small class sizes, diverse student and faculty communities, world-class services and student accommodation, as well as its athletic and health-orientated students and community engagement amongst many other things.

Diverse range of disciplines

The university boasts a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, in disciplines ranging from business, to communications, education to health and behavioral studies, technology to engineering, science to math, as well as humanities and social science, and visual and performing arts.

Although English is the main language of instruction at the university, students are able to major in a wide range of modern foreign languages.

World-class education

James Madison University is fast becoming one of the nation’s leading lights in higher education and is the most recommended university by its students and graduates.
Students can engage in close working professional relationships with the world-class faculty who are dedicated to pursuing their own knowledge and making teaching their number one priority.
The university is working to expand the world's knowledge through innovative and cutting-edge research as it explores new worlds through global-centric perspectives and study abroad programs. The university is also devising new ways to generate prosperity and helps those struggling with disease, poverty, handicaps or lack of opportunity through science, education and service.

Getting to know Harrisonburg

Located just two hours from Washington, D.C, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is known as ‘The Friendly City’.
It’s a vibrant, modern, and diverse town known for cutting-edge arts and culture, a thriving and vibrant culinary and farm-to-table scene and a natural wonder surrounded by National Forests and the Shenandoah National Park.
Harrisonburg’s convenient location near Washington, D.C., means students are never far from the seat of government, their embassies and consulates, and internships across the Capital Beltway.

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At James Madison University, their commitment to campus facilities and services is demonstrated in its consistent investment in modern infrastructure. Both new construction and modernization is a consistent part of the university’s investment in its students and facilities.  

JMU University Recreation Center (UREC)

Opened in 1996, UREC is a world-class health and recreation facility which operates an award-winning recreation facility, utilizing additional indoor and outdoor facilities around campus including the University Park.

Of course, UREC is more than a place to sweat. It’s a place to learn about healthy lifestyles and develop positive habits that you can take with you when you leave JMU.

As a national leader in the development and use of student learning outcomes in the field of collegiate recreation, the department offers over 300 non-credit educational programs a year as well as credit-based courses.

UREC is also the number one provider of educational programs for the Wellness Passport program in Cluster Five of the General Education Curriculum, and is one of the largest employers of students on campus.

Award-winning and nationally-ranked JMU dining experience

Ranked eighth in the Princeton Review, dining at James Madison University provides healthy, fast, fresh, and delicious options at 28 (and counting) locations on campus. Options include international food from all over the world, national brands, as well as all you can eat options at locations.

Forbes Center

Experience the excitement of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University, featuring five remarkable venues, each unique and acoustically designed to perfection. It’s also home to JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance which provides performance venues and support spaces for the School of Music.

You’ll enjoy extraordinary dance, theatre and music performances by critically acclaimed guest artists and JMU's award-winning faculty members, students and alumni as well as be able to engage in pre- and post-show dialogues with visiting composers, choreographers, world-renowned guest artists and distinguished faculty and students.

The 175,000-square-foot facility is located on the west side of South Main Street directly across from Wilson Hall which completes the historic “Quad” on the JMU campus.

The Quad

The Quad has been considered the heart of campus during every era of James Madison’s history. Bordered by Alumnae, Sheldon, Spotswood and the Music Building to the north; Keezell, Wilson and Maury Halls to the east; Jackson, Harrison, Ashby and Wampler to the south, the Quad represents a distinctive and historic achievement.
The National Register lists the Quad at JMU as a national treasure, and upholds Wilson Hall as the Quad’s prominent architectural and structural feature which offers a more accessible point of entry to this noble space.

Student Services Center

The Student Services Center is a place where students can go and get support, guidance and advice through a broad range of programs, services and resources as they make their transition into, through and out of university.

JMU X-Labs

JMU X-Labs is a model of education specifically designed to teach innovation with intention. Its transdisciplinary programming challenges students to take ownership of their education, pivot creatively, and confidently tackle problems that resist easy solutions. The “X” in JMU X-Labs represents the variable of discipline—any and every major is welcome.

Other outstanding services and facilities include:

  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Study Abroad services
  • Career and Academic Planning
  • Community Service Learning
  • University Health Center
  • Counseling Center
  • Academic Support
  • Tutor Connection
  • Communication Center
  • University Writing Center
  • Science and Math Center
  • English Language Learner Services
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions

For more information about these Academic Student Services and Resources, click here.

With at least 60 different nations represented on campus, student life at James Madison University is a fun and diverse experience for everyone.

James Madison University’s academic and career opportunities are balanced with a campus lifestyle that is second-to-none in the USA as it offers a multitude of sporting, cultural and social activities for everyone to enjoy.

Athletics and recreation

If sport is a passion of yours, James Madison University is home to the Dukes who compete in Division I in sports such as national championship football and field hockey.

Service learning and community service
JMU students and faculty share a commitment to the campus community and the outside world through service learning and community service.

Over 350 student organizations

Over 350 student organizations make sure that all of JMU’s students have the opportunity to be involved.

International week

James Madison University hosts and provides many  cultural activities and events such as International Week in order to celebrate the origins of our students and faculty and partake in these traditions while learning and growing.

Student accommodation

First year students are required to live on campus where they have access to the Office of Residence Life. After first year, students are able to live off campus in the diverse and friendly community of Harrisonburg. Off-Campus Life Office offers support and advice for students finding properties, understanding leases and legal documents, as well as educating them on their rights and responsibilities as tenants.

The campus bus network offers free transportation for students between the hours of 7.30am and 11pm. To make sure you never miss a bus again you can download the campus bus app!
For more information about student accommodation at James Madison University visit the website.

If you’re an international student who’s interested in applying to study at James Madison University, you will need to visit the university’s website for specific information relating to the admissions process as admission requirements for international students may vary for each individual nation.

You will also need to ensure you have proven proficiency in English language. For more information about this click here.

Please note there is a one-off orientation fee of $180 and an internet fee of $60.

A tremendous 96 percent of 2018 James Madison University graduates are employed within their fields or seeking continuing education within six months of graduation.

Vast alumni network

James Madison University has a vast alumni network, well-known throughout not only the United States but internationally as well. The JMU Alumni Association has 50+ alumni chapters and regional ambassadors.
Much of JMU alumni are now engaged in employment with Fortune 500 multinational corporations, federal, state, and local government, higher education, cutting edge technology, nationally-recognized journalism, as well as national and international athletics, among many others.

Office of Career and Academic Planning

The Office of Career and Academic Planning offers extensive online resources, events and workshops, and appointments with career and academic advisors to support students in the following areas:

  • Exploring majors and careers
  • Finding a job or internship
  • Writing a CV or cover letter
  • Connecting with employers who recruit at JMU
  • Practice interviews
  • Networking and using LinkedIn
  •  Preparing for graduate school

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