George Mason University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (33)
I attended George Mason University as an older student, transferring there at the age of 26. Coming from a two-year community college I found the professors at Mason to be excellent and personable. I attended what is now called the School of Integrative Studies, where classes are competency based, writing based and experience based. Most of our grading was based on group projects and essays, which as a writer I really enjoyed. The school of thought in Integrative Studies is that cramming for multiple choice tests that we promptly forget half the answers of after the course is over doesn't actually set us up for real-world interaction and practicality. This is why the classes are competency based and more group focused. I loved these courses because I have never completely understood the rigid academia around cumulative tests and memorization (unless you're memorizing things that will be applicable to your future job - like engineering or something). Most of our classes were non-conformative in the sense that we may sit in circles, or do yoga during a class. Yes, it was the "hippie college" on campus. Because of this though I developed personal relationships with my professors and felt comfortable approaching them about my course needs. They were all very welcoming and warm and collaborative with us as students which gave off an air of respect and resoprosity. I'm not saying I wasn't challenged - because I was. One of the requirements of Integrative Studies was experiential learning, which meant going out into the community and putting what you're learning into action with strangers. At least in my situation they were usually strangers. This was a growth experience for me in learning to put myself out there for something I'm working on achieving, regardless of how comfortable I am with that action. At times it was very uncomfortable, but I survived and learned about myself in the process. Being an older student I wondered if the debt incurred getting a bachelors was worth it. From the moment I graduated to present day I have never felt it wasn't. I have received jobs simply because I have a bachelors - it put me on some invisible ground that not having one prevented me from stepping on. I have never regretted the debt, it put me in a higher pay bracket, and I feel proud when I think about that moment I walked across the stage, family watching, and shook hands with a professor congratulating me on my diploma. Mason was a fantastic and beautiful campus to take courses at and receive it from.
Very knowledgeable professors, great counselors and facilities . Very inviting atmosphere. The location and campus is great . Wide variety of programs and opportunities . Lots of access to internships. Experience is what you make of it . Only downside is the parking .
George Mason University Is a great university located in Fairfax Virginia. It is barely a new school in terms of campus life when I attended but since has continued to grow and become more of a traditional feel. Its location is superb being minutes from Washington DC and also close to Quantico Virginia where there are tons of private public and federal job opportunities. One of the best assets that the school has is its location and diversity and quality professors who are typically local professionals that can really teach from experience and be a lifelong mentor and resource.
As an undergraduate Mathematics major at George Mason University, I gained foundational analytical and theoretical knowledge that has prepared me for a career in technical applications. I had the opportunity to perform undergraduate research with well-respected faculty and to work closely with peers in the study of numerical modeling of biological systems. Those experiences prepared me to interact and communicate with a broad range of professionals, and has given me the confidence to pursue and overcome challenges in the workplace.
George Mason as a whole was a great school. The population on campus is very diversed, which was great! The Social Work program was fine, but there is always room for improvement. The campus felt safe most of the time and was very clean. I would recommend George Mason to anyone who is interested.
George Mason University provides a great education in a uniquely diverse environment, which allows for many networking opportunities. GMU has extremely experienced instructors and a wide range of courses. The overall learning experience at GMU is excellent, and I would recommend the college to all!
George Mason is fairly large school in Virginia known for it's diversity and innovation. There is no way to feel left out because they have hundreds of organizations that meet your interests. The school is also 30 minutes away from Washington D.C. so there is plenty of career opportunities in or around the capital. GMU provides a large category of classes, online, on campus, and a hybrid, and you even have the freedom to create and craft your own major! I think the school is still up and coming in new buildings and programs so please go to the school that surrounds itself with an innovative student body, administration, and faculty.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University is one of the most educational and fruitful programs in the Washington, DC area. The staff members in the Department of History and Art History are beyond helpful, extremely insightful, and very encouraging. As an alumnus reflecting on my undergraduate career at GMU, I am proud to have had the opportunity to learn and develop my career at such an opportunistic school. The department's available career assistance along with the university's prime location to the capitol are only a few reasons as to why GMU is a good choice for higher education.
I was surprised with how much I enjoyed GMU. I had never seen myself going there until after I graduated high school and found out Mason was the only school in the state with the true program I wanted - Arts Management. I was able to make this my minor with my Fine Arts degree, and I enjoyed it so much I was able to do multiple internships and get into Graduate school for it! I now have been accepted into an amazing graduate program in NonProfit Management concentrating in the Arts because of all the connections and experience I was able to get at Mason. Had I just had the Fine Arts degree I would have been nervous graduating and finding a career, but the opportunity to find a minor I was passionate about allowing me to take my love of art further was an awesome experience, and I can't wait to take the next step towards my future goals.
George Mason University provides a lot of opportunities for student immersion and networking. Unfortunately there are very limited financial aid options for transfer students who are not Virginia residents. My degree program was very rigorous, but it prepared me for a government career.