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If you are any type of science major then this school is worthless, seriously one of the worst. You might as well risk your safety and go to the University of Maryland. If you are a business, humanities, pre law or some sort of liberal arts major, then this is the perfect school for you. Unless you want to experience the college life everyone talks about. |
Here are some reasons why I can't stand this school:
Science department is full of a bunch of amateurs compared to other schools. GMU tries to take the science department seriously but GMU doesn't care and doesn't give money to the department so the people that are in the department have to make do with what they have. The labs are made for students who practiced science in 1980. The labs are very out of date and with how technology and the science industry is booming, this school will not benefit you. Also for some reason the department tries to take themselves seriously by grading and making their classes ridiculously and unrealistically hard because they think thats what other prestigious science schools do. ( EX: grading you on sentence structure and not the correct data and analysis of your report) NO that's not the case, I came from a prestigious school but I only transferred out here because of some personal family issues. Compared to what I had at my old school, the science program here is a joke. It's so bad that I get angry thinking about how worthless my degree will be when I graduate. I would have been better off risking my safety and going to university of maryland, at this point I wouldn't mind the 1 1/2 hour commute and out of state tuition fees but I'm only one semester away so I am going to have to suffer.
For students who want to experience the college life, do not even think about this school, it's probably one of the most boring college campuses you can step foot on. Sororities and fraternities don't even have their own houses and they have to be off campus.... WTF? made my laugh out loud when I heard that. I mean seriously, no frat row? sorority row? EXCUSE ME? The student body tries to do "fun" things like movie night, "carnival games" but SERIOUSLY, who goes to college to experience movie night? Like I said, joke. The campus is dead on the weekend, maybe you will see another student walking around the johnson center or so but they are probably some zombie walker looking for food since most of the restaurants on campus are closed on weekends (seriously?). For a school who prides themselves in students who live on campus, they do not care about you! It seems like this school cares more about their employees and catering to their 9-5 job rather than the student who works and goes to school at the same time. Even the professors office hours are between 9-4PM. For example, has anyone noticed how many night classes GMU offers? lol the community college down the street offers more night classes then GMU and thats pretty sad considering this school is a "University." I mean even online classes are very scarce.
-If you want to experience the "College life" don't come here, JUST DON'T...
-If you want to be any sort of science major, good luck with learning something from this millennium
-If you want to live on campus, good luck with not being bored to death.
-Want to have a night-class? go to the community college down the street because GMU will most likely not have it.
-Online classes? NOPE...
-Want to work with cool technology and up to date lab experiments... HAHA, as long as you are not a chemistry major... Maybe if you wait another 20 years?
-Want to be in a sorority or fraternity, expect to live off campus... And it won't be like what everyone talks about...
-If you want a job after you graduate, you better be prepared to work HARD to look for a job. If you look up the statistics of GMU students being offered jobs out in the career field, the statistics are pretty low.
-The only good thing I can think of is parking is not that bad, people who complain about parking are a bunch of lazy students who MIND losing a couple of calories and want a parking spot in front of the school... Sorry GMU can't cater to your every need, get with the program dude! DUH...
|Feb 20 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I regret going here. I never transferred because I thought it would get better. It doesn't. If all you're looking for a job after college, then major in finance or economics and go here and you'll be fine. If, however, you're looking for a good college experience, avoid. The professors make countless mistakes and the students are unmotivated and not bright at all. There is no social scene. |
|Mar 29 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| George Mason is a tool school. They offer a lot of resources with a great career services staff, good advisers (especially with English and theater), and overall good department staff. |
The IT department's customer service is bad, and they don't even got the courtesy to let people know they shut down their account. Instead, you got to walk to them to find out and then they'll accuse you of stuff. I don't even feel that's right.
Some of the professors are respectful of students and their opinions. They even act as great resources to information, other opportunities, and can be the best of friends (once the class is over). Then there are other professors who are out of touch, got no social skills, and have a superiority complex. Also, some of them even disregard student opinions if it doesn't mesh with theirs and view their students as competition. This may sound crazy but it does happen.
Then the cashiers and food staff at university venues treat the students like children. They'll sit there and dish out information dozens of times like we know nothing at all. At Southside and other places, the people get an attitude if someone wants to use the bonus dollar, when they may not use it that often. Sure, some students may be immature, but not all of us are like that and we all shouldn't be treated like that. My tip: if you got a complaint, say something about it. It will get better. On top of that, I saw nothing but junk food the first week of classes. When it disappeared, then disgusting tasting and looking vegetables were served. I don't believe that healthy foods should be disgusting.
The student body overall are unoriginal, cliquey, immature, and flaky bunch. I tend to notice them huddled up in groups, especially the freshman. It's very rare to see one person to sit alone. The non traditional age or transfer students, on the other hand, tended to be a friendly group of people. They weren't pretending to be someone they weren't. They just decent and approachable people.
Some of the organizations can be exclusive, but there's still plenty of good organizations to join. For English majors, there's the Undergraduate English Society that most people at GMU have never heard of. It's a nice organization. Then there's always opportunities to get free tickets to performances at GMU from operas to dance performances to even plays. Then there's always really interesting lectures occurring at the school.
So the resources offered here definitely outweigh the unfriendliness of the students and people at the school. The attitudes is mostly a reflection of Northern Virginia culture, so don't let a social life be the only criteria for a school.Also, there's always plenty of ways of entertaining oneself without being pulled into parties or any other nonsense. It's easier to be alone and enjoy things alone. Think of being at GMU as a chance to be an individual and experience life independently and without a group. I love George Mason and appreciate all that's available.
|Nov 26 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |