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Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
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George Mason University

George Mason University Rating: 3.7/5 (47 votes)

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Academics

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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Admissions

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2969th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in Virginia and 247th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Virginia and 198th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 10 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 31 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 277 0.83

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population39,431 (39,431 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,160 (2.67 people per house)
Median Household Income$79,659
Families9,158 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5111

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 460th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,220 $7,220 $25,904
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,688 $2,688 $2,688
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $413 $413 $1,191
FT Graduate Tuition $9,350 $9,350 $25,754
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,688 $2,688 $2,688
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $502 $502 $1,185
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,335 $25,335 $44,019
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,652 $27,652 $46,336
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,793 $15,793 $34,477

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $22,698 $38,084
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,653 $2,653

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,266 $9,620 $9,266 $9,620 $26,744 $27,764
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900 $1,120
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,300 $10,315
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,740 $3,577
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,680 $12,030
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,560 $4,594
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,100 $4,765

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$65
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 20,805 (9,262 male / 11,543 female)
Admitted 12,905 (5,562 male / 7,343 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 3,011 (1,420 male / 1,591 female)
FT Enrollment 2,992 (1,408 male / 1,584 female)
PT Enrollment 19 (12 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment33,917

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic 10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

255th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 28

SAT Test Admission

306th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 75%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,052
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,690
Board Fee$3,890

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 427 647 732 1,084 19 4,043 968 8,235
Accounting 18 24 41 92 1 100 21 309
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 1 2
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 1 13 1 18
Anthropology 1 4 1 21 1 30
Area Studies, Other
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 2 1 13 6 25
Art Teacher Education 6 2 8
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Astronomy 1 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 1 1 13 18
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1 1 3 6
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11 11 19 75 98 39 265
Biomedical Sciences, General 18 6 27 1 21 3 79
Biometry/Biometrics 5 1 2 8
Business Administration and Management, General 18 20 32 58 1 144 59 346
Chemistry, General 4 6 5 19 21 10 68
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 2 3 23 2 35
Civil Engineering, General 6 3 15 20 36 8 90
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 4 2 6
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 1 1 2 4
Cognitive Science
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 10 5 17 39 9 85
Computer Engineering, General 12 4 1 6 4 2 31
Computer Science 5 1 9
Computer Software Engineering 8 1 3 6 10 7 35
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 35 6 4 2 7 6 60
Computer and Information Sciences, General 46 6 4 23 49 14 144
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 7 6 6 18 3 41
Construction Engineering 1 1 2
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 8 6 4 24 13 56
Creative Writing 2 2 1 21 4 32
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 3 11 1 18
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 21 33 20 1 108 19 219
Critical Infrastructure Protection 1 3 2 15 4 27
Curriculum and Instruction 11 22 25 29 1 262 76 431
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism 3 1 2 3 16 6 32
Dance, General 1 7 2 13
Dispute Resolution 3 16 7 27
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 7 1 15
Economics, General 45 13 19 25 107 18 232
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 5 3 4 86 23 127
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 1 1 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 9 9 1 87 16 124
Educational Psychology 1 4 4 9
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 12 5 2 16 26 14 77
Engineering, General 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 3 8 10 12 1 92 12 148
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) 3 4 2 39 8 56
Environmental Science 1 2 3 11 3 20
Epidemiology 2 1 3 2 8
Finance, General 23 8 20 57 1 56 10 183
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1 11 3 15
Fine and Studio Arts Management 6 4 3 2 22 3 43
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 4 17 1 17 1 42
Forensic Science and Technology 4 1 1 27 1 35
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2 7 1 10
Geography 3 1 3 1 27 11 47
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 15 19
Gerontology
Graphic Design 2 1 1 5
Health Policy Analysis 2 1 3
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 10 5 10 14 4 48
Health Teacher Education 2 9 7 7 72 9 110
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 1 1 1 4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 3 8 2 11 10 1 35
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 2 3
History, General 5 11 3 126 21 171
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 2 2
Industrial Engineering 1 1 1 19 4 26
Information Science/Studies 33 1 3 4 3 44
Information Technology 9 16 21 122 124 25 330
International Public Health/International Health 5 3 4 12
International Relations and Affairs 14 26 47 28 1 104 36 276
International/Global Studies 2 4 1 9 1 19
Latin American Studies 1 1 2
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 1 1 2
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 8 18 13 101 13 158
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 7 6 1 39 5 63
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 8 7 16 53 28 14 134
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 9 16 13 41 6 97
Mathematics and Computer Science 3 2 3 8
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General 2 5 4 10 2 21 5 50
Medical Informatics 1 2 3
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other 1 1 9 1 13
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 10 5 3 1 47 12 78
Music Performance, General 1 3 7 4 21 2 43
Music, General 1 13 7 21
Neuroscience 1 7 2 7 8 3 29
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 5 4 1 25 3 40
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2 11 7 7 2 71 29 133
Philosophy 19 3 22
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 29 2 34
Physical Sciences, Other 1 4 5
Physics, General 1 1 3 13 4 22
Political Science and Government, General 7 7 14
Political Science and Government, Other 5 23 22 18 99 24 198
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Project Management 1 2 1 10 12 2 28
Psychology, General 7 25 56 59 242 24 434
Public Administration 1 19 10 7 70 25 138
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 1 1 3 3 8
Public Health, General 1 10 3 4 18 6 42
Public Policy Analysis, General 7 9 9 7 64 27 125
Reading Teacher Education 4 4
Real Estate 3 1 1 3 2 10
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10 39 20 34 147 25 285
Religion/Religious Studies 2 1 4 7
Rhetoric and Composition 3 36 39 21 146 26 284
Russian Studies 2 2 5
Social Work 1 23 17 5 68 14 130
Sociology 1 13 5 5 2 27 1 56
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 16 13 9 191 54 290
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 2 12 1 16
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 9 2 12
Statistics, General 2 2 2 6 3 15
Sustainability Studies 1 1 3 5
Systems Engineering 4 3 6 9 2 27 13 67
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 10 3 15
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 2 5 8 46 7 74
Visual and Performing Arts, General 5 8 16 26 60 11 132

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 263rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $96,903 ($108,143 male / $78,639 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,241 (712 male / 529 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,327
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $43,892,733
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