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4 College Junior

Campus Food: If you know where to go, it's fine.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you live in northern neck or any of the apartment style dorms, the housing is great. But presidents park is terrible.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are not very good, but they're fun. Upperclassmen dorms are great. They are like apartments basically. I recommend Potomac or Liberty.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have better dining than majority of other schools to be honest.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene at Mason is definitely something that you are in or out of. As a member of the Greek community, I get constant invites to frat houses and mixers, but as a GDI it was incredibly difficult to find a way into a party. It's all about who you know.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are SO many restaurants accessible by the bus system that it is insane. Of the ones that I have experienced, the area food is absolutely great. I think that because of the proximity to the courthouse, there are a lot of lunch and dinner options that are not exactly cheap but are phenomenal for the price.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I, personally, love my experience with Greek life. I went my Freshman year without it, and while it is not something that you see everywhere you go, I just had this feeling deep down inside of me that something was missing from my life. After going out for recruitment, I really became much more of Greek life on campus.

To be entirely honest, if you join a frat, it is your traditional "college as a party" experience, but the sorority life on campus is entirely different. Since we do not have houses and do not mix all that much, our social status is earned primarily through our campus involvement and philanthropy efforts. Joining a sorority at Mason (and I am only talking Panhellenic here) is almost comparable to joining a community service organization. Yes, prepare for heels and pearls and photo shoots, but also prepare for volunteer and service experiences that WILL move you to tears.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience with off-campus housing, but I don't feel that many choose it. If you are in a frat, you automatically have your own group of local houses, but if not, then you are likely on-campus. Sidebar: sorority houses are not and will never be a thing at Mason, because according to Virginia law it would automatically legally be considered a brothel.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I would say that with our campus being primarily known as a free speech campus, the administration is what you would expect. No matter how disgusting the demonstration might be (enter the annual pro-life groups graphic photos and crazy preachers trying to start fights), Mason holds its head high as giving students and the community the reigns to express themselves however they wish.

Authority groups on campus have really skewed priorities. The cops are lenient and don't care if you are drunk as long as you don't start a fight, but if you park your car for 32 minutes in a 30 minute zone, you WILL get a ticket. Attendance is basically irrelevant, but I get the feeling that honor code is a big deal.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have experienced a minor problem this year, but that was mainly my own fault. During each other year, the process has been seamless.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a stark contrast between the good and the bad on campus. As a general rule, the chain options and the convenience stores are incredible! However, the food in the dining halls is hit or miss, occasionally bordering on the side of disgusting. I generally hate to eat anything that Mason, themselves, have prepared. However, I have been successful in avoiding the dining halls since my Freshman year.

However, for those of you who are reading this, my experience will no longer be an option. Because so few people eat at the dining halls, Mason is forcing you all to purchase a meal plan that only works at those locations and essentially pay out of pocket for the good food. I hope that they realize how ridiculous this is and get things straightened out in the future, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others. The upper classmen housing is much nicer than the freshman options, but does include a few poorly-built dorms. BEWARE THE STUDENT APARTMENTS. Other options, such as President's Park and the Global Center are far from the center of campus so it takes nearly 20 minutes to get anywhere. The process is generally smooth, but if you for any reason have to request housing to get off of their lazy butts, then good luck. Every year I have had terrible experiences with the housing staff.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No greek housing on campus

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Off campus is the way to go

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There could be healthier options.

2 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It is absolutely way too expensive and impossible to afford.

3 College Student

Party Scene: You would have to go off campus to enjoy the party seen.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Shila bakery is pretty good; I have yet to try the others.

2 College Student

Administration: It's okay but could do better.

1 College Student

Scholarships: I did not receive enough financial aid and am still struggling to find enough money.

1 College Student

Campus Food: Most of the dorms make you get a meal plan and the dorms don't even have kitchens in most of them which sucks since I like to cook.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: It cost way too much and I cannot even afford it.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you happen to be in a class larger than 40, more than likely your professor will not take traditional attendance. There may be quizzes and things that require attendance obviously, so it is best to just show up to all classes if possible.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Minutes away from DC--enough said.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Finding food off campus is far from difficult. There is a shopping center across the street filled with places. Plus there are plenty of places that are accessible via bus, metro or shuttle.

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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.

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