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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?

5,866 Undergraduate Awards
$42,952 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 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#17 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Science, Technology & Society Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Homeland Security Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best General Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#3 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#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?

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?

$42,952 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GMU is $42,952. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

21,213 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,192 undergraduate students at GMU, with 21,213 being full-time and 4,979 being part-time.

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

There are also 11,124 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,213 full-time undergraduates at GMU, 50% are male and 50% 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 4,267
Black or African American 2,353
Hispanic or Latino 2,936
White 8,391
International Students 1,444
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,822

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Information Systems 573 14 119 19 725
Curriculum & Instruction 0 96 414 0 510
Criminal Justice & Corrections 396 12 72 6 486
General Psychology 356 0 56 21 433
General Biology 310 91 28 0 429
Special Education 0 116 273 0 389
Accounting 251 63 64 0 378
Business Administration & Management 223 4 142 0 369
Liberal Arts General Studies 329 0 0 8 337
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 273 6 0 0 279
International Relations & National Security 187 2 84 0 273
Writing Studies 233 1 25 6 265
Public Health 196 6 51 1 254
Nursing 181 3 28 24 236
Finance & Financial Management 188 0 0 0 188
Economics 136 0 32 15 183
Political Science & Government 161 0 11 5 177
Law 0 0 0 173 173
Educational Administration 0 32 136 0 168
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 152 0 152
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 60 6 72 14 152
Social Work 63 0 84 0 147
Civil Engineering 87 0 43 7 137
Other Health Professions 128 2 0 0 130
History 79 5 34 9 127
Electrical Engineering 88 3 26 5 122
Marketing 118 0 0 0 118
Teacher Education Subject Specific 77 13 28 0 118
Public Administration 30 4 81 0 115
Computer Engineering 50 2 56 0 108
Health & Physical Education 67 2 22 0 91
Public Policy 0 0 78 11 89
General Visual & Performing Arts 76 0 4 0 80
Music 54 0 19 5 78
Homeland Security 41 8 25 0 74
General English Literature 73 0 0 0 73
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 61 0 0 11 72
Mathematics 53 0 9 5 67
Arts & Media Management 0 0 67 0 67
Systems Engineering 41 1 20 4 66
General Business/Commerce 0 0 55 0 55
Mechanical Engineering 55 0 0 0 55
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 27 28 0 55
Geography & Cartography 22 12 21 0 55
General Education 0 0 0 52 52
Natural Resources Conservation 29 0 14 8 51
Instructional Media Design 0 49 0 0 49
Student Counseling 0 4 45 0 49
Hospitality Management 47 0 0 0 47
Biomedical Engineering 42 0 2 2 46
Graphic Communications 45 0 0 0 45
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 36 0 7 1 44
Information Science 0 24 18 0 42
Sociology 31 0 7 4 42
Chemistry 31 0 10 0 41
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 38 0 0 0 38
Teaching English or French 0 37 0 0 37
Literature 0 0 36 0 36
Computer Systems Networking 0 4 30 0 34
Allied Health Professions 20 0 14 0 34
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 4 30 0 34
Physics 19 0 12 3 34
Anthropology 23 0 8 0 31
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 6 24 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 30 0 0 0 30
Sustainability Science 29 0 0 0 29
Real Estate 0 0 25 0 25
Human Development & Family Studies 25 0 0 0 25
Statistics 4 0 18 2 24
International Studies 0 0 22 0 22
Fine & Studio Arts 11 6 5 0 22
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 4 15 2 21
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 5 16 0 21
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 21 0 21
Mathematics & Computer Science 10 2 4 5 21
Dance 21 0 0 0 21
Human Resource Management 0 0 19 0 19
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 0 5 5 18
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 1 11 3 15
Information Technology 0 1 14 0 15
Industrial Engineering 0 0 14 0 14
Area Studies 2 0 12 0 14
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 13 0 13
Computer Science 13 0 0 0 13
Legal Research 0 0 12 0 12
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 11 0 0 0 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 11 0 0 0 11
Philosophy 7 0 3 0 10
Other Public Administration 0 2 8 0 10
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0 7 7
Dispute Resolution 0 0 7 0 7
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 1 0 0 6 7
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 6 6
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 5 5
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 5 5
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 5 0 5
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 0 0 3
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 1 0 1 2
Construction Engineering 0 0 2 0 2
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 2 0 2
Religious Studies 2 0 0 0 2
General Engineering 0 1 0 0 1
Operations Research 0 1 0 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 1 0 0 1
Computational Science 0 1 0 0 1
Gerontology 0 1 0 0 1
Other Physical Science 1 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Cognitive Science 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,866 691 2,969 466 9,992

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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