We did not intend for our winter southern road trip to be a college tour, even so, with teenagers in the car, we made a point to drive by a few college campuses. We were curious enough to want to catch a glimpse and close enough that the detours did not interfere with our ambitious schedule. James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania, was our first drive by.
Disclaimer – we did not take a campus tour or sit in on an information session. The schools were quiet; their students home for winter break.
Situated in the Shenandoah Valley, James Madison’s 640-acre campus is surrounded by mountains and farmland and is conveniently located off Interstate 81, just 2 hours south of D.C. Its slightly less than 20,000 students (1,800 of them are grad students) have a choice of 71 majors and 34 masters in the areas of business; communications; education; health and behavioral studies; humanities and social sciences; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and visual and performing arts.
James Madison has a Division I football team and according to an alumni survey, homecoming and football are among the top 10 things about the school.
According to its website, James Madison University is about “spirit, tradition, community,” while “changing the world one person at a time.”
Trip taken December 2013.