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  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 out of 43 people found this review useful. 1 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The Mason community is diverse!!! Everyone will find a place if they choose to look and open up! However, I think George Mason University is an institution for students who love diversity and being around other cultures, races and people of various interests, etc! Mason is not a community for those who choose to be close-minded because GMU is what it is because of all the colors of the rainbow! Patriots rule!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Manage your time well! Study and go to every class. Professors will notice familiar faces and will thus compromise with you if something comes up! Go to lectures because the professors give tips for exams. Also, have fun and be willing to open up to new people and change for the better! Moreover, remember that this is education you're paying for or somebody else is paying for; do not waste the opportunity to learn, grow and prosper!

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is so amazing and the people that are within the Mason community make the money so worth the spending! Especially given that it feels like home [and better] and the people you meet really do become family!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am more than just enjoying being here at Mason, I'm doing somersaults everywhere! I love my family and my friends at home but I just feel like GMU is my home. It's hard not to consider it as so because I love my girls especially given that we are so different in ethnicities, backgrounds and races and yet completely have each other's backs!

    Am learning a lot

    Here at George Mason University a.k.a GMU or Mason, classes are small and the professors are shockingly always available to answer questions by email or in person. Lecture halls are usually semi-big but then they are divided into Labs where you are able to get one on one assistance with your instructors. I learned so much within my first semester there and was well prepared entering my second semester. My professors were compromising and taught me new ways to study, write papers and do presentations. My strengths were brought out and my so called weaknesses are no longer categorized as such! I am a nursing major but I have been introduced to all other majors and everyone seems to know a little about everything which is great given that the school is big and yet feels like a spacious home.

  • 08/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Every single type! All races/ethnicities/genders/religions/beliefs are accepted here. It's beautiful! We're like one giant melting pot!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is so much to choose from at Mason. All of the organizations make themselves well-known with lots of events and lots of ways to help you academically. Also, ask for help when you need it. There are many resources for help with papers, exams or even if you just don't understand the material being taught to you. One of the best types of resources provided is Blackboard where you can chat with your professors and classmates and pretty much any time of the day! And many professors provide extra notes on Blackboard =)

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little pricey if you are an out-of-state student, but it's worth the money for your experiences that you gain!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am very much enjoying being at Mason. But in order for it to be fun, you have to be social and get involved in the Mason community events and organizations! Plus, it's very accessible to Washington, D.C.

    Am learning a lot

    I get excited about what I have learned when I leave my classes. I am a psychology major and psychology is very interesting within itself, but I have been able to explore my major in ways to help me decide what I want to do after I get my degree. I feel that I will be well prepared to go out into the work force when I graduate because of the knowledge and great teaching abilities of my professors.

  • 08/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 3 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is awesome for commuters. I myself am a commuter and I have really enjoyed it. I live a good 30 minute drive from campus, but I don't feel like I'm missing out on the college experience. Like I've said, it's not hard to get involved and GMU does a wonderful job of providing entertainment and activities (like the FREE movies on weekends.) Commuting allows me to have the comforts of home, save a little money, and still enjoy my years in college!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of the campus and talk to students who you see just sitting around. I had a friend who took the tour and then went and sat in the Johnson Center to get a feel for what everyday life would be like. Make sure to check out the research centers and talk to a few professors. GMU does a wonderful job at new student orientation so don't be worried or confused. Always make sure to ask a lot of questions! Get your books early, before the school year starts to avoid the mad rush! But lastly, enjoy yourself and be prepared for a lot of work! College isn't easy and the amount of responsibility you have to take on is a little worrisome at first, but you get used to it!

    Bang for the buck

    George Mason University is a an extremely affordable school. As long as you're in state the tuition is rarely over $4,000. The great thing about it is you're getting great professors, a great atmosphere, a rising standard in academics and state of the art technology and classrooms for much less than other public institutions. In fact, George Mason University was ranked the number one school to watch by US News & World Report! We are very proud of that and it just goes to show you how GMU is a rising star.

    Am enjoying being here

    The thing I enjoy the most about GMU is the atmosphere. George Mason has really been expanding and growing. They've recently added a new cafeteria and gym along with two new state of the art buildings that I believe will house the Fine Arts and Computer Technology majors. They've also added a new George Mason Inn that has a large convention center and a giant parking deck (I am most excited about that!). Like I mentioned before there is a lot of research going on here as well. The Krasnow Institute located on campus does work on neuroscience and psychology and provides great opportunities for student to get involved, either to help with the research or to participate in it! The over all feeling here is being on the cutting edge of technology and research. I feel like I'm really part of something important; I'm at a school that is growing in name, importance, and size! The other aspect of this school that I enjoy thoroughly are the students and professors. Professors are always kind and helpful, but the students have been the most welcoming. After visiting many campuses my senior year of high school I decided on GMU because the students were down to earth, kind and accepting. There is always something going on as well! Basketball is huge at GMU and everyone goes to the games! But there is always something happening either in the main building, the Johnson Center or in the middle of campus. My favorite event so far has been the farmer's markets!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Biology major here at George Mason University and I have just completed my first academic year. The first semester was a real wake up call! Don't expect to enter college and sleep your way through it! It takes a lot of work on the student's part to do well but it is certainly worth it. I have only been impressed and grateful for the Biology department. GMU is a growing and expanding school and the Biology department is relatively new, but it is state of the art and up to date. The research that is going on here is absolutely amazing and every professor here encourages the students to get involved with research. Speaking of professors, all are kind and caring. You can easily contact them and they give swift responses. One thing that really helps my studying here is the free tutoring in almost every subject. One must simply find the tutoring center and inside will be fellow students ready to help. My favorite so far has been the writing center, always take your paper there first before turning it in!

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 4 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Please get involved with the Mason community. It is such a diverse school with so many activities that will expand your horizons and provide you with the best college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone rants and raves how close George Mason is to D.C. and how inexpensive Mason is compared to the universities in D.C. During my second semester I went into Washington D.C. just about every weekend. I had to venture into the capital city for several of my classes and I was in complete awe how easy and fast it took to get there. There are so many opportunities in Washington D.C. and going to Mason helps brings those opportunities to its students, without the higher tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love the campus and the people. The friends that i have made this past year will be ones that I will keep forever. I have also joined a sorority and I am a proud sister of Alpha Omicron Pi. There are so many things to do on campus, even though Mason is sometimes referred to a commuter school. Whether its eating in the Johnson's Center with my sisters or throwing a football in Presidents Park (where I used to live), I can easily say that I made the best decision to come to George Mason and I am enjoying every minute of it.

    Am learning a lot

    I do not know where to begin in describing how much I have learned at George Mason. This past year was my first year at Mason and I started off as a biology major. My first semester provided me with a variety of classes that kept me on my toes. However, my second semester lead me to change my major to History. For the first time in my schooling, I switched from learning U.S. history, to studying African Civilization. My History 262 surprised me with such interesting information, that it opened my eyes to change my major to History. I am not looking back on that decision. Mason has a huge variety of classes that will provide a foundation and letting you grow into professionals.

  • 12/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Overall you will enjoy your experience at Mason. You will not only gain skills and learn what you need to for your career, but you will also learn more about yourself and grow as a person. You will get to bond with other college students who are going through the same process that you are. Mason has plenty of things for you to enjoy on campus. Whether it's hanging out in the JC, participating in a club, or enjoying Weekends at Mason there is plenty to do. Mason also has a great basketball team and the home games are electric and always entertaining. So kick back, relax, and enjoy your experience. Go Patriots!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the campus and/or speak with current students here in order to learn and obtain all the information you need about the campus. The professors at Mason are willing to help and will always be available for assistance if you need help. Attending the lectures is important if you want to do well in your courses. Adjusting to the college lifestyle may not be easy at first, but after a period of time you will adjust and enjoy it. Make sure you give your best effort and you will be fine. Join a fraternity/sorority or another organization to get involved. Also remember to have fun and enjoy college. It is one of the best experiences of your life so take the time out to enjoy it.

    Bang for the buck

    You get the most out of your money if you decide to come to school at Mason. Mason is not too expensive at all; even though college overall is expensive Mason is quite affordable. It's proximity to Washington, D.C. gives it another asset that makes the experience worthwhile. D.C. has some of the nation's nicest museums and also is a great place to go if you're looking for a good night out on the town. The education you get at Mason will ensure you that when you graduate with your degree you will have all the necessary skills and more to exceed and excel in your career choice.

    Am enjoying being here

    Mason, as it is most commonly referred to, is a great environment and portrays a vibrant campus. The Johnson Center, or the JC, is a wonderful way to spend time with friends and grab a bite to eat, finish up assignments, or get all your textbooks and Mason gear from the bookstore. The community of this campus welcomes anybody who chooses to come to school here. As Mason continues to grow and expand, you get to become part of a growing spectacle. With new dorms the campus houses nearly 5,000 students. New gyms, facilities, and the Southside: all you care to eat buffet make Mason a place where you have everything you need. The Mason Inn that will be opening in the summer of 2010 gives Mason another great addition to the growing legacy here.

    Am learning a lot

    George Mason University is a great school to attend if you are in process of earning your college degree. The academics are excellent and the class sizes, on average, are medium. The professors are informative when it comes to the subject that they teach. After a semester at Mason I have learned a lot of material in various different areas of studies; from math, to history, to religion, and more.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mason is great for any type of student. The diversity here is astounding and there are many different places and environments to study or hang out. Whether it be the second and third floor libraries at the Johnson Center or the late night sports bar, Ike's, Mason offers a variety of environments that can fit anybody's needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say for those who plan on attending George Mason, to be open to new things. When I first arrived here, I didn't think I enjoyed the college life at all, but that was because I psyched myself into thinking just that. As time went on, there were a few select people who really helped transition from high school to college, as stubborn as I was. The fact is, college is new and different, so why try to change that simple fact? The truth is, you can't, and like your parents tell you when you're 12 years old, change can be good, and if you come to Mason, change IS good.

    Bang for the buck

    The opportunities that are offered at George Mason are worth any sum of money. Being in the D.C. area, working with professionals, having fun on campus, and being in a great academic environment are all things you couldn't pass up, so why wouldn't George Mason be worth it?

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus isn't exactly what you would call huge, but at the same time it isn't small either. I would have to say it is the perfect size for any student, of any background or living community. There are many different on-campus and off-campus opportunities for living, whether you like huge dorms with 30+ people, or in my case a small hall with about 16 people. There is also activities going on all the time, whether it be Midnight Madness in the Johnson Center, or Faculty vs. Student Softball Game for the Music Department, there is always something for any student.

    Am learning a lot

    As a student here at George Mason University, I would have to say that with George Mason is definitely an A school for B students. GMU is one of the most underrated schools in the country academically, offering many opportunities by the surrounding D.C. area. The professors here are top-notch, whether they be full-time or adjunct with local jobs in the Nation's capital. With every class comes a great experience with an even more outstanding professor teaching you through it. Here at George Mason, the professors are as good as any Ivy League school professors, and it is an outstanding school to feel strong about the degree you are receiving.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    GMU is great for students who live in the northern Virginia area; close to home and they can be a commuter student. They can save money on out-of-state tuition and maybe room and board if they decide to live at home. Mason is the ideal university to attend for students who are seeking diversity. The campus population is colorful; with many different nationalities, religions, and cultures. The atmosphere encourages people to be open-minded and allows people express who they are.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Consider this school if you are in-state and/or live very close to the campus; it offers a great education for a relatively low price. 2) Apply for early decision; (a time period during the fall) it will increase your chances of being accepted. 3) If it is possible, make a visit to the school.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are out-of-state and don't have a large amount of scholarship money, it may be a financial risk to make GMU your choice. On the other hand if you are in-state or are financially secured through scholarships then I encourage you to choose Mason. One of the downturns is that some classes require you to purchase brand new books so that you receive a new online code to log into the online portion of the course. The codes from used books are not recyclable. So in some cases you may not be able to buy the cheaper used books. Compared to other schools of the same or lesser quality, the education and career connections are well worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I can honestly say that I do enjoy being at GMU. The food and varied selection is above average, relative to most universities in America. Although, the food at Southside dining hall can become bland due to excessive visits, so don't eat all of your day's meals there. Instead try to mix it up by going to one of the many places in the JC or in Student Union I (they have Chick-Fil-A =]). I know many of you may be concerned about the freshman 15 but don't fret because there are MULTIPLE gyms on campus. My favorite (due to proximity) is Skyline gym; its building structure is connected to the Southside dining hall and is just footsteps away from a freshman residence area called DUCC. Then there is the Aquatics Center which contains a gym and an Olympic size pool. The newest addition to Mason's ensemble of physical fitness buildings is the RAC (Recreation and Athletic Complex). The social experience is excellent, especially if you choose to live in the Living Learning Community. The LLC program takes students with similar academic interests and puts them on the same floor in a communal dorm. I have found that the communal dorms in the University Commons residence halls creates a more social atmosphere between you and your floor mates. Some floors have gotten to know each other so well that they modeled their floor's commons area into a living room; with couches, a table and big screen television. Not all the floors have these luxuries but you and your floor mates can donate items to transform your hall into a real home. The student clubs are highly active and will definitely keep you involved. They prove to serve as excellent mediums for meeting other students and making friends.

    Am learning a lot

    As long as you have a genuine thirst for knowledge, most classes will be very intriguing and you will take pride in what you have learned. Many of the professors I have come into contact with are excellent teachers and are highly available through email. I have gotten responses back from professors within hours of sending my message. Learning at Mason does not stop at the exit of classroom; while visiting the career and academic advising centers I have gained important knowledge on specific majors and careers I'm interested in. In the career center there's a mini library of books about almost every career imaginable. A large number of professors encourage their students to get involved with campus activities. I am proud to say that I was involved with helping set up and prepare the AIDS Quilt that came to GMU during AIDS/HIV Awareness week. Many students and I hung large quilts around the JC (Johnson Center). On each one, pictures and names of people were quilted in remembrance of those past. With some classes, you'll find yourself attending world class performances at the Center for the Arts building where pianist Lang Lang has/will perform. Or even at other various campus events that teachers may give extra credit for. There is a continuous stream of job workshops at Mason that aim to enhance your job-getting and job-performing skills. At Mason, the education goes beyond the lecture halls.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    For the practical student, (I wish to emphasize practical... a fine quality to possess) who realizes that big schools offer various, assorted opportunities for an affordable price, and doesn't mind that bigness. Side note: some students may prefer a college that they can bond to, that has a history, a distinguished title, an interesting aspect, a school tradition, a good size for becoming acquainted with most of the student body. A college that is like an elegant, decorative home with comfortable dimensions, where delicate conversationalists lodge. This is not practical.

    Tips for prospective students

    While researching colleges and perusing endless student reviews I found myself re-reading the same sentence: college is what you make of it. And I highlight this point: college is what you make of it. I know students who are successfully breezing their way through Mason and having fun. I know students who are vigorously- and perhaps too stressfully- seizing all that Mason (cheaply) offers. I know students who've holed themselves up in their rooms, playing video games, drinking (cheap) beer, feeling despondent and quietly declaring: This school sucks. Some food for thought.

    Bang for the buck

    The price to attend Mason is personally satisfying, and with all the scholarships provided through and outside of Mason how can completing one's studies here not be a good deal?

    Am enjoying being here

    Though not my initial first choice, I have grown a fondness and appreciation for all that Mason has to offer. The school is brimming with activity from all the sports games, free student hosted events, engaging classroom and study group discussions-- the experiences Mason presents to the individual are bountiful, ranging from playing intramural soccer in one of the four huge fields by Mason's field house, scuba diving in the gym's pool, salsa dancing lessons, to cheering at basketball games, relaxing at Starbucks, and hosting a campus sponsored pizza party.

    Am learning a lot

    Having only recently declared halfway into my sophomore career, the opportunity awaits to gain extensive knowledge in my field of interest and thus claim that I am learning a lot at Mason. Nevertheless, I have learned quite a few essentials on college life and how to take advantage of the numerous leadership positions, job hirings, and elective classes that Mason has to offer. I can honestly say that I have matured and honed important skills from my college experiences so far.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking to live nearby a large city, and someone who won't necessarily have a car on campus because the city transportation is fabulous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun and take advantage of all that the school has to offer, but just remember why you are coming to college: to learn. Sometimes it is hard to get lost in the large amounts of free time, and the social life present!

    Bang for the buck

    The free transportation is fabulous and totally worth it, but parking and housing are a bit on the expensive side. But overall, everything you pay for is worth what you get in return.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the area as well as it's close proximity to D.C. I enjoy that there is always something to do during the weekends and I especially enjoy the easy Mason to Metro transportation that makes it a breeze to get to the city quickly.

    Am learning a lot

    I have really enjoyed the student-professor relationship here so far. I have taken a wide variety of art classes and have loved every one of my professors. My classes have all been small in size which helped with more one on one time with my professors.

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want diversity and enjoy being close to DC without being in it should apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades and write a great essay. If Honors is something you want to do go ahead and click the box to apply for Honors because you may get in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Mason! I don't plan on transferring anywhere. The campus is beautiful and diverse.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I'm not learning a lot in my Honors classes (go figure), I do learn a lot in the classes for my major. My Abnormal Psychology class blew me away.

  • 10/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Instate resident who are looking for decent education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend a lot of time researching how much money you'll be getting, FAFSA offers about $1800 a year Pell Grant and $2750 subsidized loans which means that you will need a private loan. If you come from a low income family make sure you have a strong co-signer otherwise you will be stuck having no way to pay for college and GMU will place a hold on your account eventually leading them to report you to a collection agency. Study hard if you decide to go here and don't spend too much of your time sleeping in. Go to lectures because if you don't you will regret it at mid-term. Do your best to make friends because that's how you survive the next 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    For an in-state student it is a great deal and by all means come here if you cant get into VT or any of the other state schools. As an out-of-state students, I pay $42,000 a year and it's just flat out not worth it. The Financial Aid office don't offer as much as you want and when I came across the tuition problem they didn't do much to help, I got the college isn't right for everyone response. Although it is considered a state funded school, it is 80% private and operates like one which means that they will do everything to such every penny out of you. It is not a good value and if your an out-of-state student don't go here at all cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    In truth this campus gets really boring at nights and weekends, many would say because it lacks a football team and many would argue that this school just has no spirit. Frats are off campus and only a few ever join one since they are expensive and at times selective or time consuming. Most students here are commuters who you never see around campus. There are many clubs, but other than that there isn't for a student to do around here. People mostly keep to themselves and the dorms are fairly quiet most days. You hear people brag about the 2006 Basketball Finals all the time so much that it gets tiring. If you are a student who are seeking a quiet and anti-social education come here, but if you want to have fun in college and remember the 4 years for the rest of your life then by all means don't go here. I am glad to be transferring out next semester due to tuition problems to Washington State University. For the money its better to go to a school people know of instead of hearing, George Mason? Never heard of it... what state is it in?

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are great and deserve more resources from the school itself. You see professors who are dedicated into making and seeing their students become successful and if you ever have a question most would have a reasonable amount of office hours for you to come in and discuss about the class or even your grades. Class sizes are fairly small yet for many 100 level classes you have lecture hall classes with a lot of students, make sure you attend all lectures because most professors lectures are based upon the test question itself. It's not exactly IVY league quality, but there's something you will learn.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on Mason's campus. And if you ever want someone to walk you to your dorm late at night, call a campus officer to escort you back.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is absolutely no shortage of clubs at Mason! In fact there are over 300!

    Great for these types of students

    Who isn't Mason great for?!

    What to do for fun

    See a free movie, head to DC, take a bus to a surrounding mall, or hang out on campus on go to one of the many free events that happen almost every weekend!

    Food and Dining

    Mason's food is beyond fantastic. It's not your typical college food that makes you want to go home for some home-cooked food. The food always tastes amazing and there is always a place to get that food at all hours of the night!

    Dorm Life

    Mason's dorms are all new and renovated and make for great living! The set up of the dorms provide for a great community feel without feeling like everyone is being squished into a closet.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason challenges its students without killing them. Students feel motivated to work hard and expand their knowledge because they know that 4.0's don't come easy, however if you work for it, it is attainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school to get a great GPA and great SAT scores to ensure that you make it to Mason, because there is just no place better to go!

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a great diversity of students and is rapidly expanding their campus to add many more programs to accommodate different majors. Mason has a great community feel with students who are excited to be patriots and go to class to learn. Mason is the place to be!

  • 09/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Since I am an out-of-state student, I've gotten extremely homesick here. I live almost 7 hours away, and when so many of the students here go home on weekends, it really makes me want to go home as well. Be ready for an empty campus on weekends. Make sure you meet lots of people as soon as you get here so that you can keep yourself busy.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a lot of money for an out-of-state student.

    Am enjoying being here

    This school really is a huge suitcase school. If you live out of state, then you'll definitely be able to find the other out-of-state students on the weekends because most of the in-state students go home, and the campus is practically empty. If you're looking for any parties at all, then be ready to walk 20 minutes to the fraternity houses, or find a ride. If you're planning on going into DC a lot, then it will take you between a 1/2 hour to an hour to get there, depending on where you're going. You could also visit Fairfax Corner, which has some different restaurants.

    Am learning a lot

    They keep students extremely busy with work even during the first week, but as long as you learn to manage your time, then you'll be fine.

  • 07/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like people, learning about other cultures, and who don't mind that GMU is in the middle of no where.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focus, have fun, and don't stress.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive in general, but GMU is worth it. It's a good school.

    Am enjoying being here

    You have to find the right people to hang out with. Don't be too quick to join a soro./frat, because a lot of people regret it and they realize that they can't commit to it as much as they would like. GMU is trying to make sure that the students have things to do on campus, and some of the things are wack, but you can't blame them for trying.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learn a lot about myself and the people in general. You have a lot of freedom here. There is no curfew (like at some colleges), you parents are not around, and you can pretty much do whatever. Just remember why you're here....for that degree.

  • 08/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Open minded, fun loving individuals. If you're a bigot or boring, this is probably not the school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sleep!!!!! Balance yourself well...definitely invest in a planner...it's impossible to keep track of everything!

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition sucks :(

    Am enjoying being here

    My two favorite things to do? Play in the pep band (Green Machine, I'm The oboe!) and cheer on our guys. Also, hanging out with my brothers in Kappa Kappa Psi (National honorary fraternity for college band members).

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors are very helpful and willing to meet during office hours or chat before or after class. A lot of them have experience in the public school systems or in the professional music world through many of the military ensembles in the area.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Its a win-win situation for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though I live in state, the school is quite expensive with fees associated on top of the actual tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    As stated, there are a lot of extra curricular activities students have the option of joining.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a lot of positive groups and organization students have the option of joining. Its not only a learning facility, it empowers the students to become more than a college graduate. It allows the students to take full advantage of the services provided by the university and specialty programs such as School of Management. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star was due to the parking situation. They have expanded to accept more students while providing a quality education.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    They have basketball games, there are always shows/performances to attend. Also concerts to go to.

    Food and Dining

    Mason has a selection of food to pick from. The food is pretty good also.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good. Freshmen dorms are a bit further from the rest of campus, but that's okay. Dorms located by Starbucks are GREAT. They are new.

    Academic Rigor

    Must work really hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to do a lot of studying and work to achieve good grades! Don't hesitate to ask anyone for help. Study sessions are very helpful!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do: join clubs and organizations. join sport teams. there is a bar in the middle of campus (which is interesting).

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to walk a lot, and walk fast between classes especially if you have classes in different buildings. There are really far apart!

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a really good school because it offers a vast variety of academic programs and majors. The campus is huge! It is a good place to study outside of class because everyone around you does study.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you ever feel uncomfortable in a situation there are many different ways to get in touch with campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    PSA. Pakistani Student Association has a lot of events planned for all members and non members to enjoy not just pakistani culture but others as well

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends. join a frat if you want to.

    Food and Dining

    food and dining at mason is far above excellence. everything is available.

    Dorm Life

    i can't answer this question since i am a commuter. however, i believe that the dorm life would be quite fun.

    Academic Rigor

    depending upon everyone's major, studies are a little bit tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know the professors. always study and complete your assignments.

    In three sentences

    george mason university is a fine instituion for learning and having fun. studies get hard as time passes by. overall, it can be fun and a little bit tough depending upon everyone's time management.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    commuter, non-traditional

    What to do for fun

    free and reduced tickets to concerts, theater, and movies. near to d.c. and other northern virginia entertainment venues. hiking trails close. shopping nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    arrive early. get to know your professors. try.

    In three sentences

    gmu is a great school with an excellent array of academics and professors. help is available, if needed. parking can be difficult for commuters at peak hours.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is an island within fairfax and as such doesn't have much wandering through of the locals.

    Greek Life

    not involved in it.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs and activities and simple to create your own sanctioned club.

    Great for these types of students

    all types, very diverse student populations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    getting your photo taken with george.

    Bang for the buck

    for virginia student, it is a reasonably priced school

    What to do for fun

    between on-campus activities and being in northern virginia, there is no reason not to find anything to do.

    Food and Dining

    ample and adequate.

    Dorm Life

    it's a dorm, what more can you say.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are tough, but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    tough school to get in, but worth the effort.

    In three sentences

    large school with diverse student population. lots of activities on campus and lots of interesting people to meet. rains a lot.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is well lit and campus police patrol campus at night. I always feel safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has almost every club you could ever think of, and if it doesn't you can start it! There are religious groups, ROTC, sports, intramural sports, swing dance club, underwater hockey and so much more!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students with open minds and ambition!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the plaque at the George Mason statue! It's bad luck. Rub the statue's boot for good luck on an exam.

    What to do for fun

    It's really fun to check out theatre and dance shows at Mason, as well as campus events such as Study Fairs or International Day. Also, Mason is just a metro ride away from DC!

    Food and Dining

    Mason has a lot of great food choices, and more are opening! There is a food court, an all you can eat campus dining hall, a restaurant, and so much more!

    Dorm Life

    There are some excellent dorms on campus, and some not so great ones. If you're a freshman, try to avoid President's Park! A lot of new housing opportunities have arisen with new renovations.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends what classes you take. I am in the honors college and although the courses are rigorous, the attentive professors make it worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved with student life on campus, and you'll never be bored. I had to limit myself to a few student groups so I could also focus on my studies!

