I am going to attempt to start some conversation on the JMU board.
I am currently a student in Madison's College of Business. I guess that I am bias, but... I want to offer a couple of thoughts.
As many of you know, JMU has relatively recently been invaded by Northerners. I believe that the influx of northerners will only help JMU, especially the College of Business. It seems that having students with contacts and connections to Northeast cities, in particular New York City would help all students in the College. Contacts are being established at JMU. I know several students with internships at places such as Bear Stearns, S&P, PriceWaterhouse, etc.. That may be a normal thing in the Ivy League and similar stature schools, but...It was not too long ago that JMU was thought of as a small regional university and not very well known outside of Virginia.
The out-of-state students of course are not the only reason Madison's reputation has grown. The faculty is great and improves every year. The atmosphere throughout all of JMU is one of growth, but I want to throw that idea out there and see what people think.
What I'm saying is that JMU is a great place to be right now. How about being National I-AA Football Champions also...?
I hope some people will join the convo. Tell me I suck at life or something. It will be fun.
I'm from Mechanicsville, VA and went to Atlee High School. Mechanicsville is north of Richmond.
I'm a sophomore finance major, econ minor. I transferred into JMU this past Fall. I went to Middle Tennessee for a year. I had originally thought I wanted to go into the music industry, but when I changed my mind I came back to VA.
No problem, here is what I'm involved with at JMU:
I am on the Men's Water Polo Team, analyst in the Madison Investment Fund(#1 collegiate value fund in the nation), member of the Financial Management Association, and on the orientation team this Summer to assist new transfer students.
What majors are you considering in the COB?
If you have anymore questions I'd love to help you out. It's finals week, so it might take a little time, but I'll respond!
Toomuch, I am glad that you started this discussion. We are one of prospective northeners, from NJ. I have a son who is a junior and we just went to check out JMU. We took the tour and it was fun. Two seniors showed us around (this is their last week at JMU).
My concern is that there was little mentioned about internship opportunities or about career services (ie: specifically about job fairs and placement numbers). I am especially concerned about what kind of contacts there might be in the NY area for internships and first job. Do you know any New York, New Jersey students and their experiences with this, especially anybody who is in the business school, as business is what my son is interested in?
I will say that the list of contacts and alumni in the Northeast and NYC is growing at a rapid pace. The opportunities at JMU are great. I was recently recruited as an analyst in the Madison Investment Fund. The MIF acts as a money manager for part of JMU's endowment. It is run by students, similar to how a mutual fund would be run.
I bring that up because, just this year we have students with internships and graduating seniors with jobs in NYC with firms such as Bear Stearns, Legg Mason, S&P, Merrill Lynch, PriceWaterhouse...
The people receiving those internships I believe are actually all from northern cities. Obviously, in order to get the offers, they are excellent students. That is just a small sampling, but of how the contacts in NYC are growing every year.
As far as companies coming on to campus to recruit, from what I have heard and read on the career services web page, a good number are from the DC area, which isn't a surprise given our proximity to the District.
Hope that helped a little. If not, I'll try to expand more.
Toomuch112, my son is thinking about majoring in accounting. He really is not going to know what he will major in, realistically, until he takes some business classes.
Have you noticed any recruiting in the NYC area on campus or on your school web page? I suspected that there would be more available jobs in the DC/Maryland area than further north. Thanks for your help.
I have seen financial firms and banks from NYC on the list of recruiters coming to JMU. Probably 2/3 of the companies that do recruit heavily here are from the DC area. To go along with what I was saying before, recruiting from major firms and businesses in the NYC area is picking up some speed. JMU's repuation is growing fast in the north. Because I haven't actually taken advantage of the on-campus interviewing process yet, I don't know of all the businesses that currently recruit at JMU, but the Career Services website might be very helpful. http://www.jmu.edu/aacd/
The list of interviews and internships is not quite as accurate right now as in the Fall, as many businesses, especially in finance and business recruit in the Fall.
I know on the website somewhere there is a page that has some e-mail addresses of student amabassadors, serparated by major. That site could be of some help. As soon as I find it I will post it here.
I actually haven't talked to many economics majors about the program, but I'll tell you my experience with the program has been great so far.
I have taken Macro and Microeconomics classes. My macro prof is by far the best prof I have so far at JMU. I promise I'm not just saying that.(when you take macro, look for William Wood). As far as the program as a whole, if it is as good as the rest of college then it should be great. I'll give you the link to the Econ website so you can check out the requirements for the major and course offerings.