George Mason University Overview
George Mason University is a public institution located in Fairfax, Virginia. The suburban atmosphere of Fairfax makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.
What Is George Mason University Known For?
- The 2% student loan default rate at GMU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at GMU.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 52% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, GMU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $59,900 a year. That's about 47% more than their peers at other schools.
George Mason University Rankings
GMU landed the #410 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
GMU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GMU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards GMU has earned from around the web.
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|#15||Best Colleges for English Language & Literature||College Factual|
|#15||Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||College Factual|
|#42||Best Colleges for Psychology||College Factual|
Where Is George Mason University?
Contact details for GMU are given below.
|Address:||4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444|
How Do I Get Into GMU?
You can apply to GMU online at: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/apply-now
Admission Requirements for GMU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||considered but not required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into GMU?
Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.
Average Test Scores
About 70% of students accepted to GMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.
Can I Afford George Mason University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At GMU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,922 a year. That adds up to $31,688 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at GMU is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
George Mason University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 11,201 graduate students at the school.
Of the 21,672 full-time undergraduates at GMU, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of George Mason University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||2,400|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,122|
Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at George Mason University. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 126 countries are represented at GMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.
Online Learning at George Mason University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at GMU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 4th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of GMU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at George Mason University was 18.3%. This is the #960 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GMU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GMU.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
George Mason University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Lucien Dalarun under License
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