I know this whole "conservative" thing has been addressed before ... but, sorry, I need a little more reassurance/input!
I haven't gotten a response from GMU yet due to a fairly late (and perhaps fairly mediocre!) app, but if I got in, I'm thinking I'd go in a heartbeat because of the value (hopefully I qualify for instate - kind of complicated because I've lived overseas for 8 years but my mom is based in VA) and 2, because it seems to have really good quality of education, although admittedly the reputation hasn't quite caught up yet. (As an aside, my mom works at the top IP law firm in the US, and she says that lots of the attorneys there are from GMU - sadly, probably of no bearing for me, as I have zero interest in IP)
In any case, do you think it would be painful for a vegan, tax-loving (haha), bleeding-heart-liberal like myself to go?
Also, does anyone think that the strong economic focus is going to be affected by the current economic disaster? (Not that there is a focus, but perhaps the content of it?)
At the ASD, there was a Q&A session with current students to ask questions about what it's like at GMU. About 1/2 the people on the panel were left-leaning (one is heavily involved in the Mason Law Dem group) and they talked about this extensively. Essentially they said, yes, there are more conservatives and libertarians (faculty and students) at Mason than at other schools, but they emphasized that everyone is very receptive to hearing other points of view and the professors are not political in the classroom.
There is a strong emphasis on economics. I don't know if that means it will be more emphasized in the classroom given the current economic crisis, but I suppose there would be more current-day examples to discuss.