Students Say

When describing George Mason University, current students are quick to quote the school motto: This is a place “where innovation is tradition.” One student expands on that, saying, “Mason provides a space for students to achieve academic excellence; expand their knowledge of the diverse cultures, practices, and beliefs that surround them; and be prepared to enter the real-world as a global citizen.”

Overview

Applicants
22,532
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average HS GPA
3.65

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

When describing George Mason University, current students are quick to quote the school motto: This is a place “where innovation is tradition.” One student expands on that, saying, “Mason provides a space for students to achieve academic excellence; expand their knowledge of the diverse cultures, practices, and beliefs that surround them; and be prepared to enter the real-world as a global citizen.” Diversity of the student body and proximity to Washington, D.C., are major selling points at this large public university, so it’s no surprise that government, global affairs, and communication are popular majors. The faculty is “extremely knowledgeable and experienced” here, and “most try to learn your name.” The Robinson Professors program brings “distinguished” professors in the liberal arts and sciences to campus, and students highly recommend classes taught by these professors. “They are experts in their fields, know what they are talking about, and have real life experiences they bring into the classroom.” As well, “adjunct professors can be a great strength” because many of them are practicing professionals in D.C., and they “bring stories and examples from the real-world into our classroom.” “For example, my professor for my Conflict 300 course is one of the main peace facilitators in the Georgian/South Ossetian conflict…when she returned from this conference [between the two countries], she told us everything and we got to see how the material and techniques we were studying are actually applied in our field.” Students are equally satisfied with the school’s administration: “The school will take action immediately to fix any problems that arise.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.8:1
Total Faculty
2,546
with Terminal Degree

1,392
Men
1,154
Women
399
Minority
62
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Health Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Anousheh Ansari
Co-founder and Chairman of Prodea Systems, First Muslim Woman Astronaut

Dayton Moore
General Manager of the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball Team

Anna Escobedo Cabral
42nd Treasurer of the United States

Brian Krebs
Former Washington Post Reporter, Founder of KrebsOnSecurity.com

Ken Cuccinelli
Former Attorney General for Commonwealth

Deborah Hersman
President and CEO of the National Safety Council

Christine H. Fox
Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Mason is a career-preparatory school (with a top-notch Career Services Office to boot), where a student graduates with “an exemplary education, a phenomenal resume and worthwhile?life experiences.” “Mason is about teaching its students the fundamentals to life, while offering opportunities to work in their field and be prepared for the world ahead,” says a student. The school has many specific and unique programs that are constructed in an innovative fashion, and don’t necessarily follow traditional methods. The proximity to the nation’s capital is certainly a boon, and “helps immensely with internships.” “I intern on Capitol Hill, something you can’t do in other regions of the country,” says a student. Fifty-three percent of GMU graduates who visited Payscale. com report feeling that their jobs had a high level of meaningful impact on the world, and averaged $49,800 as a starting salary.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
44%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$49,800

Median Mid-Career Salary
$88,800

Alumni with High Job Meaning
53%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
88

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

GMU is a public university, so in-state tuition runs $10,382 per year while out-of-state is $29,960 per year. Expect room and board to run about $10,100, though many students choose to live at home and commute. Fifty-seven percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, with the average freshman need-based gift running $6,706.

Bang For Your Buck

The majority of students at Mason are in-state residents, and so pay a sharply discounted tuition rate, and the school also gives out millions of dollars in need-and merit-based scholarships. All those who apply for admission by the first of November are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. In addition, Mason offers internal, athletic, and department-based scholarships. An average of 58 percent of financial need is met.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,483

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,889

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,591

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,206

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,895

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,976
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,622
Required Fees
$2,976
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,794

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“Diversity is off the charts” at GMU, and many students describe their school as “a melting pot.” As one student puts it, “There are so many different nationalities represented, so many stories, so many languages spoken. At the same time, it didn’t take me long to find a good group of friends that were interested in hanging out and just having a good time together.” “The typical GMU student is always busy—between coursework and extracurricular activities we’re very involved on campus and are also into other activities, such as having jobs or internships.” “Mason students are also politically active and global citizens.” While a majority of students come from Virginia, there are also “students from over 130 countries, so everyone adds their own personal flavor to our student body.” In spite of all these different backgrounds and cultures, “There are many student organizations that successfully create programs and events to unite students.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,343
Out of State
11%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
97

