On Campus with Curt: James Madison University

On Campus with Curt: James Madison University

The grounds at James Madison

James Madison University was founded in 1908 in Harrisonburg, Virginia within the Shenandoah Valley. Named after the father of the Constitution, the school's motto is "Knowledge is Liberty." There are approximately 22,000 students enrolled in the school, and it has an endowment just under $80,000,000.

Statue of James Madison

The Princeton Review has recognized JMU as one of 81 schools in America "with a conscience," second in the nation behind only to the University of Virginia in the number of Peace Corps volunteers it sends from its student body.

Statue of Duke Dog

Known as the Dukes, school colors are purple, and gold and the mascot is Duke Dog. James Madison boasts 18 National Championships, the most recent coming in 2016 from the Dukes Softball team against Towson University.

Carrier Library on the JMU campus

Famous Dukes include CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta; NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley; LeRoi Moore and Butch Taylor of the Dave Matthews Band; Christian rock musician Margaret Becker; "Royal Pains" actress Reshma Shetty; musician Keith Howland (Chicago); California Pizza Kitchen CEO G.J. Hart; and former Texas Ranger baseball player/broadcaster Billy Sample.