Why JMU?


Discover the spirit that sets us apart

Why choose James Madison University?

James Madison University has all the advantages of a large public university in America, but the feel of a small, friendly community.

Being the change

JMU knows that success requires both intellect and action. You will be encouraged to participate in life outside of your studies, for a full and rich university experience.

The Madison experience

The University offers an unforgettable study experience, combining the very best of American education and college life. The University represents the perfect blend of focused learning and true university spirit.

James Madison University is delighted to welcome international students and is committed to making you feel at home.

First-class education

You will share a close relationship with the faculty (teaching staff), and the curriculum is innovative and lively. Students have a high level of involvement in the classroom, the lab and activities around and off campus.

The Service Learning Program is nationally known for providing the opportunity to apply classroom learning to real world situations.

Ultimate College Town


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The University is located in Harrisonburg in the state of Virginia near the east coast. Although Harrisonburg is a small city, you can discover new activities to try just a short distance from campus.

Harrisonburg has a lively atmosphere, with attractions including museums, shopping, skiing, golfing, caverns, farmers’ markets, concerts, movie theaters and restaurants. Come explore!

Student life at James Madison University

Student life centers around the huge University campus. It is one of the most scenic campuses in the USA, offering mountain views east and west - yet is only 2 hours from Washington, DC.

The University has many clubs and organizations that offer a wide variety of activities. You can join a range of clubs to meet other students who share your interests, and improve your overall student experience.

Food in Harrisonburg

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Part of Harrisonburg's multicultural history can be seen through the many restaurants serving food from around the world. From tacos to curry and almost everything in between, you will find something to your taste.

Alumni and career success

Graduates of James Madison University enjoy great success in further academic study, and in the professional world. You can take advantage of James Madison University's extensive career services, employment events and internship opportunities:

  • International Career Week
  • Optional Practical Training
  • Internships
  • Career and job search services
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