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James Madison University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 812 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

61% Women
39% Men


NCAA Division I-AA

Colonial Athletic Association

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $142,078)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $82,203)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined - 116 Yes -
Baseball 37 - Yes -
Basketball 19 23 Yes Yes
Field Hockey - 24 Yes Yes
Football 142 - - -
Golf 10 8 - -
Lacrosse - 31 Yes -
Soccer 44 38 Yes Yes
Softball - 28 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving - 39 Yes -
Tennis 9 10 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 19 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - Yes Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes Yes
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.5%
Hispanic 2.5%
Non-resident alien 1.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 5.7%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 80.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 43
Liquor Law Violation 98
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 26
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Alexandra from Norfolk, VA
  • 3
  • The dorms are sort of hit or miss here. They're spread all around campus and there are several different types. Some are traditional hall style and some are arranged in…

  • Mar-24-2012 Read More
  • Jeanne from Chantilly, VA
  • 4
  • the dorms range in comfort levels depending on where you are located. in general, the dorms are all comfortable and bathrooms are readily available. there are kitchens in all dorm…

  • Feb-06-2012 Read More
  • Alexandra from Richmond, VA
  • 4
  • east campus dorms are the newest and nicest, but they are out of the way since most freshman classes will be on the quad. however, the bus system makes it…

  • Feb-23-2012 Read More
  • Michelle from Alexandria, VA
  • 5
  • I loved every single person in my dorm and still, as a Junior, remain in close contact with them. JMU has such great employees that the transition from home to…

  • Apr-02-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Florence from VA
  • Jul-30-2015 I am a current student here

    One thing JMU students will confidently say no matter the Princeton Review ratings is that we have the best food in the country. Luckily, we are nationally ranked. Our dining is primarily gourmet but has the comforting taste of a home-cook meal. We have a huge variety of options that quenches every craving.

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  • 5
  • Ashley from VA
  • Jul-29-2015 I am a current student here

    We're sixth in the nation for campus food this year! There are almost 30 different dining locations on campus, and students are able to eat at any of them (you're not tied to specific dining halls based on living area of meal plan for example). Even after you move off campus, most students get meal plans. It's just so much more convenient and so so good! We have both Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts on campus, as well as one of four Starbucks trucks in the country!

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  • 5
  • Jesse from Stafford, VA
  • Apr-16-2015 I am a current student here

    I mean, we are nationally ranked for food. What more can I say? :) Actually, I have food allergies, and I found it pretty tough to find stuff that I could eat on campus and they way they wanted to accommodate me was less than helpful. But if you don't have food allergies, the food is wonderful.

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  • 5
  • M.B. from NJ
  • Dec-30-2014 I am a current student here

    There are lots of places on campus to eat. The food is good, and there is a wide variety of choices, many of which can be bought with your meal card.

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  • 5
  • Mehigan from King George, VA
  • Nov-28-2014 I am a current student here

    The food here is excellent and is ranked very highly when it comes to food and dining. There is great variety with places that are buffet style like Mrs. Greenes and D and E Halls, restaurant style like Dukes, Top Dog, Market One, Chik-Fil-A, and Madison Grille. We also have a convenience store called Mr. Chips that has a Quiznos and other food products.

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  • 5
  • Amanda from Washington, DC
  • Nov-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Best Food EVER! Ranked 2nd Nationally and the food is glorious. E-Hall on East Campus is the place to eat if you just want to sit and have a plethora of good food options only for a punch.

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  • 5
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Oct-07-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is AMAZING. It's a good think there are stairs everywhere because I would definitely be feeling the freshman fifteen.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Ashley from VA
  • Jul-29-2015 I am a current student here

    Not too huge, I think around 16% of the student body. You definitely don't feel like you need to rush/join, and there isn't a huge divide between the Greeks/non-Greeks.

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  • 0
  • Jesse from Stafford, VA
  • Apr-16-2015 I am a current student here

    Technically only 10% of campus is greek life but it feels like you can never escape them. I'm sure that they are nice people but they all look exactly the same.

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  • 0
  • Rachel from Pulaski, VA
  • Nov-28-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I'm very interested in Greek Life, and I've been told that there are lots of sororities on campus

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  • 0
  • Kendall from Spotsylvania, VA
  • Mar-15-2014 I am a current student here

    Definitely increasing. If you want to be in it there are plenty of options, if you don't it doesn't end your chance of a social life.

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  • 0
  • Bridget from Atlantic Highlands, NJ
  • Nov-27-2013 I am a current student here

    I am in a sorority and absolutely love it! At first I was leery of joining but am so glad I did. Greek Life is a growing community here at JMU but you don't have to join to be involved socially or even involved in the JMU volunteering community.

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  • 0
  • Kiarra from Martinsville, VA
  • Nov-14-2013 I am a current student here

    There are many Sororities and Fraternities around campus if that is something you are interested in. It is a good way to get to know people and interact with people so that they will remember you.

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  • 0
  • Ashley from Harrisonburg, VA
  • Nov-07-2013 I am a current student here

    The school isn't heavy on Greek life, but it's definitely prevalent. It seems pretty either or-- I know plenty of people involved in Greek life (Social, Special Interest and Service) who love it, and plenty who aren't.

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  • 0
  • Sierra from Chevy Chase, MD
  • Sep-26-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is only big if you want it to be. If you don't like greek life you won't even know it's there. If you love it you'll be into it 24/7. It's what every you make of it and thats the beauty of it.

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