Farmland, mountains, and the wide sky full of stars are what make the Shenandoah Valley, and JMU's home in it, so unique and so beautiful.  There are ski slopes, trails for biking, rivers for fishing, forests for camping - on any given evening you can choose between home cooked southern fried chicken, an edgy coffee shop, live music in a bar, or ethnic cuisine.  Throw out the stereotypes and choose between country roads or downtown nightlife, farmer's markets or vintage thrift shops, live Shakespeare or live jazz.  James Madison University is approximately one hour from historic Charlottesville, two and a half hours from both Washington DC and Richmond.  The great outdoors, a piece of history, art, and plenty of fun destinations downtown and around Harrisonburg - it's all here!

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