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Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 Senior

Facilities: I am a theater major with a performance concentration. The classrooms in this department at every beat up. Even a recent rehab on an older building was very poorly done.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: mason has a really great display of all of the above

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Lots of people are on campus during the day and just hanigng out studying and doing their own thing. Always some event going on that anyone can particpate in.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Housing does a good job of making sure RA's do weekly events for their residents

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 43rd
    Best Performance Venues
  • 116th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 343rd
    Greenest Campuses
  • 391st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1127th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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It’s spring again at George Mason. The flowers are in bloom, the birds are singing from the trees, and the sound of hammers and heavy-duty construction projects can be heard all around campus. Light-sleeping students in the student apartments carry the burden of being woken up every morning at 6 a.m. when the construction workers descend on campus, but hey, everyone else gets to receive the benefits of new, technologically-advanced buildings and more resources.

One of the great things about Mason used to be the woodsy-atmosphere, but many recent construction efforts have eliminated many of the lush parts of campus. But the up-side of all the construction is that the new buildings offer more classroom space and are much more modern than what you see on older, historic college campuses.

All of Mason’s buildings are very modern, and most are equipped with wireless Internet. A brand new athletic facility, the Recreation and Athletic Complex, adds to the University’s already impressive workout facility options which include Skyline, the Aquatic and Fitness Center, the Field House. The Johnson Center, the main student building is located at the center of campus, is fairly new and houses a food court, offices and great study spaces for students. Fenwick Library is huge and provides ample quiet study space. As long as students don’t mind the noise, the construction’s not so bad, and will provide a major upgrade to already existing buildings, and provide brand new facilities for students. But be sure to check back to 2012!

