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| If you want to hear the real-deal about George Mason University, read this review.|
I'm a freshman at GMU and only decided to come here because of my parents financial hardships at the time of making a decision for college. I figured I would give the university a shot since my elders told me how up-and-coming GMU really is. Truth be told, GMU is an up-and-coming school, it just won't be as great as everyone think it is for at least the next five years.
I decided to live on campus and get the "full college experience". However, I was lied to by the GMU Patriot Leaders at orientation when they said the Triple rooms in Presidents Park are larger than the double. THIS IS NOT THE CASE and I have been placed in a small box room, cramped with two other people who didn't even receive enough dressers in our room due to the excess number of students living on campus.
Getting involved on campus isn't that hard, you just have to look into what you are interested in. Nothing is going to come to you. If you want a fun, social life at GMU you have two options: Join a fraternity/sorority (this means you are gauranteed to party) or don't go to GMU. However, these parties aren't even that fun. Mason is a dry campus and the police are out to get your on a friday/saturday night. Going to DC is an option. However, if you're from NOVA, like me, you are aware of how long it takes to get into the city unlike the out-of-state students.
If you want to be challenged academically, do not go to GMU. I was a straight A student in high school with AP and Honors classes. I currently have straight As at Mason. The work is not challenging and I barely study for tests and haven't gotten lower than a B. I would say if you were a C student in high school then Mason would be challenging for you.
Overall, I've definitely learned that Mason is not the school for me and will do not nothing for me if I continue my studies here. Students who are from out-of-state tend to love Mason, while in-state students find themselves stuck and bored. Every Virginian I have met so far plans to transfer to VT, UVA or William and Mary. I, myself, am planning to transfer to GW next fall. The Mason Nation is dull and unenthusiatic about their future and career. However, if you feel you can make the best of it, go for it.
|Oct 23 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| If you are going to start attending Mason as an OUT-OF-STATE student be prepared to stay that way. Because here is what they don't want you to know...that once you start as OUT-OF-STATE that is how you are going to stay. That whole domicile re-classification change is Bull S**t. The only way for your status to be changed is if they made a mistake from the beginning or if your parents have lived there for a year before you start attending. They even have a restriction on active duty military families. Qualifying for in state it is a headache. |
The law is subjective and when it comes down to it you have one impossible thing to prove once you start attending. They expect you to prove that you moved to VA for reasons other than school. Yeah, and everything you do once you start attending doesn?t matter. I bought a house and I am still fighting with these people.
There are a couple things that the average person should know. 1) you need to live in VA for a year then apply to Mason 2) You need to work in VA and pay a whole year of taxes 3) register your car and attain a driver?s license 4) register to vote in VA 5) if you are under 24 you need to prove you are independent (if you still use your parents taxes to fill out the FAFSA then you HAVE to prove this)
6) Decide if you want to do all this and possibly more just to attend George Mason or any other out of state college. Because unless you are rich beyond belief. I think $13,272.00 a semester. $26,544 a year is way too much in comparison to 8,000 for the whole year. I really think is outrageous to pay that to attend Mason.
GMU is a decent university but it?s not worth that kind of money. Every semester I have had a teacher I didn't feel was capable of teaching anything, so I would drop. However I still would be left with another idiot teacher. I have had like three teachers who have told me that they were not familiar with what they were teaching.
The most important thing to take away is DO NOT START as an Out Of State student. Please take my advice. Do not allow Mason to rip you off by charging you 3times the amount. Because the state assumes that you only moved to VA to attend Mason. If this is what you want to do or intending to do then this really isn?t for you because that?s why they charge out of state. But for someone like me who moved to Virginia because it has a lot more opportunities for social interaction and I really liked the Northern Virginia area. For people who move and plan to stay in VA once you start attending everything that you do; you is because you attend GMU. Visit http://www.schev.edu/students/VAdomicileguidelines.asp. to check out the PDF and read the whole page of the site make sure the scroll bar touches the bottom of the screen.
|Jul 03 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |