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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?

20,221 Full-Time Undergraduates
$20,321 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • 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 degree 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 #271 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. GMU also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that GMU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for GMU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 1
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 8
Best Colleges for Diversity 74
Best Colleges for International Students 132
Best Colleges 271
Best Colleges for the Money 948

Where Is George Mason University?

Location of George Mason University

Contact details for GMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: 703-993-1000
Website: https://www2.gmu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgemason
Twitter: https://twitter.com/georgemasonu

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

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GMU?

81% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
GMU has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Mason University  ( 560 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 540 to 640 )
200
800
GMU received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford George Mason University?

$20,321 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GMU is $20,321. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,428 $16,514 $19,627 $22,604 $24,877

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

20,221 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 25,010 undergraduate students at GMU, with 20,221 being full-time and 4,789 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GMU

There are also 10,974 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 20,221 full-time undergraduates at GMU, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of George Mason University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,010
Black or African American 2,244
Hispanic or Latino 2,683
White 8,451
International Students 1,287
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,546

Geographic Diversity

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

2,164 Took All Classes Online
12,753 Took At Least One Class Online
18.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at GMU. In 2017-2018, 12,753 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GMU has changed over the last few years.

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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.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 5%
Computer & Information Sciences 3%
Computer Information Systems 7%
Curriculum & Instruction 8%
Education 8%
Educational Administration 6%
Engineering 8%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 5%
Health Professions 4%
History 5%
History 5%
Instructional Media Design 27%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 7%
Liberal Arts General Studies 7%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 40%
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 19%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 1%
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 7%
Public Health 10%
Special Education 17%

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.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology #2
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution #3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics #5
General Engineering #7
Systems Engineering #8
Gerontology #9
Medical Illustration & Informatics #11
Other Health Professions #12
History #16
History #16
Teaching English or French #17
Computer Systems Networking #20
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #20
Public Health #28
Engineering #32
Curriculum & Instruction #36
Instructional Media Design #39
Computer Information Systems #53
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #53
Special Education #55
Accounting #71
Educational Administration #84
Health & Medical Administrative Services #106
Computer & Information Sciences #113
Liberal Arts General Studies #123
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #123
Nursing #181
Education #226
Business Administration & Management #274
Health Professions #307
Business, Management & Marketing #350

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, George Mason University awarded 11,732 undergraduate degrees and 6,870 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 251 64 0
Allied Health Professions 0 20 14 0
Anthropology 0 23 8 0
Area Studies 0 2 12 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 67 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 3 0 0
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 1 0 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 5
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 7
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 11 3
Biomedical Engineering 0 42 2 2
Business Administration & Management 0 223 142 0
Chemistry 0 31 10 0
Civil Engineering 0 87 43 7
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 28 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 11 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 13 0
Computer Engineering 0 50 56 0
Computer Information Systems 0 573 119 19
Computer Science 0 13 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 152 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 30 0
Construction Engineering 0 0 2 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 396 72 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 414 0
Dance 0 21 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 5 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 16 0
Dispute Resolution 0 0 7 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 30 0 0
Economics 0 136 32 15
Educational Administration 0 0 136 0
Electrical Engineering 0 88 26 5
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 38 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 188 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 11 5 0
General Biology 0 310 28 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 55 0
General Education 0 0 0 52
General English Literature 0 73 0 0
General Psychology 0 356 56 21
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 76 4 0
Geography & Cartography 0 22 21 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 8 5 5
Graphic Communications 0 45 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0
Health & Physical Education 0 67 22 0
History 0 79 34 9
Homeland Security 0 41 25 0
Hospitality Management 0 47 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 25 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 19 0
Industrial Engineering 0 0 14 0
Information Science 0 0 18 0
Information Technology 0 0 14 0
International Relations & National Security 0 187 84 0
International Studies 0 0 22 0
Law 0 0 0 173
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 2 0
Legal Research 0 0 12 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 329 0 8
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 36 7 1
Literature 0 0 36 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 273 0 0
Marketing 0 118 0 0
Mathematics 0 53 9 5
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 10 4 5
Mechanical Engineering 0 55 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 24 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 15 2
Music 0 54 19 5
Natural Resources Conservation 0 29 14 8
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 61 0 11
Nursing 0 181 28 24
Other Health Professions 0 128 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 30 0
Other Physical Science 0 1 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 8 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 60 72 14
Philosophy 0 7 3 0
Physics 0 19 12 3
Political Science & Government 0 161 11 5
Public Administration 0 30 81 0
Public Health 0 196 51 1
Public Policy 0 0 78 11
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 6
Real Estate 0 0 25 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 11 0 0
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 5
Social Work 0 63 84 0
Sociology 0 31 7 4
Special Education 0 0 273 0
Statistics 0 4 18 2
Student Counseling 0 0 45 0
Sustainability Science 0 29 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 41 20 4
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 77 28 0
Writing Studies 0 233 25 6
Total 0 11,732 5,938 932

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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