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
20,805
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
32%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
530 - 630
ACT Composite
24 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

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
16:1
Total Faculty
2,461
with Terminal Degree

1,357
Men
1,104
Women
367
Minority
71
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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


Ken Cuccinelli
2010 Attorney General for Commonwealth

Zainab Salbi
President and founder of Women for Women International

Deborah Hersman
Nominated by President Obama to chair the National Transp. Safety Board

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
70
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
$6,706

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,199

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,477

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,710

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,071

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,562
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,140
Required Fees
$2,820
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,136

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,772

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
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

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
21,990
Out of State
11%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
122

Demographics

18.42%
Asian
9.99%
African-American
12.03%
Hispanic
47.94%
Caucasian
6.23%
Unknown
4.42%
International

52% female
48% male
11% are out of state
78% are full time
22% 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 on offer, 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
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
95
First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
92

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

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
483
Number of Honor Societies
18

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
31

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.

Green Rating
93
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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
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
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
353

Average Number of PC's per Lab
73

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

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

Contact
Stephen Steppe
Campus Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
703-993-9473

Email
ssteppe@gmu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Johnson Center
Aquatic and Fitness Center
Center for the Arts
Patriot Center
Freedom Aquatic Center at Prince William

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
From points north on I-95, take exit 27 (I-495 West), then follow the directions "From the Capital Beltway (I-495)." From points south on I-95, take exit 160B (Route 123 North) at Lake Ridge/Occoquan. Follow Route 123 north for approximately 15 miles to Braddock Road. Turn right on Braddock Road. At first signal, turn left on Roanoke River Road. Bear right at the fork in the road. Take your first left onto Mason Pond Drive to the Parking Deck, the last building on your right. An information kiosk is located outside the third level of the deck to help navigate the campus. From Washington DC and Arlingoton take Route 50 west to I-495 South (Capital Beltway) toward Richmond. Take exit 54, Braddock Road West (Route 620), and take the westbound fork. Follow Braddock Road West for approximately 6 miles. Pass the first entrance to the University and turn right at the next light at Roanoke River Road. Bear right at the fork in the road; turn left on Mason Pond Drive; parking is available in the Parking Deck, the last building on the right. An information kiosk is located outside the third level of the deck to help navigate the campus. Also from Washington DC and Arlington, take exit 60 at Route 123 South, Chain Bridge Road. Follow Route 123 through the City of Fairfax, and turn left at University Drive. Take your first right at Occoquan River Lane. Turn right at the stop sign onto Patriot Circle. At the pond, bear left to stay on Patriot Circle. Take your first left on Mason Pond Drive to the Parking Deck, the last building on your right. An information kiosk is located outside the third level of the deck to help navigate the campus. For more information please visit http://www.gmu.edu/gmu/Directions-to-GMU.html

Local Accommodations
The following are hotels located in Fairfax: .9 miles from GMU is Bailiwick Inn (4023 Chain Bridge Road, 800-366-7666); Best Western (3535 Chain Bridge Road, 800-780-7234); Candlewood Suites Hotel (11400 Random Hills Rd., 703-359-4490); Comfort Inn (11180 Main Street, 800-228-5150); Courtyard by Marriott - Fair Oaks (11220 Lee Jackson Hwy., 800) 321-2211); Econo Lodge (9700 Lee Highway, 703-273-1160); Extended Stay America (12055 Lee Jackson Hwy, 800-398-7829); Hampton Inn (10860 Lee Highway, 800-426-7866); Holiday Inn - Fair Oaks (11787 Lee Jackson Hwy, 800-HOLIDAY); Homestead Village - Fair Oaks (12104 Monument Drive, 888-STAYHSD); Hyatt - Fair Lakes (12777 Fair Lakes Circle,800-233-1234); Residence Inn-Fair Lakes (12815 Fair Lakes Pkwy, 800-331-3131); Sierra Suites (3997 Fair Ridge Dr., 800-4SIERRA); 2.2 miles away is Wellesley Inn (10327 Lee Highway, 703-359-2888) Visit www.gmu.edu/welcome/hotel.html
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Key Stats

20,805
Applicants
21,990
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1150
SAT Scores

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