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| When I first started GMU, it was not bad. Professors actually knew their metarials but now almost any class that I tried to register for is taught by a kid who never taught a course in his/her life. I had to do an early drop for a class since the instructor could not answer questions in his class. This semester, we have someone who can not even speak English well and is extremely new with no teaching experience. You pay a lot of money to get bunch of kids run 300 level and higher courses. It's a shame! I am transferring to another school. |
|Jan 23 2014|| Male --
Class 2000 |
My SAT was 2250 - the system only allows up to 1600. I am not smart - just work hard. |
I went to another college (UVA) for a year but lack of funds require me to live at home - so I transferred to Mason.
The "fun" part of education is fundamental is way overrated - so I don't know why GMU is pushing it. I guess it is when you mention you are at Mason - everyone says "that is no fun". Well they are right - so what? GMU's constant babble about a long gone 2006 basketball team's successes or how the students are heading to DC for entertainment (over an hour commute) has got to stop. This does not convince anyone that Mason is fun.
College is stupid expensive - everywhere- GMU is marginally less expensive than other Virginia public universities but a real bargain if you can commute from home.
The academics are highly regarded. (BTW - the same "everyone" that GMU has zero social life say they heard Mason is a great school, academically - again - from what I researched and have experienced - they are right).
Way too many rules and controls. If you really want college to be more enjoyable - relax and let go a little - we are BIG people we can figure it out on our own without hurting ourselves - too badly.
What is it with the diversity thing? Yes - Mason is diverse - anyone can see that - duh - why does it have to be announced constantly. Let it happen naturally - it will be much better (or should we start mandatory busing again?).
Mason has solid academic credentials and reputation - It is located on an idyllic campus setting - it is marginally less expensive than other public schools - the staff is very friendly and very helpful.
GMU has too many rules and regulations and is no fun - - GMU is way too far from Washington DC to really be of any help socially - GMU has no football (neither did UVA) and it has a lousy basketball team (come on - admit it - the guys from 2006 are all long gone) - parking is a challenge - campus is dead on the weekends - diversity is overrated.
Got to go study - the end.
|Jan 19 2014|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2018 |
| GMU is going to be a wonderful university to attend in 10-20 years, just not now. The problem with the school is its social scene. While its not difficult to have a social life at GMU, its very limited. If its your prerogative to party on the weekends, don't expect to be doing so unless you join a greek organization. If you don't join a greek organization expect to be drinking and playing COD with the people in your dorm every weekend for the rest of eternity. There are all sorts of clubs you can join but the only thing they really do is have meetings to plan more meetings and don't do really anything of excitement. On the plus side intramural and club team sports are relatively fun. Your experience at GMU is highly dependent on how you get along with the people in your dorm, whether you join a greek organization, and if you enjoy drinking every weekend. There's just not enough excuses to branch out socially like other more established colleges have. I'd say realistically that about 65% of the people here enjoy the social scene, 20% are okay with it, and the other 15% just want to leave the school. In conclusion to this lengthy rant, having a social life at GMU is an uphill battle and average at best. Yet despite what some reviews might claim, the social scene is not unbearable. On to the education and the facilities. For the most part, the school's professors are top notch. In my own personal experience, I've had nothing but intelligent and helpful professors who actually show interest in what they teach. The only real complaint I've heard about other teachers is that some can't speak english very well. Be warned though, there are some professors at the school whom you can literally show up twice and still get an A and some professors that you could work on their assignments and study 30 hours a week for and only end up with a C. Also, don't join cornerstones. Its more strenuous than taking your gen-eds and the classes themselves don't have anything to do with the assignments you're graded on. The facilities at GMU, despite the freshman dorms, are superb. Pray to your god of choice that you don't get placed in President's Park as a freshman. Its pretty much a shanty town, better known as President's Projects. Granted all the problems with GMU currently are because its still making its transition from commuter school to an actual college which will take a lot of time. Yet its no reason to go to a school because it might be fun to go to in x amount of years. If having a true college experience doesn't appeal to you then come to Mason. If it does or you're on the fence about it then find another school. |
|Nov 17 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2017 |