    In three sentences

    I love how George Mason offers so many opportunities for student involvement! George Mason is also very diverse and is home to many international students. I couldn't be happier with my George Mason University!

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 198

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    Clubs and Activities

    No you may not have been a scholarship athlete but that does not mean you cant be a part of the team. Mason has a lot of club and intramural sports teams and other fun activities you can involve yourself in. You can play basketball or flag football. Also there are a number of clubs that you can join. So many options!

    What to do for fun

    Of course parties are fun but Mason has a lot more to offer. GMU is located about 30 minutes from DC so riding into the city is definitely a fun option for the weekend. Lets say you like to change your wardrobe often, there's a shuttle that takes you to the Fair Oaks Shopping Mall. Or maybe you enjoy swimming, or getting into the hot tub, you can walk right down to the aquatic center and have your self some aquatic fun. Into basketball?? Come to a couple of the games and support our team while you listen to the luxurious sounds of the Green Machine. The list goes on and on when it comes to fun at Mason.

    Food and Dining

    Like I said earlier, Mason is full of Innovation. We have recently put in a Rot Hot n' Blue and Panda Express. Dining at Mason is very nice. You have a lovely assortment of restaurants to choose from. Whether its fast food or food fast Mason will keep you fed.

    Dorm Life

    Mason has most recently built two NEW upperclassman dorms and I am pretty sure they have more to come. Housing is not an issue at GMU. The freshman dorms here are not as nice as a the upperclassman dorms. There are many different styles of dorms here. You have the classic freshman dorm with the community bathroom; you have the upperclassman dorms which you have your own bathroom and some rooms have their own kitchen and living area.

    Academic Rigor

    General education courses are some of the easier classes you will take, but once you get into your major the classes start to present more of a challenge. Though the classes are challenging the teachers are always there to support you in any way that they can. Aside from the teachers, there are tutoring services available for all students. Here at Mason the classes are tough but you are receiving support from every direction.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a school that's all about helping their students reach success then Mason is definitely for you. If your serious about any school you want to make sure that you are involved in your community service and extra-curricular activities. Mason in particular is looking for students who are well rounded, meaning you've seen and done a little bit of everything. Last but most certainly not the least important factor , you'll want to keep your GPA nice and high!

    In three sentences

    George Mason , home of the Patriots, is one of the most diverse schools in the state of Virginia. Not only does it have a beautiful campus but it is also located fairly close to our nations capitol. This school is full of innovation, constantly growing and trying to find new ways to help the youth reach success.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Liberal Arts students and business students. Also those who want to live close to home. Global affairs majors due to it's vicinity to D.C.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk across George Mason's plaque or you won't graduate in four years but if you do, rub the statue's toe to cancel out the curse.

    What to do for fun

    Mason always has free movies every weekend in the Johnson Center with free popcorn. The fraternity life is small but incredible. Since Mason has the Patriot Center concert hall which always has great concerts and events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick your room mates wisely, DON'T SKIP CLASS, read the syllabuses and keep them for each class, and give plenty of walking time.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a very diverse school with a fun, positive, and highly academic atmosphere. The campus is very modern as are many of the school's amenities. GMU is right in the middle of the district of Columbia's suburbs making it far, but not too different from home.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe feeling campus. Campus police are very attentive and are very proficient about enforcing school laws.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of GMU. It is a great way to meet friends, and get acquainted at school. Recommended for freshman who are looking to make friends and find a place for themselves.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall is adequate, similar to other college food. Upside is there are many different restaurants in the surrounding areas that are student budget friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    I have attended another university and in comparison, George Mason's academic policies and expectations are just as rigorous as other Virginia colleges. Take your education seriously, and you will go far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get your Mason eID and Patriot Pass accounts set up as soon as possible. This is especially important if you have applied for financial aid as they send notifications for deadlines to your Mason eID address.

    In three sentences

    So far, George Mason has been a great college to look forward to attending. They make sure to keep in contact with you pertaining to orientation, financial aid deadlines, and applying for classes. The student life is very diverse, and the students are clearly proud of their school.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to the gym, go to a frat party, go to a club event...it all depends on what you like!

    Food and Dining

    We have a TON of dining options here!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. It is spacious and fairly new. I recommend applying to and LLC for better housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Since I did a lot of college prep type classes, I don't feel very challenged yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself. GMU has a place for almost any type of person!

    In three sentences

    1. George Mason has a compact campus, but plenty of people. 2. There are a ton of fun unique activities to try out. 3. GMU is definitely diverse!

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    GMU is great for commuter students or anyone looking to connect with the DC area.

    What to do for fun

    Situated near the nation's capital, there is easy Metro or bus access to museums, vogue shops, and trendy eateries. DC is replete with festivals and other events, like informal volleyball games by the Potomac or Hispanic dance festivals. Some things are free, like the National Zoo, and it can be fun to simply walk around and sight-see. Closer to Mason there are bowling alleys, movie theaters, shopping malls, and more.

    Food and Dining

    There is almost every kind of food at Mason. They provide everything from quick snacks like pretzels or smoothies to full course Indian cuisine or old-fashioned barbecue. Some places have rotating menus, so you won't get tired of the selections. For gluten-free or dairy-free people, Southside offers special stations. If Mason doesn't have what you're looking for, there is a wide variety of restaurants in the surrounding Fairfax area that loves Mason students.

    Dorm Life

    No matter where you live on campus, you won't get that much space. Bigger dorms, like quads with a kitchen and living area, are usually reserved for upperclassmen and go quickly. But the dorms are, for the most part, clean and modern. Just be aware of the walking distances from your dorm to classes, as it may be a bit of a hike.

    Academic Rigor

    For regular undergraduate courses, George Mason asks students to work hard and actively participate and take charge of their education. The initiative is totally up to the student - in other words, the sky's the limit! However for a real challenge, the Honors College is a great choice. The teachers really care about you and help you through the demanding (yet enjoyable) coursework.

    Tips for prospective students

    To really get to know Mason, visit the campus a few times. Talk to the students currently commuting and living on campus. Sit in on some classes of different sizes, in subjects you are interested in, if you can - this will give you an idea of the teaching styles and environment.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is culturally diverse and has an actively involved student body. There are rich opportunities for students looking for jobs, internships, new experiences, and fun. Also, for a public college GMU offers a great education with useful contacts for a reasonable price, especially for the Northern Virginia/DC area.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 198

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you have questions about the admissions process: call admissions, they are very helpful and friendly. Apply for the honors program/university scholars program. It's only one essay and easy to apply for. Mason makes applying to these programs *much* easier than other comparable schools.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Besides plentiful on-campus activities, Washington D.C. is only 40 minutes away and there is also a shuttle system able to take students to several locations around town.

    Food and Dining

    George Mason University lacks in the dining department with poor quality food and not ever place on campus accepts meal plans. Food is very expensive and choosing a particular meal doesn't mean it'll always be covered by meal plans. In terms of cleanliness, Southside is probably the worst.

    Dorm Life

    While dorm life can essentially depend on where you are housed, there are plenty of activities on campus to keep everybody entertained. Dorm maintenance and the neighborhood help desks are also very helpful and quick to respond/resolve any issues.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason University is focused on helping their students achieve excellence. Though the counseling department has been known to accidentally put students on the wrong track to graduating. Despite this, if you are looking for a place to breeze through then GMU is not for you. GMU is seriously motivated to preparing their students for future careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is better to underpack than overpack for freshman year, since the freshman dorms are smallest out of all the other housing situations. If choosing to enroll at George Mason University, go to an earlier orientation so you will be able to have a better selection of choosing classes for your semester. The later your orientation, the less choice you have in choosing your classes since they fill up from previous orientations.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University's main focus is on both academics and student life for those living on-campus. GMU strives to help students achieve and pushes for nothing less than excellence. While the university is filled with plenty of student organizations that help keep the campus active and entertaining. However, GMU lacks in dining quality with poor food quality.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 198

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Nothing is better then hanging out with your friends at Mason. Just going into D.C. is well known amongst Mason student is well known.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Mason is as expected. The dinning hall has just about everything with different stations that change daily. We also have many different well known food chains on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has it's ups and downs. The dorms are particular nice especially for freshman. And as you progress through the years, the dorms just become nicer and more homely.

    Academic Rigor

    Mason has the best professors around. They are always there to help the students as long as the students are willing. Of course it is challenging but the professors go out of their way to ensure students succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many different resources for use for any major. Mason offers many different majors and have great opportunities being in the Washington, D.C. area.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is such a great university to attend. Mason is in the right area with multiple opportunities. No matter what, anyone can fit in at Mason.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mason is great for anyone looking for a comfortable and diverse environment where they can just be themselves. It is full of research and internship opportunities for anyone looking to get a headstart in their career, as well as study abroad options for those looking to travel.

    Tips for prospective students

    Interacting with others is the key to getting the college experience at Mason. It's important that you maintain your grades, but sometimes interacting with others can lead to valuable experiences that have more real life applications.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't live on campus, so I only have to pay for the 16 credits I am currently taking. Being close to home, Mason was my most logical choice, where I can maintain my current job and have the benefits of paying in-state tuition. I still get the full experience around my peers and professors and yet I can also have home cooked meals.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being on campus because there's always a place I can find to feel comfortable, whether I want to be around others, or alone to study. Everyone here is friendly and easy to talk to and the professors are always encouraging students to come to their office hours. The honor code on campus creates a comfortable atmosphere where trust comes easy.

    Am learning a lot

    As a former full IB student from high school, I didn't really expect to get much out of my first semester in college. However, the whole arrangement of the lectures, labs, and recitations are opening my eyes to a more in-depth and complete learning experience. I am not just learning in the classroom but also outside the classroom from interactions with my peers and TA's.

  • 11/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is a great University for students who like to be involved and like to expand their culture.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy being here, George Mason is a wonderful school where you meet new people everyday. I love living in my dorm, even if it is a bit crowded, I still love it.

    Am learning a lot

    As a freshman, I would only take 12 credits just because adjusting to the work load is a bit difficult. Once you get used to it and you learn how to manage your time you'll be fine. I only have two big classes and those are general education courses, the rest range from 10- 20 people. The professors here are very attentive and want you to do well.

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mason is great for students who are motivated and are not afraid of what life has to offer. If you are ready to begin your future, Mason is the place for you! Students who know how to work hard but still have fun will fit right in at Mason!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and relax. Mason is a very diverse community and anyone can fit in. There are activities or everyone so do not be afraid of not finding an activity that is just right for you. I highly recommend applying to Mason. It is worth it, and the cost is VERY reasonable!

    Bang for the buck

    Mason is a pretty reasonable price for in state students and even out of state students. The campus is very beautiful and worth the price. With some colleges you have to pay to do laundry, at Mason it is free! You are able to use all three gym at the cost of nothing. There are even some activities such as yoga that are completely free. For a nice price Mason offers many opportunities for its students.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy my time at Mason. There are usually activities happening during the weekends. It is not hard to stay informed about the activities going on at Mason. There are clubs and sports for everyone. To find out information about activities just visit the GMU web page or ask your fellow Patriots. If you live on campus your residential advisor can provide you with information about activities offered at mason. The college is also located in a great community. Fairfax is the second richest county in the country and the crime rate is very low. Shuttles are provided to take students to the mall, movies, restaurants, etc.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at Geore Mason are very helpful. They are available during office hours, answers questions via email, and many offer their telephone numbers. The class sizes are usually small except for lecture classes. Although lecture classes are large you will still be able to ask the professors questions and they are always available during office hours and they always respond to emails. I have learned a lot during my first seemester. I have also learn which study skills works best for me. Students are able to socialize and make good grades. There are a lot of services available for students who need help. You can find fellow classmates who are willing to help those who might be struggling in a class.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mason is for students who are willing to work hard as well as ready to embrace new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Mason with an open mind. You will meet so many interesting people and learn about a lot of different cultures. Mason has numerous things to offer that will give you a lifetime of experiences.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are paying the in-state tuition, the price is relatively cheaper than other schools. However, the out of state tuition is a little high.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do at Mason. It can range from a mini carnival to Midnight Madness. In addition, Mason is minutes away from D.C. where there is countless things to do. The food at Mason is also a plus. Our cafeteria is one of the best in the country with a variety of fresh food to choose from.

    Am learning a lot

    George Mason has excellent professors who are very enthusiastic about what they teach. They always come to class with positive attitudes and make each day a little more interesting than the last.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All students are welcome at Mason. As diverse as the campus is, no student will be left out of a group.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open, Mason is very diverse and if you're not open to what it has to offer, then you won't be able to enjoy the opportunities that it has to offer its students.

    Bang for the buck

    This is my only issue with Mason. While I think I'm getting a great education, as an out of state student I pay close to three times what an in state student does. Tuition, at this point of 2011, is expected to increase 12% over the next two years.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment at Mason is great for learning about other cultures and beliefs. At Mason you can join many new clubs or take a random class to fulfill and elective to learn about something with no relevance to your major. Being able to do this, helps students at Mason learn and be more accepting of others. I love the environment at Mason because I was scared about having to meet new people since I am an out of state student. But everyone at Mason is very friendly and outgoing. I have found no reason to think about transferring from Mason back to my state.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes, especially as an honors student, are very difficult. I learn a lot in my classes and put in a lot of effort in my classes. My major is Sport Management and I love how helpful the professors in the department are in terms of making sure classes are scheduled well and you will graduate on time. By having professors who are teaching what they worked in, I have learned a lot of real world experiences that my professors have encountered.

  • 03/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in Global Affairs or want to study abroad in the future. But mostly for everyone! Go Patriots!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to enjoy the different spots all around campus, as well the surrounding areas. If you plan on learning a new language, you can easily find someone to help you practice-especially with the growing number of international students. Join a club or go Greek! This may sound cliche, but I found it as helpful advice because it truly allowed me to take advantage of the many opportunities available at Mason.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit pricey if you pay out-of state, but if you're in-state it's reasonable. As a student I'm in close proximity to the nation's capital as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Diversity, diversity, diversity..would be the top reason for enjoying Mason. Walking around campus you encounter students from all walks of life, and hear different languages spoken; everyone respects and benefits from it. University life is just as vibrant, with activities and events always lined up for students. If you plan on living on-campus don't expect to be bored on weekends, and if you live off-campus- don't worry about being left out because there's plenty to do! The food's not that bad either!

    Am learning a lot

    The class sizes aren't that large, and the professors are always eager to help you. Many classes also provide hands-on approaches

  • 04/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Mason is a great school for music-lovers because of its proximity to DC, where the options for shows and concerts are endless. If you are looking to get into Greek Life, we have a pretty large community. Many students looking to go into politics come to Mason because of the government major and, of course, proximity to DC. But mostly, Mason is a conglomeration of many different kinds of students, who vary in just about every aspect. It is a place for students who are independent. It is a place for students who wish to broaden their horizons or for students who always felt a little bit 'different' in some capacity (culture, interests, beliefs, etc.) to connect with people similar to themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to Mason if you are looking for the typical college experience wrought with house parties. These are few and far between, and generally Greek affairs. Most of the negativity toward Mason stems from students who were looking for this sort of school and were disappointed. That's not to say that Mason students don't like to have alcohol-enhanced fun, but we tend to do so in a different setting.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty easy to be frugal at Mason. In-state tuition is cheaper here than at many schools in Virginia, and housing is quite reasonable. The food is good and pretty reasonable with a meal plan. Doing things outside of school can get a bit expensive since the cost of living in the area is so high, and most of the many things to do in the area are not free.

    Am enjoying being here

    Mason frequently gets a bad reputation as a boring commuter school. I could not disagree more. There is something to do on campus most of the time, and when there isn't, the surrounding area has plenty to do. I won't pretend that going into DC isn't more of a trek than Mason tells prospective students, but it is relatively accessible and absolutely full of fun things to do and see. My experience with my fellow students has been largely positive -- most people are friendly and bright, if perhaps a little bit shy. The student body is incredibly diverse; Mason is completely right to boast this aspect. I think meeting and interacting with so many different people from every walk of life really adds a lot to the experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much in my first year at Mason. That said, I feel that it could be a lot more challenging. At the beginning of first semester, I was worried that I had chosen the wrong school because my classes (100-level general education courses) seemed so easy. But now I have been able to take more 200 and 300 level courses, I feel like I'm being challenged without being overwhelmed. I think a large part of the learning experience is self-directed. If you're smart, you can pass classes with minimal effort, but if you actually want to get something more out of it than credits, you can and will.

  • 05/24/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love the school and the campus, go for it. For me, the campus was alright. Not too big, not too small... It still angers me to this day that instead of trying to impress the prospective Honors Students, the faculty and students chose not to give a direct answer... Or any answer at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying early and for Honors is great for any college.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an okay price for a school, and they give a lot of opportunities for Honors Students. It's an approachable school for students who live locally.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is alright. As far as faculty goes, I guess since I was only visiting, a lot of the people came off as rude. When I asked a questions, professors, faculty, and students did not answer! I thought it was just me, but when several other people asked similar (and different) questions, there was obvious circumlocution. It was a huge turn-off to visit a college, especially an Honors College, and not be heard. I didn't get much respect as a prospective student. Trying to be optimistic, it might be different in the classroom... But if you think about it, colleges try to flaunt their brightest and best students, as well as faculty, for college visits. Again, I was visiting for the Honors College, so it already shows that I'm given similar opportunities from other colleges. By giving an Honors Student (and family) no respect, it gives a negative appeal to the school. For me, it is a local, convenient college, and I was debating between this school and six others (four in which gave me similar or better opportunities financially and with Honors courses). This one came from near the top of my list to the bottom. It could be different for the students attending, since there really is a lot of school pride at GMU, but I felt awful when I visited. I have visited more than once, and I was shown little respect each time. It's really unfortunate to find out that a seemingly great school could have such rude and arrogant people.

    Will learn a lot

    When I visited for the Honors College, I was told of a lot of opportunities for the Honors Students as well as many courses available. There are many neat classes as well as majors that apply to most students.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is a bit pricey, but these days almost every school is.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like it here because of the diversity. You see people from all over the world and bring with them their different culture. I like the environment and everyone can find their own niche in the setting.

    Am learning a lot

    I loved my professors! You have to be open minded (and pick professors with good ratings) and your mind is open to the various possibilities. The professors here challenge you to study and test your knowledge to the benefit of the students.

  • 07/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Are the classes, professors and overall education worth transferring or applying for?

    Will enjoy being here

    Is the experience of student life exceptional?

    Will learn a lot

    Just researching here, is GMU a great living and learning environment?

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like being near a city, having many things to do outside of school as well as enjoying in school events, this school is for you. Very open school community that works with all sorts of personalities, there is always something here for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on coming here from a 2 year college or even straight from high school, GMU will make the transition process quick and easy for you. The counselors are very understanding, and extremely helpful as well as nice. Going here will be one of the best decision in your life!

    Bang for the buck

    Since i did look over two other school, VT and UVA vs. GMU, i realized that for the cost GMU was quite a bit lower per credit, even though its in a very accessible area and the classes teach you more advanced material. Another factor i looked at, is that I can live at home while attending school, thus saving me a drastic amount of money as opposed to living in a dorm, of course we must factor in cost of gas/insurance and time due to not having the ability to walk to class from your dorm.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although I do not live on campus as GMU is mostly a commuter school, i feel at home whenever I'm on campus. From staff, admins, to the counselors and students, everyone makes you feel at home, and it gives you that feeling inside that makes you proud to be a Mason student. I've enjoyed every minute since I've been here, with all of the clubs and events that go on, there is never a time where you can be bored!

    Am learning a lot

    After going to a community college for 2 years and obtaining my Associates degree, my next plan was to choose a good 4 year university that would fit me needs. I look at Virginia Tech, UVA and George Mason, and for a technical major such as IT Security, GMU had a rather innovative path for prospective students. As I'm currently enrolled in the program, I've learned much more than i have ever thought i would, and I've spoken with many professionals currently in the field. I've let them know what I've learned and what I'm currently doing in these classes and they are rather surprised by the advanced skill set GMU has provided me with. I'm extremely pleased with GMU and what they have taught me so far, and I'm also very confident that finding a job with the skill set I've acquired form here will be quite easy.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students at GMU really need to want to get involved, they can't wait for something to come to them. They have to go for what they want, thankfully GMU has many options.

    Tips for prospective students

    When living on campus as a freshman at first it may seem as though everyone goes home on the weekends. Although there are some commuters on campus after a couple of weeks people start to stick around and friendships form fast especially with floor mates and roommates. George Mason is a great university and I think anyone could find their niche there simply because there are so many niches available.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student money is tight, but I am an RA and that saves a lot of money, there are many on campus jobs and many ways to save money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Housing on campus is guaranteed to all students and is growing more and more each year. One great thing about the location of GMU is how close it is to the city. There are so many things to do in Washington D.C. and many of them are free which is helpful on a student’s budget. Although it is just a metro ride away from the city, Fairfax County (where GMU is located) is a very safe neighborhood. The shuttle ride from the metro to campus is a very safe and convenient option for students. There are also shuttles to many places in Fairfax like the malls, restaurants, stores, etc. If students don’t want to leave campus there are many things to do on campus. GMU is a very diverse campus and has many events and programs that are social and educational. There is a movie theater, a performance theater, the Patriot Center (many concerts and events are there), and many food options.

    Am learning a lot

    George Mason University (GMU) so far has been an amazing experience for me. It has classes of 15 and classes of 200 and both have been successful in teaching me what I need to know. It is a big campus, but nothing is more than a 15 minute walk on campus.

  • 08/09/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I visited GMU recently and really enjoyed it. The campus is AMAZING!! There is so much to do and many clubs to participate in. They even have a squirrel watching club.... if you enjoy watching squirrels. L0l

    Will learn a lot

    I talked to a few psychologgy majors on my visit, and they all had positive comments. They said that your're always learning something new no matter what your major is... Can't wait to be there next year. I Love Mason!!!

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Older students, married students, people from the DC area that plan on commuting to school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have other choices don't come here. Trust me, it's not that great. As far as being a great college atmosphere it is not.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a pretty good value for your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm sorry to say but it is not a fun or enjoyable school. It is mostly a commuter school and they have no housing on campus which honestly sucks. The support departments, like admissions, financial aid, parking, etc. are horrible, I mean horrifying.

    Am learning a lot

    There are some departments that are great, like economics, but there are also some horrible professors in the school of management and english for example.

  • 09/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in a diverse university and have an interest in getting an internship in Washington, D.C. or Tyson's Corner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused in your school work but get involved on campus - whether that means joining Greek life or a sports team or a church group.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love George Mason University!!

  • 11/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    George Mason University looks like it will be a great fit for almost any type of student interested in attending post secondary school. I believe that students that want the big campus feel while having an intimate community will gain more the GMU campus and other attractions. If you like the city life, this is the place to be. If you like the quiet, scenic life, this could be your place too. GMU is unique in its own way; thus, earning its rank on the Princeton Review and other college ranking websites.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    George Mason University it great for students that are looking for an education as well as a career. Not many schools give a student the opportunity to work while attending school due to the location. However, since GMU is located in such a great area next to the bigger cities with many career opportunities, it is great for students that want to learn and earn money at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since George Mason University is a well-diversified school, I believe it is important to be involved in the many different organizations that are available. You will find many career, networking, and learning opportunities by becoming active and involved with different organizations.

    Bang for the buck

    GMU is worth the money. With the opportunities provided at GMU, every single penny is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    George Mason University (GMU) is quite different compared to many other colleges or universities. I have seen GMU grow from being a predominantly commuter-school to a residential university. Since my first year I have seen many dormitory and building constructions and renovations. I have had the opportunity to experience the GMU residential life and the commuter life. I absolutely enjoy getting an education at a university that is constantly growing and improving. Not to mention, the diversity of the enrolled students is also another reason I enjoy GMU.

    Am learning a lot

    Being a current fourth-year student at George Mason University (GMU), I have explored two majors and one minor. My experience in all of these departments at GMU has taught me that GMU has quality education. Every single class: from the basic university education classes, science lectures and labs, business classes, and information technology courses, I have learned a tremendous amount. It is remarkable how much GMU has to offer in terms of learning.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing special.

    What to do for fun

    Go to DC

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up in high school, when in college; find study groups, do not procrastinate to do homework, try to read ahead of the reading assignments.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a good academic school. It is not diverse as they promote themselves to be, and it is also a commuter school. Not that big of a social life.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to gym and playing sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active and get involved to campus activities. It is the greatest way to spend 4 years in college.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a great college. It provides many different fields of study with experienced professors. Students are always encouraged to get involved to campus activities.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i heard about my om professor said that arlington campus has massage serve around final examination period.

    What to do for fun

    the school has a lot internship chances and many students clubs.

    Food and Dining

    it has a lot of fast food though.

    Dorm Life

    never been to dorm before, but the price is not cheap.

    Academic Rigor

    most professors are very strict.

    Tips for prospective students

    reading test books before attending to classes is very helpful.

    In three sentences

    even though the college campus is not that big, it clean and nice. professors are have passion to teach. it also close to dc area which has good job chances.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    lights everywhere~

    Greek Life

    no houses on campus.

    What to do for fun

    make friends.

    Food and Dining

    pretty okay.

    Dorm Life

    more student activities would be nice, and have more things to give out at the events.

    Tips for prospective students

    be on time. pay attention to what you need to do, both in class and in handling everything with mason.

    In three sentences

    bad at organization. good at keeping the dorms nice. good teachers.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    george mason is a very safe campus. they have a police station on campus, and the police officers are very active. you ill feel totally safe during any time of the day :)

    Greek Life

    they have every greek organization that you can think of. the greeks are active and help out with a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    they have a club/ activity for everyone and everything!!!

    Great for these types of students

    george mason is great for every student because mason is fit for every type of personality/ student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    george mason has 4 campuses! that's a lot of campuses for one university!

    Bang for the buck

    george mson is worth your money. every aspect besides housing. if you can avoid living on campus- please do so!

    What to do for fun

    when your at george mason, you can do anything. they have clubs for everything that you can think of!! be active on campus and join the clubs for your major as well as hobbies. its too many clubs and organizations to name because there's plenty of them for everything.

    Food and Dining

    the dining at george mason is great! they have a top of the line cafeteria that has won numerous awards. they also have every type of restaurant that you can think of. you can use your meal plan at any time, which is a plus.

