George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason, founded in 1972, is a public university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Nursing and Health Science; the Schools of Information Technology and Engineering and Management; the Institutes of the Arts and Public Policy; the New Century College; the Institutes for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Biosciences, Bioinformatics, and Biotechnology; and the Graduate School of Education. Its 677-acre main campus is located in Fairfax, 18 miles from Washington, DC.

Website: www.gmu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
24,987
Undergraduate
Students
(50.3%) 12,560 Women
(49.7%) 12,427 Men
10,973
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Not reported
Overall Admission Rate
81% of 18,993 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.66
SAT Math
593 average
540-640 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
604 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,318
Out-of-state: $52,778
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,462
Out-of-state: $35,922
Room and Board
$11,460
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Freshman Award
$14,717
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,755
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,290
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
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Campus Life

Fairfax Population
22,565.00
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
24% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Patriots (Gunston)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
21.3% Asian
11.8% Black/African-American
15.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
43.8% White
2.8% Unknown
International Students
5.1% from 106 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
49.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Not reported

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 3
Social Studies 3 4
History    
Academic Electives 3 5

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
4400 University Drive
City, State, Zip
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone
(703) 993-2400
Fax
 
E-mail
admissions@gmu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$70
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 recommended for all freshmen
Other
Audition for dance and music, portfolio for art and visual technology and computer game design, interview and audition or portfolio for theater recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
81% of 18,993 applicants were admitted
Women
84% of 10,468 applicants were admitted
Men
78% of 8,525 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,686 (30%) of 15,446 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,321 (26%) of 8,795 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,365 (36%) of 6,651 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
85% of 9793 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
1,531
Students Accepting Wait List Position
975
Students Admitted From Wait List
70

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.66
3.75 and Above
39%
3.50 - 3.74
28%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
593 average
540-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
9%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
48%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
604 average
560-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
10%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
41%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
18%
Score of 24 - 29
56%
Score of 18 - 23
24%
Score of 12 - 17
3%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 17%
Top quarter: 34%
Top half: 87%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,318
Out-of-state: $52,778
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,462
Out-of-state: $35,922
Room and Board
$11,460
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$4,196
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@gmu.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003749
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
2,687 (84.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,942 (72.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,863 (95.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
56 (3.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$14,717
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,636 (87.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,349
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,446 (77.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,155
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 704 (37.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
397 (12.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,945

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
13,244 (69.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
10,862 (82.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,465 (96.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
175 (1.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
54%
Average Award
$12,989
Need-Based Gift
Received by 8,859 (84.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,408
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,064 (77.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,740
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,165 (20.7%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,485 (7.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,968

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
56%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$30,755
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
7.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
3,114
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,129
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Forensic Science and Technology
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,290
Part-Time Faculty
1,402
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
44%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 7% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 15% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
3,430,110
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
622
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Public Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication--General
  • Community College Education
  • Community Health
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Construction Engineering
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education of the Gifted
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forensic Sciences
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Information Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Health
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Logistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • National Security
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation Management
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Psychology
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication--General
  • Community College Education
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Construction Engineering
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Information Science
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • National Security
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing--General
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering

Location and Setting


Fairfax Population
22,565.00
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Washington, DC
Campus Size
817 acres

Weather

Temperature
25.7 average low in January, 85.1 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Fairfax
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Fairfax

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
24% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
76%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Patriots (Gunston)
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf     x x
Lacrosse x x    
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x x x
Wrestling     x x
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf    
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew    
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Wrestling x x
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, golf, softball, swimming and diving, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, catholic campus ministry, indian student association, black student alliance, hispanic student association, cru (campus crusade for christ)
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
24,987
Women
12,560 (50.3%)
Men
12,427 (49.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
20,199
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
21.3% Asian
11.8% Black/African-American
15.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
43.8% White
2.8% Unknown
International Students.
5.1% from 106 countries
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
10,973

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
49.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
67.2%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
71.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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