We know that happy minds thrive. And a beautiful setting with a supportive, active community fosters learning. When you come to campus, you’ll see how student life and campus involvement are a big deal here.

Living on Campus


Our students come from major cities and small towns. They come from all over the United States and hail from more than 50 different countries. JMU quickly feels like home for all students because this is a friendly community of learners that holds doors for one another, that is eager to meet new people, grab lunch between classes and even try a new fitness hobby. With so many rich offerings on campus, you are sure to find a home here. Learn More


of 1,396 Best College Campuses in America

—Niche.com, 2023

Clubs and Organizations


Participation in clubs and organizations is a great way to relieve stress, find new friends and discover new ways of thinking. Our options run the gamut because we know that participating in clubs helps a student with many facets of outside-the-classroom preparation for life. You are sure to find your people here. Learn More


of 1,521 colleges with the best student life in America

—Niche.com, 2023

Spirit and Traditions

We bleed purple and gold. School spirit is a huge part of the Madison Experience. Whether you’re proudly taking selfies with Duke Dog at a football game or holding a door for a fellow Duke, you’ll see why there is so much JMU love to go around. Campus is full of long-standing traditions that connect Dukes across generations. The best tradition is leaving campus with a fulfilling and memorable experience. Learn More

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. Learn More


acres of Shenandoah National Park nearby


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