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
195
Campus Size
806 acres
Student Centers
  • George W. Johnson Center
  • Student Union Building I
  • Student Union Building II
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Fenwick Library
  • Johnson Center Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Corner Pocket
  • The Johnson Center
  • The Mason Rathskeller
  • Patriots Lounge in Student Union Building I
  • University Game Room
Bar on Campus
Yes. The Mason Rathskeller, Student Union Building I, serves a selection of different beers and wines.
Bowling on Campus
No. There is no bowling facility on campus, though there is a club Bowling Team.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are two Jazzman's Cafe locations on the Fairfax campus in Student Union Building I and the ground level of the Johnson Center. The 24-hour Starbucks, which opened recently in Chesapeake is quickly becoming a student favorite.
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes. Johnson Center Cinema, in the George W. Johnson Center.
"Green" Initiatives
There are two main groups that head most green initiatives on campus: the Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Action Group. One major on-going green initiative is the Patriot Green Fund, which is a proposed plan that would charge full-time students $5 each semester and part-time student $2 each semester to be added to a fund that would be used toward sustainability initiatives.
School Slang
  • EFF: Stands for Every Freakin' Friday, which is an event hosted by either Weekends @ Mason or Program Board every Friday night in the Johnson Center.
  • The JC: The Johnson Center, the main university center on campus.
  • La Pat: Short for La Patisserie, a popular bagel and sandwich shop in the Johnson Center food court.
  • The Park: Short for the freshman dorm area, President's Park.
  • The RAC: The RAC is short for the Recreation and Athletic Complex.
  • The Rat: The Mason Rathskeller, the eatery located in the Student Union Building I food court.
  • RATurday: Saturday night events at the Mason Rathskeller.
  • SUB I and SUB II: Short for Student Union Building I and Student Union Building II.
Traditions
  • Bench Decorating: When students visit campus for Orientation, each member of the new incoming class sign their names on a picnic bench located outside of Student Union Building I. Also, each spring, recognized student organizations are eligible to apply to have their own bench located on the Quad between SUB I and Fenwick Library. About 60 organizations apply to be able to paint one of the 29 available benches, which are painted following Mason Day.
  • Decorating the George Mason Statue: Student organizations, academic departments, and University offices may submit a request form to decorate the statue to promote an event or achievement.
  • Family Weekend: In October, the University hosts Family Weekend, where students' families are invited to visit campus and participate in a calendar of various activities on campus and around the area.
  • Graduation Procession: On graduation day, all graduates meet at the clock tower on the North Plaza and wind their way through campus to the Patriot Center for graduation.
  • Homecoming: Mason's week-long Homecoming celebration happens every year in February and features a calendar full of popular student events, such as a pep rally, tailgate, men's basketball game, and the Mason pageant, which crowns one student the University's Mason Majesty.
  • International Week: Many of Mason's more than 20 international or multicultural student organizations put on events during International Week, which celebrates the heritage of Mason's international students. Popular events during International Week include dance performances with international music and a fashion show.
  • Mason Day: This year, Mason will celebrate its 45th Mason Day celebration, which is an outdoor festival which features live music, rides, games and free food. The event is always held in April and has featured acts like T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes, and The Wailers.
  • Mason Madness: In mid-October, the men's and women's basketball teams kick off their seasons with Mason Midnight Madness, which features games, prizes, and performances by the cheerleaders and Masonettes.
  • Patriots Day: Every September, the Patriots Day student organization fair is held on the Quad to attract new members.
  • Theme Months/Weeks: Different months throughout the school year are designated to recognize different groups or international students on campus. During the month or week, the groups put on different events to celebrate their heritage.
  • Victims' Rights 5K Run and Walk: In honor of murdered Mason student Aimee Willard, each year since 1996, The Annual Victims' Rights 5K Run and Walk has been held on campus in the spring. The event raises funding for the Rape Aggression Defense program and is held in conjunction with the National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Urban Legends
  • Beware of "Bunny Man Bridge" in Clifton, located about 20 minutes from campus. According to urban legend, the Bunny Man, a guy wearing a rabbit costume, attacks people with an axe near the bridge. The legend began after two incidents were reported in 1970 in which local residents were either killed or saw the "Bunny Man." Supposedly, if you sit under the bridge and say "Bunny Man" three times, the Bunny Man will come and kill you. Also, around Halloween, rabbit carcasses are said to be seen hanging from the bridge.
  • George Mason had gangrene in his left big toe, and if students rub the left foot of the George Mason statue, it is said to bring good luck. That's why during finals, you can see students stopping to rub the statue.
  • If there's one single rule that all Mason students follow, it's not stepping on the plaque in front of the George Mason statue. Legend has it, that if a student steps on the plaque they will not graduate in four years.
  • Supposedly, if students sit by themselves at one of the benches by Mason Pond at night, the ghost of a little boy will come and sit next to you.
Favorite Things To Do
Fun on campus is supplied mainly by student organizations who host a variety of events and activities for students all year long. Students can look forward to annual events like Mason Day or Pride Week, or visit campus hot spots like Ike's and Corner Pocket game room for somewhere to go when they get bored on the weekends.
Student Organizations Web Site
sa.gmu.edu/orgs/recognized_orgs.php
Student Newspaper
Broadside
www.broadsideonline.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
To succeed at Mason, it's important to get involved in at least one of the 250 organizations the University offers. A lot of students find that getting involved with a club or organization is the best way to meet people and have something to do during the week or weekends. The list of organizations at Mason is pretty impressive; there are numerous different Greek, academic, international/multicultural, religious and special interest groups. Creating a recognized group is fairly easy for students. First, there have to be eight interested students that meet certain requirements and they must fill out the appropriate forms and receive approval. Some of the most visible organizations on campus include Urbanknowlogy 101, a hip hop dance performance group, and Pride Alliance, a group for LGBTQ students and allies.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Mason currently has 17 construction projects underway on the main Fairfax campus, which include renovations or additions to several buildings, and the new Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel.
  • Program Board, a student-led organization that is overseen by Student Activities, is in charge of putting on the annual concert and carnival, Mason Day, as well as Homecoming and other large events on campus. There are five committees: concerts, film committee, homecoming, comedy and speakers, and special events.
  • During the planning period for Mason Day, students get to vote for what bands they want brought to campus. Usually, the group is able to get one of the top four artists that students pick to perform.
  • In 2007, Mason President Alan Merten signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, commiting Mason to being climate neutral.
  • The University currently has a contract with Siemens Building Technologies, which is saving the university more than $1 million each year in utility costs.
  • Also, the campus's newest dining facility, Southside uses biodegradable products and purchases fresh produce from local suppliers, rather than importing the products from around the world.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 132 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 15 responses

  • 22% Mason Madness
  • 18% Mason Day
  • 11% Decorating the George Mason Statue
  • 9% Bench Decorating
  • 9% International Week
  • 7% Family Weekend
  • 7% Step show
  • 4% Theme Months/Weeks
  • 4% Homecoming
  • 4% Mason Players productions
  • 2% Victims' Rights 5K Run and Walk
  • 2% Patriots Day
  • 0% Graduation Procession

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 18 responses

  • 37% The Johnson Center
  • 13% The Mason Rathskeller
  • 13% Patriots Lounge in Student Union Building I
  • 8% University Game Room
  • 8% Pilot House
  • 8% My dorm
  • 5% Corner Pocket
  • 5% Sub II
  • 3% Starbucks

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 56% See all the different clubs/organizations
  • 11% Just take a walk- beautiful campus
  • 11% People watching in the JC
  • 6% Urbanknowlogy 101
  • 6% AVU
  • 6% Sunbathing in presidents park
  • 6% Attending AGORA meetings

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 32% Patriot leader, they encourage prospective teens
  • 32% Desk assistants because you can do school work
  • 21% Honestly, i hate this question. I am still looking
  • 11% Mason dining
  • 5% Resident Advisor

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 57% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 150 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 19% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 138 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 13% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Mason Pond ghost from a little boy that drowned.
  • 30% Stepping near the Mason statue brings bad luck
  • 20% Secret tunnels run through the underbely of campus

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Mason Dining
  • 43% NEVER TO BE FOUND!

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