    Dorm Life

    george maon has top of the line dormitories (physically). burt the internet is very bad, as well as the maintenance (to fix things). also, if you don't have a particular person who you want to be roommates with, they will stick you with anyone! the process for housing is very bad this year, so if you don't get housing; i warned you! they are discriminating against seniors, and individuals who don't have a group! overall, its satisfactory; it has its goods and bads. if you can live off campus (for a person thats out of state) - please! its not worth your money if you are paying the high rates for out of state tuition.

    Academic Rigor

    george mason has great academic programs, and great teachers. some of the teachers may read from a powerpoint, that's why i only rated them with 4 stars instead of 5. but overall; you'll graduate from george mason with a great understanding of everything that you need to know in your particular major. george mason is what you make of it, so take responsibility for your own academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you plan on attending george mason, i would advice that you research all of the programs that george mason offers. i would also advice you to apply and plan early. also, setup a payment plan as soon as you register.

    In three sentences

    george mason is a fully accredited school with exciting opportunities. they sponsor a bunch of fun filled activities and programs. they have great academic programs.

  • 02/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    this school is fairly expensive but it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    they have all kinds of events all year long that you can participate in.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to every class.

    In three sentences

    it is a great up and coming school. i really like the students and the professors. the atmosphere is geared toward learning

  • 03/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    you should never be afraid to be on campus here at mason. it's almost impossible to walk around and not see some sort of authority figure walking around the school. if there's trouble, it will be intercepted quickly. security patrols throughout the night and watches over during the day to ensure the protection of both mason's students and it's faculty.

    Greek Life

    i am personally not a member of greek life and therefore do not want to dwell extensively on the topic, but i do know many in greek life and love it to no end.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are an endless amount of clubs and activities on and off campus here at mason provided by both students and faculty. the proximity to washington, dc only makes the opportunities for such things even better for its students. if you find that you have scoured through mason's large list of clubs and organizations and find that none of them interest you then just make your own! here at mason, the faculty makes it very easy for you to start your own club and provide you with funds if you have a big enough following.

    Great for these types of students

    mason is a great place for people who want to surround themselves with diversity and every different kind of person. if you're looking for a college to blend in with a bunch of people who look and behave just like you, then perhaps mason is not where you want to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    one amusing tradition is to never step on the plaque located in front and behind the george mason statue in the main square. doing so will bring you bad luck and the only way to counter such luck is to rub the shoe of the mason statue in repentance.

    Bang for the buck

    with the wealth of opportunities for jobs and internships, activities and events, and academic choices, mason is a great place to commit yourself to and i personally believe that it is worth every penny that i put into it. the opportunities here at this school are endless and your determination is the only true limiting factor when it comes to what you will get out of these four years here.

    What to do for fun

    there are many on campus events that are provided by the staff here at mason on a weekly basis. there are also an endless amount of activities going on through one of the many countless clubs that are here at mason. each club holds its own events and if none of them interest you, then you may always start your own club! mason makes it very easy for you to start up anything that you want if a group of people show enough interest for it. another great thing about mason's entertainment is the fact that the patriot center, a stadium for mason's division 1 basketball team, is right in the middle of campus; the patriot center hosts many huge events from basketball games and tournaments, to concerts from popular artists and also the circus comes around once a year. as a student, there are many discounted events you may attend and you will have plenty of opportunities to keep yourself busy and forget about boredom.

    Food and Dining

    there are many great places to choose from when it comes to dining on campus here at mason, but as with any dining options, the key to keeping them great is variety. as long as you make sure that you change it up every once and awhile, each place will stay fresh and keep their prestige throughout your four years. most notably, the dining hall, southside, is the one that mason holds in highest regard. for one meal plan you are given access to an all you can eat buffet with a daily changing menu with everything from a deli line all the way to pasta. if coming to mason, worrying about where to eat is the last thing that you need to worry about.

    Dorm Life

    there are many options for living on george mason, some better than others of course, it all depends on what your college spending limits are and where exactly you want to be. coming in to george mason as a freshman i was nervous of coming to a new place and not knowing anyone on a personal level, but that barrier was breached after just one weekend with my floor and between just hanging out and the resident advisers planned events, i got to know many people very quickly and hold them as great friends in this chapter of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    i believe this school to be great both socially and academically, but then again i could be coming from a biased point of view because i love my major so much. but so far, every class i've taken has been very enjoyable, made such by both the curriculum as well as the staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't worry, everyone on campus is helpful and friendly and finding your niche here at mason is a feat accomplished in no time. the professors are awesome as long as you stay on their good sides, so work hard and show and put forth the effort and you'll do big things here at this university.

    In three sentences

    george mason university is a great place to meet all new and different kinds of people from anywhere and everywhere in this world. it provides good opportunities for the students both on and off campus such as activities, internships and potential jobs. george mason is a great place to be and i couldn't imagine having picked anywhere else to spend my four years of my college career.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit nearby DC and go see a free show every night at 6pm at the Kennedy Center.

    Food and Dining

    Many food options, and fairly centrally located.

    Dorm Life

    Brand new dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    I've had nothing but good experiences from the mathematics department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the amount of free things there is to do in nearby Washington DC.

    In three sentences

    GMU is wonderfully close to the nations capital. It also has wonderful environment with lots of space to sit outside. I wish the buildings were older, but having a new campus has it's perks.

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    VERY SAFE.

    Clubs and Activities

    Get involved!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Parking sucks. Live with it.

    Bang for the buck

    Very nice gyms.

    What to do for fun

    Fairfax has a few bars, Fat Tuesday's right across the campus is the best! If you're under 21, take advantage of the clubs in DC, most are only 18+ and free for ladies.

    Food and Dining

    You're better off buying groceries and cooking because all the fast food will make you gain weight.

    Dorm Life

    Make friends and live with them. You may get stuck with some crazy people if you don't!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more challenging than others. Classes also vary by professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the internships/volunteer positions around Fairfax, they will boast your resume. Also, take advantage of D.C. - attend concerts, museums, clubs, sports events, etc. because you will need to relax after all that studying. Always check rate my professor... it will help a lot when picking classes.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is filled with great professors and nice students in a decent location. Fairfax has a lot to offer being in Northern Virginia, it's filled with job/internship opportunities and the University does a good job at helping you find them.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They have on-campus police & Idk if that's the same thing as the people who walk you to your car at night. It's Virginia, there's bound to be trees everywhere haha. It can get a little creepy at night but stick with your roommate or someone.

    Greek Life

    No thanks.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so much going on that sometimes I feel as if I'd be that one weird girl clustered in my dorm. Also, they tend to push everyone to get involved and it gets a little uncomfortable when everywhere you go, someone's like OMG, JOIN THIS or SIGN UP FOR THIS, WE MEET EVERYDAY FOR 5 HOURS.

    Great for these types of students

    In-state.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out-of-state student, I checked my financial aid from them & they're only offering me $9.5k worth of loans. I'm actually broke too, I live with 3 other people & only one of them has stable income, divorced parents (dad is a deadbeat). You'd think I'd get SOMETHING but nope, not even Pell & I have a 3.0 GPA.

    What to do for fun

    Kings Dominion is like an hour or two away, it's a theme park that's pretty cool. & everyone who says there's nothing to do, you're crazy! You're 20 minutes outside of the nation's capital! There's a lot of stuff to do if you actually look around.

    Food and Dining

    I've only been to an orientation-type event but those cookies were bomb.

    Dorm Life

    I just don't like old-fashioned dorms. You know, the ones with the bathrooms out in the hall? I'm more of a suite girl. But the dorms are very clean. I also have a problem with the decorating rules: 20% of a wall can be decorated at a time. I'm sorry, let me go measure my wall & calculate how much stuff I can put on it.

    Academic Rigor

    Idk, I haven't even enrolled yet. But I've heard it's pretty rigorous & very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an out-of-state student, APPLY FOR EVERY SCHOLARSHIP YOU CAN POSSIBLY FIND. In-state? you're fine.

    In three sentences

    Typical university with tons of stuff do. Sometimes, too much stuff to do. Beautiful campus.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Student organizations are spectacular and very informative. They're also a great way to make friends and keep active while balancing school work. As a former member of Student Government with no experience in politics, I also found it as a great opportunity to learn how to become a leader.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GMU versus VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) basketball games - they're always so intense! I'm not big on basketball but whenever these games occur, they're fun to watch.

    What to do for fun

    1) Movie nights at the GMU - Johnson Center Cinema. 2) Mason Day - once a year, GMU carnival with a headlining concert. :) 3) DC Nightlife. There's Mason shuttles that'll take you to the Metro so you can head into the city for a good time!

    Food and Dining

    Food is nothing spectacular. Burger King here, Starbucks there... the necessities, I suppose?

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on-campus, but a lot of activities are catered to dorm students.

    Tips for prospective students

    A) Be wary of parking! Arrive early - the earlier you are, the higher chance of attaining a parking spot that's closer to your class. B) Mason week and Homecoming week are awesome to take part in! Mason Pride! C) Don't skip class! Once you start, it's going to backfire on you. Also, the campus layout is small enough that a professor and/or teammate may see you on campus when you said you're sick.

    In three sentences

    GMU is a great commuter university! It's close to Washington DC and the wonders the city has to offer. There's also a lot of activities for both on-campus and off-campus students.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Flexible schedules for full-time professionals interested in post-graduate degrees.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is pretty much no crime at GMU. They have their own police force and security that patrols the dorms.

    Greek Life

    We have no traditional Greek Row which means no fraternity or sorority houses. Most chapters on campus rent out single family houses in the neighborhoods surrounding campus to use as their house. Greek Life is the only way you are going to party at Mason and is the best way to be involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have no football team which will likely not change in the future. Basketball season is fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that are looking for a school that is great value for their money, near D.C. and large (we are almost up to 35,000 students).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are not to many unusual traditions. Just don't step on the plaque in front of the statue of George Mason or you will graduate a year late!

    Bang for the buck

    Mason is really great value for your money if you are an instate student. Housing is a little expensive but Fairfax is rated as one of the nicest places to live in the country and the real estate prices reflect that. Tuition is cheap for the amount of resources you get compared to other schools. Food is about what you would expect for a usual university.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved with a student organization. You will be really bored here if you don't. I recommend Greek Life. If you want to party here you pretty much have to be in a fraternity or sorority. Other than that DC is really close by and there is a couple of malls and many movie theaters around.

    Food and Dining

    Food at Mason is really inconstant. Some days you will get really great food and others you will wonder why you're paying so much for your meal plans. They do have a wide selection of food to choose from. On campus we have: Burger King, Taco Bell, Chick Fila, Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway, Sub Connection (like subway but less quality), Freshens (smoothies), Sangam (Indian food), La Vincinta (Italian Food), Gold Rush (like subway but better quality), 2 buffet style all you can eat places, and much more.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms at Mason are average. They are really tiny and you must share a bathroom with your entire floor. All of the dorms do have air-conditioning though which is not always the case at other schools. Once you are out of the freshman dorms, it is a different story. There is no more sharing bathrooms with your entire floor. The rooms are big and you will have access to full kitchens. Most of the upperclassmen dorms have been built in the last 5 years too!

    Academic Rigor

    GMU is not an easy school to float by in. You will be challenged in most classes that you take. Don't let this scare you off though. They have numerous support systems to help you such as the writing center, math tutoring center, and graduate teaching assistants.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips are as follows: 1) Live on campus. It is really easy to convince yourself to live off campus or at home with your parents. Don't do this. You are not getting the full college experience if you do this and you will most likely wonder what is so great about college by living off campus. 2) Get involved with Greek Life. At Mason there are a huge number of fraternities and sororities. They range from social fraternities to multicultural fraternities to business fraternities to Catholic fraternities. This is the best way to get involved and have fun at Mason. 3) Be outgoing, make friends and have fun! There is a reason that college is considered to be the best time of peoples life. Don't waste it!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is very focused on offering the best academics it possibly can. They have very modern facilities and you will receive a quality education here. Unfortunately this does come at the expense of student life on campus so if you find yourself outside of Greek Life, you will most likely be very bored here.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Because of it's close proximity to the Nations capital GMU is one of the safest campuses in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    You want a club for it, I'm sure GMU already has one.

    Great for these types of students

    Any! GMU is very culturally diverse. But is especially great for Science related majors!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know what you would consider unusual but with GMU you learn to never be surprised!:) There is always something going on on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    For out of state students the tuition is a little costly, but the education is soooo worth it! In state is incredibly cheap!! Just apply early for multiple scholarships, because GMU is generous.

    What to do for fun

    The Patriot Center is always bumping! There is always someone there and students are almost always offered free or discounted tickets! At GMU you are also less than half an hour from the nations capital, Washington D.C. Where I can guarantee something is always going on!

    Food and Dining

    Food opportunities are endless! With a growing student diversity, the food is equally as international. There is literally something for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    I'm unfortunately living off campus, but haven't heard any negatives about the GMU dorm life!

    Academic Rigor

    Very catered to a students major. Not students, student. You're not a number at GMU. GMU's degree programs are like a tailored suit, fitted to you as a student. You won't find anything off the rack here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus and apply early! GMU is a high demand school. There are immense scholarship opportunities, out-of-state potentials don't be scared away! Just apply early!

    In three sentences

    GMU has one of the best managed and well-kept campuses I have ever visited! The GMU community is extremely welcoming and are more than happy to assist you in ANYWAY possibly. It's a perfect school for anyone looking into a Science directed major.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a theater on campus that often has viewings of popular movies for students. The Patriot Center always has a great event to attend from concerts to athletic events to the Circus every year. There always is something fun to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Johnson Center has a variety of dining options from Chick Fil A to Asian and middle eastern cuisine and an great smoothie place. Mason offers meal plans and the prices are relatively affordable.

    Dorm Life

    There are several options for on campus hosing. The living units are very nice and clean and many of the units are new to the expanding campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is as difficult as you make it. Certainly, upper level classes are going to be harder than lower level classes but if you go to class and do the work on time it will not be too challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, it is recommended that you have a good idea of the program you would like to study and you meet with your course advisor often. Join an on campus organization or group and get involved with other student groups.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is an excellent place to gain cultural diversity and meet different types of people. The professors are for the most part helpful and knowledgeable in their fields and I have had several whom I thoroughly enjoyed. The campus life and activities are fun and engaging and help you meet new people and express your school spirit.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that you can join. Some aren't very active in advertising themselves so you have to look for them. Start looking and joining in your freshman year. It might seem like you don't have time; however, you have the ability to make time. Also it's a lot more fun if you start making memories with a club right in the beginning of the year.

    What to do for fun

    Mason organizations are always planning something fun. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open. If there is nothing that appeals to you, then you can always hang with some friends at the mall, in D.C., or in Old Town. Just make sure to check the shuttle schedule first!

    Food and Dining

    If you live on campus then buy some food to store in your dorm because you will get too lazy to buy food from the dining place 5 minutes away from where you live. The foods great as long as you don't eat it every single day.

    Dorm Life

    It's only fun if you take the effort to make a good impression and interact with the people on your floor. Otherwise you'll be missing out on a lot of opportunities. Community bathrooms and showers aren't a problem because everyone has their own schedule and some just learn to adjust.

    Academic Rigor

    Like in all colleges and universities, it depends on the courses you take and the teachers you get. Ratings of teachers on websites like ratemyprofessors.com are sometimes accurate descriptions of the teachers. It just depends on what kind of student you are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring clothes and other items for every type of whether when you first come. Get to know the people on your floor and joins some clubs. Read everything everywhere because a lot of cool/fun stuff happens, but people just don't know because they don't pay attention.

    In three sentences

    You feel like you are in your own suburban community immediately surrounded by city life. Everything you need, from people and food to a nice place to just chill, is here you just have to explore around. Mason is a place where students make their own tradition.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is encouraged at George Mason University for the full college experience. I am in an Honor Fraternity and I have found people that are more than just friends to me. It is perfect for me because it is a group of social students that still have excellent academic goals.

    Clubs and Activities

    It is simple for students to get involved in campus activities. Student involvement organizes events all year round. Our events include formal dance, Mason week, concerts with popular artists, as well as study lounge and snacks for hard working students. All of this is organized by students and activities center.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mason week is one of the most fun and memorable experiences. It happens right before exams and graduation so that is an excellent time. Events such as a free carnival, concert (Plain White T's or Hot Chelle Rae are the recent picks), and much more to end the year.

    Food and Dining

    There are many Food and Dining options available on campus ranging from Burger King and Taco Bell to Subway and Chick filA. Southside is a eat all you can buffet restaurant that is open to all students. They serve breakfast, lunch, meals, snack, dessert. If that isn't enough, off campus dining options are close by as well.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly, it is excellent for upperclassmen with many options, however Freshmen seem to have a lesser advantage because they have only one option.

    Academic Rigor

    Academia is pressed on students from the beginning. George Mason University has a clear distinction in classes that are higher level. Students are encouraged to see the professor or the Teacher's assistant for help. Each department in different, however the School of Engineering at George Mason University is brilliant due to the technology available.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend campus involvement to as much as you can, such as Greek Life, clubs and activities, or even a job on-campus. This will help build strong leadership skills as well as long lasting friendships.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is sometimes mistaken for a commuter college because there are a lot of students that commute, however this doesn't affect the social aspect of the university. It is a diverse university with students of all ages and ethnicity which makes it easier for any student to have an enjoyable college experience.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Depending on where you eat, you can be very pleased or disappointed with the food. A word to incoming freshmen: stay away from the jc food court. Unless they're fixing it up this year, its still gross. Best places to eat: la pat, southside, hot spot.

    Dorm Life

    Living in an LLC at Mason completely shaped my experience at the university. The Living-Learning Community gives your opportunities that regular dorms will not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge the school based on your first visit. This was the last school I was considering attending based on visits, but now I can't imagine myself at any other college.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are police escort services available to those who want it.

    Greek Life

    There are many opportunities to join frats/sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and organizations to get involved with.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall a great school for academics and social life.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. I absolutely love it! Southside is my favorite because it's all-you-can-eat, and it's located right above a gym so you can burn off all those calories.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are neat and clean, and some are even being renovated and updated. It's a great living environment and social atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason is an up and coming school, so grades and achievements are taken very seriously. A lot of people don't think it's a great school academically, but it truly is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved on campus. Join something!

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a great place to learn, grow, and mature. There are so many job/internship opportunities available through the university. I love the school.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Officers regularly patrol the campus, with police cadets available for any security need that would require an escort.

    Greek Life

    Small, but growing. Excellent community service opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs, with everything from knitting, to story-telling, to competitive shooting.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in government, anyone with a DC internship in mind. Spectacularly close to DC, with the Metro bus running from several stops on campus directly to Vienna.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never step on the plaque in front of the Mason Statue. Means you will not graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Food, as well as Greek Life. Greeks get into special events for reduced charge or for free, as well as opening doors for internships where former Greek life members would look favorably upon you for showing the dedication required to enter into the brotherhood.

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life, sports, clubs, just find something that interests you and stick with it.

    Food and Dining

    Good food around campus, when using meal plans go to the buffet-style dining facility called Southside. one meal swipe gets you as much as you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, but without a sport or entering into Greek life, it will get slow over time. Use extra-curricular activities to spice things up a little.

    Academic Rigor

    Some what difficult, depends mainly on an individual's major of choice. Some majors are a more book-study intensive course, while others are more hands on. All dependent upon the chosen major or course of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you look at other schools as well, so that your perfect school can be found. Mason is close to the DC area, so any major that is government-based can be found in exceptional quality at George Mason.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is an up and coming school, with many great attributes. The school is updating all of its housing, educational institutions, and upgrading its educational workforces, all for the enhancement of its student population. Overall, a wonderful school to attend.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Dorms were nice but sometimes the people that you have to live with are unbearable. Some dorms are really loud and it seems that no one ever sleeps (throwing parties or listening to music or constantly hanging out in the hallway). Others are so quiet that everyone can hear your conversation when you are walking out of the elevators or out of the stairwell, let alone in the hallway.

    Academic Rigor

    Because I am in the Nursing program, Mason is extremely rigorous when it comes to academics. You are fighting for your spot in the program and not even half of the pool is accepted.

    In three sentences

    I am currently enrolled in Mason's nursing program and the level of commitment that professors and advisors have for their students is astounding. Being at a school that is located in Northern Virginia and so close to Washington D.C. allows for better job opportunities and a wider variety of patients than if I were to have gone to a less populated area. I am also really grateful that George Mason's nursing program requires its students to get their RN license directly after completing schooling because it gives me the upper hand, being that I can apply for a job so soon.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely well lit but sometimes the traffic cadets don't do their job so just be careful crossing the street.

    Greek Life

    There are no Greek houses on campus. Our Greek row is a row of benches painted by each fraternity/sorority. Greek life is extremely active though. There are plenty to pledge and you'll usually see someone wearing their letters.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of stuff to join: religious clubs, academic clubs, cultural clubs, etc...

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the plaque in front of the George Mason statue or you won't graduate on time. Rub George Mason's toe for good luck. When we play VCU, you better root against them.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I usually head to D.C. It's about a 40 minute metro ride, so beware. Sometimes there are things on campus (Weekends At Mason) and free movies in the JC Cinema. Also, most of the cultural clubs have shows/productions so look out for those. They're really fun. There is also a free campus shuttle that will take you to the mall and to Fairfax Corner, which has the movies and a lot of restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    Again, depends on where you go. There are things like Chick-fil-A, and Starbucks. Southside is pretty good too.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you stay. Freshman dorms are definitely not the best on campus and if you live in President's Park, you're pretty far from everything. Upperclassmen dorms are great though.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not as hard as everyone makes it seem, as long as you actually study--not just look over the text but make sure you understand everything. The professors are also very available to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off. It's great to make friends and have a good time but don't forget your studies. Try to get involved with different clubs and societies. Mason has a LOT of different students from a LOT of different backgrounds and many of them are passionate, so be prepared to see marches/demonstrations on campus.

    In three sentences

    Mason is a great school academically. On the weekends it gets really quiet since it's mainly a commuter school. It is not nearly as close to D.C as they make it sound.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety are always available. They'll even escort you back to your dorm if you do not feel comfortable walking around campus late.

    Greek Life

    From what I have heard, greek life on campus is pretty amazing. I plan on joining a sorority my 2nd semester coming up.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is ALWAYS something to do on campus. You can do anything from sports, to language clubs, to swing dance. Intramural soccer is always a big competition among the students. Go to all the events, even if they do not seem to be bringing in a large crowd, that means more free stuff for you.

    Great for these types of students

    I wanted to get away from my hometown and Mason is a solid 6 hours away. Also, its so close to DC that any student interested in working for the government should have Mason in their top 3 choices. For Astronomy students like myself, Mason is home to the second largest telescope on the east coast; the first being one of NASA's babies.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Basketball games. As a Freshmen, my friends and I tried to attend every single one because there is always a free give-away and the basketball team really knows how to put on a good show. Attend any event on campus because there will always be free t-shirts. One of the best late-night locations is the Starbucks right on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Being on a scholarship, YES. This college gives a lot more to their students than any other college I have seen. The dorms are always being improved. There are so many events on campus and many more are being added each year to keep the students active and involved in campus spirit. GO PATRIOTS!!

    What to do for fun

    Being so close to DC, its the best place to go on a weekend. There are tons of cupcake shops in the city, museums, the National Mall, monuments, restaurants, haunted houses at Halloween, and lots of stores to go shopping. Georgetown is only a metro ride away. The town of Fairfax is only a bus ride away and there's cute little shops to go shopping in.

    Food and Dining

    Its campus food. Pretty good the first few weeks and then it gets repetitive. However, if you want waffles with icecream, late-night pancakes, milkshakes, fries, grilled chicken sandwiches, decent subs, and (a soon to be built) PANDA EXPRESS, then Mason's got it all. We now also have a Subway right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Eastern Shore (Freshmen Honors Dorm) and it was the best dorm on campus. 3 kitchens per floor. Tons of study rooms on each floor as well. The dorm actually brought a strong sense of community among us freshmen. The non-honors freshmen dorms are good too, but nothing can compare to the Shore. The Shore is located right next to the best open-late campus dining center. The other Freshmen dorms have Ike's, home to the best milkshakes on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in the Honors Program at Mason, some of the classes can be difficult. BUT, the academic advisers and professors are very understanding and will give you that second chance you need. Do not try and overload on credits; its completely reckless and will lead to emotional breakdowns (been there. done that)

    Tips for prospective students

    GMU was not my first choice mainly because I live 5 states away. However, Mason proved to me that being far from home was/is totally worth it. The entire atmosphere of the campus is really positive and uplifting because the students want to They want to do well, be successful in their education, and end up with a really good career. That is what Mason gives you: success, a positive outlook, and best of all, a career.

    In three sentences

    This college is fantastic to start living on your own and making your name known. Its an up-and-coming school so not many people know about it at the moment, but they will soon enough.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always have your belongings with you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Starbucks is a nice place to hang out in, you should see it but you'll get addicted to their hot chocolate in the winter ;). - Sport fitness centers - SUB II, Upper floor ballroom

    What to do for fun

    Check out the weekends at mason website, it always has events that go on in the weekends so you have plenty of options to choose from. I figured out in the end that a good place to get noticed, meet people, and stay in shape off course is the GYM! There are 3 sports fitness centers on campus which have many facilities, and they are all a must see! They also have creative sport classes schedules like yoga, massages, and anything you could possibly imagine! ATTEND PLAYS for FREE!

    Food and Dining

    Only two good places I ended eating up in cause I got sick from the rest are Subway, Southside, and Hot spot. <-- These are the best.

    Dorm Life

    Not so much activities. It was pretty boring for me in terms of student involvement. Dorms cost 3,000 $ for a term but they are of good quality and comfortable and safe. As far as campus life goes, it is very boring. Since many people commute, the campus isn't catered to people living on campus and it is quite empty on weekends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is generally tough and must be taken seriously! Many teachers have high standards in this university.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Always figure out the tuition first. Out-of-state tuition is very expensive and you must have everything planned and arranged before you make your decision. - Talk to a career counselor or a knowledgeable advisor, and carefully think about the major you choose based on your career interest because many people end up changing their majors. - Be involved on campus! Do extracurriculars, internships, research or anything as long as you're doing something!

