George Mason University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Fairfax, VA
Website
www.gmu.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
16,265
Part-Time Undergrads
4,388
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$9,620
Out-of-State Tuition
$27,764
Room & Board
$9,250
Acceptance Rate
55 %
Admission Difficulty
Average
Average SAT Scores
1540–1840
Average ACT Scores
23–28

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.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

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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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.

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