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George Mason University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC+ Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessF
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeF
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsF
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Describes the faculty as:
Self Absorbed

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He cares more about Friendliness than the average student.
Date: Dec 12 2003
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
The bottom line here is that GMU is a Commuter University. Straight and simple. N. VA comm. college is a few miles down and I dont see many differences except that GM is a 4 year school, better campus and facilities and ofcourse programs. Socially NVCC and GMU are the same. The school is filled with pre-arranged cliques. People go here because its convenient, academically decent and overall ok.

Housing is decent on campus. Plenty of construction going on but it will be some time before that has a major impact. Faculty Administration is trying to change the overall "image" of the school but I sense atleast 6-10 years before you will notice significant differences.

There is a complete lack of friendliness, spirit…the list goes. UNLESS you go greek, live on campus or get into a sports team, I truly recommend not going here especially if you will be commuting. You could get hit by a bus and nobody would move their eyes, its that pathetic. You trip on the grounds of JMU and people are eager to help or open doors for you.

But if you like a school where you take classes, not interact, leave campus for work and dont want a different experience….haha…come here.

Overall, this is not a true 4 year college and it will be some time before that changes.

questionI am trying to choose within 2 days between JMU and GMU and plan to major in Criminal Justice & Psychology. Did you live on campus? Is one academically better than the other? I can gather JMU has a better social life, which I would like, but what about difficulty in finding jobs as a JMU graduate? I am torn between the two. I also got into University of Maryland but my financial aid package was not enough. I can't afford the out of state tuition of $45,000 per year even with the package. I am struggling and waffling back and forth.
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