Demographics

19.49%
Asian
10.47%
African-American
12.66%
Hispanic
47.09%
Caucasian
4.97%
Unknown
4.83%
International

51% female
49% male
11% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students at GMU never seem to be bored. Campus life is “filled with classes, friends, and work.” On-campus activities are very popular, and there are many offered, including the university’s ambassador program and intramural sports, such as underwater hockey and even quidditch. Just a few of the regular events on campus include “movies playing in our Johnson Center Cinema that are in between theater and DVD release, there are local bands playing live in the Rathskeller, the HIV/AIDS Awareness Fashion Show, drag competitions, University dances and highlighter parties.” Greek life is there for those who want it: “We’re not a ‘fratty’ school by any means, but the Greek community is very active and they do party.” The campus is “beautiful,” and “there are new housing buildings going up and even new academic buildings” (which is good news, since the two things students want to see improve are parking and housing availability). Students love living close to D.C. without the “hassle of city living,” but when they want to head downtown, “it’s very easy to get into the city by taking the Mason-to-Metro shuttle to the Vienna Metro Station, hopping on the Orange Line and then taking the Metro into the heart of the city!” Many students have internships in the city, including those “on Capitol Hill.” “The music scene and bars are fantastic as well!”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Christopher Moy

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
598
Number of Honor Societies
32

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
29

7% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Patriots)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Patriots)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Maryland

Sustainability

As a signatory of the ACUPCC and a STARS Charter Participant, George Mason University takes its dedication to a greener world seriously. The university has completed greenhouse gas inventories for all years since 2006, and it has completed its first Climate Action Plan. One surefire way of achieving its goal of climate neutrality is through environmentally sound construction; to this end, it has committed all new buildings be built to LEED Silver standards or its equivalent, with eight buildings certified or in the queue for certification. In addition, all equipment on campus must be Energy Star-rated, where available. In an effort to reduce campus-based greenhouse gas emissions, Mason has worked to increase the size and also the appeal of public and alternative transportation. There are now multiple shuttles that take passengers to the Metro, satellite campuses, and off-campus lots, and all Mason ID holders ride free on local buses. Eager to jump into action, Mason students formed the Environmental Action Group and the Green Patriots to both address the presence of environmental issues on campus and work toward their solution. A thriving student-run organic vegetable garden provided more than 350 pounds of food to local food banks last year. The Patriot Green Fund is an annual $100,000 grant that funds both facility improvement projects and student research around sustainability. Mason has launched two undergraduate majors (environmental science, environmental and sustainability studies), sustainability and renewable energy minors, and one of the first energy and sustainability master’s degree concentrations in the nation. For more information, visit green.gmu.edu.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
355

Average Number of PC's per Lab
53

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
- Patriot Computers, the on-campus computer store - Apple, Dell, HP, Toshiba and Sony

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
4400 University Drive, MSN 3A4
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

Phone
703-993-2400

Email
admissions@gmu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Johnson Center
Aquatic and Fitness Center
Center for the Arts
Patriot Center
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Washington, D.C.
Downtown Fairfax
Reston Towne Center
Tysons Corner Mall
Occoquan
Reston Towne Center - Shopping, Dining, Entertainment Occoquan - Historic riverfront community with over 100 shopping and dining establishments.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
During campus tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
CUE Bus- free for students with I.D., takes you around the city of Fairfax, METRO Bus-takes you around Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. Closest airports are Washington Dulles and Reagan National airport. Free campus shuttle to Vienna metro station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving directions to all campuses are available at the following links: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-Fairfax.html http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-Arlington.html http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-PWC.html http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-OML.html

Local Accommodations
Information about local hotels may be found at the following link: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/hotel.html
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Key Stats

22,532
Applicants
22,343
Size
67%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists