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Old 01-27-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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Hi everyone,
My daughter was just accepted to GMU, as well as a bunch of schools here in GA. Would you A. send your kid, B. would/did your kid return? Why/why not?

I keep reading that it is a commuter school - but the posts are kind of old - is that still the case?

Is the campus safe? Even the stats for the surrounding area on this site are from 2000! How is the surrounding area? Any malls or places for the kids to go when not in school?

A school here in GA that she is thinking of is way down in Stateboro, which is known as a red-neck town. I've read that the 'townies' as they are known, don't like the college kids, who are seen as rich, Atlanta brats. (They probably are, but still

Is this type of atmosphere found in the GMU area?

Also, she will live on campus as a freshman. Here in GA it's cheaper to put the kids in an apt. after that. (2 years ago, my son and 2 other room-mates rented a place with utilities for $1000/mo. they each had their own bedroom, and one of the bedrooms was the master which was en-suite. The place was gorgeous - 3 pools, work out room, club house etc.) Is it like that up there?

Since I'm originally from NY, I'm thinking no - but it doesn't hurt to ask!

TIA for any help!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Yes, I most definatley would. GMU is located in Fairfax, VA...just outside D.C., a "suburban/urban" location. I'm sure crime statistics will reveal it is a safe place. You are correct, GMU is tradionally a "commuter school", but slowly (over the years) the campus is developing a more traditional college feel, and I'd be willing to be a sizeable percentage of the freshman class lives on campus. Still, being a large University (30K +), in terms of the student body there's a bit of everthing (on-campus, part-time, full-time, non-tradtional, graduate, doctorate, etc.)...

Hope htis helps some..good luck...
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Hi everyone,
My daughter was just accepted to GMU, as well as a bunch of schools here in GA. Would you A. send your kid, B. would/did your kid return? Why/why not?

I keep reading that it is a commuter school - but the posts are kind of old - is that still the case?

Is the campus safe? Even the stats for the surrounding area on this site are from 2000! How is the surrounding area? Any malls or places for the kids to go when not in school?

A school here in GA that she is thinking of is way down in Stateboro, which is known as a red-neck town. I've read that the 'townies' as they are known, don't like the college kids, who are seen as rich, Atlanta brats. (They probably are, but still

Is this type of atmosphere found in the GMU area?

Also, she will live on campus as a freshman. Here in GA it's cheaper to put the kids in an apt. after that. (2 years ago, my son and 2 other room-mates rented a place with utilities for $1000/mo. they each had their own bedroom, and one of the bedrooms was the master which was en-suite. The place was gorgeous - 3 pools, work out room, club house etc.) Is it like that up there?

Since I'm originally from NY, I'm thinking no - but it doesn't hurt to ask!

TIA for any help!!
GMU mainly consists of kids from Northern Va but i'd expect it has a big boost of national exposure with the schools appearence in the NCAA Final Four recently. GMU is perceived quite well in the community and the surrounding area is very educated. The campus is very safe. There are plenty of malls to go to and things to do for college kids.

Your son's standard of living is NOT possible up here. Something like that costs at least $2000 and i think i'm being too generous with that estimate.

So all in all, GMU would be a good place to send your daughter for school.
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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It's HUGE college with wonderful programs. Don't expect the "cozy campus" feeling of some other colleges, tho....not everyone "commutes", but since most housing is off-campus, (except for freshman dorms) there isn't that close-knit feel that some other campuses have.
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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If I hated my daughter I would send her to GMU. If I loved her, I'd send her to Old Dominion University.

www.odu.edu

GO MONARCHS!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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oh god.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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If I hated my daughter I would send her to GMU. If I loved her, I'd send her to Old Dominion University.

www.odu.edu

GO MONARCHS!!
C'mon now as much as i love Hampton Roads and hate Northern VA, i can't say anything bad about GMU. Yes, i would pick ODU over GMU but a quality respected education can be had at both schools.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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If I hated my daughter I would send her to GMU. If I loved her, I'd send her to Old Dominion University.

www.odu.edu

GO MONARCHS!!
ODU? You cannot be serious. ODU is worse than VCU

GMU <<<<
VCU
ODU
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Old 01-28-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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George Mason University is a great college and is in a safe area. The surrounding area poses no threats except high rents should she want to live off campus-so look for several roommates. As for the Old Dominion remark-to each their own, but GMU is a great school and your daughter will enjoy it.
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