Jewish Students at James Madison University

James Madison University

#111, overall score 46.5/100

Fun Fact:

A large chunk of limestone in the middle of the Quadrangle is known as the “Kissing Rock.” Legend has it that the person you kiss on the rock is the person you’re going to marry.

Why should Jewish students attend JMU? James Madison University is a unique and great place to live. Whether you are interested in sports, hiking, the arts or anything in between, JMU is a great place to be. Additionally, the Jewish community is growing and inclusive. You can always find things to eat and places to go. Whether for the High Holy Days or a typical Friday night, you always have a place to go and be Jewish safely. JMU is a great place to be! — Alison Sall, president, JMU Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 5/30

  • Score: 5/30
  • Acceptance rate: 72%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $10,342
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,116
  • Room & board costs: $9,334
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $7,860


  • Location: Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 19,396
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,200
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 77% in-state/23% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Dukes
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Hellfish, Bitchmonkeys

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 24
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 20.5/40

  • Score: 20.5/40
  • Hillel: James Madison Hillel
  • Chabad: JM Jews Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SigAEPi
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Every dining hall has many options. There are many kosher-style options and kosher options. Additionally, Chabad offers kosher dinners for holidays and Friday nights.
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