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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
George Mason is a highly rated public university located in Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,221 undergraduate students. The George Mason acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Psychology, Police and Criminal Science, and Information Technology. Graduating 71% of students, George Mason alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,900.
About George Mason University...
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
1100-1290
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$18,629/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,567/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
75%

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.300 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.300 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,221Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,789
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 216 responses
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  • Diverse
    53%
  • Busy
    14%
  • Unique
    10%
  • Enthusiastic
    6%
  • Content
    6%
  • Students like me :)
    5%
  • Entitled
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.380 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.436 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 241 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    52%
  • Welcoming
    27%
  • Just okay
    5%
  • Helping
    5%
  • Decent
    3%
  • Acceptable
    3%
  • Different
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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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My experience at George Mason University has been amazing. GMU is located in Fairfax, Virginia which is very close to DC (District of Columbia). The campus life very engaging; clubs ranging from chess, debate to free boxing lessons. The diversity in the student class is what's most interesting. People from all around the world come to George Mason university. I've personally met people from every continent except Antarctica. Every department here at George Mason University is excellent. For example, The George Mason Patriots compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. GMU is also the best school to attend for a bachelor’s in business. This school also has many growing careers like bioengineering/ biomedical engineering and computer science.

For any high schoolers looking into which colleges to apply to this year, I recommend looking into George Mason University!! You won't regret it! Let's go patriot!
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When I visited the college for the first time everything was perfect! The registration process was very quick and efficient; the volunteers already had everyone's package already made and they broke it down by alphabet so that no one line was extremely long. The tour guides were very informative and friendly; they also gave us a chance to ask questions if we has any. Overall, I had a great experience!
George Mason University is one of the most diverse schools in Virginia. It started as a commuter school, but the continuous growth and building of dorm rooms, parking garages, and classroom/buildings with classes is astonishing. I hope to go back for graduate school and am very happy to live so close to such a diverse university. Go Patriots!