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George Mason University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionB-
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueC+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeC-
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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He cares more about Surrounding City than the average student.
Date: Oct 08 2004
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As of the time of this writing, George Mason University is a school that is on its way up. I, for one, am proud to have been there during this exciting time. I was witness to new buildings, renovations, new technology, and more and more students arriving.

GMU is one of the most diverse schools in the country, but that does not necessarily mean that it is united. Students tend to "stick together" for the most part within their own ethnic groups (this is seen more with South Asians, Middle Easterners, and such) but efforts are made to bridge the gap between races and religions.

As of now, George Mason University campus social life is minimal. Most partying goes on in the dorms; fraternity houses hire shuttles to take kids to their parties, and there is no fraternity row. The university does put on events ("First Fridays" is one that has both undergone a major overhaul and gained popularity), but the campus is a dead zone on the weekends. This has contributed to a depressive atmosphere during this time.

Mason is also home to distinguished professors who are there courtesy of the Robinson grant; these include Russian expatriate author Vassily Aksyonov, and former Iranian journalist Shaul Bakhash.

responseI had Aksyonov as a professor in the 90s. I was sad to hear he died last summer in Moscow. His class was by far the best thing I took at Mason.
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