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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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 23,062
   Women 11,819 (51.2%)
   Men 11,243 (48.8%)
Graduate Students 10,863
Entrance Difficulty  
Overall Admission Rate Not reported
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered  
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.66
SAT Math 520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $26,912
Out-of-state: $48,194
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $11,300
Out-of-state: $32,582
  Room and Board $10,730
Average Percent of Need Met 65%
Average Freshman Award $14,893
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,243
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 11% of classes
50-99 students: 11% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
Fairfax Population 22,565.00
Nearest Metropolitan Area Washington, DC
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 69% of freshmen, 26% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Patriots (Gunston)
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
19.8% Asian
11.0% Black/African-American
13.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
45.5% White
4.8% Unknown
International Students 4.4% from 108 countries
First-Year Students Returning 87.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 45.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 47%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 20.0%