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Old 05-12-2014, 01:00 PM
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Going to NVCC, will be transferring to a university in the spring or fall. I have a few questions

1) I was going to go to GMU but it seems like housing for transfer. Is there enough housing for transfers?

2) I plan on moving back to Washington, D.C. after graduating and I know that certain universities dont fair well when it comes to getting jobs here. Is JMU recognized by employers in the DC area as a good school?

3) How is their Finance program? I plan on majoring in Finance or Quantitative finance.

4) Whats the Social Life like? Im a non traditional student (Will be 23 when I apply to transfer).
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:01 PM
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Sorry, didn't mean to post twice.
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:44 AM
Location: Hampton Roads
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I'll answer some of this. I graduated from there in 2008 as a finance graduate.

At JMU, while I was there, only freshman were guaranteed housing. Otherwise, you were in a lottery for it. After your sophomore year, it was pretty much well-known that you would have to live off campus. I know they have built some dorms since then, but I'm not sure if that fixed the issue entirely. The good thing though is that you can probably work with the Offices of Resident Life there to see if they can help you to find a roommate if you do have to live offcampus. The other nice thing is that the cost of living in Harrisonburg was awesome. A 2br/2ba condo can still be found for $650-$700/mo or a 2br/1ba for $400-$500. I rented a 2br/2ba for $700 while I was there.... and it's actually decreased since then:

HarrisonburgHousing.com :: Your Housing Resource

I actually saved a good deal of money living off campus. It's affordable to live offcampus there. I did it on a pizza delivery/second grade teacher assistant salary.

As far as JMU being recognized in No VA, there's a huge network of alumni there as many people who go to JMU are from No VA. The vast majority of my friends live up in that area and have not had a problem with their school being unknown or being treated like it wasn't a good state school. I work in the Hampton Roads area and feel as though I have also interviewed with other JMU alums as well. As far as the business education goes, JMU will also give you a lot of advantages, such as the CoB300 course where you work with a group of classmates from different majors where you have to work together to write a business plan while taking a 12-credit hour course. When you interview for internships, you can use this experience to talk about managing projects, working on a team, etc. It was a valuable experience even though it sucked while doing it.

One thing I really liked about JMU was the fact that your teachers are the folks with the doctorates, not teaching assistants for the professor. They also really get to know you and care about you as a person. While I was there, there was this amazing finance professor, Dr. Marshall. He was great because he also made sure you took on practical projects like using SNL Financial databases to valuate a privately held bank. He was also the best, because I had a job offer in 2007 from one of the first I-banks to fail where my job offer was rescinded a month before graduation. It was Dr. Marshall who really helped me to have an attack plan for offcampus recruiting and met with me often within that last month to not let me get too upset about it to the point where it dragged me down.

I have also never heard of anyone complaining about JMU's social life ;-)
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