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George Mason v. VCU. v Christopher Newport?

adviceIneedadviceIneed Posts: 2Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
Hi I live in NY, I'm a senior and one thing led to another and I couldn't afford the schools I got into, I only got into one of the two SUNY's I applied to, Geneseo, and that was for midyear so my plan is to do that but in the meantime I don't want to be behind on classes and don't want to stay home for those few months so I applied to some last minute schools with late deadlines in Virginia because my dad lives there any I can get in state.

Those schools were VCU, George Mason, and Christopher Newport. I know very little about these schools, like I said I applied to them at the eleventh hour and I just needed a school to go to from September-January.

So can someone tell be about these schools, which one has the best academics, reputation, type of location, etc.

Thanks so much!
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Replies to: George Mason v. VCU. v Christopher Newport?

  • redhuntinghatredhuntinghat Posts: 63Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    Christopher Newport doesn't have a bad red. I've heard of George Mason before.

    Can you afford all three?
  • CE527MCE527M Posts: 72Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    That depends, what is your planned major?
  • blueiguanablueiguana Posts: 75Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    All three are going to have completely different campus experiences. VCU is urban and has some great pre-health programs, GMU is suburban and still fighting the suitcase college image. Great academics, good basketball, campus life is not going to be a traditional experience as most commute. CNU is up and coming. Everyone I know there loves it. Beautiful campus, traditional experience, good honors college. It depends on what you're looking for. If at all possible you need to take a weekend and visit all three.
  • yolocholoyolocholo Posts: 11Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    as a native Virginian I would steer you towards GMU...it has been skyrocketing upwards in selectivity and the student body has become stronger as a result. It is now harder to gain admission to GMU vs. Virginia Tech. While much of the student body commutes a large number live on campus as well. You will have access to Dulles corridor internships if you so chose and the school has some pride with a solid basketball program. VCU is strong in the arts...aside from that it is the clear second choice unless you have a particular affinity for Richmond. CNU is viewed in the same light as Radford...not a good light, and is seen as a fallback school for those that don't get into GMU, JMU, VCU, ODU etc....perhaps ODU is a peer...in any event read as much as you can to make an informed decision.

    GMU is in NOVA which has a very different feel from the rest of the state of Virginia. Virginia is very much a border state in terms of Northern vs. Southern culture...two of those schools lie south of Fredericksburg which is where the unofficial line begins in my eyes. I say this as someone who currently goes to school in the deep south and loves certain aspects of it, just be aware of what you are stepping in to; the culture will be different from anything one encounters in NY.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Posts: 21Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    --GMU has essentially shed the "commuter school" description because of all the new housing on campus. As for admissions, it's no longer easily predictable. Excellent Economics and International Affairs majors.

    --VCU is a very urban, downtown type of campus. Strong in the Life Sciences and Health

    Investigate your choice of major at each school.

    Are you quite certain about your eligibility for resident tuition from the State of Virginia? Double check the website for the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (schev.edu). Being awarded resident tuition or a tuition waiver because a parent resides in Virginia may not be as simple as you believe.
  • dudedaddudedad Posts: 14Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    CNU is not at all ethnically diverse - both VCU and Mason are off the charts in that respect.

    Do you like urban energy? - VCU

    Suburbia? - Mason

    LAC? - CNU
  • dudedaddudedad Posts: 14Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    Also Mason has the biggest out of state population.
  • blueiguanablueiguana Posts: 75Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    It is now harder to gain admission to GMU vs. Virginia Tech.
    This is simply not true.


    GMU
    66% admit rate
    CR 520-620
    Math 530-630
    % in top 10% of class: 21
    Avg GPA: 3.66

    VT
    66% admit rate
    CR 540-640
    Math 570-670
    % in top 10% of class: 43
    Avg GPA: 3.92

    GMU is a very good school that has long been academically underestimated. Arguably there are departments where it outshines VT. For students coming out of Northern Va, where VT is a difficult admit, GMU is absolutely not going to be harder. What is a mistake is to take a GMU admit for granted and skate on the application.

    Lake Washington is correct to look carefully at your major at each.
  • kanickkanick Posts: 44Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    It is kind of hard to tell you which is best unless we know your major. The schools all have their strengths and weaknesses.

    Nationally a lot of people do not know what CNU is compared to Mason and VCU. CNU apparently has an amazing campus though. I also think that they have the 5 year MAT if you're looking into education (secondary or elementary). VCU is more known for its health studies compared to CNU and Mason.

    I have friends who go to all three and like all three of them!!
  • kypdurronkypdurron Posts: 26Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    All i can tell you is that VCU is good at college B-ball and that GMU is brilliant for Economics
  • yolocholoyolocholo Posts: 11Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    @blueiguana - blows my mind as well but GMU does in fact have a lower acceptance rate these days vs. VT

    GMU - 52.8%
    VT - 66.5%

    source - usnews
  • blueiguanablueiguana Posts: 75Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
  • GolfFatherGolfFather Posts: 28Registered Users
    edited May 2013
    in Virginia because my dad lives there any I can get in state.

    No, that is not true.
    GMU - 52.8%
    VT - 66.5%

    I will admit, I was also surprised by that.
  • adviceIneedadviceIneed Posts: 2Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    "No, that is not true"

    ...Yes it is, that was the first thing I made sure of when I looked for these schools, and it was confirmed by my guidance counsellors when she called each of these schools. My sister lived here entire life in NY and she got in-state charges when she went to Mary Washington.

    Anyway, I'm not positive on my major I'd probably go undeclared but I have been heavily leaning towards a school with a good business program, that's what I was looking for when I originally applied to schools.
  • blueiguanablueiguana Posts: 75Registered Users College Search & Selection Champion
    edited May 2013
    I really wanted to see where the discrepancy might be between USNews and the CDS as it is not a small amount. From USNews if you read under "Admittance" you will see the following:
    It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 71.7 percent.
    So, they are listing the more favorable number where most people look in the 'quick facts' box at the top of the page, but taking into consideration early acceptance the overall acceptance rate is not 52.8%. The data they are using is from fall 2011. From GMU's CDS there were 14,596 applicants, 9,263 were accepted, 63.46% overall.

    George Mason University | Best College | US News

    George Mason IRR- Common Data Set
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