Your tomorrow begins here.

At the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, we are invested in our students and their success. In fact, we’re the first named school at JMU.

With our award-winning programs, we deliver an education experience designed from the ground up with your success in mind. With a low student to faculty ratio, an on-site Center for Academic and Professional Success, you’ll have the support you need to take charge of your classes and your career.

All of these are reasons why JMU is No. 2 in the nation on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education list of colleges that current students gladly recommend to their friends.

Come build your future with the JMU Hart School.  We're invested in you.

HM professor Tassie Pippert demonstrates techniques in the culinary teaching spaceIn addition to your classroom experiences, you’ll have opportunities to gain academic credit outside of the classroom, whether your path is hospitality or sports and recreation.

Your experiential learning begins right on campus with the Hotel Madison, regarded as a premier destination for Virginia business and leisure travel. You can gain practical knowledge and a head start in the industry through shadowing employees, manager-in-training programs, internships, working events and research.

With chances to get involved in student organizations and to participate in study abroad excursions, your college experience can be as big as you want it to be.

Student connects with a potential employer at Meet the FirmsInternships and Career Fairs

Since internships are such a transformative experience for students, the internship opportunities at the Hart School go beyond just giving participants résumé entries on which to build and launch a professional career. From Madison Square Garden to the Baltimore Orioles, and from Marriott International to Disney, required internships prepare you for career success.

Employers come to you at our Hart School industry-specific Career Fairs, giving you a chance to network and ask questions in a relaxed meet and greet opportunity for you to learn more about your career options, whether you are looking for an internship, externship or are ready to start your career.

Visit the Hart School

Picture yourself at the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management. Visit our campus and experience what JMU has to offer. Just email us at or call us at 540-568-5174 to let us know when you will be in the area. We can’t wait to meet you! 

Open House

Join us for a Virtual Open House hosted by JMU’s Office of Admissions. Learn more: 

Dates for next year's Open House opportunities will be available in July.


If you have been offered admission to JMU, we encourage you to attend Choices, a special day-long program for admitted freshmen and their families. While the day’s schedule is flexible, we hope you’ll plan to attend the Hart School events, which include a morning presentation in the Convocation Center and an afternoon meet-and-greet session with faculty and current students in the afternoon.

Summer Springboard

Shortly before starting as a student with JMU, come get acquainted with life as a Duke. Students and families participate in a day filled with activities, including a presentation entitled “Your College Home.”  Later in the afternoon, students will meet in small groups with their First Year Advisor. 

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