    In three sentences

    From my experience, I view GMU as a university that is gradually improving on a daily basis. The good side of it is that it is truly has a diverse student body but it is quite crowded for a suburban area. It does offer great education. Although it does offer many opportunities for students to excel, it doesn't really reach out to many people, a lot of students don't get those opportunities because they are very limited. Other universities may definitely may have more options for students like opportunities to be involved on campus or internships, better advising and career redirection, and a more engaging campus than GMU does. Campus life is very boring if you don't have a group of people to do activities with, it is generally hard to make friends as people are very different and unfamiliar with others so they are generally not so welcoming and in their own little world just like everyone else.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    it's good at when you first attend GMU, but the food gets old.

    Dorm Life

    Try to make friends on your floor. Attend meeting and events created by the RA.

    Academic Rigor

    GMU is a really chill school, freshman classes are really easy. so don't stress out about it

    Tips for prospective students

    Find last year or semester from upperclassmen, the test might the same

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great school that is continuing to make a name for itself in all sciences and arts.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    VCU basketball game

    What to do for fun

    DC is close by

    Food and Dining

    you get tired of it all after a while, pilot house and ikes are life savers late at night

    Dorm Life

    Talk to your roomates when you have problems

    Academic Rigor

    classes can be tough just try.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused , join clubs but remember why you are there.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is great, close to DC. The people are very sociable.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun is limitless thanks to the many events George Mason University have weekly!

    Food and Dining

    Food selection on campus is at great variety and if you even want a change up, so much is available directly off campus, which can be reached via Cue Bus or any of the many shuttle buses!

    Dorm Life

    There could be better housing for freshmen, but upperclassmen housing gets better the more credits you have. But the cleaning staffs are polite and keep the dormitories great!

    Academic Rigor

    Every post secondary school is suppose to challenge isn't students, and George Mason University definitely does, but you will also enjoy learning!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check ratemyprofessors.com before choosing a professor! Go in with a correct mindset and be prepared to be challenged!

    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful and well-kept! The professors and advisers are quite helpful whenever needed by one of the students! Great diversity contributes to even greater experiences!

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is an incredibly safe campus. Lots of security officers are willing to walk you to your car if need be. Well lit areas and people are always around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for pretty much everything you can think of. If we don't have it, don't worry, it's super easy to create one through the Student Board.

    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is a great place for students who want to know lots of different types of people. We are one of the most diverse colleges in the United States and we take great pride in that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a statue of George Mason located in the center of campus and whenever a certain event is coming up , people always have George dressed up accordingly :)

    What to do for fun

    The campus is located in the heart of northern Virginia. There are so many things to do in the Fairfax area as well as Washington, DC. There's always a wide array of activities ranging from museums, art shows, concerts, and a great night life!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of well known fast food chains are located on the main campus. If for some reason you get tired of it, there are plenty of mom and pop shops within five minutes of campus that you can dine at.

    Dorm Life

    George Mason is known to be a commuter school, however, they are greatly expanding their residential life by building lots of new and innovative dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and engineering programs are great! There are lots of opportunities to do internships since we're so close to DC.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should know that there are lots of things to do at George Mason as long as you're willing to get involved. Keep up the hard work and don't fall behind in your classes.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is an amazing place with lots of opportunities. We have three beautiful campuses and lots of friendly people. We are considered an up and coming school for great reasons!

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is top notch. Fairfax County Police are the prime security on campus. There is also an alert system set up so that students may receive text and email notification of any alarms or alerts that the University may have. You never have to worry about finding out what is going on if there is an emergency on campus; the information is directly sent to you via text.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prominent at GMU. Many events are hosted by sororities or fraternities and it is definitely an opportunity for those students that are interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    GMU offers every sport, club, and activity that you can think of. There is something offered for everyone. You can even start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Good for students who enjoy an environment of diverse peers, excellence in academia, and who are looking for a meaningful and worthwhile college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The George Mason statue! He's always sporting a new outfit that indicates various events on campus. One day he is decked out in Mason gear ready for the basketball games and the next he is wearing all pink to support the on campus sorority that does philanthropy for Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

    Bang for the buck

    For being so close to the nation's capital and offering excellent academic opportunities, GMU is optimal and affordable for students.

    What to do for fun

    George Mason University offers a gorgeous campus and many recreational facilities. It is also just a few metro stops from D.C. So if you ever get tired of being at school, just hop on the metro and you will be in the nation's capital in minutes; walking along the national mall or visiting the Smithsonian.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing. It is not the bland food you would think of as being college food. Mason has a Red Mango, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Panda Express, and of course, the ever famous, 24 hour Starbucks for those late night cram sessions.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is one of the most revered of all the college experiences. At Mason, you really get the chance to make it your home, even if you are a commuter; from the people you will meet and become friends with to the experiences on campus that will be forever remembered, Mason offers something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes you choose say something about not only your abilities but also your passions and your character. Classes are rigorous but with time management, organization, and the will to succeed, every class becomes an opportunity to shine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay motivated. Keep an open mind. Be bold. Inspire yourself as well as someone else. Find your passion and pursue it. Persevere. Keep your head high and your spirits up. The world of college is exciting but can be difficult at times, never give up on your passions. The real world awaits with much more difficulty so enjoy college and take every opportunity head on!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University praises innovation. At GMU, each student's journey becomes the legacy of the school. George Mason offers a variety of opportunities and opens every door possible to students.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe to walk around by yourself at any time of the day or night. The city is right outside campus, however, the campus police and students both work together to make the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek like at Mason is much different from Greek life at many other colleges. Because there is no Greek housing on campus, most Greek organizations have a difficult time running events and having Greek Week like normal colleges. Because of this, the Greek community does not feel like a community at all, and are quite segregated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has an exceptional selection of clubs on campus. Not only in large quantity, but also in the strange variety.

    What to do for fun

    Mason is in the most exciting location for its price. The Washington DC area is full of exciting things to do during the day hours, and the night. Transportation is cheap/free to get to most places so its not difficult for anyone to experience the best aspects of the area. Also, Mason hosts events that allow students to go to large cities such as New York, or amusement parks for discounted travel and ticket prices on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Mason has pretty good food. The all you can eat buffet is open during good hours and have fairly healthy and tasteful foods. Some dining options stay open until 4am, while one stay open 24/7, so there are barely any gaps of time for which there is no available food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Mason if great. George Mason Housing hosts numerous events where everyone can meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun. The dorms are fairly comfortable, but with as many events are Mason puts on, why would you want to stay in your room very often?

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason is an academically rigorous school. The classes are rarely a walk in the park, however, even in the most difficult classes, the professors are willing to go out of their way to help you earn success.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage all students who are thinking of choosing George Mason University for college to visit the school and take a day to see the surrounding area. The school is located so close to DC, yet so secluded from the rest of the city, I firmly believe that its a school for everyone. Visiting the school itself was enough for me to fall in love, but some might need to experience the surrounding area to truly imagine what it is like to study and live there.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is an amazing school for its quality of education, location, and student atmosphere. The professors here are kind and considerate, and more often than not, understand and assist most issues that students have with expenses and time. The campus is in the city of Fairfax, yet it is secluded and feels much more safe than the surrounding area and the students are diverse and friendly.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Excellent at Southside and Generally all around good food.

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are nicer and the older ones are not so nice. I would recommend joining a Living Learning Community (LLC) freshman year.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Study hard and volunteer 2) Be yourself 3) Apply early and please do the merit essay

    In three sentences

    Nice people. Lush Campus. Tons of School Spirit.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are hispanic and lived in farm country for most of your life and didn't have a lot of hispanic friends and would like to connect with your inner Latino, definitely join a Latin organization. For example, the Latin based greek fraternity and sororities are so great! They are fun, they are really nice, and most importantly, they are there to make a difference. They focus a lot in community service, education, and empowerment of the independent Latina woman (sororities), and they are accepting of all types of ethnicity and backgrounds. I didn't want to join a sorority because I used to see them through the stereotypical image; a preppy ditz who parties all night and hangs out with frat boys. They are totally the opposite, and they are great, down-to-earth people who only want to make a difference in themselves, their communities, and the world. I definitely recommend you try out one of these organizations.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, definitely do that. I was a shy high school student with not many friends and I didn't expect to find a niche here on campus so quickly. Actually, I didn't want to come here because of the amount of students here. But I started participating, I joined some clubs, I'm in an interest group for a sorority and I'm loving it.

    Food and Dining

    The Johnson Center offers alot of stuff, but it quickly becomes boring. Southside is great, and I definitely recommend going there. It is a cafeteria but they always serve fresh and have a variety of foods each day. There's also food chains on campus such as Chic-fil-a, Taco Bell, Burger King, and I believe a Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    I hated the Commons, I was in a forced triple, but then they changed us to Whitetop in the spring, the brand new upperclassmen suites so that they could renovate the decaying Commons. I suffered with dorming in the beginning, I slept in the bottom bunk and I would always hit my head on the top bed. The AC and heating was crazy too. Some days it would be super hot and others really cold. But once I moved to the super nice and brand new Whitetop, all my problems were solved. Oh, and the rates to the room did not change at all, so I was staying at a nice place and paying less than it was worth. But now, I'm assuming that the commons are super nice, and so I recommend the Commons because of the renovation.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends in the classes you choose. For example, I took a French 345 literature class freshman year and it was challenging but I learned a lot. Most of the professors here care about the students and truly put effort into the class so that you can have the best learning environment possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring comfortable walking shoes and a trustworthy umbrella because the weather in the fall is unpredictable. Also, if you are an incoming freshman I advise you to choose the Commons because they have been recently renovated.

    In three sentences

    It is a very large school. It is very diverse. It has many options for studying abroad

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops right outside the campus. I have never felt unsafe and I rarely hear of anything bad happening to people on campus.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of people in Greek life and it seems fun. I might recruit next year to see what it is all about. Unfortunately, there is no fraternity/ sorority row so you don't get to live in a house with your Greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many people are involved in Greek life. Other than that, there are clubs but I find it hard to find clubs to go to. The site doesn't help much.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to commute. Students who want to study law/government since it's right by DC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GMU is right next to Washington DC and they have shuttles which run to the metro.

    Bang for the buck

    When it comes to the food, I do not want to be paying for it. It is unhealthy and not good, and they require students who live on campus to have meal plans or money that has to go to the food. I think this is unfair. I also believe that the dorms are really expensive. But then again, it is college and all college's are expensive and usually for crappy food and dorms. All in all George Mason is a pretty campus and it can be fun if you meet the right people so I think it is worth it for the education and social aspects. It could be in a location where there is more to do.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't a whole lot to do, but the school tries to make events that can sometimes be fun. Last year I went to a condom fashion show where they made all the outfits from condoms, which was fun to see. Besides their events, hang out with friends and meet new people. This school is not the biggest party school and if you are a male that isn't in a fraternity, you will not be going to big parties. You can go to DC. There are shuttle buses that tun to the metro. It is fun to go to clubs on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    I have to give this a poor rating because the food is not very good. They don't have all that many choices, though they say you have your pick in over 30 restaurants. I don't find this to be true because they include coffee shops and convenient stores. The food is expensive and bad for you. It is all greasy fast food. I recommend La Pat, which is a sandwich place or The Rat which is like a bar/pub. They sell salads, burgers, etc. It is hard to find anything healthy so I usually stick to those two places. If you enjoy fast food you'll like that they have a taco bell, chick-fil-a, burger king, new panda express opening up, and subway.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are a fun part of the college experience. The dorms are very nice, especially white top which are the new dorms. They are suite style. Presidents park is also nice- that is where I lived freshman year. RA's make sure that you get to know everyone in your hall very well. They will make activities and such at first so you can get to know each other. I suggest you branch out and go to other floors as well to meet new people. It is like a little neighborhood community for freshmen. It can be a fun time if you get to know people who live around you!

    Academic Rigor

    I have liked almost every professor I have had. The classes are educational but not very hard. As long as you put in the effort, you will do fine. Do all the work and study before quizzes or tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization or club. Take advantage of the programs they have to offer. Use the gym.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a large ethnic variation. It is a very big school with about 30,000 students attending. It is not as big of a commuter school as it once was, but a fair amount of people do commute.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It looks like there are great things to do in the surrounding community!

    In three sentences

    It so far looks likea great university. I like that it is not impossible to get in like Ivy League schools, but still has great programs and offered majors. I will continue to check it out!

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Many many places to go around Mason

    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but edible

    Dorm Life

    Fun and enjoyable

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the major but Nursing Major is extremely difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Do a campus tour just to see where everything is and get to know people who don't live on campus just to get off the campus and go out every now and then.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a very nice learning environment. It is full of friendly people both students and faulty. George Mason has a lot of places around it as well so it is nice.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always Mason Police roaming campus making sure that things are safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is thriving on the GMU campus. I am personally a member of Alpha Xi Delta and love every minute of it. It is a wonderful way to meet people and make friends, not only with those in your own fraternity or sorority but also those people in others.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have numerous clubs, my favorite being the Snowboarding Club.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous clubs, such as the snowboarding club. Also Mason puts on many activities every year such as Mason Day in which a carnival takes place in one of the parking lots and a concert is performed by well known artists and/or bands. It is a blast!

    Food and Dining

    There are many on campus dining sites, both GMU specific and well know places such as subway or if you're looking for something sweet, Auntie Annes.

    Dorm Life

    I do not personally live in the dorms but have heard great things about them and have seen that they are all very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be very challenging but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things or to get involved. That is key. The more involved one gets the more fun college can be. Also do not procrastinate on school work. Get it done early so you can perform to the best of your ability.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a culturally diverse and thriving university. It offers just about any major one could imagine, along with any club or sport one may wish to pursue. There is a place for everyone; each person is given the opportunity to excel in something they love.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of the free on-campus activities as well as the many recreation centers and gyms.

    Food and Dining

    I'd consider us to have a great selection of different foods. It is a good as campus food can get.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on a co-ed floor my freshman year, and I had the most amazing time of my my entire life. I made great friends with everyone I lived with and they are going to be a part of my life for the rest of the time that I attend Mason.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are extremely challenging (in a good way), while others are just enough to keep a good challenge without causing too much stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become involved! You'll meet some of the greatest people ever!

    In three sentences

    George Mason is one of the most diverse environments that I have ever been in. There are more than enough opportunities to become a part of the community. I could not have made a better decision in choosing a school.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus always feels very safe at night and during the day.

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet ones who want a friendly, not-too-bustling environment

    What to do for fun

    There's a number of events on campus, but it gets kind of quiet on the weekends. There is always stuff to do in DC, including clubbing, exploring, touring, or pretty much whatever you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of options, and even the dining hall (buffet) is good. However, by the end of the semester you will probably be tired of the options.

    Dorm Life

    Clean, nice dorms for upperclassmen. Includes suites and apartment-style dorms with kitchens and living rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not too tough, in general, but it does depend on your major. Teachers are usually helpful and the school does not have a very competitive environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful what you wish for.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University has strong faculty, but a pretty poor administration. The environment is very friendly, clean, and safe. DC is less than an hour away by public transit.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a 24 hour patrol who will walk with you at night if needed.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many leadership opportunities exist such as Mason Ambassadors and Patriot Leaders.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the intelligent active student who wants to become a world changer. Mason will give you many opportunities to become a leader.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Johnson Center houses everything from resturants, bookstore, financial aid, registrar, which makes it nice and easy to take care of any business. Most buildings are within a 5 minute walk.

    Bang for the buck

    The connections to the Performance Arts world are tremendously available. Many faculty members have trained in and still have current ties to the Arts Profession. This keeps you abreast of opportunities all around the world.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities on campus all of the time, just take your pick. Also, Washington DC is available by nearby train. There is a shuttle service that will take you there as well as many other places.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be inspired by the attention you will recieve from all. I was contacted by someone every week before I committed which was great. Apply early for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is an extremely diverse college. Everything about this college is rated 10 out of 10, excellent. George Mason is exceptionally clean.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Most people hang out at Hard Time or Auld Shabeen in Fairfax or drive to D.C. to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is not very good. The only positive thing is that we have a Starbucks. However, there are many restaurants in university mall across the street and on Main St in Fairfax City.

    Dorm Life

    It was definitely convenient to be on campus because it's very difficult to find a decent parking spot on a Tuesday or Thursday unless you come before 9:30 am. The upperclassmen dorms are nice, but Presidents Park(freshman housing) is pretty bad. Overall I had fun in the dorms and I liked my RAs and roommates, but it's very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    My graduate classes are difficult, but undergrad classes were fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live on campus then you definitely need a car to get around in northern va. Don't get a meal plan because the food on campus is terrible.

    In three sentences

    It is still somewhat of a commuter school, so don't expect to see many people around campus on the weekends. However, there are many opportunities for internships with the government and other businesses in the area, which helps for job experience. It's expensive to live in northern va, but there are many job opportunities in the area.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    As an incoming freshman, I intend to major in Forensic Science in hopes to one day find myself an internship with the FBI. In order to do so, i ll have to push myself in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in wanting to explore new tasks, George Mason is the right place to do so. Twenty minutes from D.C. makes this college a very convienient place. Also the focus of studying abroad makes anything possible.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a university full of opportunities for all of its students. I have described the campus myself as warm and welcoming. George Mason isn't just a place to learn, but a place to grow as an individual.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Their dining halls are excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up!

    In three sentences

    The campus is so beautiful, and located in a great area. With D.C. so close by, there's tons to do to get involved - plus, the campus is great about finding jobs and internships.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has tons of clubs and activities that vary with interest. You can tell that these organizations are a big deal because of the bench paintings right in front of Fenwick Library at the Fairfax Compass. Student organizations paint the benches to advertise their clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    GMU is great for students that are all about sports, research, and hanging out in multicultural communities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition I have seen is rubbing the left shoe of the statue of George Mason. During examination week, students rub his shoe for good luck. It is said that some students even kiss it. Whatever they do with the shoe, GMU students avoid stepping on the plates next to the statue. It is believed that any student who does this will not graduate in a timely manner i.e. instead of graduating in four years, you will graduate in more.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes, some people at GMU hand out student calenders created by the school. You will want to grab these calenders because they are full of...coupons!!! The coupons range from dining to books to electronic services provided by different stores in the Mason area.

    Food and Dining

    GMU offers various cuisines from Asian delicacies to the good old hamburger found at the school's own restaurant Rathskellar and Chic-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus but have friends that do. Based on what I have observed from their experiences, the dormitory facilities are secure and good. Each dorm is highly secure since only a student has access to their own room.

    Academic Rigor

    On a scale of 1 to 10, this school could rank on a 7. This is because the GPA requirements tend to be minimal. That said, the school supports high achievers by providing them all the necessary tools to succeed. And of course, applying the courses to current events in nearby communities like DC, is a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Thinking about studying at George Mason? Come prepared to work and get involved in the student organizations at the university.Remember to use the academic resources provided to you, for free, by the campus (such as the Writing Center, and the Career Services).

    In three sentences

    This school enriches your perspective on social issues. The professors take advantage of the school's proximity to DC, an influential state, and structure their classes according to real-life situations. This school provides a great learning environment especially for the Humanities.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    George Mason University is a great chose for any type of student, becuase of its diversity.

    What to do for fun

    There are various sports,clubs, organizations, and activities that everyone can participate in. activities such as soccer, boxing, student government, and etc. Also your allowed to make up your own club/organization.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has multiple eaters and has a variety of meal plans you can choses from.

    Dorm Life

    There are different campuses on George Mason University. The presidential park, the commons, and etc. You can chose the set up of your that you prefer. Also your able to get in contact with your roommate to get to no each other before meeting face-to- face.

    Academic Rigor

    The students in in the university are competative academically. The teachers there challege students with various learning projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in some activities that will cause you to make new friends. Also get to know your professors very well.

    In three sentences

    George Mason Campus is full of inspiring staff and students. Not only does the students have a drive for learning, but also applying what they have learned. The Staff are always trying to find new ways to help the students.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Panhellenic and Non Panhellenic

    Great for these types of students

    International Ethnically diverse Determined Intelligent Athletic Funny Disabled

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on Mason's plaque or you will not graduate in 4 years! If you rub Mason's left toe you will have good luck!

    What to do for fun

    Attend traditions: Homecoming, basketball games, international week Attend events: Probates, parties, organization events Go to the gym: Pool, sauna, weight room, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court, soccer field Attend/Participate in club sports and intramural sports: Football, basketball, soccer

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love meeting new people, being a part of a diverse community, and want to achieve all academic and career goals, then Mason is the place for you!

    In three sentences

    Mason is a great school and I do not know anyone who disagrees. It has the total package: academics, athletics, and activities. I love the diversity!

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can see police car run all day.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are ton of clubs and activities to make sure everyone can get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The best known phrase in food court is all-you-care-to-eat. And the prices are cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm buildings are clean and high security.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor or not is depending on students

    Tips for prospective students

    GMU has ton of activities and clubs so get involved!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a great school for education, especially business and computer sciences. I have met great professors who are willing to help when needed. Last but not least GMU is known as diversity school.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe for the most part, but when something does happen, you won't know about it until three weeks later through email.

    Greek Life

    Think they are God's gift to the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not interesting

    Great for these types of students

    Drinkers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Not worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Either drink heavily, or wish you were somewhere else.

    Food and Dining

    Get sick of the food quick.

    Dorm Life

    Worst roommates possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard classes, but not worth the money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not attend this college.

    In three sentences

    I hate this school. It is not worth the money. The campus is constantly under construction.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Here at Mason, we have around twenty IFC recognized fraternities, six Panhellenic sororities, and multiple NPHC organizations. Greek life is thriving and can be a great experience for those intrested.

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is very ideal for students looking for diversity, both socially and academically. One of the largest schools in the state, you'll never have to try hard to find students from all sorts of countries. It is also a great option for those looking for a small school feel without the private school price.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mason used to be a part of the University of Virginia, before it broke off to become it's own school. One thing Mason does is hold a carnival called Mason Day. Popular groups such as Hot Chelle Rae and the Black Eyed Peas have performed there in the past.

    What to do for fun

    Mason has a plethora of things to do, if you look hard enough. There are free movies in the JC Cinema every weekend. Free dance lessons are held by various dance groups fairly often, as well. For those who are more of the traditional activity doers, there is also an arcade-type room with pool tables.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Mason is good, but doesn't change often. This isn't too big of a problem, though, since there are so many different places to eat. Two of the most popular places are Ike's and Pilot House, both of which are open late and act as sort of diners.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live, dorm life can really vary. The newer and upper class housing is very nice (and expensive). Freshmen housing isn't too bad, but the down side is that it is located on the far side of campus from the dining halls and most classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, school in general is what you make of it. While there are some very challenging courses to be found at Mason, there are also entry-level introduction course to help students get acclimated to the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    For perspective students, Mason can be a very good home away from home. For anyone who may be new to college life, there are floors you can apply to live on that house students based on their intrests, giving you a support group right off the back. I would also suggest contacting anyone you may know who attends the school to ask them for their personal opinion of their experience here.

    In three sentences

    George Mason university is a wonderful school for those looking for diversity in their college careers. Socially and academically, the school has a lot to offer, making students feel at home even in a large school. For those who would disagree, I recommend that they put themselves out there and open their minds to trying new things.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools in Virginia, George Mason is a great value and is definitely up and coming.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus through clubs and in the surrounding cities. Just take the shuttle to the metro and you can even head to DC for the day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school because it is quite big and many cannot handle that. George Mason is ever expanding and the facilities are constantly improving.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a growing, thriving community that is constantly changing to meet the needs of students. Although it is quite large the professors are always willing to help if you ask for it. The campus has an intimate feel even though it is in a major metropolitan area and has a lot to offer.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see at least one cop a day on my campus. There is rarely any crime committed on campus. There was only one time I recall a crime happening, and the Mason police alerted the whole campus via email and text.

    Bang for the buck

    I love George Mason University. It is diverse, high-tech, high-class, academically challenging, and plain old fun. Everything is up-to-par as it should be. My money is being well spent.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun at Mason. There's always something going on like protests, rallies, festivals, parties, dances, sport games, step shows, and even flash mobs. If you can't find anything to do on campus, there's always off campus. Washington DC is a hop, skip, and a couple metro stops away!

    Food and Dining

    Mason does not offer too much fast food, but some of the restaurants they do have can seem mediocre and tasteless meaning that the places you do eat at can get boring. Luckily, they are still building restaurants and have just installed a Panda Express & Subway.

    Dorm Life

    George Mason is fairly new, so all the dorms are fairly new. Even the old dorms aren't that old. The cleaning maids are there to clean the halls and public restrooms more than 3 times a week. The only downside is that the freshman dorms are pretty small.

    Academic Rigor

    Mason is pretty tough on the academics, but if you like a challenge it should be no problem. The teachers actually teach and not only do you learn the material, but at the end of the semester you will have learned some type of life lesson or epiphany about yourself. It's weird and enlightening at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    JOIN A CLUB! Mason literally has a club for everything, even underwater hockey and walking on tight ropes! Mason has such a large student body so clubs make it easier to get to know people with the same interests as you.

    In three sentences

    Best educational decision I have ever made. George Mason is an underestimated university. I was reluctant about attending this school at first, but GMU has everything that a student would need, want, and more.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good for an in-state student, but expensive for an out-of-stater, like me.

    What to do for fun

    You're close to Historic Williamsburg, D.C., not too far from the beach. A few hours away you've got Busch Gardens, you've got King's Dominion. As for on campus, there are so many things you can do, it would be difficult to name them all.

    Food and Dining

    So many things on campus. It's a smorgasbord of things to choose from, and the main cafeteria is huge! There is also mini lounges near the dorms where you can go at all times of day and night to get a snack or munch while you study

    Dorm Life

    Looks great and the dorms have been updated, though they are cinder-brick construction and obviously built some time ago. They have an old feel, but are definitely updated to be what today's students need them to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, be involved in extra curricular activities at your current school and be sure to have something to offer. The applicant pool at Mason is vast, make sure to stand out from the crowd.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a great university, full and bustling. The Fairfax campus is large and diverse, with wonderful dorm rooms that are standard on large campuses, with excellent security in all dorm buildings. It is a bit of a commuter campus, right across the street from a plaza with a grocery store, dunkin' donuts, a bookstore and only 30 minutes from Washington, D.C.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Depends on what you're into, but from what I've seen there's something for everyone, including in the several events and resources on campus that are all free for students.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great, but only really cost effective if you have meal plans, and the cafeteria is the only benefit for using those. Food on campus is expensive and much of it is junk food. Luckily, there is a good grocery store within a reasonable walking distance from campus, and also some pretty good resturants in Fairfax.

