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I really love JMU.Quite BrightEnglish
I really love JMU. The students are incredibly friendly. Everyone always opens the door for each other, and it's easy to strike up a conversation with anyone you want. I'm a fairly shy person, but, I love the caring atmosphere. I honestly feel like I could talk to most anyone and it would be received with kindness.

The professors genuinely care about their students; for example, in one of my General Education classes this past semester, my English professor (out of a class of 200+) emailed a few people who had made high marks, or made an effort to improve their grades and better understand the content. It was great to see that he didn't view us as numbers, and appreciated the effort students put into the class.

There's plenty of things to do on campus, with over 300 clubs. I myself am not too into partying, but I know that there are plenty of opportunities to get into extracurricular activities.Overall, I love my school. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.

more→Dec 28 2014
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Individual Value: A+, Innovation: F
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JMU is an interesting place, to be sure.Quite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
JMU is an interesting place, to be sure. i see it as a microcosm of everything one can hope to expect from a public university. You will meet every conceivable type of person here, staff and students. You may sit between the trust-funded Fraternity brother from Northern Virginia on the left and the artsy-introverted girl from Massachusetts on your right. The odd thing about JMU, you could wind up getting along wonderfully with both. Friendliness is key and you get what you give. Professors, like students run the gamut from the ones that will move heaven and earth to see their students pass, to the ones that will merciless crush your dreams with a smile (ratemyprfessor is going to be your best friend). I came in knowing i wanted to be in marketing and the program is phenomenal, i am definitely being challenged and the career resources are competitive but certainly abundant. Housing is only guaranteed for freshman year but off-campus townhomes, houses, and apartments are affordable and varied (its a buyers market and rent goes from about $300 up to $600 monthly). Food is everything they say it is, delicious and available in amazing variety; we have at least 7 different places to eat not including coffee shops and snack bars. The social life is what you make of it. There are plenty of parties most weekends and a bus system to get you to and from them. joining Greek life isn't necessary but if you find an organization that likes you and you can afford it, there is no reason not to. On a final note, the traffic and parking situation are definite problems, all upper class-men bring their vehicles and there aren't nearly enough spots
more→Jul 11 2014
3rd Year Male -- Class 2015
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Campus Aesthetics: A+, Surrounding City: C
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Great school if you get involved.BrightPreMed and Medical
Great school if you get involved. Awesome health science program and cool volunteer opportunities. At first I found the campus a little bit overwhelming, but now I could not imagine being anywhere else. Faculty is helpful, there are a couple of duds so check ratemyprofessor first. Finding a good group of friends is easy. Students work hard, but it is not as tense an environment as UVA. Great party atmosphere, but a bunch of other activities to do if that is not your thing.
more→Jan 21 2014
1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: A-
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