Student life


Residence activities

James Madison University plans over 1,400 programs and social activities each year in the residence halls. Each hall has a Resident Advisor – a student worker who lives in your hall. Your Resident Advisor will organize special social events and weekend activities so you will easily make friends and enjoy your time at the University.

Student recreation and events

Student life in the USA is about more than just classes! The University organizes many events for you to relax and have fun on weekends and in the evenings.

Student clubs and organizations

James Madison University offers more than 350 different student clubs and organizations. By joining these clubs, you can easily make friends with American and other international students from over 70 countries around the world.

With such huge choice there is something for everyone. Here is a sample of some of the clubs that you can join:
  • The Breeze - the University's award-winning student newspaper
  • WXJM - student-run radio station
  • James Madison Eco Community
  • Building Tomorrow
  • Amnesty International
  • Brass Band Club
  • Drumline
  • Stratford Players (theater production)
  • Cinemuse Film Club
  • Madison Motorsports
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
  • Belly Dance
  • Ethnic and cultural organizations
  • Academic and professional organizations
  • Spiritual and religious organizations

Cuisines from around the world.

JMU has the #5 best campus food in the U.S. (Princeton Review, 2018), and with so much choice, it’s easy to see why. From world-class coffee, desserts and snacks, to halal, kosher, vegetarian, American and Korean dishes, JMU’s 20 on campus dining facilities offer something for every taste.