    Dorm Life

    RAs are typically friendly and make an effort to make fun events for the students to form a community. The dorms are good, clean facilities, and there are some high end living arrangements available for upperclassmen.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've experienced, the studies are not unnecessarily hard for most people, but it does require effort to make it. Those who are looking for academic rigor might be disappointed with their gen ed classes, but once they get into their degree classes they should find what they're looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an eye on your grades, and be sure to take advantage of events and opportunites on campus. Get used to planning your day ahead of time while keeping in mind the time it will take to travel and keep yourself active to whatever level is best for you. This is a great college, but if you're going to put the money into it be sure to use what it offers.

    In three sentences

    There are many opportunities to be found here at Mason, from international programs to an incredible amount of events and organizations on campus. As long as you are able and willing to put some effort in putting yourself out there in your studies and activities, you should be able to have fun and build a great future for yourself. This school is especially great for those going in political or international fields, especially with all of the internships and connections we have to Washington DC and overseas.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Unsure

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful campus, lots of history pertaining to George Mason hisself. .

    Bang for the buck

    Great economic solution for your education.

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships! There isn't a lot of funding here!

    In three sentences

    Helpful, fastidious and insightful. Staff non-assuming or unapproachable. Students diverse and driven.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mason police are great, no major incidents. We have a service where you can call a policeman and he will escort you to your car/to somewhere else on campus if you every feel unsafe (at night, after a 10pm class or something).

    Greek Life

    No Greek Row: all houses are off-campus. Mason has a thriving Greek life, along with Greek Week every year, but they are only a part of the huge social scene at Mason.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything under the sun. Quiddich team, underwater hockey, aviation club, cooking club, organic gardening club, student organizations for every nationality that compete in a traditional dancing competition during internation week every year. College Democrats, Republicans, Communists, Libertarians, and everything else.

    Great for these types of students

    Interested in economics, global politics, international relations, creative writing, biology and biotechnology.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of Gorge Mason on campus, whose toe you can rub to get good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition for in-state students. Out of state isn't outrageous, especially is you get scholarships and financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Uh, Washington DC! Food, clubs, the National Mall, sports, all a metro ride away. If you're short on cash, all of the national museums are free, and the street food ain't half bad. Fairfax is also a great area with all the attractions you really need: movie theaters, bars, parks, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains if you want to drive roughly and hour or so. The Chesapeaks is a few hours away, but it's great fun. Ocean City is a blast.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome food. Great dining hall, and tons of options besides: meal plan covers the food court (sandwich shops, italian, asian, indian food places) as well as commercial vendors on campus (starbucks, chick-fil-a, taco bell, subway). More stuff being added all the time; there are rumors of a panda express coming in next year.

    Dorm Life

    Average dorm life: it is what you make it. I loved my time on campus, it's big enough that you don't feel too claustrophobic. Dorms aren't stellar for freshman, but after that, most of the residence halls are new. Honors freshman do get to live in one of the brand new buildings though, that have kitchens on every floor and suite-style dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty average for a state university. Certainly not easy, but if you work hard you should be just fine. Again, just think your average state university: much more competitive than a community college or something, but high achieving high schoolers will be ok. You will have time outside of academics to pursue internships, jobs, clubs, sports, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. While Mason isn't an ivy league, it is getting more and more competitive each year as the applicant pool is growing like crazy (we're a great university with a great location and one of the cheapest tuition rates in the state). Focus on doing well in high school. 2. Because Mason is diverse and likes to tell a story, focus on what makes you unique and what you can bring to the table if you come to Mason. I talked about my background as a woman in science and my history as a military brat. Talk about what makes you unique, you will never be disadvantaged for having a nontraditional/unusual experience or perspective. Share your opinions. Our tagline is Innovation is tradition and we like to do things differently and question the status quo. If that's your thing (and who's is it not for college age students?), you'll fit in great.

    In three sentences

    1. Very diverse: There is a large focus on multiculturalism and students from alternative backgrounds. No matter your interests or background, there is someone else at Mason like you (over 30,000 students) 2. Location, Location, Location: We are a 30 minute metro ride from DC. Close enough to make DC travel more then feasible, great opportunity for internships in the district or research in the district but not nearly as expensive as schools actually in the heart of DC, like Georgetown. 3. Specific Core Competency areas: Economics and Creative Writing programs are top class. Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioterrorism, neuroscience are all extremely good programs as well.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watch Free latest movies in one of 5 movie theaters. Play indoor games in the cafes and outdoor games. George Mason also has one Club in the Fairfax campus. Trust me you wouldn't get bore while attending the university.

    Food and Dining

    George Mason has all kinds and style of food: Fast-food, fine dinning, and cafe; American, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian and live Barbecue.

    Dorm Life

    George Mason is famous for its campus life, there is always something going on. Even off-campus students spend most of their time at the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are great, they really care about their students. I like to ask so many questions in the class and I haven't experienced any of my professor getting mad at me.

    Tips for prospective students

    George Mason University is becoming one of the leading universities in Law and business' majors.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is an awesome university not only for study, but for campus life too. My home is literally 20 miles away from the campus, but I am on campus student, so you can know how awesome university GMU is.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus even late at night

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events. University Mall. Clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of dining options and the food is pretty good quality

    Dorm Life

    I'm not in a dorm but from all the things I've heard living on campus is great and the buildings are really nice. Even the older dorms have been renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging but not impossible. You learn a lot and Professors keep things interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find clubs that you are interested in and really get involved. Be proactive about getting involved.

    In three sentences

    Large campus but you're not just a number, professors care. Tons of ways to get involved in the mason community.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I mostly go to Washington D.C. They also have shuttle buses to take you to the mall, restaurants, movie theaters, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is probably as good as it gets. There are a wide variety of selection of fast food restaurants like Taco Bell, Chick Fil A, Subway, Panda Express, and so on. They also have a dining hall that has pizza, pasta, hamburgers, and one line changes everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't gotten to know most of my floor mates very well. Were all really good friends and if your ever bored you can always find something fun to do with them.

    Academic Rigor

    As a freshman I cant really rate this quite yet. It takes me about 3 hours to do homework every night which should be expected at any college you attend

    Tips for prospective students

    This is an awesome school! Weekends do get a little quiet but its not hard at all to find something to do

    In three sentences

    George Mason is located at a prime location and the people hear are very nice. Diversity is a big part of what we are known for!

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is huge at George Mason. There are always campus police roaming the entire campus. Also there are police cadets that direct traffic and are available to answer questions.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Mason is the perfect size and each organization is such a strong organization. Mason makes Greek Life very available to those seeking it and the organizations are well-known on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities offered at George Mason. If Mason doesn't have a club there is also the option to start up a club and it is very easy to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Out of state, and out of the country students can feel very welcome here because of the diversity!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of George Mason, all the clubs and organizations on campus like to take pictures of him.

    Bang for the buck

    Mason offers so much for the tuition. You are getting a great college experience for your money. Also a good price for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Mason has ton of things to do for fun such as concerts, shows, and plenty of shopping and nightlife right around campus. There is always something going on at Mason.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the buffet style dining hall, Southside, is superb! It reminds me of food I would eat from my own kitchen at home. There are good fast food options as well. However, I just wish there were more options overall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has it's advantages and disadvantages. The cleanliness is superb and the R.As are both helpful and reliable. The laundry is also free which is a huge plus. The rooms are quite small, but that is to be expected.

    Academic Rigor

    All my classes are challenging but not overwhelming. The class sizes are generally small which makes it easier to get individual attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please consider Mason due to the diversity and opportunities due to the close proximity to Washington D.C. If you do decide to study here you are going to be attending a diverse school with plenty of ways to get involved.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has great opportunities. Mason is also the 4th diverse campus in the country. Mason has great professors.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs out there. A lot of the events will either be posted on the GMU website, the billboard at the Johnson Center, and many other places.

    Bang for the buck

    Students that want to major under the School of Management get their own academic advisers.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad at all. There are lots of off-campus places to eat and you can get there by driving or taking the free Mason shuttle bus.

    Dorm Life

    The RA is very helpful and there are weekly meetings. Freshmen do not get kitchens.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes tend to be harder than the normal classes because they want to prepare freshmen to start hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    A majority of the upperclassmen are commuters. If you plan to be a commuter, come early because parking can be hard to find on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    In three sentences

    GMU is a commuter school. They have renovated a lot of the buildings as well as the dorms. You can feel the diversity here.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus security in every location and even provide safety for girls walking home alone., There's also a hospital located 5 minutes away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is basically the gateway to parties because mason doesn't really have much of those. Greek life is big.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is almost every possible club a normal person could think of, and if it's not provided you're even allowed to create your own club/group. There are also activities available for every kind of person.

    Great for these types of students

    International, diversity-seeking kids, Social.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are various Mason oriented days of celebration that unite the school including Mason Day which is a huge event with a lot to do.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student so it's a bit pricey but I still believe I got everything I paid for.

    What to do for fun

    The school has a cinema and even recreational areas (indoor as well as outdoor) that if they are too far there is a shuttle provided from your location to wherever you need to go. The school is also near downtown Nova and even DC. A metro is provided to take students to surrounding areas or even near malls and other universities.

    Food and Dining

    There is delivery to your dorm from places outside of the school because they're familiar with the campus. On-campus dining is full of variety and always provides a new experience to the palette.

    Dorm Life

    4 Starts because I am in the lower end dorming areas. I got to chose where I lived on campus and I chose the lower end one because more of the Freshman went there.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the tours they provide in order to learn more about the school and become familiar with the campus and what it offers.

    In three sentences

    Diverse, Alive, Big.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Watching football game

    Tips for prospective students

    You will surely have a great experience.

    In three sentences

    Its a great school. I love studying here.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good here at George Mason. There are normal police cadets at some of the dining places at night. Throughout the day, including night as well the police is normal patrolling campus. For the most part they are easily accessible and make campus very safe for the students.

    Greek Life

    Many people join frats or sororities at George Mason. It is a good opportunity to meet new people and become a part of a brother/sisterhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 200 clubs and activities that you can be a part of at George Mason University. There are different sports clubs that give you the chance to play a sport i.e baseball, football, soccer, football, swimming. There are also many fairs that can be attended.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Starbucks is a unique in the sense of not many schools have a Starbucks on their campus. Not only is there a Starbucks on campus but it is open 24 hours which gives students the opportunity to study for a big exam or do any type of work while getting a snack.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get a good college education at George Mason which is the main priority but you will also have a good experience. You degree will be creditable and your experience at George Mason will be worth the money you have to pay. You will have the best moments of your life here.

    What to do for fun

    There are various things to do on campus. Things ranging from concerts to carnivals. There are many campus activities that are done the first week of classes. Some of the activities provided like step shows, flag football, going to the gym, on campus parties, comedy shows, and discussions regarding particular topics. There are many things that you can do that are fun and keep you occupied.

    Food and Dining

    George Mason has many different places where food is accessible compared to other schools. There are various places open throughout the day that serve quality food and other places open at night for those who have midnight appetites. There are varieties as well as the food places range from buffets to Asian cuisine and there's even a sports bar on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful and new dorms are being built. The dorms are very spacious and accommodating. It doesn't feel like you're in a jail cell. Its very comforting having a nice size room. Dorming is fun for the most part.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and are not easy A's for the most part. If you do not study and prepare yourself properly you wont do as well as you might think. The classes all challenge your ability as a student to get work done and retain information.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a current student, my advice would be to get involved with school and join as many clubs and organizations as possible. This would be an easy way to make friends and help you get accommodated to the college life. Try not to stay in your environment and make yourself approachable.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, throw the football around on campus, and workout at the gym.

    Food and Dining

    Food gets repetitive at dining common, but edible. Needs more healthy choices on menu.

    Dorm Life

    Very spacious, and new looking rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are willing to spend extra out of class time to help students.

    In three sentences

    clean and new environment on campus. Lots of campus stores for general needs (utensils, food, bathroom accessories, etc) . Buildings are close together, don't have to walk too far to get to class.

  • 10/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always around on campus to make sure things are running smoothly and that everything is safe. We also have an escort system that you can call at anytime but it is mainly used at night. If you ever feel unsafe walking from point A to point B on or near campus, just call the campus police station and they will send someone to safely escort you to where you need to be! I called them at 1am one time and they were more than willing to help me get back to my room from the Relay for Life event I was at across campus.

    Greek Life

    The members of Greek Life are very active on campus but going Greek isn't a requirement to find entertainment on campus. Though Greek Life is popular, people still find ways to have fun. Most Greek events are even open to non Greek people such as little get-togethers, tailgates, and fundraising events. As an added point, none of the fraternities or sororities on campus haze. They are too cool for that!

    Great for these types of students

    George Mason has one of the most diverse college campuses in the US. On campus, you will find a lot of students from different countries which I think is awesome because it brings a lot of fun activities to do on campus that aren't your typical all-American activities. We are also extremely LGBTQ friendly which I like because I support those who are a part of the LGBTQ community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    George Mason is very good about giving away free t-shirts! There is almost a free t-shirt for every big event on campus such as Welcome Week, IVth Night, Mason Madness, Gold Rush, Homecoming, and many more!

    What to do for fun

    We are very close to Washington DC so not only does that mean that we can find great internship opportunities but we can also find tons of fun things to do as well. When my friends and I go into DC, we usually go see a concert, go shopping, or go eat some of the very famous Georgetown cupcakes! We also like to go visit the monuments and the museums as well! For the weekends we don't want to venture into DC, we can usually find something on or near campus to do! We are very close to a mall and a few shopping centers that we can spend hours at just roaming around! On campus, there is usually a free sport game going on or we go hit the gym to relax, but what we love to do is go check out the Patriot Center or the Center for the Arts which are two venues on campus that offer professional shows. The Center for the Arts is geared more towards the fine and performing arts and the Patriot Center offers a lot of concerts by artists such as LMFAO, Ke$ha, Eric Church, and even the circus comes to visit! The Patriot Center is also where our amazing basketball team plays and the home games are always free. Sometimes students even get freebies such as a free jersey or a free scarf!

    Food and Dining

    Out of all of the schools I looked at and even comparing dining options with my friends at other schools, we definitely have a huge variety of dining options on campus. We have big name eating places such as Auntie Anne's, Red Mango, Chick-fil-a, Panda Express, Taco Bell, and even a 24 hour Starbucks. We also have some nice campus-only places such as an Indian food place, a Chinese food place, a sports bar, a salad bar, and all you can eat buffet, a burger place, a cafe sandwich place, and a few late night diners! It's amazing how much food we have to eat on campus! we even have a few close food places off campus such as Panera and Potbelly Sandwiches! No matter where you are on campus, you are always able to find good food!

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm! Both years I have been lucky to have a great living situation! The RAs here are always planning fun floor events and are easy to talk to. I do like that as you get older, you can pick more grown up living areas like ones with kitchens and your own bathroom and some even have a living room. There are weekends when I don't want to go home because I just love being on campus so much.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic classes are challenging but not too challenging. The classes definitely make you think but the professors are very willing to offer help to those who are willing to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student, you should realize a few of the things that Mason offers to prospective students. First, go on a campus tour when classes are in session that way you can see what campus is like on a regular basis. Also be sure to check out the special events that are offered for prospective students or students that have been accepted! Also, don't fret about test scores when applying. When I applied, I didn't have the test scores I wanted to have but when my application got to the final rounds of the decision process, Admissions offered me the option of hiding my test scores (it's called the opt-out test score option) before they entered the final rounds of the decision process and it wouldn't effect the decision process. George Mason is a school that doesn't just focus on test scores! They want students that can do well in the classroom as well as be involved on campus!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University was probably the most welcoming school I looked at when applying for schools and it has lived up to that now that I'm a student here! The academics are challenging yet enjoyable and there is always something to do. If I had to describe my dream school this would be it

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are bunch of club sports to play here at Mason. And if you can't find the club you want, you have the freedom to make it a club! All you need is a teacher or advisor to sponsor it and 8 players and it's a club. Mason has clubs ranging from basketball and soccer to ultimate Frisbee and handball.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the center of George Mason is a statue of a the man George Mason from which the school's name came from. During finals and midterms, there is tradition that many students do, where they rub his big toe for good luck. People have been seen putting flowers buy it, praying on it too, all for good luck during exam week.

    What to do for fun

    Mason keeps the campus very fun. There are so many club and intramural sports and activities that play all throughout the week and weekend. On the weekends we also have a movie theatre that shows movies just recently out of or in the theatre to students for free. There are multiple gyms where students can go to work out and play sports and chill too. We also have a place called Corner Pocket, that has pool, video games, ping- pong, and corn hole.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Mason is pretty much perfect. The main dining hall is this lavish buffet with so many different options that change regularly. It ranges from chicken parmesan, to caesar salads, to a good ole' cheeseburger. Along with that, Mason has tons of other food options on campus that give students a lot of variety, LIke Taco Bell, Subway, Starbucks, Sub Connection, Red Hot & Blue, Panda Express, and more!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Many of the resident halls were refurbished as of this year and they are incredibly nice and student friendly. There are great Resident Advisors in each hall that promotes a safe and fun environment. Dorm life allows students at Mason to meet so many different people, and interact with the students on a personal level.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason has a large amount of academic programs available for students. Every student has the chance to work towards their major in different colleges a part of George Mason. For example, Mason has a program called Integrated Studies Major. This major allows students to build their own major and minor on their time and in their way. It gives students a chance to explore all the fields of study here at Mason. Not only are the people diverse, but the education is diverse too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be proactive about looking for scholarships because George Mason has an exceptionally large amount of them. Here, our general education programs aren't meant to be simple classes to work towards your degree, no, they help to continue to build a strong academic foundation. Don't expect to just pass by the easy classes, enjoy the challenge all classes at George Mason provides.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is one of the most diverse universities in the country. I love this school because there is a place for everyone here to find their own college experience. George Mason University promotes strong academic success for all students, and works to build leaders of the future.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very high, it is stressed very much from the club, activities and almost anything we do here. We have multiple on campus policemen and women that are ready for anything, and are constantly patrolling.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is fun and is prominent here on the Mason campus, we have 15+ fraternities and 6 sororities. Also there are plenty of Greek organizations that do social work and service fraternities. It all just depends on what you want to be and where you see yourself fitting in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of club and activities to do all the time here at Mason. If you cannot find a specific group that you want to be in, then grab a few of your close friends who enjoy that same activity and make it a club. There are endless possibilities to come from the student that we have here.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for anyone, Mason is extremely diverse in its ethnicity and origins.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the North Plaza of the campus there are events, campaigns and a multitude of things that happen weekly. Some dorms have traditions, just depends on the RA of whom you have, where they do something every Friday or Saturday that gets the whole floor involved in doing something fun.

    Bang for the buck

    College is worth as much as you put into it, what you put in you get out.

    What to do for fun

    Fun for me is playing in the intramural league of soccer, being able to hang out with my fraternity brothers, and enjoying time with the friends I have made along the way.

    Food and Dining

    places to eat on campus are not the best, but we do offer a few great fast food places to eat from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is only as fun as you make it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes challenge the mind of the student, not all classes are the same. each teacher has a different teaching method, so if one does not click with you there is always another

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring everything you think you will need for the whole year. Be frugal, it is college and is not cheap. Have fun when in college, if you are not then find it or make fun with people. Get out and meet people.

    In three sentences

    Mason is a great and upcoming college. Their advertising for certain event that are held on campus are not always well promoted. There are plenty of things to do either on campus or near campus, due to the great transportation buses.

  • 10/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many student activities. There's at least 3 gyms.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of places to eat, and spread out around the campus. More to come.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but the dorms seem nice and newer ones are being built. Some students I've met in the dorms enjoy their floors and dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers want you to learn and there's no excuse not to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful how you schedule your classes a some require more work than others. Online classes should be taken at caution, and you have to be a self-starter.

    In three sentences

    Enjoying my time so far. Some classes are pretty intensive and the teachers I have had are as I hoped they would be. The students are very diverse.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very, very safe. There are campus police here and there, but even walking to the parking lot at 2am, it is safe. There are lights everywhere, so it's great!

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities available to join. There are so many of them; the Greek life is huge!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost every club available that is out there.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for out of states kids as well as commuters. The campus is never surrounded with traffic, because there are multiple entries to the campus. It's great for Law, and Government majors.

    What to do for fun

    Just living on campus is very fun, because the campus is very big. There are multiple gyms on campus for free, some have swimming pool/aquatics. The university screen new movies often, and there are a lot of activities, clubs available to join.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mason is very close to the Washington DC metropolitan area. It is located about 45 minutes away from the nation's capital. Just because of the location, there are a lot of opportunities available.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a great school for anyone. It is the number 1 Up and Coming University of this year (2012). The campus is gorgeous, new, and clean!

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest campus I know! Whether you're walk to or from class, the library, dining hall, or even the gym, Mason is very safe thanks to the nice and well-lit surrounding environment, with plenty of staff around if you are ever in need of assistance.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is small for now, but it is definitely growing. There are always opportunities to learn more about individual organizations that may fit you, your values, and interests.

    Bang for the buck

    Coming to Mason was the best choice I made. You'll have the opportunity to meet the most amazing people, travel to the most interesting and new places, and get lots of insight on your future and what you want to do.

    What to do for fun

    Mason always has a lot of fun activities going on on campus hosted by Mason Life or Organizations.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to choose from, but if you ever do get tired of it, there are restaurants around campus at a very fair distance. Mason makes it even easier to have access to these places thanks to Mason's shuttle system.

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of dorms to choose from. I personally love my dorm! Also, dorms have recently been remodeled for even better improvement or newly built.

    Academic Rigor

    Any student can succeed at Mason as long as you are willing to put in the hard work and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! If you ever need help, you can always ask your professor, tutor, or even a fellow student. Stay involved! It's a great opportunity to meet others and find your greatest interests.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a lot of diversity. Faculty and students are a pleasure to be around. It's the perfect place to start and expand your future with the countless opportunities Mason has to offer.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Games, visit the theatre for events, 3 different gyms and nearby shopping malls and town centers

    Tips for prospective students

    So long as you stay focused, the coursework will become easy and enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    A very culturally diversified school with ample opportunities to succeed globally. As an integrated system dedicated to achieve every student's dream.

  • 11/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mason Cadets are the campus police and are pretty much available when you need them. At the beginning of the year, you are provided with the number to call in case you need help.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to do! Some that interested me include aviation club, forensic science club, and GREEN MACHINE, which is the popular pep band that GMU is known for.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Freshman Orientation, you will be assigned a Patriot Leader and he or she will talk about random stuff that's done on campus. A superstition is that near the George Mason Statue, there's a square plaque on the ground right in front of it. Legend says that if you step on it then you won't graduate on time.

    What to do for fun

    Because of the proximity to Washington D.C.,, it's always possible to take the Metro into the city, but as for on- campus activities that I know of, the basketball games are pretty much all the fun you can have.

    Food and Dining

    It may seem like you have a lot of choices, but after a while you see that it becomes the same thing every week. They have a lot of fast food joints like Burger King, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, two Chinese places: Mein Bowl and Panda Express, our own dining hall called Southside where it's set up like a buffet, and many other places that I haven't gone to yet.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman in the Honors college and or Living Learning Community, you immediately get put into Eastern Shore which is the name of the Honors dorms. All other freshmen will get put into either the Commons or President's park which are groups of various buildings that hold freshmen. Of course there are other Living Learning Communities that may hold freshmen but I'm not very familiar with them.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm currently in the Honors program here at GMU. The Honors professors are very challenging but are willing to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early! Take advantage of the campus tours they have.

    In three sentences

    GMU is a very diverse school. Basketball season is one of the most exciting parts of the school year. Professors and students are usually very nice people.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    AMAZINGGGG

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide variety

    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, diverse

    What to do for fun

    Greek Life!

    Food and Dining

    Southside is where its at

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty strict.

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY STUDY STUDY

    In three sentences

    George mason University is one of the greatest, most diverse campuses in the United States. The food on campus is wonderful, the teachers are intelligent, and the people are phenomenal. I rate this campus a 10 out of 10.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good financial aid process. There is a lot of scholarship opportunities

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of events going on around campus.

    In three sentences

    Very innovative and unqique. Great oppportunities outside of classroom

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Utilize our proximity to D.C. Not many people know about Fairfax and the surrounding area. Also, we have Student Involvement provide many resources to students to become active in the Mason community.

    Food and Dining

    Students always find what they like to eat on campus. Whether it be finding the hidden gems, or eating at our diner. Food and Dining on campus has a high ceiling for improvement.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life implies that the residence halls are only for sleeping. Residence halls are communities built for success. Success in academics and success for exposure to civility.

    Academic Rigor

    As a community health major, I obviously can not speak to the rigor that management students and engineering students go through. But I can promise that you will have a tough class every now and then. No procrastination will lead to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Mason is a place where you find what you want to study. You may think you know what you want before you get here, but it will be confirmed once you get here. Never hold back on academics.

    In three sentences

    A booming university in the Northern Virginia suburb of Fairfax. A big school feeling in a small school environment. Rapidly becoming a competitive school in the state of Virginia.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I can't speak to this. I've never participated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has lots of these. It's all in finding what you like.

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is all about diversity. It's great for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mason Day and Welcome Week are lots of fun.

    What to do for fun

    Work for Broadside.

    Food and Dining

    Taco Bell, Chic-fil-A, Einstein Bros. Bagels, etc.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but Mason has many new dorms and some great amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    I am working on my third degree at Mason. Classes have gotten harder since I was first an undergrad here. You have to work hard to earn an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let Mason's size scare you. Mason has many students, but in day-to-day life, Mason feels like a small community. You see the same faces every day and people know you by name. This community will care about you.

    In three sentences

    Mason is a terrific school with lots of dedicated professors. These teachers will give you the lessons and support that you need to reach your goals. They will be your mentors and your allies, and with their help you will go far.

  • 12/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many police officers who are trying to prevent crimes from students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to meet diverse students.

    What to do for fun

    you can do various activities such as working out and visiting D.C. areas

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants nearby George Mason University.

