Fairfax, VA
George Mason University


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travis
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

conceal and carry holders cannot carry on school property, this make us targets both on campus and traveling to and from

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I have no social life ... im married

Lisa
What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is a small-medium sized school in the middle of suburbia outside of D.C. It is not very well known because of its size......

What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is a small-medium sized school in the middle of suburbia outside of D.C. It is not very well known because of its size... well since the Final 4 in 2006 GMU has risen out of the shadows. GMU isn't a very lively school nor does it have much of a campus life because so many people commute and there aren't many options for fun on campus. I mean, the entire main student center, the JC, shuts down over the weekends so people who actually live on campus are fucked when it comes to food on campus. Those who have cars don't stay on campus over the weekend, and those who don't have cars have to stay here and do what? I don't know, I don't live on campus.

Describe the students at your school.

GMU is very diverse. Even if one doesn't speak english, they can always find someone who is in the same position and who speaks the same language! They travel in packs, actually and there is usually at least one of them in your class. Because of its diversity, GMU presents many organizations who boast their ethnicity. We even have international week every year where students get a taste of different cultures. What do most students wear to class? Umm, GMU hoodies/t-shirts with GMU sweatpants/basketball shorts and GMU flip flops... as if we don't know what school you attend, please. GMU is a very unfashionable school except for the small percentage who actually care what they look like and make the effort to look good.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

A bit. Many GMU students commute and GMU is very diverse so yeah we'll see groups of asians at a time. There's a campus life but nothing too huge to boast about.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most classes are small, mostly freshman gen.ed classes are in giant lecture halls. I don't know how much people study but I see many people studying in between classes in the J.C. probably because they commute and don't want to waste time and gas driving home and then driving back for their next class. There are some really intellecutal students who can carry on an intellectual conversation but there some some who are like "what?" and other who don't even understand english. The communication department is petty cool. All of the professors that I've had are really nice and laid back and stories of comm professors I don't have are all positive. I don't think I've heard a negative thing about a comm professor. The comm department really helps you out with jobs and internships. I think the education at GMU is geared toward getting a job. We have a career service that helps you look for jobs and internships and they also look over the resume so you're not presenting a piece of paper full of crap when you talk to prospective employers.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I don't live on campus so I don't know what goes on when I am not here. But there's a good presence of Greek Life here and they do a lot on campus and you see their letters everywhere. Ethnic clubs are also abundant due to our diversity. Basketball games are pretty much the most popular athletic event. All the other sports are not worthy. The people I hang out with at school are mostly people I've known since high school plus mutual friends. We just sit around in the JC and make fun of people.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

They're all commuters, asian, and there's no campus life.

Megan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

For me, being an athlete has been the best thing about Mason. You meet so many different people and you automatically meet y...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For me, being an athlete has been the best thing about Mason. You meet so many different people and you automatically meet your best friends from the first day you walk onto campus. The reason I came to Mason was to play Lacrosse and I would not change that for the world. The one thing i would change would to make it less of a commuter school and have more students on campus. Although we are the largest school in Virginia, you would never be able to tell because so many students live off-campus and it takes away from the college experience. I spend most of my time at the Field House and can definitly agree with the "what college town" phrase. Most people go to Arlington or Georgetown to hang out because there are not a lot of "fun" places to hang out in Fairfax.

Describe the students at your school.

No one would feel out of place here at mason. There are soo many different clubs, groups, religions, ethnicities and interests that there is something for everyone.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

for the most part yes....Mason is a commuter school however, as the years go on, it is becoming less and less of a commuter school by bringing more out-of-state students to live on campus. The social life will increase and turn Fairfax into more of a college town. However that can only happen if they are willing to acknowledge the fact that Mason is the largest college in Virginia. Although I do not know for sure if the stereotype of professors speaking english as their 2nd language is true or not, more than half of my professors have had a very hard time communicating with students to to language barriers. Since we do not have a football team, students do not acknowledge the fact that there are other sports team at Mason. It is starting to increase awareness because of the Final Four back in 2006 and with the Game of the Week emails that are sent out to the student body. And on the last note, i can definitly tell you that for the most part, ALL of the Mason Police Officers could care less about Rape, Stealing, Abuse or Assault Charges and CARE WAY MORE about filling quotas and how many people they can arrest for underage drinking instead of making sure these students are safe while walking back to their dorms.

What are the academics like at your school?

Lecture professors could care less who you are and could care less whether you fail or pass. They care about getting through the semester. Once you get into your major courses, professors start to learn your name and interact with you. Classes are difficult and you have to stay focused and study hard for a lot of classes just to get by. Yes, mason students have intellectual conversations outside of class, atleast the people I have met, my friends and myself have intellectual conversations with each other. The most unique class ive taken would have to be modern dance. It was a great experience and was a lot of fun but definitly unique. I am in the School of Management and although our school is known for its SOM program, the SOM administration does not really help students with class selection and helping them graduate on time. A lot of professors in SOM would rather have a student fail then pass their class and i dont think some of them even know how to write an A. Most professors even say that they are not their to pass students, they are their to teach the material whether you understand it or not is your own problem. Its kind of discouraging when you walk into a class the first day of the semester and hear "75% of this class will fail this semester and have to retake the course". However, while taking a minor in Sports Management, I had a completely opposite experience. All the professors are encouraging, learn your name, want you to learn the material and UNDERSTAND it...no matter what. They are willing to meet with you and help in the classroom and outside with references and helping getting hired in the real world. I still talk to some professors that I had taken my first semester here at Mason.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

At Mason, your either in a Frat/Sorority or you play a Sport.... Students in dorms leave their doors open until you have a problem with stealing and then you are pretty concious of who is around, when your leaving your door open or unlocked. I met my closest friends through playing Lacrosse. If im awake @ 2am on a tuesday, im either drunk or studying.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Mason is a commuter school There's no social life 50% of the professors speak English as their 2ND Language Mason isnt a sports enthusiast school because it doesnt have a football team Mason Police Officers are not here to serve and protect Mason Student We are the most culturally diverse school in the nation

Roxie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Diversity is the school's greatest attribute. School pride could be better. Nice facilities.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Diversity is the school's greatest attribute. School pride could be better. Nice facilities.

Describe the students at your school.

liberal, diverse, informed about cultural movements

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

student body is still made up with many commuters. hot guys can be found.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

offers all kinds of clubs/activities for different interests

What are the academics like at your school?

Decent, deserves more recognition. Some students are underqualified for this level of education.

Kat
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most frequent student complaints are about parking and food. Fairfax is definilty not a college town, and anyone outside of ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Most frequent student complaints are about parking and food. Fairfax is definilty not a college town, and anyone outside of Virginia has probably never heard of GMU. Most of my time on campus is either spent in my room or at the field house. Being an athlete most of the time i don't really know what's going on because im too busy trying to balence class and practice.

Describe the students at your school.

Very diverse, most of the ethinic groups tend to stick together though and theres not much interaction between them that i know of.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

GMU is mainly a commuter school and it's completly dead on weekends.

What are the academics like at your school?

I think it was pretty easy getting in to Mason, the best class i have is Russian, probably because my professor is the head of the Russian department. Other than that most of th teachers i've had havn't really been that remarkable. George Mason really stresses studying abroad and learning about different cultures, they also like you to complete foreign language requierment, more so than other schools i think.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

George Mason is such a diverse campus that it is imossible to stereotype the entire student body into one type of person. Basically, don't expect the first language you hear as you step on campus to be english.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Theres always stuff going on, the religious groups are very active. I think the fraternities and soroities are active too but im not sure.

Cristina
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing about mason is how easy it is to find things and to get aroun; except for the construction now, but it...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing about mason is how easy it is to find things and to get aroun; except for the construction now, but it will get better. When i told people i was going to GMU they asked me where that is. I told them down in Virginia and once the basketball team starting to show up in the ranks people would put it together that it was the same school. I spend most of my time on campus in our study hall, which is located behind pv's since our PE building is under construction. I think that fairfax is not a very college town more of a family town and area, but we are so close to DC so we can go out on the town there.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that people just come to this school because of the basketball team, there are many other teams that have done or going to do well this year.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

I wish our lacrosse games were filled like the mens basketball games are. I am a very competitive person and i love watching other sports and supporting my fellow athletes.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some, i have heard of people coming because they like to have a big time team like our basketball team. I just know thats how many of my friends from home knew about Mason, because of us going to the final four.

Quinn
What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is very boring school and there is not enough activities going on in schools. most students go school just for classes an...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is very boring school and there is not enough activities going on in schools. most students go school just for classes and go home after classes. people are not friendly and approachable. Asians stay with Asians, Middle East stay with Middle East and so on. people are not open for other people who are different from their cultures and languages.

Describe the students at your school.

GMU's Students are very diverse and from different countries but they are not open to talk to other people such as Native American ( White ) or African American espeically Black.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

that is very diversity and classes are challenging.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

GMU is boring. people do not have social life. They just go to classes. most of them work before or after the classes.

What are the academics like at your school?

classes in GMU are hard and most professors are not helpful. GMU's academic requirements are too much which cause to many students to stay longer in school and pay more money on school.

Mike
What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is one of the fastest growing schools. There is so much construction and new things being built. We're young and strong a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

GMU is one of the fastest growing schools. There is so much construction and new things being built. We're young and strong and in the future will be one of the best schools.

Describe the students at your school.

We are a very mixed school. Lots of students from all different places, ethnicities, styles, and likes. Everyone is open, i've met so many students with so many different backrounds.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part yeah, big commuting school. Not exactly ivy league.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are good. There is alot of majors to choose from. Tons of students in each major.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is really three types, Greek, Athletes, and other. Greek kids are a big part of the school and dont accept others. While athletes are accepting of everyone and very wide spread.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Commuter school. Not really the smartest students.

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