Fairfax, VA
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$27,764 ($9,620)
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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.

2 College Freshman

Weather: If it rains, there is flooding outside of your building, especially if your building has stairs that lead to the main ground level. The buildings themselves are in great shape and have not suffered any problems except for two power outages. When it snows, there is madness, all of the restaurants on campus are closed except southside (which does not have the best dining options by far) and Starbucks (where you can even get a full meal). Then on top of that the restaurants close extremely early so you are stuck hungry for the rest of the night. Students complain when we don't get classes cancelled but in all honesty I don't think classes should be cancelled every time it flurries a little, we are here for an education. The roads do get bad and we do have a lot of commuters and this year we got more than enough snow days and delays.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: While this is my first year at GMU, I have been severely disappointed in the consistent snow. Also, GMU decides to close almost all dining options, forcing students to funnel into a small dining area.

3 College Freshman

Weather: usually its great but lately it's been nothing but snow

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3 College Freshman

Weather: its a fair bit of everything but way more good days than bad


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  • 207th
    Hottest Summers
  • 288th
    Coldest Winters

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Emily Sharrer
Harrisonburg, Va.
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From mild and breezy in the fall, to sunny and humid in the summer, Virginia weather can be as unpredictable as a drunken frat boy. Students definitely get to experience the best of all fours seasons, including snow days in the winter and great tanning weather in the summer and spring.

For a majority of the months that school’s in session, it is cold, so trekking to class can be a bit of a pain for students unless they wear layers. Invest in a couple of good pairs of boots, especially a pair of rain boots—they’ll come in handy on those dreary and rainy days when there’s a 9 a.m. class to attend. However, except for this past winter when the area got blasted with 30 plus inches of snow, the winters aren’t so bad; there is usually little to no snow accumulation on campus. The area provides a lot of fun seasonal activites, such as the D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, and a variety of pumpkin patches to visit in the fall.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 65 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 85 °F
Summer - Low: 62 °F
Fall - High: 68 °F
Fall - Low: 44 °F
Winter - High: 44 °F
Winter - Low: 24 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.66 in./month
Summer: 3.81 in./month
Fall: 3.50 in./month
Winter: 2.96 in./month
What to Pack
  • Boots
  • Capris
  • Hoodies
  • Jeans
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Tank tops
  • T-shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Winter coat
  • Workout Gear
Did You Know?
  • Mason was closed for four days in February 2010 following the massive snow storms-dubbed "Snowpocalypse" by the media-that hit the East Coast. The week-long closing was the first time University officials could recall the school closing for that long.
  • When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Washington, D.C. in the spring, the city becomes a popular desitnation for tourists from all around the world, as well as students. Check out the official site of the National Cherry Blossom Festival here.


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