Fairfax, VA
George Mason University


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Morgan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

What's the best thing about GMU? it's close to home Name one thing you'd change. the parking situation Is your school too...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

What's the best thing about GMU? it's close to home Name one thing you'd change. the parking situation Is your school too large, too small, or just right? the campus is small/ medium How do people react when you tell them you go to GMU? "oh, that's a good school...<insert something about the final four here>" Where do you spend most of your time on campus? JC baby College town, or "what college town?" "what college town" What's your opinion of GMU's administration? whatev, depends on who you are dealing with a guess What was the biggest recent controversy on campus? haven't really cared to take notice Is there a lot of school pride? i don't think so, compared to other schools that is. Is there anything unusual about GMU? not that i can think of, besides the fact that a lot of the ppl i meet are from very diverse backgrounds and speak more than one language- interesting What's one experience you'll always remember? "borrowing" trays from the JC in the middle of the night when it snowed and sliding down the hill by david king hall before they put in sideways and rails What are the most frequent student complaints? parking sucks!!

Describe the students at your school.

What are your experiences with racial, religious, LGBT, socio-economic, and/or other groups on campus? i think a lot of guys are rude- some cultures have never heard that a guy could actually hold a door open for a lady...oh and there are always those girls who are all about the bling and the uggs that have to talk all throughout a class with each other cause they can't wait half an hour...other than that it's common to see that a lot of ppl from the same background will band together, but everyone pretty much accepts everyone else, tho i do not except those who don't hold doors open or talk throughout an entire class. What kind of student would feel out of place at GMU? no one really, all walks of life are there What do most students wear to class? anything and everything, from burkas, casual clothes, dressed up, dressed down, etc... Do different types of students interact? sure There are four tables of students in the dining hall. Describe them. full, if you're at the JC in the afternoon Where are most GMU students from? prolly right here in fairfax What financial backgrounds are most prevalent? i've met some students who's parents are able to pay right out of pocket, some that are working through school, and some who are racking up the loans Are students politically aware / active? Are they predominantly left, right or center? there's def a population of students who are politically inclined, being so close to DC especially. i always thought that mason had a suprisingly large liberal group, but i'm not one of those politically inclined ppl, so idk Do students talk about how much they'll earn one day? in passing in conversation maybe, but it's not like i've ever met anyone who won't shutup about it

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

i've had an awesome time at mason, i'd do it all over (maybe study more) but i like the area and the fact that there's alot of places to go around campus...hmmm, and parking sucks

What are the academics like at your school?

Do professors know your name? in the smaller classes, yes- but in larger ones, forget it if you don't talk with them often Tell us about your favorite class evolution w/ dr. lawrey, great professor, and the class was structured to put the right perspective on the subject matter Least favorite? IT 103 *_* How often do students study? anywhere from "not at all" to "has no friends" Is class participation common? depends on the teaching structure Do GMU students have intellectual conversations outside of class? yeah, a lot of ppl actually appreciate their majors or just the fact that they are going to school, makes for conversation Are students competitive? bio major here- i see a lot of ppl doing pre med and going crazy about grades and whatnot What's the most unique class you've taken? dance appreciation O_o Tell us about your major / department. biology- some of the best teachers i've had, some of the hardest classes i've taken, but the department offers every opportunity for students to make the most out of those classes and to look forward down the road career wise Do you spend time with professors outside of class? not really, not a preference of mine, in class is enough for me How do you feel about GMU 's academic requirements? not impossible Is the education at GMU geared toward getting a job, or learning for its own sake? depends on what your major is...i don't get you english or history majors...

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

one of the most (or possibly THE most) diverse school in the nation

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

What are the most popular groups/organizations/clubs/teams on campus? i'm gonna guess sororities/ basketball, at least that's what i automatically think of when i think of campus organizations Tell us about a group you’re involved with. ROTC Do students in dorms leave their doors open? i did when i lived there if i was just hanging out, ppl on your dorm floor are always a source of entertainment How popular are athletic events? Guest speakers? Theater? pretty popular, we have the patriot center right there, there's usually something going on Tell us about the dating scene. it's happening i guess How did you meet your closest friends? ROTC, a class here and there If you’re awake at 2am on a Tuesday, what are you doing? studying or watching comedy central at home What traditions/events happen each year? mason day How often do people party? the norm, and those with no classes on a friday...a little more than norm :) How important are fraternities/sororities? they don't matter to me What did you do last weekend? most of the days consisted of work, go out and drink, repeat What can you do on a Saturday night that doesn’t involve drinking? definitely going to gym, bowling's always fun, dinner with friends, going to the movies, just staying in and watching tv What do you do off campus? i live in an apartment, so i work to pay the rent on that

Stephen
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing I like about GMU is the school of IT&E. It is exactly how I expected it and it is run just the way I ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think the best thing I like about GMU is the school of IT&E. It is exactly how I expected it and it is run just the way I like it. It is a reasonable large school but everyone seems to be acommadated equally and reasonably cared for. Many other schools don't seem to recognize GMU as a major university, but I noticed that many of the businesses really recognize the degree and the achievements involved. I spend most of my time at GMU in my dorm room or in the field house when I am not in the academic buildings. I really enjoy the buildings and the surrounding area. It doesn't feel like a town that is dependent on the college to survive. Just very well integrated, a seemless transition.

