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Reviews 3778 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For the most part, I feel safe on campus. The only times I don't would be when I'm on my way back to my dorm alone at night, and that could just be because I am a bit paranoid. There is enough police presence on campus that it doesn't feel like there is something dangerous going, and they are very quick when it comes to picking up students late at night and taking them back to their dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lucked out and lived in the Global Center during my first year, meaning that I had a lot of space and a personal bathroom. I have been in President's Park (first year dorms) before, and it's just like any other college freshman dorm. The cheapest place to live on campus would be the Student Apartments, which are also incredibly close to classes. It is a bit small, but there is a bathroom and kitchenette. However, if choosing to live in this dorm, you need to live on the second or third floor because the first floor gets flood damage as well as bug invasions. Overall, every building is within a 20 minute walk to a class on the opposing side of campus, and the RA's are great.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Considering that I was worried that this would impair my studies, I was pleased to see that Greek life has no direct impact on non-Greek students such as myself. However, I heard that there are still fun parties off-campus that are thrown by the Greek community, but that's not my scene.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I know little to nothing about what goes on with sports simply because I am not a huge sports fan. However, I know that our teams are decent and the facilities give them what they need. Sports aren't the most popular thing on campus, but there is always a good turnout of students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have had a lovely experience at GMU so far. I've been able to connect with both students and professors alike, and I have enjoyed most of my classes. My favorite experience would have to be the first time I went to DC with the English Corner (a campus club) via the metro. It was so much fun to do some sight-seeing with students from foreign countries. I would definitely choose my school again because it has the perfect balance between a fun school and a good school for studying. The campus is beautiful, and the student population is incredibly diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've only started finishing up general education credits, so teachers aren't exactly the best or most effective when it comes to teaching. Be careful if they are tenured. However, most do generally want to help, if you are in trouble or need any assistance.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've heard that the value of a degree here is worth it; it's close to the DC/Metro Area, and close to federal areas, so there should be many job opportunities around. There are also many networking opportunities (fairs) held on occasion, so there's that to take advantage of as well.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: George Mason has a "crime log," so you can follow whatever they post to get a general feel for the environment. If something serious enough happens, the departments send out an official email to advise students - and that goes for not only crime, but the weather, accidents on/near campus, events happening, and somethings events happening in other parts of the world.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Eastern Shore, and it was really nice. I was able to live there because of a summer program, so I can't really say much about the price, yet I've heard that it is pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student Involvement is always out, there are activists and the like, and for each sport there are many fans - I've only seen the fans through pictures though!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's pretty large and nice, and the school has many green areas, including a pond.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: So I was split on how to accurately rate this question:

- The options are limitless and it is hard to make a bad call on that front

- However, for the most part (except a handful in downtown Fairfax) they are in Washington, D.C.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I was again split on how to answer this question:

- The people are friendly and for the most part fairly outgoing

- There aren't too many parties actually ON campus

5 College Junior

Academics: Top notch academics, with highly rated faculty and student quality. A U.S. News and World Report "Top University".

5 College Junior

Diversity: It's an EXTREMELY diverse campus, but that is mostly due to it's location outside of Washington, D.C.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs (minus marijuana) are almost ZERO, and alcohol is minimal at most.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: So far no complaints. Great college, beautiful new campus (although admittedly a little confusing to learn at first), and for the most part nice professors and students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great professors. Very helpful and clear.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Don't know much about athletes.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Security wise, there isn't much need but are readily available. I've had police requests to escort me to my car parked in a parking lot. The sexual assault offense is a very rare thing at George Mason University but are always prepared for anyone who needs help.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: George Mason University has all sorts of resources for students to find out about internships/job opportunities.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on-campus. I can't comment on this matter.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Personally, I don't participate in the Greek Life. The people who are involved seem happy and having fun.

4 College Senior

Athletics: George Mason University has flyers, newsletters, emails and social media to update everyone on campus about upcoming events of all athletics. The students who participates in sports tend to wear their uniform, the sidewalks are chalked up for the game as school spirit, and fundraisers are always around for the team.


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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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