James Madison University - the ultimate American undergraduate experience

Posted 21 October 2015
The ultimate American undergraduate experience

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Being an undergraduate student at a university in the USA offers its students an academic and social environment to stimulate learning, build lifetime friendships and expand their horizons. See how James Madison University offers the ultimate undergraduate experience. 

When asked about how she chose James Madison University in the USA, international student Marina Mezzetti from Brazil said when she saw pictures of the campus and the quad filled with students socializing, involved in group activities, or studying, she knew she wanted to study at James Madison University.

"The academics here are awesome. The professors are always trying to help you be your best and do your best," said Mezzetti. "The university has so many opportunities for you to get involved and meet new people." Mezzetti originally had plans to transfer to California, but once she stepped foot onto the University campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, she knew she was a Duke for life.

At James Madison University (JMU), everyone "bleeds purple" – loyalty that is a testament to the campus spirit and welcoming environment. As a mid-sized university on 2.8km2 of land with approximately 20,850 students, JMU offers big-school opportunities with a small-school feel. Having one of the highest retention rates in its category at 91%, it is clear that undergraduate students are extremely satisfied with their university experience.

This quintessential Madison experience has been part of the JMU tradition for more than a century. Originally founded in 1908 as a State Normal and Industrial School for Women, JMU has grown to offer more than 100 degree programs to men and women from bachelor's to doctoral level. With its primary focus on the undergraduate experience, James Madison University offers abundant hands-on and real world opportunities to complement classroom instruction across all disciplines. As a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter member, an honor that only 10% of the country's colleges and universities can claim, JMU is committed to liberal arts and sciences and is consistently recognized for academic achievement. These recognitions have not gone unnoticed. More than 250 companies visit JMU each year to recruit students for jobs and internships. Students find balance outside of their challenging coursework by choosing from more than 300 clubs and student organizations, Division I athletics and numerous community and cultural events year round.

More than 400 international students from 99 countries attend James Madison University and enjoy the services and hands on support provided for the international student community. Yana Tyan from Kazakhstan said, "I'm really happy at JMU. It is a wonderful environment with great people and academics. My favorite place is the quad – studying, walking, playing, reading, etc. I also love visiting Washington DC" The US capital city offers students free access to some of the world's best museums, alongside cultural diversity and ethnic cuisines.

Only 2 hours from Washington DC, Harrisonburg, Virginia is nestled in the heart of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a variety of outdoor recreation and state of the art campus facilities for living and learning. Students are particularly impressed with off-campus accommodations that offer swimming pools, game rooms, fitness centers, clubhouses and free transportation to and from campus for all student complexes. Downtown Harrisonburg offers the ideal college-town vibe with a variety of shops, restaurants and performance venues to choose from.

James Madison University is the ultimate university experience. Many schools may say it, but JMU owns it – there truly is something for everyone.