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James Madison University, Harrisonburg

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Educational Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
James Madison University (also known as JMU, Madison, or James Madison) is a public research university in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Founded in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg, the institution was renamed Madison College in 1938 in honor of President James Madison and then James Madison University in 1977. The university is situated in the Shenandoah Valley, just west of Massanutten Mountain.

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  • We first visited JMU in 1980 . . . when we were looking at colleges throughout Virginia. Our second child is now a student at JMU - and is SO happy.  more »
  • Campus is absolutely beautiful and so close to great restaurants and things to do in the Shenandoah Valley. Great higher educational institution offers many opportunities.  more »
  • Had an amazing time with my daughter watching the football game. Great fun!!
  • Would highly recommend this university. It alters how you see the four-year experience. I am also going to share that this campus is safe, extraordinarily beautiful, and always incredible. A legend, James Madison University is and always has been amazing-and I highly doubt that is EVER going to change. Come, and you’ll see this for yourself. It’s not something to just read about, you WILL see how and what I mean :) Love the community, and always am grateful for this very empowering school.

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