    Dorm Life

    Most of people who live in dorm are very kind and friendly but they throw a party a lot.

    Academic Rigor

    They are very serious about plagiarism, stealing someone's idea.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to meet and interact with diverse people, you should come to George Mason University.

    In three sentences

    I can tell it's one of the most diverse school in U.S.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the rathskeller is a good affordable restaurant on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    study!

    In three sentences

    it is an amazing school. it provides a great learning atmosphere. it help student with their careers

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    A student who is more focused on academics than on partying.

    Bang for the buck

    If you live in Virginia, you can't get a better education for your money. The degree will continue to get more and more valuable as time goes by because George Mason is the school to look out for.

    What to do for fun

    Washington D.C. is very accessible from the campus, so you can go there and have fun with your friends on the weekend. You can also go shopping at Fair Lakes Shopping Center or the Fair Oaks mall. There is a free shuttle that circulates every 45 minutes starting at 3 P.M. that will take you to these shopping destinations.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options are phenomenal. There are restaurants spread out throughout the campus instead of all of them being crammed together in a dining hall. There's a Chik-Fil-A, Indian food, Taco Bell, Burger King, Mediterranean food, Italian food, and much more. There are also two restaurants (The Pilot House and Ike's) that stay open every night until 4 A.M. to serve students that are studying late into the night. On top of that, there is a new all-you-can-eat buffet called Southside that serves a variety of different foods and desserts.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are plenty big and relatively new. Everyone in my freshman dorm last year in President's Park was nice and friendly. George Mason has recently constructed a number of student apartments that are very upscale. There's a large community of on-campus students and you don't need to be in a fraternity/sorority to make a lot of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are fairly rigorous, but if you work hard you will succeed. If you stay on top of your studies, you will do more than receive good grades; you will actually learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, there are tons of interesting majors at George Mason and you might end up getting a degree in something you never would have expected.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a highly diverse university that is primarily focused on academics. There are a lot of extracurricular activities that students can participate in, but I wouldn't consider it as being a party school. The professors are very engaged in their teaching and they care about the success of their students.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Its college, do whatever you want and keep it safe (and legal). With a little googling you can find numerous sports, clubs, and sororities that fit you.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is what you'd expect from any other fast food place, also remember that there are restaurants just off of campus near Giant.

    Dorm Life

    Roommates can either be a jewel or a curse so find a group of friends that you can honestly live with and stick with them.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the course level and what the course is in difficulty will vary. My perspective is from the science side, and after general chemistry, Organic chemistry and up require you to spend a lot of time and energy to make sure you understand what is going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Shop around, as all the stores on campus are overpriced unless you have meal plans. Make sure your roommate contracts are made in sincerity otherwise you might have issues along the road Seek out opportunities as they will not seek you out in return. Make good friends in college as they can last you a lifetime

    In three sentences

    GMU can be costly, needy, and slightly disorganized. Aside from those three things, it is more or less perfect in terms of education and learning opportunities, and comes with a sparkling campus. George Mason relies on you to provide your own initiative, it is education DIY.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    They have a large assortment of food, even a 24 hour star bucks. The food is always changing, no need to worry about variety.

    Dorm Life

    I myself am not fond of dorms, the concept of living so close to another being with no space makes me shudder. However there are always other options such as apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the most respectable schools for academics, a wide variety of courses. Depending on the course it range from medium to difficult but there is office hours.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    A good amount of variety with some good meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    From what I've seen, the majority of the dorms available are outfitted quite nicely and the amenities are above and beyond.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely rougher than Community College, but so far nothing absolutely impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Branch out across the campus, the most important places to know when first getting there are fairly central and easy to memorize, try out all the food available, it's actually quite good.

    In three sentences

    One of the best Computer Science programs available in the state. Lots of diversity and different cultures in one place. Also tons of campus activity and fun clubs to participate in.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Is actually a big part of college. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state, yes. Out of state, no.

    What to do for fun

    Go into D.C.

    Food and Dining

    I guess it's average campus food.

    Dorm Life

    There is usually something wrong with the building you live in no matter what, but the people you live with will ultimately become your family.

    Academic Rigor

    It's as hard or as easy as you want it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for diversity.

    In three sentences

    There isn't much to do on campus unless you meet the right people. The food is alright. The classes are alright.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe around campus. The campus police are always circling around campus and easily accessible.

    Greek Life

    Many students are interested in Greek Life. It is becoming much more prevalent around campus. They even created Greek Week, a week-long competition in the spring where sororities and fraternities compete against each other in different sporting events and activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for just about everyone. If there isn't a club or organization that interests you, just gather up a few friends and create it.

    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is great for students who are interested in politics and the government because of it's proximity to Washington DC. If you are a huge football fan that is looking forward to spending Saturdays tailgating, George Mason unfortunately does not offer that yet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before taking exams students touch the left toe on the George Mason statue for good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has increased a lot of the years. As new construction projects surface, tuition goes up. Sometimes construction is a good thing, but little improvements like widening sidewalks seem like a waste of money at times.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of events on campus throughout the week, free buses that take you to shopping centers, movie theaters, and the metro, and DC is only a bus and metro ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Dining has significantly improved over the past year or two. New restaurants are opening around campus so venturing out for food is not as much of a hassle. They have also brought healthier options to campus, including a salad bar and multicultural stir fry station that has a menu that changes weekly.

    Dorm Life

    The Freshman dorms are not the Hilton hotel, but they can be fun if you don't mind walking. The dorms in Presidents Park are about an 8 minute walk from the center of campus. Upperclassman housing is very nice; many of dorms of brand new!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not unbearably difficult, but at times, they can be very challenging. Typically, 100 and 200 level intro classes are not too challenging, but depending on the subject they can require quite a bit of time and effort. If you study and keep up with work, you will do fine. Procrastination is not your friend at George Mason!

    Tips for prospective students

    Faculty and staff members are there to answer questions so do not be afraid to ask. Getting involved in a club or organization that includes something you are passionate about not only may open doors to new opportunities, but it helps form friendships as well. Introduce yourself and be social; networking is a great way to meet people who have similar interests.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a diverse university with exceptional faulty and staff members. Because of it's close proximity to our nation's capitol, there are tons of opportunities available to students. George Mason works hard to implement new programs and build new venues that promote academic success.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit Great Falls Visit Washington D.C. Fish along the Potomac River Go Shopping

    Food and Dining

    A variety of fast food chains such as Burger King, Chic fil A, Taco Bell, Panda Express, etc and one dining hall. Most students prefer to make their own meal.

    Dorm Life

    Since George Mason University is a commuting school, the campus is always empty on weekends. However, there are other activities students can do such as exploring Washington D.C. and go shopping at local malls.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason University can be as challenging as any other public schools. If you work hard, you will get the grade you deserve. Don't think that George Mason University is easier than other schools. Most people underestimate our academics and soon enough, they will be proved wrong.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some classes may be boring but going to class is the key to become a successful student in college. It doesn't matter how smart you are in college, it's about how well you manage your time and focus during class session.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University provides a diverse student body. Classes are fairly challenging but teachers are willing to help even though it takes time off their schedule. Overall, George Mason University will soon be a high prospect school in the future.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. They have plenty of police and well lit pathways.

    Greek Life

    Did not take part in this.

    Clubs and Activities

    I partook in club soccer, CCM, and intramurals. All of these were super fun. I made a bunch of friends in these groups and some great memories.

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is great for any type of student. They have plenty of places to study if you are a studier and if you are a partier they have plenty of parties. If you are an athlete they have most sports at 3 different level.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to the Luau hosted by the CCM during the first week of school.

    Bang for the buck

    Its worth your money.

    What to do for fun

    Mason has plenty of activities to take part in. That have many club and intramural teams for each sport. They also have many clubs and organizations to take part in. My favorite activity was Battle Ship. Its a one day tournament that involves people riding around in canoes in the pool while trying to sink the other ships.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is good but there is not much variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice. The rooms are a decent size. The RA that I had last semester was really nice and friendly so where the other floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Mason challenges each student in a way that helps the student get better at what they are studying and pushes them to reach new levels of knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and get internet cord because Mason's internet is not very fast.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is an innovative and diverse school. Mason has many opportunities to get involved with sports, religious activities, and organizations of interest. Mason is the perfect school for anybody because it has something for you.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    the food court is cool, it is very big and i love the fact that the food coud court is not the only plae you can go to eat. they have little stores and what i call mini food courts which is like a little resturant and you caint for get about southside. I love that place.

    Dorm Life

    Very big and clean, fulled with nice people.

    Academic Rigor

    Because i do not attend this school yet i can't really say but my older sister attends there and she said that it was great and i trust her word she gets great grades.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It has a very diverse and compfortable campus. It's just awesome in every single way. I would recomend this school to everyone.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe for students, with University Police checking areas 24/7. Students can even call police to escort them to their dorms at night if they feel unsafe for any reason. There have been almost no cases of campus violence in official campus police reports for the past five years.

    Greek Life

    Although Greek life is not financially supported by the University, it is a big part of student life on campus. Fraternities and Sororities often have an extensive and rigorous recruitment process that will definitely have a toll on the average student. Join a Fraternity or Sorority with caution, as these organizations may take over your daily routine and time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There hundreds of clubs at George Mason University, making student involvement a truly diverse experience. That said some of the organizations are not very organized or do not meet frequently, making commitment hard for those that are not patient.

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is a great college for all types of students. Due to the diversity of the college, students can find others that will share their interests and talents.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stepping on the plate beneath the Mason Statute is a big social taboo in the college. Although there are no actual punishments for doing that, it is required for the student (that stepped on the plate) to kiss the Mason statute.

    Bang for the buck

    Mason is a great University overall. For the amount of tuition students pay to go there, the college offers, arguably, an equal amount of facilities and services for a great college experience. At the end of the day it is up to the student to make their own experience great.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do on campus for fun. Students have free access to the JC cinema (which shows transition movies [movies not on theaters but not on DVD either]). There are two gyms on campus (Skyline and RAC). Skyline and RAC are both well furnished gyms with great equipment for efficient workouts. Besides that there are many clubs and activities to on campus for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Dining on campus consists of South Side (the main spot to dine on campus. South Side entertains all variety of foods: a cereal & milk bar, pizzeria/pasta bar, stir fry grill, a deli, a bakery and much more. The Rathskeller is a sports bar and another popular spot to dine (though much more expensive than South Side). Aside from that there are chain restaurants such as taco bell, subway, Auntie Anne's, Chick-Fil-A, and much more. The University mall near campus also sports several restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for freshmen is generally diverse. Those freshmen that are part of LLCS are given high quality dorms (equivalent of sophomore and junior dorms). The majority of freshmen, like in any other college, live in four room dorms that are generally crowded. These dorms have a floor bathroom that is shared by all the rooms on the floor. The upside to that is that these bathrooms are cleaned everyday by staff, the downside is the amount of people that use the same bathroom. LLC students have their own bathrooms as a upside but have to clean it as a downside.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor of the academics of Mason depend on what degree you are pursuing. A BS is generally harder than a BA in colleges. That said freshmen year involves general ed (Basically High School classes at a college pace- similar to AP classes in high school). But as you start to take classes for your major the rigor will become much harder and focused.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Try to join a LLC (living learning Community) for better academic and social opportunities (though thoroughly check to see if your major/minor is supported before joining) -Be involved (if you sit in your room all day, you will lose out in many aspects of life) - Focus on your grades (college will be overwhelming... you will have so much to do and so much to participate in. But at the end of the day your GPA is one of the most important things that matters to those employers) - Make friends (if you're an introvert, try to change that about yourself... College is a new place and your home away from your home. You will eat, hang out with and even do work with friends, so they will essentially become your second family). - Try to network: This is a big one! As time passes on attempt to get on campus jobs, or internships (even if they don't pay- for work experience). The more you work the more contacts you will possibly have; a great help when you start looking for jobs when you graduate. - Choose your Major/ Minor by the end of your first year. Colleges will often tell you that it is okay for you to explore. While it is certainly okay for you to look for interests, you have to consider the job market and paying off those loans when you register for classes. The best way to do that is knowing your game plan (major) before you register for your class. A planned curriculum will be the least costly route in college.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a great place for an education that is affordable. Academics are reasonably challenged and campus life is generally fun and diverse. In terms of demographics the University is considered to be among the most diverse in the nation.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    GMU has its own division of police; The George Mason Police. They have their own patrol cars that patrol the University as well as the dorms and neighborhoods around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    GMU is great for any type of student. It seems as if it can cater to every need.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Living on campus provides you with more security and convenience to classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost of living and cost of tuition is reasonable. After all you get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    So much to do, so little time to do it all.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great cafeteria center. There is also several other point of food service, such as Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels on campus. The combinations and locations off-campus are limitless, GMU is a short drive from DC.

    Dorm Life

    George Mason is in Fairfax; where you can find a variety of in-campus and off-campus fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy, they are not hard either. Procrastination is a definite killer, and an organized schedule is key. Organization in your course work allows time for recreation as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a college that would launch you into your career with all the tools and qualifications that the job market currently requires, George Mason will exceed your expectations.

    In three sentences

    It is very diverse The classrooms are up to date, and remodel. Professors are professional and practicians of the field.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    If your in state this school would be great. Out of state it is about $20,000 more plus room, dining and other expense.

    What to do for fun

    It's right outside of Washington D.C. Need I say more?

    Food and Dining

    They have great dining options. Very clean also!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. you have to share a bathroom with the WHOLE FLOOR. (freshman) Gross!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic are great. GMU is #1 for up and coming universities.

    In three sentences

    Amazing Campus. Diverse people. Fun city.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always see campus police driving around everywhere!

    Greek Life

    Mason isn't a huge greek school, but there are 22 fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs availible. They also make it very easy to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters Different ethnicity's

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A mason tradition is to go rub the statue of George Mason's foot for good luck. But you can't step on his plate below him or it is bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Mason is extremely expensive. If you do the meal plan they offer, that will save you on average 2-3$ per meal.

    What to do for fun

    Mason is a huge commuter school. They have some fun stuff going on, but not much. If you are looking for fun you might want to try to hop on the metro and visit Washington, DC.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of food choices. Especially healthy ones.

    Dorm Life

    I was a transfer student so I never lived on campus. I was upset though because there was no housing availible for me.

    Academic Rigor

    GMU expects a lot out of their students. Class attendance almost all of the time is not necessary. It truly depends on the amount of time you put in outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students need to sign up for classes as soon as their time ticket date has arrived. Classes fill up quickly. Also, if you are lost at all, ask someone nearby for help. Mason has a super friendly atmosphere.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a great school. They have many food choices, helpful teachers, and lots of commuter students. The campus is kept nicely.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable, but room and board is outrageously expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Fairfax is very close to DC, so going into the city is always an option. Also, Tyson's Corner is only 15-20 minutes away!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to pick your major before attending school here, this way you don't miss out on any of the classes that each major has available.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University has a great quality of education. The professors are passionate, and you work for your grades. It is a great university to attend.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safer in my dorm room than I do in my own bed room, if that gives you any idea

    Greek Life

    ACTIVE ACTIVE ACTIVE!

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't that many interesting clubs here, like I said you have to make your own fun.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great all students! there is something here for everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Like I said earlier, the bookstore here OVERCHARGES, so pleasssseee take advantage of online book stores.

    What to do for fun

    MAKE FRIENDS is always #1 but other than that try to follow the facebook and twitter pages, they provide information on what good clean fun is happening on campus on a regular basis.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is hit or miss honestly, southside dining (the main dining hall) can bee good in moderation! I stress MODERATION, but its one of the healthiest places to eat on campus. Pilot House is a fast food dining hall that stays open till 5am every weekday, its ideal for midterms and finals.

    Dorm Life

    there is so much fun to be had as well as multiple gyms all over campus for those of us who chose to stay in shape.

    Academic Rigor

    The George Mason University staff will open your world to a diverse culture of different learning techniques and teaching strategies to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT PURCHASE THE UNLIMITED 100 A WEEK MEAL PLAN, YOU WILL BE RESTRICTED TO ONLY SOUTHSIDE DINING AND SOUTHSIDE DINING ONLY. PURCHASE ALL BOOKS, iCLICKERS etc, ONLINE! YOU GET WAY BETTER DEALS THAT WAY.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a beautiful Multicultural campus, with lots of Greek life and fun for those who choose not to participate in those type of events. There is a numerous amount of work opportunities on campus. along with activities and recreational events, there is a tremendous amount of support here such as Tudors etc.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I have been to George Mason multiple times since deciding I would like to enroll here next August, and the Mason Staff has been nothing but kind to me. The admissions board has always responded to me promptly and been more than willing to accept any and every problem I've thrown at them. I can't wait to come next fall and become a part of the Mason Nation.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Mason is one of the safest campuses I've visited.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're from out of state getting financial aid from Mason can be really tricky. However they do award good scholarships and grants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms in the Honors College are AMAZING/

    Academic Rigor

    There's work just like any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early and try to get an interview/ meeting with your district admissions officer.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    All I do is study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in Virginia, choose Mason.

    In three sentences

    Faculty and staff are reasonable and make every effort to engage students. Class schedules are accomodating to the working professional. Departments send out notices daily to make students aware of opportunities.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are about as many police employed on campus then there are within the county. It can be considered a good (or a bad) thing, but believe me, nothing bad happens on campus. If you are ever feeling unsafe, the school even provides 24-hr escorts.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is involved with a lot of social stuff here on campus, but there are plenty of other organizations that even out social events here. It is true that Greek life do throw all the parties, there's not too much else I can say about that. However, if you do not want to join a social fraternity, there are the options of service and honor fraternities as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many Student Orgs here! You can find your niche on this campus, and they give you the flexibility to create your own clubs as well. You can join a club from every aspect of this campus, from the food to housing to the academics and the extracurriculars!

    Great for these types of students

    I think George Mason is great for any type of student. It's up to you to make the experience great for yourself here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the biggest traditions we have is concentrated around the George Mason statue: don't step on his plaque because is it rumored to give you bad luck. However, to remove that bad luck you have to rub his toe. The statue's toe has gone from bronze to another color because of the amount of students that have rubbed his toe.There are the mysterious underground tunnels on the older part of campus-many a student has tried to find them(and some have). There are some secluded places on campus that will show you a beautiful view, tens of feet away from the campus. It's up to you to find them!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are out-of-state, APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS. The school does have some hangups that I don't feel we should be shelling out money for. But that's the risk you take with all schools. A tip though: there are ways you can offset your price here at school. 1) SCHOLARSHIPS. 2) Check out the jobs on campus, like the RA job here, which subtracts the housing price from your tuition. (Free housing!) Patriot Leaders get a nice stipend for their work here, Mason Ambassadors as well. Then there are plenty of work-study jobs on campus. I emphasize this so much. You may not have to look into it first semester, or ever, but these are definitely great options to offset your costs here.

    What to do for fun

    Weekends are sometimes dead here, but there are many activities that go on inside the campus. We have movies being shown throughout the weekend, concerts, etc. Then Greek Life throws parties on and off campus. And of course we have DC, where you can check out the clubs, visit other school parties, concerts, etc. You have to find your fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent. We have newer places like Panda Express and Subway and Starbucks, and then there are the gems of our campus like Southside, a large buffet, Rathskeller, a nice sports bar and grill. We used to have Ikes, which is located in Shenandoah neighborhood, and that will be renovated into a 24-hr buffet(yum!) This school also provides great vegetarian and vegan options as well as well as cultural options-Kosher, Indian, Caribbean, Peruvian, etc.

    Dorm Life

    We have it pretty good compared to other colleges in Virginia. There is Shenandoah neighborhood that houses mostly freshman in President's Park. Things are always lively there, there is never a boring night in the Park. Upperclassmen housing is is Aquia and Rappahannock neighborhoods and the buildings are very nice and spacious. They even have apartments and townhouses, which are a quarter mile away from the campus. Currently, the school has plans to build another dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Like other colleges, it depends on the professor you have. There are some classes that have world-renown professors and of course their classes may have rigorous requirements to it. And then, there are teachers that suck. It happens.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are sure about this school, apply early. They offer scholarships to those who are committed to coming here. If you are worried about meeting new people, there are plenty of student organizations to meet people from all corners of the world. Last, but not least, we are close to DC! We have enough transportation for you to experience Old Town Fairfax as well as Washington D.C. !

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a colorful school with variety of talented students. This school provides a mass amount of opportunities on the campus and off involving your education and beyond. Watch out for the construction though, haha. (You get used to it)

  • 05/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations at George Mason that one could join and there are three recreation facilities. There are often events happening around campus whether it be for Hispanic Heritage Month or the Presidential Elections. There are also free shuttles that will take students to stores and shops in the area and even the Vienna Metro Station where students can take a metro train into Washington D.C.

    Food and Dining

    There is one dining hall at Mason known as Southside. It is open from 7am to 9pm and offers a wide variety of food. There is your typical fast food like pizza, hamburgers and fries but there is also a section of the dining hall that rotates it's offerings daily. There vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options as well and many of the ingredients used in the food comes from locally grown farms in the area.

    Dorm Life

    There have been important renovations that have taken place in the dorms in the past few years. The few dorms that George Mason had have largely been renovated with exception to the student apartments although all the traditional dorms and the newer dorms built have central air conditioning and heating. It would be wise to do the appropriate research before choosing your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging here and the professors are engaging. Many professors do have a PhD or a masters in their field of study and the school has recently become a research university. Academics will continue to be at the forefront of the university's mission.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is recommended that you see if you can arrange a visit to the campus and check out the dorms that you would want to live in.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a suburban school situated in Fairfax,Virginia, a suburb outside of Washington D.C. It is a middle sized school with 32,500 students. The school is largely a commuter school, but it is trying to get away from this label.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's always an event going on at GMU. All events are well-advertised. Also, there are so many interesting and fun student organizations. Each give its students many leadership and exciting opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    There's definitely a variety when it comes to Mason dining. There are a lot of good places to choose from, like Red Mango and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Resident advisors are always there for you. The on-campus housing organization creates many events for dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The amount of work professors give is very doable. The encouragement of professors can be low at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay open-minded. There are so many different student organizations to join.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University has a very diverse community. There are many opportunities for leadership and community service. The academic possibilities are endless at GMU.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There is food literally on every corner!

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are new or have been renovated within the last 5 years. Even the freshman dorms looked nice!

    Academic Rigor

    They surprisingly have my major (neuroscience) as well as a grad program to go along with what I want to do with my life.

    In three sentences

    I visited the campus and it is amazing! Helpful tour guides and a really knowledgeable admissions staff along with their variety and proximity to DC helped to make this school my number one choice.

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police make their presence felt. Very safe campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Very diverse campus.

    What to do for fun

    This is the only negative. Campus spirit is low. Students vacate the campus on weekends, and only seem to get excited for basketball. It would be nice if they supported the other athletic events.

    Food and Dining

    The campus offers a many types of eating establishments not just the typical cafeteria. Lots of meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are modern and clean. Many of the dorms offer suites with there own bathrooms and kitchens.

    Academic Rigor

    I study elementary education. I feel in regards to this major the academic rigor is appropriate. The NCC which is the college where education falls includes a requirement called experiential learning which places us in real life world experiences. This really helps us learn by doing.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Premed and Biology clubs even ethnicity clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters like me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A pond with a variety of fish even turtles.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very costly compared to a cc that I transferred from.

    Food and Dining

    New restaurants have open so you have a variety of tasty foods to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm. But I hear great things.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging and work load can really catch up to you if you don't have great time management you could fall behind.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    What to do for fun

    Georgetown and DC

    Food and Dining

    Good diversity of food.

    Dorm Life

    Good Dorm living. Most all dorms are new and spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are approachable. Multi-Cultural professors so be prepared.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the LLC Program. Try to live in the Honors Dorms. Students are very diverse culturally.

    In three sentences

    It is an Awesome School!! There is a lot to get involved in if you put forth the effort. Love the LLC Program.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security patrols 24/7

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody with an open mind

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    International week where all the cultural organizations share their customs every day

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to choose from. I was part of the improv club and cultural clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the area and network with as many professionals as you can, it will help you out later on in life

    In three sentences

    George Mason is located in a wonderful area with many activities to choose from. The people here are very friendly and want to see you succeed. The opportunities to achieve greatness is endless at George Mason.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always hit the city which is only 30 minutes away. Or stay on campus and watch any season sports. George Mason has a great basketball team.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to be part of a big school. Don't get caught up with with issues that are happening in the school, it is big so everything can happen, always remember to stay focused on your goals.

    In three sentences

    George Mason in a incredible school with an unbelievable campus. Located next to Washington DC, it gives you the opportunity to interact with one of the major cities in the United States. A school where individuals are taught to work to their abilities and aspire to become how they desire.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's hard to talk about this when regarding George Mason. Because of it being a commuter school, the social life is a bit dry. If you are into partying, you can always go to a frat party. If you want to just hang out then I suggest you go out and try to meet people. They're pretty friendly here. Other than that, join clubs and expand your horizon. You will never know what you find you like.

    Food and Dining

    In 1 word: repetitive. There are only so many options that Mason has. I found it very difficult to maintain a healthy diet here without eating subway or salad for 99% of my meals. If you don't care about variety then that will be just fine with you but a lot of us want something different for a change. The only thing that you can eat that won't be a sub or salad is Chic - fil -a or Burger King or something. It's unfortunate that they do not have more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    Very stale. Many students commute to school and therefore the on-campus life is lacking. On weekends you can expect to see maybe one or two other students walking around. If you are a social butterfly, this might not be the place for you. But if you're more of an introvert, then this could potentially be your paradise.

    Academic Rigor

    This honestly depends on professor. I found the course load to be very manageable especially in gen eds. However there are certain professors that can be easy like a dream or incredibly difficult if not impossible to pass. Use caution when choosing professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should only come to Mason for specific reasons, as with many other colleges. If you want to be an engineer, go to Tech. Do not come to GMU. This school is mainly for politics, criminology, and international majors. Unless you received great financial aid or there is some specific reason for you attending, I would suggest picking another school. I'm not saying this school is bad by any means but it can be pretty limited in what they have to offer for other majors.

