Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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Reviews 2769 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I am not old enough to drink and I am not a fan of the club scene.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: George Mason is very accepting school. I joined the LGBT community and they are the most welcoming people even if you are not really a part of the community. The reason I joined it is because I wanted to show support. Many groups on campus do not have limitations on who they accept. It is great to join different cultural groups to learn more about various cultures and get a chance to try different food and see how many people lives are different than Americans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Our meal plan last semester was great! During my time at George Mason, I believe that the meal plan options will be changing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no comment in this section.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply for FAFSA! ON TIME!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Our transportation system is fantastic! George Mason has a shuttle system that takes student to various places, such as the Metro, many grocery stores and Tysons Corner!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Their athletic centers are great! George Mason definitely puts importance on studying. There are many computer labs and science labs that are vacant to study in. Most professors do not mind coming back after their designated lab hours and help you one on one with whatever you were having troubles with. The student center is the best place to eat, and meet up with friends and study. The Johnson Center, George Mason's student center, has four stories and many places to sit, chat and eat. Also, there is a library inside of the Johnson Center as well as numerous computers and a computer lab. The Johnson Center is also the place where many opportunities can be fulfilled. Such as studying abroad or joining numerous different groups. There is always something happening there daily.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The overall cost of dining on campus, over the past year, has become more expensive. George Mason is slowly trying to get rid of their meal plan options and switch to an "Anytime Dining" plan. It is a great opportunity for the upcoming freshman but it affects the students that were there prior.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The quality of the courses is nice! George Mason has various classes you can take, regardless if they are apart of your major or not. The professors are all respectful and generally care about your grades. The class styles are always different, so it is a little exciting when you have a new class or classroom to go to. The class sizes ranges from twenty to a full size lecture style class. I completely enjoy being at my school!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of your degree at George Mason is highly accredited. The location of the school has a lot to do with that. George Mason offers you a lot of opportunities for jobs in the DC/Metro area. DC is a highly evolving city and is constantly looking for new employees, with a degree.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus officers are strict but they are very friendly. Mostly every administrator, regardless of their duty, is respectful and friendly.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity teams are not that good. In turn, they do not have that much support. Many students do have school spirit but not pertaining to any major sport. The major sport at George Mason University would have to be basketball and soccer.

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.


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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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