Fairfax, VA
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Reviews 2750 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Use och.gmu.edu. Fairfax is VERY expensive when it comes to living so living off campus for students can break your pockets.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: RATE MY PROFESSOR. Use it. You should certainly do your research on what classes and what professor you will take. There are some professors who are willing to help while other don't care at all. The class sizes vary depending on whether its a gen ed (very large classes) and a major course (sometimes smaller). Most classes I took my first year except my English course (19 students) were lecture style large classes where they most of the time took attendance through i clicker quizzes. These suck because that means attendance is required. However, if you attend class, study, and do all the assignments most of your classes shouldn't be OD difficult.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So many opportunities with DC being so close !

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness of what you can do really depends on your RA and how you do things.There are many GMU cadets that are always walking around. However, as long as your aren't doing anything too reckless they wont mess with you. I've been to other schools where they were so strict where you cant even have anyone in your room unless you sign them in. GMU is not like that. If you do get caught however, they do take alcohol and drugs seriously. They love giving out parking tickets too, so make sure you know exactly where you can and can't park.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although, Greek life is not a big deal on campus it is present. The bad thing is there is no Greek housing available which sucks. The "white frats" throw a lot of off campus parties so that is the good part. They welcome almost everyone to their parties if you are informed on them (you must take their D.D. shuttles). The NPHC fraternities throw on campus parties which are also fun but you must pay a small fee to get it in. Most of the Greeks re very welcoming and nice to non-Greek members. They also have many fundraising events or booths.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: GMU is diverse but so is Fairfax. You can find a lot of ethnic and cultural food in Fairfax. Actually, you can find any kind of food that you wish. The closer off campus food options don't offer discounts but they do accept mason money. The only downfall would be the choices of late night options off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Fairfax area is great. Although, its a very quiet and peaceful there is always something to do. You can take the metro to DC if you want to party or go to clubs/bars. There is almost everything you need in this suburban area. Fair Oaks mall is also at the most 7 minutes from GMU and is a great mall.


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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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