At JMU, there are over 350 student organizations and about 45 different sports clubs. While this may seem overwhelming at first, one of the benefits of a larger school is that there is something for everyone. No matter what your specific interests are, from Anime Club to the JMU Crew Club, you are sure to find someone with similar interests.
The University Recreation Center (UREC) has a lot more to offer students besides a swimming pool and weight room. All student sports clubs are organized here. While they have all the traditional clubs like basketball and baseball, there might be a couple of clubs that stand out.
The Swing Dance Club: Lessons are held each week for beginners and intermediate dancers. Throughout the semester they plan social dances, with hopes that students will conquer their dancing fears.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club: Tryouts are not required unless they have too many people. Instead, they want to teach more people about their art, and only require that you come ready to learn. The club will sometimes compete in various tournaments; dues are between $64 and $80.
Club Disco Golf: One of the newer clubs on campus, this team is recruiting recreational and beginner players. This club, which plays in various disc golf courses throughout the area, meets once a week for practice. In the spring, the team will plan to travel to compete against other schools throughout Virginia.
The Office of Student Activities and Involvement (info.jmu.edu/osai) organizes events and clubs throughout the year. They provide resources to help students find where they want be involved. So, if there are at least eight people interested in starting an organization, all they need to do is fill out an application on the OSAI website.
Belly Dance Club: This organization focuses on the American tribal style of belly dancing. A professional instructor teaches lessons and all are welcome to join.
KnitWits: This might be more laid back and relaxing. Here, you can either brush up on your knitting skills or make your first scarf.
Sign Language Club: Maybe you have always wanted to learn sign language. Here, you can not only learn American sign language, but also learn more about the deaf community.
Scuba Club: Harrisonburg might not be the beach but you can still go scuba diving. Students can come and enjoy the company of other scuba and snorkeling lovers.
With numerous ways to get involved, it’s nearly impossible to mosey through your first year at JMU. College is all about trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone. If none of these clubs spark your interest, be sure to check out Student Organization Night. There, all of the organizations on campus set up booths with information about what they do. It’s one of the best ways to get to know your campus a little better and start experiencing college.