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George Mason University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueF University Resource UseD+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA+
SafetyA
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Female
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
F
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Faculty Accessibility
A+
She cares more about Excess Competition than the average student.
Date: Jul 03 2011
Major: Education (This Major's Salary over time)
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 to check out the PDF and read the whole page of the site make sure the scroll bar touches the bottom of the screen.

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responseDon't let domicile status cloud the review. Basically, Virginia taxpayers are subsidizing your tuition, and so you are expected to legally be "one of us" before the state confers that benefit of reduced tuition. Your parents have paid their taxes into another state system, not Virginia, so of course you have to be legally a Virginian to get in-state rates. There's nothing subjective or confusing about that. "Why go out of state to major in Education?" would be my question, unless you knew GMU to have an especially outstanding program. I'm sure they have a solid program, but like most state universities, nothing truly exceptional.
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