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George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax County, Virginia


Preface:

George Mason University, adorably referred as GMU, is a public research university located in the city of Fairfax, Virginia. Established in 1957, GMU is one of the common universities for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program for students with just an average profile. Even though the university is not highly ranked in the United States of America, there are a good amount of Asians, especially Indians, who join this university every year.

 

Location:

George Mason University is located just outside the city of Fairfax, near the geographic center of Fairfax County. Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in Washington Metropolitan Area. As such the location of GMU is pretty boring except that the great Washington D.C and the above average Maryland are few miles away from the city.

 

Infrastructure and Residing options:

GMU is spread over a massive 806 acres campus with extremely modern buildings equipped with wireless internet. There are two main libraries within the campus which has hundreds thousands of volumes of various courses offered within the college. There are multiple bars on the campus followed by many coffee shops where you see most of the students chilling and wasting their time. Movie lovers can spend their time in the Johnson Cinema Centre within the campus.

There are many dorms within the campus which roughly cost you around $5,000 per year. But graduate students prefer to stay off campus for multiple obvious reasons. As Fairfax County is pretty close to Washington DC, one cannot expect cheap affordability. Fairfax Square Apartments, Margate Manor and Old Town (walking distance from the main campus) are the standard areas preferred by the students of GMU. Roughly, the average rental can be anything from around $1,200 to $1,500 per month depending upon the location, size of the room and the number of roommates.

 

Weather:

Virginia has a pretty extreme temperature. As the state is located far in east and towards the south, summers are scorching hot. The temperature goes up to 30 to 40 degrees at the start of Fall and Indians obviously feel like home. Winters are mild and students actually wait for the month of December and January. Snowfall is quite uncommon while thunderstorms are pretty normal in Fairfax, Virginia.

 

Courses Offered:

  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (only PhD)
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Information Systems
  • Management of Secure Information Systems
  • System Engineering
  • Technology Management
  • Telecommunications

 

Faculty and Pedagogy:

GMU has distinguished group of faculty members. All are PhD holders with a few Noble laureates from various universities making GMU’s teaching staff quite a vivid one. The teachers are pretty enthusiastic during their lecture hours and are always ready to solve doubts. Most of them are busy doing their own research but balance student doubts and teaching to a very good level. They are co-operative provided you make a move and have been in regular touch with them.

 

Tuition Fees:

George Mason University empties your pocket by $1200 per credit. For the entire course, you can expect to have around 27 to 30 credits. So, the total tuition fee can be around $35,000.

 

Financial Aid:

Being a public research university, George Mason offers enough grants and financial aid depending upon the level of profile. Research Assistantship and Teaching Assistantship are a good bet in the college if you’re up-to-date with your term work and speaking skills.

 

Eventual Placements:

Even though Fairfax County is a pretty small city, Washington DC being its neighbor fulfills the demand of student placements. Reputed MNC’s visit the college at the time of placements but as mentioned before, the college begin a low rank university doesn’t offer ‘great’ placements.

 

Crowd and Campus Life:

George Mason being the largest school in the city has student from all possible backgrounds and countries. Thousands of Whites, followed by Latin’s, Asians (yes, Indians primarily) and Africans comprises the diversity of GMU. Boys and girls are in equal number with the latter being the attractive ones.
Sadly, Fairfax is not one of the happening cities in the USA and most students end up doing/or going for house parties. Some popular areas with nightlife would be Old Town Fairfax, Downtown Washington DC, Adams Morgan and George Town where you find multiple food stalls and restaurants like Amphora, Denny’s, Pad Thai Restaurant, the famous Starbucks, 7-11, Domino’s and everything you want under the sun.

 

Verdict:

George Mason University is an average moderate ranking university in the States. Decent weather, above average placement and Washington DC at stone throw distance, not literally, makes this school a good bet for just an average profile.

 

Website:

www.gmu.edu

Comments  

+13 #1 akshay 2014-12-11 10:35
Awesome campus and superb infrastructure makes this university worth the investment

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