    In three sentences

    A bit average.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun. there are many clubs, sports and intermural sports that students can be a part of. George Mason also has many events for students and sometimes family to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very good because of GMU's many options with food and their meal plan is very good with its different options with the meals per week and its use of Mason Dollars which are able to be used at off campus food establishments.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and some are very new. There are many options for students to pick the dorm that they want and the dorms are safe and it is a nice place to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very organized in how students are assigned an academic adviser and the class size is relatively small and it is geared to the student to promote a better learning experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want to major in and make your college decision not just on one thing you are looking for. College should be able to be the best fit for you and it should be able to suit all of your needs so do your research and be open to information.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is the perfect college for not just me but many other high school students. It is a very diverse college with a beautiful campus and a very friendly college life. They have many clubs and activities for students to be a part of and the students are very friendly and helpful.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I visited George Mason last summer for an information session and tour. The college setting is really nice and they seem to have the diversity I'm seeking. DC is only a campus shuttle away. They're one of the few schools in VA that have the degree program of study I am looking for.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will be fine at Mason. There is just so much offered here and classes literally from 7am to 10pm fits all schedules.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much!! You can go into D.C whenever you want. There is a huge mall right up the street and tons of activities on campus including gyms with group classes like zumba!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options from a 24 hour Starbucks to Southside dining hall and even a chic-fil-a!

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen dorms are not fabulous but they are not terrible. But upperclassmen dorms are great!

    Academic Rigor

    When attending school here you definitely have to attend class and be prepared. But if you are a responsible student you will be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you have your information complete and all your paperwork in. Also meet with your adviser before your actual orientation if possible.

    In three sentences

    George Mason has a beautiful campus and is very diverse. They have so many programs to help their students succeed and they really value the students attending. There are tons of activities to do and there are always events happening.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    *who want to make different friends like from different countries

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    What to do for fun

    * join their clubs and organizations *join dance classes or any other fun classes

    In three sentences

    * great professors- very helpful, caring *biggest oppurtunity to make new friends because of diversity and various organizations and clubs

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt safer anywhere in my life. I visit VCU often miscellaneous reasons and whenever night time hits, I feel the need to look over my shoulder. At GMU I can leave a friend's dorm building at 2 am alone and walk back to my own building without a care in the world. Police are present, but never obnoxious and in your face. There are cadets to make sure drunk people aren't just falling out all over the place. You can call an escort if you need to, but it's safe.

    Greek Life

    You'll either love or hate greek life. There is no greek housing on campus, but many frat brothers or sorority sisters will occupy whole floors of buildings or just live together as roommates. A lot of people are greek, but it isn't a big deal if you aren't. There's the PHC, NPC, IFC, MGC all on campus, so there is definitely something out there for everyone. There are parties, but usually they aren't on campus. You don't pay for friends if you go greek, you pay a small price to open a whole new door to your life. You'll call people your brothers/sisters that you never thought you'd ever know. You'll learn skills about teamwork you can't get in a classroom. The networking possibilities are a lot broader and employers nod in approval if you were involved in greek life while in college. However, if you decide not to get involved in greek life, you can still fully enjoy campus life and have a wonder college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student-orgs are always on the move and always working with the campus in some type of way. And these activities aren't like lame programming because it's run by students. We pick high-profile celebrities for our school concerts and have real fun things to do at events. We've had Kendrick Lamar, Andy Grammar, etc. We've also had ziplining if you're into that. The school works with other companies and restaurants to provide us with a lot of fun stuff to do, so it's literally never dull.

    Great for these types of students

    Black, White, Hispanic, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Straight, LGBT, there is VERY LITTLE discrimination of any kind here. It's one of the most accepting and tolerant campuses I've ever been on. And the different types of cultures are thriving and all very well accommodated and accounted for. We even have gender neutral bathrooms for those who prefer them. If you want to rage every night, pick a different school. If you want to learn inside/outside the classroom and maybe unwind with a beer and some close friends, this might work for you. If you're really close-minded and set in your ways, this school might be required. You won't leave here with the same perceptions you came in with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the plaque at the George Mason Statue.. you won't graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition isn't ridiculously high (I'm in-state) but for all the workshops, experiences, and internships available to me, I definitely feel like it's worth it. GMU does a really good job at placing you in a position to succeed. My Psych major friends work with Psychologists as research assistants, my IT friends all have internships in DC, it's not JUST for the education. You can really benefit from the job market out here.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city! Fairfax is a pretty nice place and there are parks and really nice shopping malls. There's Fair Oaks, but Tyson's Corner is a very nice place. Hop on the metro and go into DC! If you want to stay on campus, keep up with the events going on. GMU puts on good events and so do the student orgs. If you can find a party, there's usually something going on, you just have to know the right people.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of dining places on campus and all of them with the exception of 1 or 2 take your standard meal plan that you're required to have your first year. The food isn't fantastic if you want real cooking, but there are a lot of options for sub-par dining. Chikfila, Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King, and recently Chipotle are our fast food places, but we also have dining halls, chinese food places, a 24 hour starbucks, and also culture-sensitive restaurants with hilal meat and stuff like that.

    Dorm Life

    Your freshman year housing is.. well, Freshman housing, and is a decent walk away from your classes. The rooms aren't huge, but they're still bigger than a lot of other colleges' freshman dorms. Since Mason's pretty strict about no wild partying, if you want to sleep, usually you'll be able to, peacefully. Honestly that's really all you'll need your dorm for. There are tons of study rooms and spaces all over campus and there are always student org-hosted events and activities that are always fun. People say campus is dead on weekends, which is kind of true, but you can still find something to do on-campus or just go to DC or something.

    Academic Rigor

    You have a wide range of professors here at Mason. Some teach intro classes from the local community colleges, some are tenured, some also teach at Georgetown and George Washington, and many are from NYU, so there are a lot of different factors. As a rising sophomore, most of my classes were my gen-eds, but don't expect to just coast by. In most of your intro lecture classes, you only have 3 or 4 grades and they all come from exams. Don't skip class, you're paying for that education.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. The majority of people I know who transfer out of mason or say it sucks are not involved in ANYTHING on campus. All they do is go to class and go to the gym. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE when it comes to meeting people. I went to Mason with absolutely no friends from high school, but by the end of the semester, I was crying over having to leave some of the people I met. Also, LEARN THE METRO. I haven't yet, and I'm struggling and behind the curve because of it. learn the public trans in general in Fairfax. It's kept really nicely and it's free for Mason students, which is a HUGE plus.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school if you want a little bit of everything. If you want to stay in the city, you can, but DC is just a metro stop away. If you want to stay in your dorm room, you can, but there are so many different kinds of activities always going on campus as well as a huge amount of cultural diversity. If you want a wild party school, this might not be the place for you, but we definitely still party and have fun -- just in moderation.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    GMU is just a short bus ride/ subway into downtown DC where there is endless things to do. The town of Fairfax itself also has a bunch of shopping, restaurants and unique places.On campus there is ALWAYS organized events going on and famous people visiting for concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls have just about everything 24-7. The campus also has a couple places like Starbucks, Einsteins, Subway, etc.

    Dorm Life

    BEAUTIFUL new dorms. Very well kept, reasonably sized. Communal bathrooms that are cleaned DAILY.

    Academic Rigor

    GMU does a fabulous job setting up internships for students . This real world experience really puts you ahead in preparing yourself to start your career after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are comfortable with the amount of credits you are taking as well as your schedule in general. I recommend taking full advantage of the faculty on campus that are there to help you stay on track.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a beautiful campus full of driven students and passionate professors. There is a wide range of diversity and unlimited amounts of programs to become involved in. The university is enthusiastic toward helping its students succeed and answering any questions that they may have.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club

    Food and Dining

    They have a wide variety of food to choose from

    Dorm Life

    Wouldn't know I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Don't be a procrastinator

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus. The students and staff seem super friendly. It's so close to the nations capital.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Driven, change-makers!

    Bang for the buck

    University tuition is incredibly over priced, but Mason is becoming a leading institution and still has a relatively cheap tuition rate in comparison to the education and opportunities that can be made available to you.

    What to do for fun

    George Mason is located in the heart of Fairfax City - and Fairfax County. The locale could not be more perfect for an abundance of fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food choices on campus. While many choices are not the healthiest or the widest variety, especially for vegetarians - their selection is greatly improving.

    Dorm Life

    I have no experience of the dorm life at Mason.

    Academic Rigor

    Mason is academically competitive - but not impossible. You will get what you put in. Study and work hard, and your efforts will show.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared! George Mason University is becoming a big-time school and will be there before we know it. Come prepared to study, learn, and change your life in ways you couldn't have previously imagined.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is an amazing school that not only provides and encourages opportunities for real-life learning, but creates an avenue to make the opportunities accessible. Mason is a rapidly growing school that is only growing in credibility and status. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to be a Patriot and will forever be gracious of Mason's drive to become an global leader in academia.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have their own campus police force with a station, hotlines, and their own cars. The police cadets also serve as traffic patrol for heavy pedestrian/traffic intersections. There are also lit emergency stations/phones placed around campus in case of a late-night emergency.

    Greek Life

    Greeks everywhere, but no sorority/fraternity houses since it's a dry campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities for almost everything and if not, you're welcome to make a club yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that love diversity. Also great for students that want to be close to DC and nightlife, but without the urban setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Patriot Center is on campus and is a venue for concerts and shows; students can receive discounts for shows.

    What to do for fun

    It's a dry campus, so all parties that happen on campus are alcohol-free; however off-campus parties do take place and DC nightlife is only a short ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is surprisingly great. Multiple restaurants and fast food chains to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of brand new housing. Predominately co-ed floors. No visitor enforcement, so you can have people over whenever.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are small, around 25 students, so you get to now your professor. College is challenging but if you need assistance, there's always tutors or the professor will gladly meet you during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take the easiness of high school for granted, invest yourself fully in your school work. High school is so easy compared to college, and it only gets harder.

    In three sentences

    Modern college in the middle of the rich, historical, old college town of Fairfax. George Mason is conveniently only 30 minutes from Washington DC, but is located in an area without the hustle and bustle of the capitol to give a genuine college experience. A celebration of world-wide education; it's diverse and filled with students all over the globe.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Spending time with those you meet on campus. Exploring the metropolitan area. There is so much to see or do. Attending events and supporting Mason sport's teams.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved. If you are Catholic, visit the Bellarmine Chapel. Live on campus! Apply to be an RA

    In three sentences

    George Mason University has provided me a wonderful undergraduate education. It is a growing and lively campus and it is worth investing in. I love it so much that I've decided to complete my Master's here.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a real danger of being run over by a person running to class while trying to avoid eye contact.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at GM is unique. No boring and stodgy Fraternity Row here! All the Greek houses are well off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The usual campus diversions, many illegal, with many video games and NetFlix in between.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, runners.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition of running to classes while looking up, to avoid all eye contact.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm leaving for a more expensive, real university.

    What to do for fun

    I have fun when I go home.

    Food and Dining

    The best part of campus life.

    Dorm Life

    I'm in a fairly new dorm with nice conveniences. As for the other dorms, they can't be replaced fast enough and I hope the rats and roaches don't migrate over to the newer dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic challenge is based on the professor. Many teach at different schools, are not invested in GM and are inaccessible for questions. With different classes at different colleges (in some cases, using different textbooks), some have skipped over large chunks of subject-matter because they are confused where they left off. Other part-timers coast through a semester and place few demands on students because they don't plan on being there next year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring hiking boots because on-campus parking lots for commuters and on-campus students seem to stretch to the North Carolina border. Bring a dog if you need a friend. Prepare for even upper-level courses to be taught by Staff. (There are as many part-time and itinerant professors as there are students.)

    In three sentences

    Commuter school with little campus culture and an average student age of 30. It is like an overgrown community college with people running onto campus from jobs, taking a class and then running to their next job. If there is some organization to this sprawling mix of buildings of various vintages, I have't figured it out.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Generally speaking, there are no problems here at Mason. There is a problem with major roads and students crossing them but thats the biggest concern.

    Greek Life

    I'm actually a sorority sister at Mason and I love the community we have here. It allows us to thrive in an environment driven by a want to be leaders, active community members, and good friends. The greek life at Mason may not be gigantic, but its the best decision I've made in college.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has so many clubs, I literally could not list 15% percent of them off the top of my head. There is a club for everything, no joke. Underwater hockey? Check. Ballroom dancing? Got that too.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse, driven by community service and a want to be involved. A student who loves a big school feel during the week and a small school feel on weekends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mason statue/plaque is a huge tradition here. If someone steps on the plaque (which is rare, most students walk around it) the rub George Mason's left foot. The rumor is if you step on the plaque you won't graduate in four years.

    Bang for the buck

    My only complaint is the outrageous parking costs. $600 parking passes and generally there are no spots during peak class hours, forcing students to park illegally just to get to class, then they are hit with $100 parking tickets for illegally parking. Its getting out of hand.

    What to do for fun

    The parties at Mason are fun, but the DC nightlife, Georgetown on the weekend, access to the Wizards, Nationals, Redskins, and Capitals with student discounts offer a change from what normal college students are exposed to.

    Food and Dining

    Mason dining is getting better, but is not quite up on top yet. With rumors of the first collegiate Chipotle though, it may be rising quickly.

    Dorm Life

    Almost every dorm on campus is fully renovated with air-conditioning, laundry in at least every building if not every floor. The doors are key card swipes not keys with multiple locks to get into dorms so its the safest it possibly could be.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is tough here considering GMU is on the rise academically. We all work hard for the grades we get and know our education is top-notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work harder than you think you need to, take the extra time to study, it'll pay off later. Don't use all your meal plans in the first three days of the week and realize its okay to ask for help. Whether its homework help, directions to your first class, or asking how to get involved, don't hesitate, Mason is a friendly community

    In three sentences

    A diverse place where students are given opportunities of a life-time. From being close to D.C, to having world class professors, Mason students are able to make connections that last a lifetime. GMU is the perfect university because here we believe innovation is tradition.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    GMU has over 250 student clubs and organizations ranging from Azucar, the salsa dancing club to underwater hockey. There is something for everyone looking to get involved on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the toe on GMU's very own George Mason statue located in front of the Johnson Center for good luck! Remember to never step on the plaque in front of the statue, it's bad luck. But don't worry, all you have to do to reverse the curse is to rub George's toe.

    What to do for fun

    There is everything to do for fun!! Take the Mason Shuttle to the Vienna Metro station and spend the day in D.C.! Don't want to leave campus? The theater located in the basement of the student center shows the current popular movies. Join a club like Azucar and learn to dance away your nights in Latin music, or join a music group such as the Green Machine and get the opportunity to play at all of the varsity basketball games! You like sports? Well as a Mason student, you get into all home games for free! Like concerts? The Patriot Center brings in the hottest artists on tour! There is always something to do, so take a look at your interests, chances are, there will be a club or a group that fits you perfectly.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is fantastic! The student center provides food chains such as Red, Hot & Blue and Burger King while also providing culturally diverse food such as Indian and Chinese. There is also a cupcake shop and a coffee shop for everyone's sweet tooth. The Student Union building offers a Chick-Fil-A and a Taco Bell and the Original Burger is located in the HUB. Located around campus are Starbucks, Subway, Panda Express, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Red Mango Smoothie, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. There are also all you can eat dining halls such as Southside. Open until the early hours of the morning, Southside provides an all you can eat cuisine for about $7! So whether you're looking for chicken fried rice or a nice warm pretzel, GMU has got you covered.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun and safe! Don't worry about strange people getting into your dorm, they aren't allowed to be there! RA's try to make the most of the dorm life by having get togethers and making living on campus fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor really depends on the student's field of study. As long as you can manage your time wisely and keep your head in the game, the academics become less rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get connected and get involved. It is the best way to meet new people, make new friends and have tons of fun.

    In three sentences

    GMU is an amazing university, filled with diversity, innovation, and great opportunities. Its close proximity to the nation's capital provides accessibility to some of the most exclusive internships. GMU is the perfect university for any student looking for diversity in academic fields and also in culture.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have fully certified police officers here on campus at all times. This department also trains police cadets to be able to work in situations. All circumstances have been diffused as immediately as possible, and I have never felt safer at a school.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is always buzzing. Of course there are your typical parties, but the brothers and sisters really look out for other students. It's their mission to keep others safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs on campus, I can't even begin to name them all. There are tons of brochures and online information, though!

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great college for anyone looking for a high education and wanting to meet a variety of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a saying that if you rub the toe of the George Mason statue, it will bring you good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Students from the state of Virginia get an incredible deal here. The tuition is 9,000 per year. Their room and board is in between 4,000-6,000. The total is close to 15,000. Each semester you pay half, and FAFSA really helps to cover these costs. However, out of state students like myself, have to pay 27,000 per year.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the George Mason campus! There are movies, parties, activities. I encourage you to get involved!

    Food and Dining

    Southside Dining Hall is the best college dining hall I have ever been to. There are so many different options. There is always a salad bar, vegetarian option, vegan option, and gluten free option. And everything is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love my hall, and everyone in it. Living in the dorms forces you to make friends and it is such a blast! My floor has family movie nights and other floors do really cool things, too!

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason has a 50% acceptance rate, so not everyone gets in. But those that do probably won't have much issue accomplishing the tasks if they devote themselves to it. There are challenges, but they can be met.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for classes as early as you can. Do not wait! I advise living in the dorms, because you get to meet many more people that way!

    In three sentences

    George Mason University has been an amazing experience that I will hold dearly for the rest of my life. Everyday I meet new friends and talk to people from all over the world. The variety of cultures, activities, languages, classes, etc makes it possible for everyone to find some place to fit in here on campus.

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a movie theater and a bunch of clubs that you can join. I like to hang out in the cafes.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices at GMU to eat lunch. Broadsides is also very good.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, but I hear that it's nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Right now, I am struggling to keep up with my classes and most of them are gen-eds. It's hard to be reading a bunch of different things and then have you professor expect you to memorize it without going over it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you know what each class is expecting out of the students before enrolling in it. Ask around about which class is the best and make sure to meet with your adviser

    In three sentences

    George Mason has such a diverse community. The students are fairly friendly, although, as a Freshmen, everyone is pretty awkward. Some of the professors should take some teaching lessons because my math professor cannot teach well.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Continuing students, commuters, students interested in international politics, operations, sustainability science, and nation building

    What to do for fun

    The IM sports teams are wonderful. Local biking and hiking trails offer a lot to students who need to stay local, and the shuttle to the metro is free providing the opportunity to explore the history and eclectic nature of D.C.!

    Food and Dining

    The Food and Dining situation is greatly improving from the last 3 years. More options are available and SouthSide is delicious!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to connect with other students and live locally. The metro is close to campus and the D.C. Metro area has a lot to offer both scholastically as well as personally. It is a vibrant area and you should capitalize on it!

    In three sentences

    George Mason is dedicated to advancing sustainability and innovation, as its mission statement claims. GMU has advanced scholarship in fields of entrepreneurship as applicable to the sciences and humanities. It aims to give its students the best resources possible from building to faculty alike.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot of clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for something new, ready to explore the world, have lots of fun with Mason community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jonson Center.

    What to do for fun

    Meeting new people. Enjoying great varieties of food.

    Food and Dining

    Foods are very health and delicious. Lot of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Even though I am a commuter student I heard from my friends the dorm life at George Mason University is great.

    Academic Rigor

    They have lot of academic options.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors are very helpful. So far by getting to knew people I am improving my grades in lot ways. There are always lot of opportunities for students.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is very diverse. The community is very friendly and welcoming. Lot of events going on everyday.

  • 11/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus cadets walking around, directing traffic or just watching over the place. If you don't feel safe walking around you can call campus police (NOT 911) and they'll send someone over to walk or drive you to your dorm or wherever you're going. There are also little boxes all around campus with emergency buttons if you're walking around at night and don't feel safe: press them and someone will rush there as soon as possible. Campus is EXTREMELY safe, well-lit, and greatly maintained.

    Greek Life

    Not as big as frat boys and sorority girls would like, there is no Greek Row and the most active organizations are all community service or academic based.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student-run clubs on campus and they're fairly easy to create if there isn't one that suits your interests even though that is HIGHLY unlikely.

    Great for these types of students

    Academic Basketball fans

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You're supposed to rub the George Mason statue's big toe for good luck as George had gangrene in real life. Also, don't step on his plaque or you won't graduate in four years!

    Bang for the buck

    GMU is one of the most affordable VA colleges for instate tuition, especially when you consider all of the added opportunities like jobs and internships. However, I have heard it is pricier for out of state kids.

    What to do for fun

    Living next to DC is amazing, on the weekends most people take the metro into the city to go clubbing and enjoy the night life, but if you're not into that you can go to the zoo or any of the museums. GMU also offers free bus transit on Fairfax City CUE buses and has free shuttles to various places such as the Vienna Metro stop and the local malls so you can easily get around the city. If you don't want to go off campus there is always something going on, Weekends at Mason.

    Food and Dining

    Food here at GMU is rapidly evolving, we currently have one major dining hall that is really good. We also have on-campus Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Red Hot and Blue, AND Chick-fil-e that all accept meal credits. We have a 24/7 Starbucks but it only accepts real money, same thing with the Panda Express. At night you can go to the Pilot House which is open only at night and serves breakfast, burgers, and pizza.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in President's Park I'm sorry, there's a reason we're known as a commuter school. The dorms are very old all except for the newest ones built for the upperclassman and for the honors college. The Honors College freshman dorm, Eastern Shore, is absolutely fantastic and one of the newest buildings on campus. I have my own room and is so worth it. If you're part of a certain community you can apply to live in something called a Living Learning Community (LLC) where you can live with other people who are all the same major or have all the same interests.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and standing, but as an Honors College student I am vigorously engaged with undergraduate research. Also as a computer science major I take many difficult classes that are rewarding and taught by responsive, empathetic professors. My roommate is a biology major working to become a doctor and she also takes many difficult classes, the chem classes are killer.

    Tips for prospective students

    GMU is most definitely not a party school as we have no official Greek row nor any really big sports teams. If you're coming to GMU to learn hard, apply for the Honors College and keep an eye out for internships and jobs in the area; GMU offers more than just education, we have so many opportunities to get real-world experience. GMU is best known for political science, global affairs, and biology what with its proximity to DC, we do a lot of work with the political climate and many bio students have jobs at the National Zoo. We also have a fantastic computer science department with many different concentrations that really provide you with the skills you need for the job you want such as bioinformatics or game design.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a relatively new school that has an awesome emphasis on academics as opposed to sports. Best known for its political science, global affairs, and biology departments, George Mason provides some of the best opportunities for students in the ways of travelling abroad and numerous internships. With so many companies and D.C in the area, GMU is one of the few VA schools that offers more than just an education because you can get real world experience as an undergrad.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs that you can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    They have chick-fila and other restaurants that are pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter so i don't know

    Academic Rigor

    All of my teachers are very understanding and love to teach. They really want you to learn so they'll help you as much as they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off. Pay attention in class. Have fun!

    In three sentences

    George mason is the best innovative school in virginia. It is also really diverse, which is great. Everyone is very nice and welcoming.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mason sits in a pretty busy part of the county, only five minutes away from a major police station and a fire station literally across campus. The nearest hospital takes only around 5 to ten minutes to reach depending on traffic. If anything were to happen, it would be doused out quickly.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't heavily played on at Mason. While there still exists, it's not as amped up as other schools. Though Greek Week is interesting, I got a pretty cool shirt.

    Clubs and Activities

    The better question is what club doesn't exist here. During the first week back from summer and fall break, clubs line around the major strips of campus to encourage students to join. Unfortunately, several of the clubs I have joined disbanded from low numbers of students attending. Occasionally I've had to drop out from other clubs as well due to the inability to be attending both club meetings and class spontaneously.

    Great for these types of students

    Our campus is very LGBTQ friendly. Not to mention we're known for our very diverse population. There are Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews, Catholics, African Americas, Middle Easterns, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, Polynesians, so on. It's very difficult to classify this place as a white majority school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a bronze statue of George Mason sitting on campus. If you pay attention to his foot sticking out, it's been totally smoothed out. There's a little tradition that rubbing his foot brings good luck for students about to take a test.

    Bang for the buck

    Mason's tuition isn't a killer for in-state students. That leaves more money left for splurging on food, books, games, or whatever activity pleases you. However, it's best recommended to avoiding getting all your books at the bookstore since you can rent them from online for almost more than half price off! Again, as an off-campus student I always bring pack a lunch since I lack a meal plan and most meals aren't cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Mason sits in Fairfax County, just a 30 minute ride from D.C. There's no reason to ever sit at home. Clubs, restaurants, museums, theaters, bowling, skating, ice rinks, strip malls, massive parks just ten minutes away... I can go on forever.

    Food and Dining

    You won't go hungry. Really. They've got everything from Chinese, Indian, subs, sushi, a cereal buffet, smoothies, and even a salad bar. They cater to every flavor craved. They also make sure to include plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter, but from what I see from my friends, Mason is updating a lot of rooms. Most of them were pretty small, but these new rooms are reminiscent of a five start hotel room.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student in pre-med, it's obvious that I won't be able to take that underwater basket weaving class. The coursework I take are difficult but there are so many open opportunities to get help from tutoring centers, outside sessions, and long office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good amount of professors here teach their courses as if it's their calling. But for some, especially in required classes, it might help to check them out on RateMyProfessor.

    In three sentences

    It's a rapidly expanding University, not only in building, faculty, and students but in curriculum and clubs. Majority of teachers and counselors you meet here are extremely kind-hearted; they know what you're going through and offer the best advice to help you set your life straight. With over 10,000 students strong, you'll obviously make a number of friends.

  • 11/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mason police is all over the campus, ensuring safety for everyone, not only students. Police cadets are always being trained. Also it is across the street from the police station, which makes the overall area safe. Police is available for you late at night if you are scared to walk alone on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is a very diverse school. You will not see more of one ethnic group, and everyone is friendly.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices for school is acceptable, Tuition for instate students is around $5,000. LIving on campus is a little bit more pricy and so are meal plans. If you can help it, live off campus.

    What to do for fun

    Getting to know people and joining clubs and societies will be fun. They plan many activities for everyone to participate in, which makes being at school fun.

