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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 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.3%
Hispanic 5.6%
Non-resident alien 2.8%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 3.4%
Two or more races 3.8%
White/non-Hispanic 75.6%
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
  • Student Film Society
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…

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  • 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…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Hannah
  • I am a current student here

    The food is pretty great, and is rated top in the country as well. There are many dining halls (as well as grab and go/food truck options) to choose from, and JMU is always working on getting more options on campus!

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  • 5
  • Brent from Woodbridge, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Great on-campus food, especially at the dining halls. My favorite places to eat are E-hall, PC Dukes (which is closing in favor of the new D-Hall being opened in fall 2018), The Bistro, and the on-campus Chick-fil-A.

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  • 5
  • Amanda - Winchester, VA
  • I am a current student here

    There are so many excellent options for food! I’ve almost made it through 2 semesters and I still haven’t tried everything JMU has to offer. The food selection and quality is something everyone can agree on; there’s something for everyone.

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  • 5
  • Shukrana from Sterling, VA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There are so many options to choose from. From your favorite chick fil a to the school's own dining selections, everything tastes divine and is reachable at affordable rates. The food truly tastes good whether its pasta or crepes. There's no need for Ramen when you have such a variety at your fingertips.

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  • 2
  • Camille from Burke, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Pros: E-Hall is delicious! The food is almost like home cooking and at brunch they make to order eggs, omelets, pancakes, etc. There is also a Chick-fil-A, an Auntie Anne's and two Starbucks on campus where you can spend Dining Dollars. There are a lot of food locations compared to other colleges. There are vending machines everywhere that also accept Dining Dollars. Cons: I have a sensitive stomach and it's difficult to eat healthy at JMU. Although I'm not vegan or vegetarian, I gave up meat for a month and it was extremely difficult to find food. Most food locations (especially D-Hall), do not serve food that is very fresh or nutritious. It's easy to start living out of the vending machines that are in every dorm. Meal plans are required if living on campus. I bought the 11 meals/week meal plan (the least) and I still didn't use all my punches every week. Extra punches do not carry over to the next week. You can only punch once at breakfast, twice at lunch, and twice at dinner. Lines for dining halls get very long for weekend brunch.

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  • 5
  • Florence from VA
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Brent from Woodbridge, VA
  • I am a current student here

    JMU is home to a wide variety of Greek Life groups ranging from social, professional, and service sororities and fraternities if that's your thing! However, if you are not interested in Greek Life, then don'y worry about it. There is a healthy balance of independent students and Greek students.

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  • 0
  • Camille from Burke, VA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life is big at JMU. Not everyone is in a sorority and even less are in fraternities, but most of the social life at JMU revolves around Greek parties or events. Rush is the first week of the semester.

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  • 0
  • Ashley from VA
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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