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Academics

With the “nation’s capital in its backyard,” George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia offers “strong academics” combined with proximity to a bustling center of industry and innovation. Mason prepares its students to enter by offering a “large variety of academic programs” and providing a solid infrastructure that is “constantly growing” and “providing many excellent opportunities for students,” including research opportunities for undergraduates. The “humanities and economics draw on the local Washington D.C. talent” “and the engineering school has an “advanced” IT program that “Is developed with concentrations in information security, healthcare, networking, and more.” Students note that “jobs in all the fields that Mason provides are just within a 10-mile radius of campus,” including “top tech companies,” which “come to Mason because there is a huge Mason alumni community in the Northern Virginia area.” One grateful student notes “it was easy to transfer to with NOVA’s Pathway Program” because they had an “easy outline of what classes I needed to take at NOVA to transfer over and pursue a certain degree.”

Student Body

This is one school where “diversity” is truly an accurate term in all its breadth. Students choose Mason for this wide representation of culture and experience. “As a first-generation student of color,” one student says, “I think representation is integral to creating a sense of belonging. Because I could see myself reflected in the students, I chose Mason because I knew that I wouldn’t be othered or feel like I was the minority.” There is a “large population of immigrantheritage students, international students, and students from almost every state in the United States.” and the “littlest differences like different name spellings, accents, dress, and more importantly, different political ideas and perspectives are respected and acknowledged, and even more so, celebrated here at Mason.” While there are “many students who entered straight from high school...there are also many students who are already working and are returning to school as well as many international students.” The “campus keeps growing, housing over 6,000 residents,”—of the 30,000 or so total students. “Due to the enormous and intimidating physical size of GMU, the school offers many ways for students to feel included and engage themselves in extracurricular activities should they choose to do so,” one student offers.

Campus Life

With Washington, D.C. just “a metro ride away,” “the majority of students at Mason are commuters,” meaning “many of them are not very involved.” Even in the “close-knit layout of the main campus,” in fact, even for on-campus residents, most campus life happens off campus, including the partying, since fraternities are off-campus. There are many social clubs and organizations, however, with “most students taking part in several.” Examples include the “acapella group” and “swing dancing.” Many also “meet to practice for competitions, including the Indian dance troupe.” Mason has a “free shuttle bus that takes students to the metro” for activities in D.C. The Johnson Center is another “major place that students spend time: there is a food court, a library, meeting rooms, kiosks, the cinema, and huge study areas.” Students will also “go to one of the three gyms on campus and work out, a lot of people bike around campus.”

Overview

Applicants
18,993
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16.6:1
Total Faculty
2,692
with Terminal Degree

1,457
Men
1,235
Women
572
Minority
68
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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 PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

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

  • 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.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • 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.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Anna Escobedo Cabral
42nd Treasurer of the United States

Hala Gorani
CNN anchor and correspondent

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

Steve Ricchetti
Former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden

Zainab Salbi
Former humanitarian organization Women for Women International

Rhea Seehorn
Actress, "Better Cal Saul"

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,349

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,408

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,453

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,755

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,115

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,060
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$32,250
Required Fees
$3,402
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,726
Transportation for Commuters
$2,214

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,460
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
24,987
Foreign Countries Represented
106

Demographics

20.16%
Asian
11.18%
African-American
14.36%
Hispanic
41.49%
Caucasian
2.65%
Unknown
5.19%
International

50% female
50% male
10% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
67%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
MASI (Mason Autism Support Initiative)

Director
Naomi Martinez-Jones

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

? Documentation must be in the form of a written report based on a current and comprehensive psychological, psycho-educational, or neuropsychological evaluation. ? A specific learning disability must be clearly diagnosed utilizing DSM-5 codes. ? An evaluation must include standardized measures of cognitive development, academic achievement, information processing, and adaptive/emotional functioning. Actual test scores must be provided. ? A diagnosis must be made by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist.

Documentation Required for ADHD

? Documentation must be in the form of a written report based on a current and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation, comprehensive medical report, practitioner?s letter, or by using the Disability Determination Form (http://ds.gmu.edu/forms/ ) ? The following criteria must be addressed: o Clear statement of the DSM-5 diagnosis, including pertinent history of ADHD symptoms demonstrated during childhood. o Description of current ADHD symptoms across multiple settings. o If submitting a psycho-educational evaluation, it must include standardized measures of cognitive development, academic achievement, information processing, and adaptive/emotional functioning, in addition to measures of attention (e.g., TOVA, IVA, TEA). Actual test scores must be provided. o Exclusion of differential diagnoses (e.g., LD, mental health disorders). o Treatment information including current medication. o Impact of condition in a college environment. ? Documentation should be provided by a licensed or otherwise properly credentialed professional who has undergone appropriate and comprehensive training, has relevant experience, and has no personal relationship with the individual being evaluated.

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
2

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
461
Number of Honor Societies
33

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
46

7% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

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.

94/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
7%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
- Patriot Tech, the on-campus computer store - Apple, Dell, Toshiba and Microsoft

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
Eagle Bank Arena
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
U.S. Capitol and the National Mall
Smithsonian Institution Museums
National Monuments: Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Shenandoah National Park

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.campustravel.com/university/georgemason/index.htm


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