Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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Reviews 2353 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do around the area. Being that GMU is located so close to DC, there is a whole city full of attractions just a metro ride away!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid, and I received it. Although I did not apply for scholarships, I did apply for loans, which I did receive.

4 College Senior

Transportation: It is easy to find ways to get around campus.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: So far, GMU has been nice. However, being that I do not live on campus and also considering the fact that I transferred from NOVA, I do not think I had the best experience. IF I could do it again, I would attend GMU, but I would rather start at GMU with my freshman year.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: coming from a Caribbean island the atmosphere is not something i am used to and do not necessarily enjoy. Otherwise there are many parties that individuals can partake in as well as the option to go into DC is easily accessible so that they can experience nightlife for underage drinkers on the weekend.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I love mason due to the fact that i consider it the perfect "medium". For example the size of the university is not too large but not a very small college either. In addition to the location having a small town feel but not more than 20 mins away from a major city. I am also able to pursue more than one interest, in which case the faculty at mason is very accommodating about fitting as much in to my daily schedule.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs can be crowded at times, but I always am able to find a computer to use if I need one. Although I do prefer to bring my own laptop most of the time, since the labs can feel crowded and I feel like I don't have much personal space between me and the person next to me. Wireless access is available all over campus (or at least as far as I've noticed). Some areas I lose connection though, so the network could be improved.

3 College Senior

Academics: The psychology program is fantastic. The professors are great at teaching and they really inspire us as students to do our best. I do not know much about the research facilities or internship opportunities. Dr. Hurley is a fantastic adviser though! I am so glad the department has him.

College Senior

Majors: I have never had an internship. I do not plan to have one at this juncture in my educational career, because I am already a senior about to graduate in a couple weeks. I never pursued an internship because I worked almost full-time throughout the summer at the restaurant I am currently employed with in order to afford college.

3 College Senior

Majors: The Psychology program is most certainly interesting, and I highly enjoy learning about the topics in the field. However, I no longer wish to pursue the psychology field and am now leaning toward finding a business-type job (possible in human resources). I have some concerns finding a job because Psychology is a major that many people already hold, and most psychology majors move onto grad school to further their psychology degree, which I am not doing. I am considering attending grad school for a business management degree.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Since the University is located in the city of Fairfax, there are plenty of options for food around the campus area. Some restaurants are even walking distance from campus (if you don't mind a 10-20 minute walk).

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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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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