What are the academics like at your school?

During my senior year a few of the professors have gotten to know my name. I think my biggest problem was that hte professors mainly kept to themselves. They were always happy to chat after class for a little bit but between there and class you almost never saw or ever interacted with them. I think one of the neatest classes I've taken was an ethics course for IT. I initially disregarded the class but I quickly took a further interest in the class when the professor really challenged us to understand the course by integrating real world issues into the concepts. I really think that the IT department has a very good course that prepares students for life and work after college. All of the classes are extremely relevant and salted with information on how to apply knowledge to situations found common in the workplace.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not entirely, yes we have commuters being that we are in a major urban area. It is also true that we are crowded, but that has to say something of the schools popularity. Even schools such as Virginia Tech have commut3ers because have the school population refuses to stay on campus and lives in Blacksburg townhouses. So do we have commuters, yes. Are we totally a "commuter school," no.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

GMU makes a very good attempt to keep people involved and informed of events. Sometimes events are really great and sometimes people just don't tkae to them. I find that the athletics really completed my GMU experience. The openness of club sports to take in and train new members really gave me some great opportunities. I can honestly say that my life would be significantly different with out some of the athletic activities.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some of the biggest stereotypes of GMU and enrolled students is that they are all commutere students and the GMU is exclusively an overcrowded commuter school.

Patrick
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Mason is all about diversity. They practically shove it down your throat. Also, "Mason Nation" is the new rage, after havin...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Mason is all about diversity. They practically shove it down your throat. Also, "Mason Nation" is the new rage, after having the basketball team go to the Final-Four. If I could change one thing, it would be the atrocious parking. It is an embarassement to such a good school. It provides so much unneeded stress. In the winter it makes for some of the most depressing trips in between classes. In 2008, Mason's had everything under construction, making parking even more limited. Mason expects its students to park at the Field House across from the main part of campus, and take a shuttle in to then one to class. Students pay upwards of $170 to do this. For the price of tuition, this service should be free. Mason is just right. It'd be cool if they expanded in efficent ways to make for more opportunities. People usually say, "Oh, I hear that's a great school." Sometimes people don't understand how good academically it can be, so they act like it's just "that" local college. Mason isn't much of a college town. Mason's English administration is brilliant. The professors have such a varied amount of experience and character that no matter who you get, you are bound to grow as a person and really learn how to analyze literary works.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of the students who go to Mason are rather well off. There is tons of diversity, which is cool. It getts tiring seeing the same person, with the same type of experiences and stories. It's great learn about everyone's religion, ethnicity etc. However, I wouldn't go to Mason just for the diversity. Mason tends to bank on that a little too much. But, if you come to Mason, there's a good chance you won't feel left out. I think all colleges there's something for everyone. It all depends. Students range from brilliant to clueless on any number of political, economic and eviormental issues. It isn't always topic of choice and sometimes it's hard to tell what political views people have at Mason, because they will keep that sort of info to themselves.

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

Mason needs to have better food services that don't shut down on the weekends. The food is expensive and mediocer at best. A lot of the time the food employees don't get your order right and act as if they don't know what they are doing. Mason needs more fun activities. It isn't a cool and hip campus. It is great academically, but it would be so cool to have something more than a game room with pool tables. We don't even have a bowling alley. Our campus store isn't much either. We're a huge campus. We need enticing fun buildings and places to go to match the academic standards that are set.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That they're rich and stuck-up. Being located in the area it is, it can be easy to assume that the student body would be made of white kids. In addition, Mason is always labeled a "commuter" college rather than a "legit" college like some of the other's in VA.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The Frats and Soroties. Students do leave their doors open in the dorms a lot. The dorm area can be very inviting. Everyone is looking for a chance to party. Mason really cracks down on it though. On one hand the security is great, on the other hand I know that many dorm residents feel hindered, like they can't have a good time in the dorm because of noise or any other number of things. You essentially have to go off campus to party. Mason isn't the livliest of campus's. During the winter it's not really fun to be on campus. If I have fun on campus it's usually hanging out with friends in a dorm. In the summer everyone stays out and stays up. Lots of walking around, going places, enjoying the summer weather.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

While, there are a lot of exceptions, Mason students can be pretty cold and unfriendly. This isn't the most welcoming of colleges that a person could pick. There are tons of "cliques" which make it crucial to make friends within the first two weeks of class. Just walking through the student JC, you can look around and basically see who hangs out together. That's where it can be easy to percieve students as "stuck-up." This isn't the type of college where you can just walk right up and introduce yourself to someone. As for the college being a "commuter" college--that's also kind of true. There's a reason Mason's parking lot is always packed. There's a huge population of students who live off campus. Tons of students I know drive to school, go to class, and then drive home. The students that do live on campus, usually go off campus for the weekends. They do this to either go home or to go into DC.

What are the academics like at your school?

My favorite class might have been English 334 with professor Lathbury. It was a ton of work, but I don't think I've ever learned so much in the semester I took that class. Most of the classes require some amount of studying, it is college. Select Mason students can have really amazing conversations, it's all about who you know. The Communication's Department is growing and could be better. The more staff that joins, the more unique classes become available making it a more enjoyable experience. The PR department is geared towards getting a job. The English department is geared towards bettering yourself as a person. Both are useful.

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