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George Mason University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseB-
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA- FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeC
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsC-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Condescending

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Surrounding City
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He cares more about Surrounding City than the average student.
Date: Nov 17 2013
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
GMU is going to be a wonderful university to attend in 10-20 years, just not now. The problem with the school is its social scene. While its not difficult to have a social life at GMU, its very limited. If its your prerogative to party on the weekends, don't expect to be doing so unless you join a greek organization. If you don't join a greek organization expect to be drinking and playing COD with the people in your dorm every weekend for the rest of eternity. There are all sorts of clubs you can join but the only thing they really do is have meetings to plan more meetings and don't do really anything of excitement. On the plus side intramural and club team sports are relatively fun. Your experience at GMU is highly dependent on how you get along with the people in your dorm, whether you join a greek organization, and if you enjoy drinking every weekend. There's just not enough excuses to branch out socially like other more established colleges have. I'd say realistically that about 65% of the people here enjoy the social scene, 20% are okay with it, and the other 15% just want to leave the school. In conclusion to this lengthy rant, having a social life at GMU is an uphill battle and average at best. Yet despite what some reviews might claim, the social scene is not unbearable. On to the education and the facilities. For the most part, the school's professors are top notch. In my own personal experience, I've had nothing but intelligent and helpful professors who actually show interest in what they teach. The only real complaint I've heard about other teachers is that some can't speak english very well. Be warned though, there are some professors at the school whom you can literally show up twice and still get an A and some professors that you could work on their assignments and study 30 hours a week for and only end up with a C. Also, don't join cornerstones. Its more strenuous than taking your gen-eds and the classes themselves don't have anything to do with the assignments you're graded on. The facilities at GMU, despite the freshman dorms, are superb. Pray to your god of choice that you don't get placed in President's Park as a freshman. Its pretty much a shanty town, better known as President's Projects. Granted all the problems with GMU currently are because its still making its transition from commuter school to an actual college which will take a lot of time. Yet its no reason to go to a school because it might be fun to go to in x amount of years. If having a true college experience doesn't appeal to you then come to Mason. If it does or you're on the fence about it then find another school.
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