It feels different here. Visit campus and you’ll get what we're saying. It’s equal parts fun and serious, playful and meaningful, chill and so alive. New students are often surprised. And our longtime students rarely want to leave. You owe it to yourself to make this trip.

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of 1,396 Best College Campuses in America

—, 2023

Nestled in the heart of Virginia's picturesque Shenandoah Valley, James Madison University is home to a community of learners who are as friendly as they are smart. 

About Harrisonburg


Located just two hours from Washington, D.C., the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia blossoms in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The Friendly City provides a variety of things to see and places to eat. And it doesn’t hurt to end each day with a stunning sunset grazing across the Blue Ridge Mountains. This college town is situated in one of the country’s richest areas for recreation and adventure. Welcome to your new backyard.



hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia


minutes from the nearest airport (SHD)


miles from Shenandoah National Park


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