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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    NG
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
George Mason University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
Address
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
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George Mason University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$18,032/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,089/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,800/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,989/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,584/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,680/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.246 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.278 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.278 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,266Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 194 responses
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  • Diverse
    54%
  • Busy
    13%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Content
    6%
  • Enthusiastic
    6%
  • Students like me :)
    6%
  • Asian
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.358 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.414 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 219 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    49%
  • Welcoming
    28%
  • Just okay
    5%
  • Helping
    5%
  • Decent
    4%
  • Acceptable
    3%
  • Different
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.186 responses
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George Mason University Reviews

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George Mason University is absolutely fantastic! There are so many options on campus that provide multiple different opportunities for students to get involved and find something they are interested in. Everyone is super helpful to make sure that your college experience is wonderful. The campus is busy and beautiful without being too spread out which could make it harder to get around fast. The only qualm I have has to do with the dining halls. I so dearly appreciate all that the employers do, but after a while, you just get tired of the food. It gets repetitive and almost boring. Other than that, I've had a great time at school here!
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I graduated from GMU in May 2017 and I can confidently say that GMU set stepping stones in order for me to pursue my dreams in going into dental school. The professors truly want there students to do well and to challenge themselves. I had the opportunity to work with the chemistry department throughout my time as a student and to volunteer within research with my biochemistry professor. GMU gives students a lot of opportunities to grow whether if its from the science field to business to criminology. GMU is known to be one of the most diverse Universities within VA. New renovations have been made within campus and new food options are now available: Panera, Panda Express, Chipotle, and IndaRoma!
My program (Conflict Analysis & Resolution) is quite worthwhile. There are several profs who have published influential works in the field and are great networking contacts. I have taken French, German, and Chinese courses and found them to be engaging and the professors very helpful, willing to spend the extra time to ensure students are keeping up and succeeding. The data analysis, and computer science programs seem to be very popular. I have heard some criticism about the science department, specifically academic advising therein.
There are more clubs, organizations, and teams than I can count! As the student body is quite large, there are plenty of people who share interests in quidditch, discussing current events, socializing, culture etc. The dining halls are not bad, and the cost of on-campus housing is not too unreasonable compared to living off-campus (which I now do). As there are a lot of students who commute, parking can be a challenge.