George Mason University (GMU) offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs in ten schools and colleges: College of Science; The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Education; School of Management; College of Education and Human Development; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Visual & Performing Arts; School of Public Policy; School of Law; College of Health & Human Services; and New Century College.
The university began offering Virginia’s first Master of Science in Computer Forensics program in 2009. The School of Management has been ranked as one of the top 100 undergraduate business programs by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, GMC offers a continuing education program and an honors program.
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Located near Washington, D.C., GMU is open to all students looking to further their education including high school graduates, transfer students, international students, and working professionals.
Prospective students should do the following to be considered for admission:
- Fill out and submit an application for admission online, along with a non-refundable application fee.
- Complete a secondary school report (if a high school student) signed by the guidance counselor or principal
- Send transcripts (both high school and prior college)
- Submit SAT/ACT test scores with the application.
All students are encouraged to apply online to speed up the admissions process. Graduate students are also required to fill out a Graduate Application.
This university provides a number of financial aid options for qualifying students including grants, loans, work-study programs, scholarships, and tuition payment plans. The school’s website provides a detailed listing of all aid available along with descriptions of each. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.
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As one of the largest universities in Virginia, George Mason University serves a wide range of students, including undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, transferring students, and working professionals. The university has four campuses to meet the needs of its students: Fairfax campus; Arlington campus; Prince William campus; and, Loudoun campus.
Located in the heart of northern Virginia, the university campus life provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved. The university offers on-campus housing, many student clubs and organizations, intercollegiate sports, intramural sports and recreation, a cheer team as well as a dance team, marching band, a weekly student newspaper, a student cable television channel, a student run radio station, Greek life, and student government.
In addition, this school has many services to offer its students including a library with online catalogs, research databases, e-journals, and more; a bookstore, counseling services, as well as career services.
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The George Mason Patriots compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Div. I. The university supports the following intercollegiate sports: men’s and women’s basketball, swimming and diving, soccer, cross country, tennis, track & field, and volleyball; men’s baseball, wrestling, and golf; as well as women’s lacrosse, rowing, and softball.
In addition, the university has two cheer teams—one co-ed and an all girls squad; a dance team established in 1999, which performs at all men’s and women’s basketball home games and tournaments; and, a pep band called “The Green Machine” that performs at football and basketball home games and travels to play-off finals. There is also a Patriot mascot named “Gunston” who makes appearances at sporting events.
Also offered is a variety of recreational sports for students interested in competitive sports on a different level. Intramural sports offered include flag football, dodgeball, softball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. The games take place on the Fairfax campus and include tournaments. Other recreational activities include co-ed club sports, as well as men’s and women’s individual club sports.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.