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George Mason University

How this student rated the school
Research QualityF Research AvailabilityD
Research FundingF Graduate PoliticsF
Errand RunnersF Degree CompletionB+
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]B+ Sufficient PayB+
CompetitivenessF Education QualityD-
Faculty AccessibilityF Useful ResearchF
ExtracurricularsF Success-UnderstandingF
Surrounding CityB+ Social Life/EnvironmentB
"Individual" treatmentF FriendlinessF
SafetyA Campus BeautyB
Campus MaintenanceB+ University Resource/spendingB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Research Quality
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He cares more about Faculty Accessibility than the average student.
Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Psychology (This Major's Salary over time)
For undergraduates, this school is unique. The average student is about 27 or so, and most are commuters, so you will have a difficult time having a typical experience here. It seems that most people who attend already have friend circles in place, and do not use college as a place to socialize, which can make it lonely. The town of Fairfax is not college friendly at all. It is very soccer mom, yuppy suburban town. The academics are modest, as is the student body. The psychology graduate program is lacking. The graduate faculty are completely out of touch, and the curriculum is so easy, I actually stopped purchasing textbooks - and this for a PhD. The politics are sickening, and the faculty are very self-absorbed, at least in the clinical program. It will emotionally drain you, certainly, while totally depriving you of a decent education. No matter how smart you are, it will never be good enough, as you seem to be judged on esoteric personality characteristics or other bizarre criteria. You are mere pawns to the faculty, of which you are perpetually reminded. Someone once referred to this program as as "Weekend Warriors" type graduate program, as in it is totally DIY (do it yourself). I would amend that to say, it is DIY, while faculty throw a ridiculous amount of hurdles in your path for no sane reason, other than it is "supposed to" be hard. This is of course ironic, as the academic part is easy - it is the pyshcological warfare that will get you down. Please choose another school if at all possible!!!
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