George Mason University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Fairfax, VA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
55 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The weather in Fairfax is great, students get to experience the best of all four seasons.
  • Mason's proximity to Washington D.C. means there's always something to do on the weekends, plus the city provides great internship and job opportunities for students.
  • Dining-both on and off campus-provides students with plenty of different options no matter what they're in the mood for.
  • Professors at Mason are very knowledgeable about what they teach. Many have had successful careers in the subjects they teach, and some even teach and work part-time in their field.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Mason doesn't have a football team and not all students attend basketball games, so there's not as much school spirit as you see at schools with Division I football teams.
  • Parking is not only expensive, sometimes it's hard to find a spot and get to class on time.
  • Mason doesn't have a Greek Row, so unless one's involved in Greek life, getting to parties is tough.
  • The primary freshmen housing area, Presidents Park, is a "dry area," which means no alcohol at all. It's fairly easy to get in trouble for drinking with RAs or the Mason Police if things get rowdy in the dorms.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

George Mason Student Reviews

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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.


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