Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2342 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The school provide a very wide range of programs, with a great balance between structure and flexibility. The professors are leaders in their fields, and all the administration faculty are kind and supportive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: This past semester (Spring 2014) there's been a lot more snow days than usual which makes the school year extend into Final exams. Final exam dates and times have been changed in order to make up time for snow days.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Fairfax is a nice area but a lot of students come here because of the proximity to DC.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The options that on campus dining offers start to get boring after a while

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus tries to keep all of its buildings in the same general area, and with a few exceptions, it succeeds. Most residence halls are near important buildings on campus (many border the JC or the Performing Arts Building), and the quality of these rooms are generally good.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: In terms of in the dorm, it's really based on the RA that you have; so experiences differ.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Mason shuttle is pretty reliable.

College Freshman

Nightlife: There's a lot to do in the area and in DC.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's not too bad here. You'll get people who drink, but generally, if they're going crazy with it, they'll do it off campus. You will see smokers everywhere though (both cigarettes and hookah).

4 College Freshman

Academics: Generally, classes here are fairly easy. Professors in the General Education classes vary in quality, but generally once you get into your major (this is at least the case for the theater major) you have pretty exceptional professors across the board.

College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really follow sports at Mason, but our basketball team is pretty famous.

4 College Freshman

Computers: In general, internet is pretty good on campus, both in terms of availability and speed. You should probably bring your own, because the ones in the library aren't that great- but you will not be completely lost without one.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more options.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think our health department is great

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4 College Freshman

Majors: working out well for me.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: so diverse, so accepting, so wonderful.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you know where to go and can get there, you can find enough different restaurant to last you a while. There are high class fancy restaurants, seafood restaurants, burger places, late night places, international cuisine and much more. The prices depend on what you want. There used to be more student discounts but most places do not take Mason Money anymore, even though on the MasonMoney app it still indicates that they do. This isn't a huge problem because it is not like you are eating off campus everyday, but when you do want to there are way more options than there are on campus of course.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: If it rains, there is flooding outside of your building, especially if your building has stairs that lead to the main ground level. The buildings themselves are in great shape and have not suffered any problems except for two power outages. When it snows, there is madness, all of the restaurants on campus are closed except southside (which does not have the best dining options by far) and Starbucks (where you can even get a full meal). Then on top of that the restaurants close extremely early so you are stuck hungry for the rest of the night. Students complain when we don't get classes cancelled but in all honesty I don't think classes should be cancelled every time it flurries a little, we are here for an education. The roads do get bad and we do have a lot of commuters and this year we got more than enough snow days and delays.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process for an incoming freshman can be very confusing, luckily during orientation I got a person that took the time to explain the course codes and the order of which to apply for classes - but not everyone understood this. Of course Gen Eds are a given but you still get free space to mix it up a little bit. My first two semesters I had two "electives" of my choice that I came to love and added a nice rhythm to my gen ed schedule. The professors are diverse and very accepting. They are here to do a job first and foremost but they understand the life of college students and they want you to have the best experience as possible. So many great classes are offered here, take advantage of them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most people that are not associated with Greek life have plenty of friends or floormates that are. Everyone knows someone in Greek life. There is a fair amount of students (mostly girls) that do not want anything to do with sororities or the though of it. In reality everyone is fine with the presence of Greek life, considering they use them for party purposes.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As far as getting around town, it's not bad at all. Of course many students are impatient when it comes to the FREE bus service but in my opinion you can't beat that, it's free, so don't complain. Getting back home from campus is not hard either, many of my friends take passengers buses from campus to Virginia Beach and as far as New York!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall I feel extremely safe on campus. There will be a few suspicious people no matter where you go. But I can count on one hand how many times I have ever felt unsafe throughout my entire first year of being here. Campus is actually so safe that I felt perfectly comfortable walking around campus at night alone or with a friend in the early fall. Never did we feel like something bad was going to happen - and mind you, this was when we were still getting to know our way around campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always something going on. Most Mason students would disagree but in reality, there are events all over - oncampus and offcampus, it just depends what you are looking for. The closeness to DC is overrated and used as a huge selling point to prospective students, but in reality travelling into the city becomes expensive after a few weekends. Nonetheless, it is an option and you won't regret getting out of your building and into the more fast paced excitement.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you yourself are familiar with drug users or the phrases/style of people that use drugs then obviously you will notice it and be able to identify it. Either you do it or you don't. People obviously do not openly talk about such things because more often than not it is illegal. As far as alcohol people are less discrete discussing it because it is assumed everyone is doing it one way or another.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have experience with offcampus housing first hand.

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Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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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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