The Best & Worst

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

Highest Grades

  1. 1
    The weather in Fairfax is great, students get to experience the best of all four seasons.
  2. 2
    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.
  3. 3
    Dining-both on and off campus-provides students with plenty of different options no matter what they're in the mood for.
  4. 4
    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.
  5. 5
    An extensive transportation system exists at Mason to get students pretty much where they want to go around the area. There's a shuttle that takes students directly to the Metro, and one that circles around to area hot spots like Fair Oaks Mall.
  6. 6
    Since Mason is a fairly new university, the classrooms have features that can't be found on older campuses and there is wireless Internet in a majority of the buildings on campus.
  7. 7
    Mason is consistently ranked as one of the most diverse universities in the nation, so there's no better place to meet students from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
86% of students return after their first year.
Knowledgeable Professors
83% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
70% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
71% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
70% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
58% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 48/52 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
90% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-51% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

Lowest Grades

  1. 1
    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.
  2. 2
    Parking is not only expensive, sometimes it's hard to find a spot and get to class on time.
  3. 3
    Mason doesn't have a Greek Row, so unless one's involved in Greek life, getting to parties is tough.
  4. 4
    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.
  5. 5
    Students need to beware of leaving their cars parked too long in a time-restricted space. Parking Services will ticket any cars breaking the rules, no questions asked.
  6. 6
    Campus is pretty dead on the weekends, so most students head off campus to find places to drink or party.
  7. 7
    Off-campus housing is expensive and commuters are hard pressed to find parking spots when they get to campus. The cheapest option is to live on campus, however there are hardly any parties on campus during the weekends.

Facts & Statistics

Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $12,030.
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