Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is very important to fill out the FAFSA and to not miss any deadlines.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants within walking distance of the school that are pretty affordable.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: George Mason is known to have a very diverse student community.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some courses are just naturally easier or more challenging than others and it really depends on which professor you have.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are career fairs where you can be interviewed on campus with the employer for jobs and internships.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: GMU doesn't have a football team but does offer a variety of other sports.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not very familiar with Greek life but I do know that there is no Greek row on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Mason offers bus systems that can take you around the area to places such as the mall, town plazas, metro station, etc so there is never nothing you can't do here.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Mason offers a variety of different courses you can take. Professors are great for the most part, sometimes you may run into the not-so-great professor, but they make the courses challenging to motivate you to work hard in your classes and not slack off

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alumni is always tied to the school always at career fairs aiding with jobs or internships for students. Mason does a great job with helping graduated students find jobs after graduation.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have yet to receive any aid financially for school

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm personally not in Greek life, but the Greeks seems like pretty cool people. They tend to hold tons of events to engage the campus and get students interested, but they do not treat you any different if you choose to not join a fraternity or sorority.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Watch out when RA's are on rounds.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball season is huge at Mason!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of choices and delicious food!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Honors program is intellectually stimulating.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My ACCT exams were more multiple choice than application.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: CAPS and WAVES are very supportive

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Suite-style and apartments are the best!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Put school first before relationships.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of options, a bit pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: GMU is what you make it. It's that simple. If you stay in your room you won't meet people and won't know about any parties. If you are social and meet people you will start to know more about parties and there is always something to do. It also depends a lot on your social scene. Don't underestimate the on-campus parties in Dewberry and the HUB, they are worth it most of the time.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: GMU students complain so much about our on campus dining but we really have a lot of good options. There are fast food options and many healthy options. Many of my friends from other schools who come visit GMU love our food. There are also like two dining options that are open until 4am (good for after a night of partying).

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't apply. Financial aid is a pain for any school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on what dorm building you live in. Some are newer than others. The on campus apartment style dorms and freshman housing are a bit far from everything. However, Freshman are offered the choice of living in suite styles and those are closer to everything. Very clean and the janitors are very nice.


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Emily Sharrer
Harrisonburg, Va.
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Let’s get brutally honest for a minute: Mason’s not for everybody. For students dreaming of wild house parties and a 24-7 drinking fest akin to scenes in “Animal House,” they might be better off at a school with a bigger party reputation than Mason. But just because Mason isn’t what people stereotypically associate with a college experience, doesn’t mean students don’t get a real college experience nonetheless. As one of the most diverse schools in the nation, Mason offers students a unique college experience and plentiful opportunities to get involved in different organizations or groups and meet a lot of different people while doing so. Not to mention the campus’s central location, just 20 minutes outside of Washington D.C., which gives students access to museums, clubs, restaurants, and popular attractions like the monuments. So what if students can’t walk next door and do a keg stand? They have the opportunity to mold their very own college experience around Mason’s numerous clubs, events, and classes.

It might sound a little cliché, but Mason truly offers the best of both worlds. Whether students are into hanging out on campus in the middle of Suburbia, U.S.A., or they want to go into D.C. every night, the University gives them that option. While people are divided on campus issues like parking, the campus social scene, and food options, overall, Mason students are satisfied with the University’s offerings. Of course there’s always room for improvement, and the University’s constant expansion and rally to become a well-respected public institution is always upgrading facilities, programs and services for students.

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