George Mason University is currently ranked number two on U.S. News and World Report's list of up-and-coming universities, which basically translates into we're not quite there, but almost. To be fair, the University is making a name for itself as it continues to expand its academic programs, buildings and opportunities for students. Mason has been blessed with professors who practice what they preach; many of them moonlight in the subjects that they teach or have had extensive experience in their field prior to coming to Mason to teach. A prime example of that is the Robinson Professors, a distinguished group of faculty members who have come to Mason from high positions in the professional world to become professors.
For students interested in government and international politics, Mason is the place to be. There are numerous opportunities for students to apply for internships on Capitol Hill or to get the inside scoop from professors who have worked there. Most professors are very personable and are open to talk during their office hours about any questions you might have. Once students get into their major courses, attendance is pretty much mandatory across the board, so it’s hard to skip out on classes without your grade taking the fall for it. The great part is many major-specific classes don’t exceed 40 students, so the professors get to know students' names and have more time to go over assignments with them. Most students would say that Mason isn’t that hard to get into, and the classwork isn’t overwhelming, but if students put in the time, they will learn a lot.