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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.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid has to be the most helpful office on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Unlimited dining has its pro and cons: eat whenever, but is expensive. Southside is open 24 hours and in my opinion late night food is soo much better than what you get during the day. The Globe is hands down the best place on campus for food. The walk is a bit longer if you live near Ikes or Southside but definitely worth it. Wish it was open 24 hours as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am in the Honors College and was forced to live in the LLC since I had to live on campus. All the LLC were in the Commons-traditional dorms with a communial shower. There was a laundry on every floor, which was great! 2 minute walk to Southside (Dining hall). There was also a kitchen area in Hanover. The upperclassmen dorms are much better! There are 3 fairly new buildings-Eastern Shore, Rogers & Whitetop. All upperclassmen live in either suite or apartment style housing--big plus!

BEST dorms: Whitetop, Rogers, Eastern Shore, Liberty Square, Potomac Heights, Northern Neck

Worst Dorms President's Park, Commons, Student Apartments

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Its hard to get into historically black sororities and fraternities

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am fat so I don't really go there

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: i don't eat off campus

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Tuition goes up every year but i was able to get more loans that I needed.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: forced meal plans if you live on campus. extremely expensive

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its nice but expensive. Freshman dorms are horrific.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus but me and my friends were trying to get an apartment off campus but it was a hassle.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I haven't gone to many parties, but people mainly go out on Thursday nights and say they have fun.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is nice to have so many restaurants and fast food joints close because food on campus gets boring.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They are very inconsistent in their punishments.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was kind of confusing and took me a while to get the financial aid I needed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I am a vegetarian and there are not many options for me. Pasta and pizza are getting old. Also, there is not a huge selection of veggies unless its a salad or if its in something.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice. They are kept clean, especially the bathrooms. Sometimes we run out of toilet paper on the weekends because they do not come and restock on the weekends. The walls are very thin so you can hear people listening to music and talking late at night.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: One of the safest campuses I've ever been on. Our police force is an actual registered force that CAN arrest you. They patrol the night often and have their own phone number to call if you need to be escorted to your dorm or feel unsafe. There are also safety boxes on campus with blue buttons you can press if you need someone to come help you.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone roots for our crappy basketball team that did good one time several years ago. The only reason people go to the games is to see our Green Machine pep band because they're awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining in Fairfax is wonderful. There are so many options that offer tons of student discounts, but getting there can be a pain.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: GMU does great in some areas and terrible in others. The Honor Code is insane in some departments, especially computer science where so much as talking to someone else will warrant a full code violation.

Parking is also ridiculously strict, and the parking police are full on nazis about it.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: GMU has some pretty good scholarships, especially the ones you can specifically apply for. They also accept any outside scholarships and will do so without any hassle.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: George Mason dining is the absolute worst in Virginia, I guarantee it. The Freshman are stuck with these anytime plans that only allow them into the dining halls which are always hit or miss. The other food options on campus are very unhealthy; it's almost impossible to find properly cooked greens anywhere. I survived the whole semester just eating canned foods and Einstein's when I could. Also, all the food places CLOSE on the weekends, there's no place to eat on Saturday and Sunday!

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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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