    Food and Dining

    DIning is amazing. There are lots of options to chose from, as well as a vast diversity in the types of food. There is asian, indian, fast food, sub lines, salad bars, smoothie bars, and many more. THere is also an on campus buffet that is opened very late. Prices are fair and not too high.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is not as crazy as other universities. It is not a party school. Dorm rooms and apartments are very nice and fairly new. One can not let living on campus interfere with academic responsibilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on what major you wish to pursue in. Some teachers are known to give loads of work and homework, which is to your advantage because that makes up your grade. If anything, there is a lot of study time necessary to be successful in college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you get here, you are on your own. It is your responsibility to keep up with all of your assignments and work because the professors will definitely not hunt you down. It is important to have a relationship with your teacher, and even more important to be involved and always attend class.

    In three sentences

    It is a growing school academically. There are very good professors at George Mason University, the teachers are all helpful and very knowledgable. The College of Science is continuing to grow rapidly.

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always people walking around. student life never stops. At night there's constantly deputies walking around and lights on!

    Clubs and Activities

    Student run! that's important. GMU is all about making a change!

    Great for these types of students

    If your a unique individual kind of lost and not knowing where to go after high school look into GMU. It will cover most of your needs of wanting to be creative, be successful in your educational career, have a proper college experience, be successful, strive far!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a statue of George Mason kind of in the middle of the campus and one of his shoes happens to be shinier then the other- the left one. Why is that? Well people rub it or touch it for good luck on a test or any type of beliefs. Its a superstition. During special GMU events they also dress up the statue. There's lots of spirit in this school!

    What to do for fun

    I would join student run clubs to meet new people and go from there. I want to also be apart of a fraternity. usually joining clubs and organizations are all you have to do and finding friends and things to do fall into place if your th type that's very socially active.

    Food and Dining

    I love their meal plans. Specifically one dealing with pay for meal and if you stay within the area of this food court and don't walk out you eat all you want. I don't know details but what caught my eye was the fact that I was paying one meal for two meals and day and snacks in between if I decided to stay in the food court to study and do homework.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not to crazy about dorms period. overall they were spacious and clean. Bathrooms had set amount of sinks and showers but what do you expects, there dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I've never taken a course here before or seen a lecture take place so I can't quit give it five stars. The fact that the professors are in their profession does help in the area of knowing people to get somewhere. What I mean by this is experience new things while learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just visit the campus for yourself. I live in Florida right now and have visit almost al the colleges within my area and then some and nothing fit until I visited GMU. it was unexpected as well, I never heard about it (considering its in VA) and its just overall amazing and a perfect fit for me personally!

    In three sentences

    The fact that it has such unique characteristics about the school like its connections to Washington DC, the option to study abroad, and professors in their profession just to list a few. I do like how its near the Leesburg area of Virginia because that's where I will be housing with family. Of course the area, its beautiful and the campus, as well as how nice everyone is and everything looks!

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe at Mason, I leave my dorm all the time late at night to get food and there is always an officer wondering around. If you happen to feel unsafe, there are flyers posted up around campus with the Mason police number, and you could actually get an officer to escort you to your destination!

    Clubs and Activities

    Mason has a club for almost everything! I am currently involved in two clubs on campus; the anime club and the Korean club. Clubs and organizations are great ways to meet new people and to get more involved on campus!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, my friends and I usually take the Vienna metro downtown to DC to visit museums or we attend student activities around campus. I love how Mason is so close to DC because of the fact that I grew up 15 minutes from DC myself in Maryland.

    Food and Dining

    Mason has a variety of foods around campus, especially in the Johnson Center. The foods aren't bad but they aren't good either, I honestly wish that there were more healthy foods around campus. Pizza and fries and get pretty old after a while. My favorite place to dine at Mason has to be Southside. Southside has home cooked-ish meals that they cook and serve everyday. It also says open 20 hours a day I believe.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely LOVE being an on campus student here at Mason! My floor mates and my RA are all like family to me! Living on campus is always more convenient being that I am an out-of-state student. Before being an on campus student I would commute to school everyday from Maryland, which was very tedious. Now that I am on campus I am able to join clubs and organizations andy overall I just feel more involved in school.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, academics here at Mason are very lenient when it comes to work and teachers know and LOVE what they're doing! I have yet to have any issues with any of my professors and getting in touch with them is very easy; they're approachable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get distracted from your school work. Mason has many activities going on around campus almost everyday, and to know when to study and when to have fun is very important! Also, make sure you stay on top of your student account because I have dealt with issues with student accounts and financial aid because I didn't constantly check on my account.

    In three sentences

    Mason is known for its large and diverse college population; this happens to be one of my favorite qualities about the school! Not only are the academics outstanding, having a social life at Mason is also easy being that there are so many student events and activities! I love it here at Mason, and I hope to graduate from here.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own trained and certified Mason Police to keep you safe. You can even get escorted everywhere if you don't feel safe on campus or if it is dark outside.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club here that is for you or that you like, you can get 7 to 10 people together and start your own group, you just need the idea and a small starting plan.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of organizational events that try to keep you happy, especially de-stress events during finals week to help you relax a little. If you have friends you make your own fun whenever you want. Being so close to Washington D.C. the best thing is exploring the city with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is as good as it is going to be once you have eaten the same things just about everyday but we are getting new options very soon!!!

    Dorm Life

    Some buildings are older than others but the suite-style living is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is not too hard if you follow the syllabus to the T and stay up on all assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all that you want out of the college experience. Be yourself always in college. Don't be afraid to get involved on campus. If you see some things on campus that could be improved find the proper people and let them know about it instead of complaining about it.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is an extremely diverse place to be where there are people from all over the world. George Mason is really expanding to make its students happy and comfortable here. Mason faculty try their best to uphold the Mason IDEA, which is Innovative, Diverse, Entrepreneurial, and Accessible.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's pretty good, you see cops around often. There was a peeping instance once and they were on it in a matter of minutes. So, they are fast response.

    Greek Life

    Oh, here's a section, sorry. Anyway, the Greek Life is something I am not particularly interested in, but from what I hear from some, it's amazing depending upon your chosen group.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are not many clubs here, if there are, they are exclusive to ethnic groups. The other options are either religious groups or fraternities/sororities. But many seem to like the Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a party school, for sure, but there are more than just that. You have many areas on campus, and if you are the quiet and studying type, then the JC is your friend. The entire second ad third floors are part of the Library.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the bookstore, there's something fun there. Or if you want a bit more than that, watch the JC every now and then. They have activities that can earn you cash or entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually decent for college. There are many options around campus to eat instead of the normal one place cafeteria. The variety is great when you are wanting something else for a change.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is active and interactive. There are things happening on the campus at all times, you just have to look a bit.

    Academic Rigor

    These professors can be hard and crack down on work. You have to be diligent, but int he long run, it is only in your benefit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and take your studies seriously. College can be fun, but you never realize how important it is until you are close to losing it. Stay safe and have fun, but remember that this is your path to success in life. Grab it by the reigns and leap.

    In three sentences

    I love the college here and am finally happy that I am going there after two years. Now that I am approaching my third semester, I hope that I am able to keep my GPA high, this school is tough, but in a good way. GMU challenges it's students while providing a great environment that is fun to learn in.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I highly suggest becoming a frequent visitor at one of the three gyms on campus so that you can burn off that freshman fifteen. There's an aquatic center that has pools, a sauna, and a hot tub. There are an abundance of clubs/organizations such as the Patriot Leaders, Student Media, Student Government, etc. Mason also provides it's students with a free shuttle transportation system so you can travel to other locations off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive and get involved! Don't slack off in your studies, make sure you go to every class.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is one of the most affordable public universities in Virginia. It has both excellent academic programs and a wonderful campus-wide social atmosphere. The professors are very engaging with their students and our campus officials are completely dedicated to helping Mason students safely and successfully transition into the real world.

  • 12/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is unbelievably safe. There are many times where you can see students around campus at three in the morning walking from late night studying and are completely safe. In the state of Virginia, schools are required to have blue lights if they reach a certain crime rate but GMU does not reach it because we are such a safe school. Whenever I�m walking around campus late at night, I have never felt frightened or scared. There is the same amount of police offers in our county as there is solely on our campus. Mason wants its students to feel safe all the time and that is something that they accomplish successfully.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations on campus that you can join, 250+ as a matter of fact. In the beginning of the year Mason hosts �Connection Carnival�, student organizations then are able to show students what they are all about and love to tell students about their organization. Organizations range from mentoring programs, student associations, community service, student government and much more. There is something for everyone at Mason, you just have to be patient and go looking for it.

    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is one of the most diverse universities in our nation. We not only have students from all over the U.S. but we also have students from all over the world. George Mason is a very inclusive school that tries to include all types of religions, nationalities, cultures and ethnicities in all of the events and activities that they hold. George Mason is perfect for people who are open minded and willing to learn about different aspects of the world.

    What to do for fun

    George Mason offers a multitude of events for its students year-round. The Patriots Activities Council is an organization that allows students to plan events for students to enjoy. For example, last spring Kendrick Lamar performed and this fall Aziz Ansari hosted a comedy show at Mason. George Mason's proximity to the D.C. area is an amazing plus. Mason offers shuttles there on weekdays and weekends to the closest metro station which then takes you to D.C. and there are thousands of adventures you can have in D.C. Different organizations around campus also offer a lot of events and you don�t necessarily have to be a member of their organization because they are open to everyone.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining has improved over the last few years and is going to improve greatly in the next year. We have a variety of dining options for students from anytime dining, late night dining and chain restaurants. Mason offers a range of options for students with dietary needs and also offers halal and kosher foods. We have two large dining halls that are buffet style that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have three convenient stores that sell a wide variety of foods. There is a late night restaurant open. We currently have one 24/7 Starbucks, Chick Fila, Taco Bell, Burger King, Red Hot & Blue, Subway, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Panda Express. This fall, we will be opening Panera Bread and another Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    As a part of Housing and Residence Life at George Mason I can say we have one of the best, if not the best residence halls in Virginia. Each room has air conditioning and heating and it allows you to adjust the temperature in each room. There is a range from hall style, suite style, apartments, and townhouses on campus. There is a Resident Advisor for about every 15-20 residents and they are very helpful. Students do not have to go through the struggle of bringing hundreds of coins with them every semester because laundry service is included in your tuition. Housing and Residence life offers many programs throughout the year for students to enjoy and get to know one another which is my favorite part about housing at Mason.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at George Mason can be very difficult. In all of the semesters that I have attended I have never had a professor that was not passionate about what they were teaching. Unlike public high school, you are paying thousands of dollars to attend the university of your choice. Classes at Mason can be difficult just like any other school but it is still possible to achieve good grades and do well. George Mason has �Robinson Professors� which are professors that have aught at Ivy league schools and teach at Mason. These professors love what they do and love teaching students what they know and the experiences they�ve had. These professors are great to have because they are so helpful. Their classes may be harder than most but the amount of knowledge you�ll gain is completely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    George Mason seeks to accept students who have a well-rounded application. The admissions office really wants to see that you have the potential to succeed in whatever field that you choose, meaning that want to see that you have done well in the classes that you have chosen in high school. They like when students take rigorous classes and do well in them. That doesn�t mean that you have to take every single challenging class but I would suggest taking 2-3 rigorous classes a year. They also want to see that you were involved in not only your high school but in your community as well. Join clubs that interest you. It wouldn�t hurt to also apply for leadership positions in the clubs that you are in. They want to see that you gave back to your community. I suggest getting in contact with local charities or food drives which is an easy way to get involved. The Admissions office likes when you call in and check up on your application because it shows that you�re really interested in them.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is diverse in all aspects. George Mason allows students to build connections not only in the Mason community but also around the world with the opportunities that students are given. Students here really enjoy being at Mason because it is such a welcoming community, which many schools don�t have.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Ride a bike. Take a hike. Visit the city. You'll never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food was excellent both times we ate there.

    Dorm Life

    Although I haven't lived in a dorm yet, they seem to be set up in a logical way.

    Academic Rigor

    They seem to push you and strive for your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus more than once. Talk to students and explore on your own.

    In three sentences

    Everyone that I have met at GMU is positive. They all have great school spirit and they made the visit fun. The campus was beautiful and it felt like home.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is protected by the Fairfax Police Department. If you are walking back from class in the dark, you can request that a police cadet come and escort you back to your dorm building. Also, all the sidewalks and walkways are heavily lit.

    Greek Life

    There are frat parties and sorority parties almost every weekend. From what I've heard, they are always fun and extremely crazy!

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined a club yet, but there are numerous ones to join. Also, there is almost always something happening at campus, whether it is a Humans vs. Zombies game, a large, on-campus party hosted by one of the many fraternities, or the largest dodgeball game you've ever seen!

    Great for these types of students

    George Mason is great for people who are interested in a large and diverse campus. It contains people from nearly 150 different countries located all over the world!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition is to rub George, the statue of George Mason, on the toe before exams. Apparently it gives you good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    Considering all that George Mason has to offer, this school is definitely worth the price! It's location near Washington D.C. provides prime opportunities for internships as well as trips to the museums!

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun! Whether you play video games in your dorm room, go swimming at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, workout at Skyline, or play football outside, the opportunity to have fun is abundant! You can also join a club, play pool or table tennis with some friends at the Hub, or just play basketball at the courts.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is a solid B. Places to eat include Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Original Burger, Sub Connection, Taco Bell, Subway, Southside (a buffet), and many others. The people who work for Mason Dining are, for the most part, fast and consistent, making long lines go a little bit faster than they normally would. The food is usually pretty good; however, there is not a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at GMU are all different in their own ways. For the most part, the rooms are good sizes. My roommate and I brought a lot of possessions to GMU with us but we have plenty of space to do things around the room. Sometimes, depending on the people who live on your floor, the bathrooms can get nasty. However, people clean the bathrooms every morning, Monday through Friday. Also, there are different neighborhoods that dorm buildings are placed in. For Freshmen, they are either placed in The Commons or Presidential Park. The Commons is slightly more expensive to the park because of its proximity to the buildings where classes are held as well as the food places. However, there is not a lot of free space. At Presidential Park, there is plenty of free space and its cheaper than The Commons. However, it is farther from the classes and food places and when it rains, the sidewalks become severely flooded. Bring rain boots!

    Academic Rigor

    The school work at George Mason University isn't as hard as it is tedious. Most of the classes you take during your Freshman year will not be hard to understand. The only challenging part is getting through the extended period of actually doing the work! However, it's worth it in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that students that want to go to this university should do a few things in preparation for attending here. I highly recommend that you save up whatever money you can during your Junior and Senior year. Make sure that you will have enough money not only for tuition, but for textbooks. They are NOT cheap! Also, you should take AP classes for your Junior and Senior years of high school. Although it is not recommended, the classes better prepare you for a college workload and helps you transition more smoothly. Make sure that you work on your time management skills as well. Learn how to relax but know when to work as well. It is important to have your time distributed among your sleep, social life, and education. Lastly, during your Senior year of high school, make sure you continue to take academically challenging classes rather than Easy A classes. When they look at your academic transcript, it shows that you are a hard worker even during your last year of high school.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is absolutely amazing! When I got to the campus, I immediately felt like this school was my home. This school is definitely a great college that students should consider applying to!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone that I have seen seems to fit well into the campus and everyone is accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it! Paying for grad school myself I have found that their graduate rates are very reasonable. And there are also many many many opportunities for students available through the university- specifically for me as a scientist, I have found that the faculty love taking on new students into their labs and teaching them.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I have always heard good things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet the faculty, talk to administration, and make an effort. Show them that you are trying your best and they will be more than willing to help!

    In three sentences

    My program is located on one of the sister campuses (not the main campus) and I love the professional feeling of the campus, blended with that I feel safe and comfortable here aspect. Everyone has wonderful school spirit and in response, the school also does a lot to support the students!

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The costs of living and tuition for an out of state student is quite ridiculous for the actual quality of the education.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different clubs and organizations on campus. Also, there are many different events provided by the actual university.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning is growing. There are many options on campus and the availability and pricing is reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay, but not great. There is not much room for anything in the dorms because the school is trying to house more students than it has availability. Also as an out of state student, there is no priority housing, meaning, out of state students are not accommodated first.

    Academic Rigor

    This school puts a huge emphasis on academics, however, the school is a rising school, so there are some defaults in some of the academic majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any out of state students, do a lot of preparing in order to pay for tuition costs; they are quite pricy and it can be very stressful figuring out how to come up with the ridiculous amount of money they demand.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a wonderful rising school both academically and socially. There is an atmosphere on campus of safety and concern. People are generally pleasant and willing to help.

  • 01/12/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    GMU has a lot of clubs !! you will love it

    What to do for fun

    join a club on campus, study abroad. hand out with your friends. take a walk around the huge campus.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't started classes yet, can't say anything about it. but from what I saw from my last visit, the dining environment is very clean. and you have a lot of choice when it comes to food .

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. sorry I can't tell how their dorm system works. But I think the dorms are pretty nice, and they are still building a couple more dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    they really want their students to be on top. Teachers know their material and will help when needed. rules are very fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    take some time and visit the campus. you will love it. go online and see by yourself how good the school has been ranked.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is a perfect place to focus on your education. GMU has a lot variety of fields that you can choose from, and the stuff will assist you on every single step until you're all set. The school is ranked among the 100th best school in the US, and is very affordable.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    i tried only the cafeterias and was great

    Dorm Life

    I'm in state so I don;t know

    Academic Rigor

    excellent

    In three sentences

    it is one the best places to learn and earn your degree

  • 01/31/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Unless you are part of greek life, there isn't much to do, however there are several interest clubs and organizations that you can join, free student gyms on campus and the proximity to DC means that there are good clubs and parties every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The Subways on campus is the best quality food place on campus, but there are new expansions planned including a chipotle in the near future.

    Dorm Life

    For Freshmen the dorm life is just like any other college, however after freshman year there are several excellent locations for students to live on campus. The rooms are large and several have fully equipped kitchens.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have to study in this school if you want to succeed, GMU is a rising school and as such its programs are increasing their competitiveness.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to make friends and expect a very diverse campus.

    In three sentences

    George Mason University is an excellent school for a range of careers including government, criminology, law, and history. It is currently undergoing a change from a commuter only school to greatly expanding its on campus population. Furthermore, its proximity to DC is an excellent opportunity for students wishing to obtain jobs or internships.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety is amazing. There is always some sort of campus security present everywhere and if you ever feel that you are in danger or would just like an escort back to your dorm late at night, they have a mobile number that you can call and they are there within two minutes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that there is not enough room for me to write all of them here. More likely than not, we have whatever sport or club you find interesting, and if we don't, Mason is more than willing to help you start a club of your own.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students from all over the world and all walks of life. Every person is accepted here and everyone's views whether they are different from others or not are respected.

    Bang for the buck

    i am from Colorado and i cannot be more happy about my choice to go to GMU. It is such a wonderful school and everyone in it is so willing to help with anything and everything. There are so many opportunities such as jobs, internships and just all around fun. I do not think that i could have picked a better place to go.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, you can hop on the metro and spend the day wandering around DC. the Vienna Metro station is fifteen minutes from campus and the school has a free bus service for students to and from the metro. The fairfax city bus system also stops at George Mason and is completely free to students. It takes you to the mall, movie theater/outlet mall, and all around fairfax. there is no way you can get bored with the amount of things that you can do.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining here is actually pretty good. We have a very diverse selection of food for everyone whether you are lactose intolerant, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. There are so many options that you really can't get tired of not having enough options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is actually pretty awesome. You can have anywhere from a room all to yourself to sharing a room with three other people. But if you do end up sharing a room with someone, as long as you get along with them, it will be awesome. And through dorm life, you can make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is really based on the classes you take and your intended major. You can take classes where there are no tests but you have some sort of paper or group project due every weekend or you can take classes where you take a couple tests and have one paper due at the end of the semester. It really does depend on what you intend to major in.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip for prospective students is to take into account that you are about a half hour form DC. If you aren't from the area, it's really amazing to hop on the metro and just go and explore all the monuments, Smithsonian's and historic sites. Not to mention that the food in DC is amazing.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is a very diverse community of people from all walks of life. George Mason gives its students so many amazing job and internship opportunities. George Mason also has the most amazing students that will stop to help anyone who needs it no matter how much of a rush they are in.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Right in the middle of Fairfax and next to the county courthouse makes it a spot where campus and local law enforcement circulate regularly.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life from what I have heard is not as huge here. There is no Greek row. I don't even know where the frat and sorority houses are....

    Great for these types of students

    Mason is very multi-cultural so no one type of student is specific here, which makes for a great opportunity to learn about other cultures.

    What to do for fun

    One of the perks of being at Mason is its location. It is not right in a big city so the traffic and hustle is not a problem, but it is close enough to Washington DC and Arlington, which makes it a great spot. On campus many things go on for student to do such as dances, sporting events, and concerts at the Patriot Center right on campus. Patriot Center is a good venue and many big names have come through.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food opportunities on campus, both university sponsored and commercial. Although I don't drink coffee, there is a Starbucks on campus. It is also in the middle of Fairfax so there are many food opportunities just off campus as well. Southside, which is one of the university dining halls, is all you can eat for around $10. ALL YOU CAN EAT!!!

    Dorm Life

    Never stayed in a dorm so I have no idea.

    Academic Rigor

    George Mason recently was rated one of the top up and coming universities. It is not an easy university by any means, but it is not impossible to do well. You just have to put in time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study! College is not easy and studying is needed if you want to do well. You have to put in work to get a good result. Anything worth having is hard. So work hard and you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    George Mason is awesome. I am a commuter student, which a lot of students here are, and I just love it. The staff here is great and I have yet to have a problem with any rude teachers. Great school!!!

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is growing and the saying is, your mason experience will go from 30 to 100 if you join greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    - Looking to meeting new people - looking to have a fine career after college

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    - You cannot step on the George Mason Plack or you will rumored to never graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Many things for students to get involved in, extracurricular, sports, greek life, as well as student government.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to start meeting many new people, as well as different methods of learning school material.

    In three sentences

    Very good school, with challenging and interactive course materials. Campus life is pretty diverse and very interesting. As well as the student involvement is great.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    If you are looking for a party, don't really look for it here

    Academic Rigor

    It's not the best school but hell it's not the worst

  • 03/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's nice to see the campus security around the place.

    Greek Life

    Again I am a freshmen so I haven't tried any clubs or any organizations just yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have yet to attend or join any at this time but they do have a great selection.

    Bang for the buck

    None at this time but I am sure there is some other than the foods and discounts on supplies such as books.

    What to do for fun

    I like the idea to ride my bike for fun on campus while attending spring or summer classes. I not only get to class faster but I like to get my exercise. On the other hand I am a freshmen right now at GMU so I haven't really found any one thing I like to do. Sometimes I do attend events that GMU offer on the weekends with friends or family such as baseball games or concerts etc. Those are always enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    This is an area I really like. The selection is awesome and the foods are great. I love the fact you have coffees here too. It's a great space for me to hang out in while I have a break between classes. It's so important to have great places to eat while attending colleges and I feel alot more colleges such as NOVA is also going this way instead of cafeteria foods. So much more healthier.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in the dorm life. If applying for on campus jobs the dorm living for free and that is so great while working and attending college.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers and staff seem to be very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I truly recommend GMU. It's a very clean and safe place to attend.

    In three sentences

    When first stepping on Mason campus you could feel it was going to be easy to make friends and helpful staff. My impression of orientation was a very memorable one with the feeling of safety and the fact college was truly going to be fun. Mason is very clean and secure place. I feel very comfortable being here through the help of friends and staff. It is the best place to be.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    get involved in my sorority

    Food and Dining

    We have a ton of fast food chains and all of the food is fresh!

    Dorm Life

    Great on campus living!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class, some are really easy and some are really hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Fully involve yourself

    In three sentences

    Diversity at its finest. We not only have one of the most culturally diverse campuses in tha nation in terms of ethnicity but we also offer classes about murder, mystery and madness to the basin microecon class.

  • 03/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students and students that are going back to school

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options around campus so invest in the debit system and public transportation. Eating on campus is not worth it.

    Dorm Life

    Smaller dorms not very motivated to live in dorms if you can avoid it.

    Academic Rigor

    Students are motivated and the classes range from hard classes to easy classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find ways to get involved even though it is not forced on you.

    In three sentences

    A good school if you are a commuter and able to manage yourself. It's a central location and has a very pretty campus. A great school for students going back to school

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe

    Greek Life

    Happens

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of options- you could do literally get a degree just in the extracurriculars.

    Great for these types of students

    Take initiative- willing to fight their way to meet with professors / administration. Enjoy exploring- you can literally go into DC every weekend and never see it all.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a lot of buck required, so not a lot of bang expected (or delivered).

    What to do for fun

    Duh- go into DC. Old Town Fairfax is pretty. There are trails to run and mountains / beaches within a pretty easy drive (and most people have cars).

    Food and Dining

    Tons of options, from typical cafeterias to fast food to bars to local places.

    Dorm Life

    Most people live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Because it's such a big school, most of the classes use scantrons, which make exams WAY EASIER.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really really really really think about this school before enrolling. The tour is fun, but the reality is that it's a commuter school and it's difficult to engage with professors and other students- not to say that you can't, it just takes a lot of initiative. Tuition is low, but you really do get what you pay for in terms of administrative helpfulness and leadership. But, it's still a fairly normal college, so if you come here, choose to make it good and you'll have a great experience.

    In three sentences

    GMU is in a great location, but it's definitely a suburban commuter school. There are tons of opportunities for not a lot of tuition. As a huge school, you can also pick professors, classes and schedules because there are a ton of options.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    The dorm life seems lively and welcomes everyone onto their campus. I hope to make friends not just from the US but other countries as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I am sure the academics are great. Although I have not been yet accepted I make it my goal to be accepted so I can experience something new.

    In three sentences

    It has a great study abroad program. It offers the major & minor I want to take before getting my bachelors. The campus is not too big not too small and professors and students know each other well

  • 03/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Very very expensive school.

    What to do for fun

    It is a very quite campus so thees not much to do that's why organizations are important.

    Food and Dining

    They don't have many of options but the ones they have are nice.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on where you choose but the dorms are fairly nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very challenging school especially the science department who are known as the GPA killers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to use Rate my Professor when choosing classes it a great tool. Also try to get involved with as much organizations as possible, it will keep you from getting bored.

    In three sentences

    This school is good for students who wish to stay close to Washington. It also very quite and quite small.