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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
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
George Mason is an above-average public university located in Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 21,213 undergraduate students. The George Mason acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Psychology, Police and Criminal Science, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 70% of students, George Mason alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,900.
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference

George Mason University Rankings

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Mason Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1120-1320
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$19,064/ 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
$9,304/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
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.319 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.319 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
5
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
5
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    35%
  • On Campus
    62%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,213Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,979
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 232 responses
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  • Diverse
    53%
  • Busy
    14%
  • Unique
    10%
  • Enthusiastic
    6%
  • Content
    6%
  • Students like me :)
    5%
  • Entitled
    2%

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.399 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.455 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 260 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    53%
  • Welcoming
    25%
  • Just okay
    5%
  • Helping
    4%
  • Acceptable
    3%
  • Decent
    3%
  • Different
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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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I went to George Mason University to study Communication. I had great teachers who were interesting and admirable. I'm also a Black student and there is a very strong Black and African student identity at Mason, even though there are not a lot of us on campus. The people there are supportive of your creativity and drive, but can sometimes be intimidating. Mason is a challenging school and the food is probably a 7/10 on a regular. College is what you make of it, if you study you're going to do great. This is not a school that will hold your hand, if you want to do well, you have to do it yourself, but it's not hard to graduate (unless you're a business major, lots of people had to stay extra semesters there). It's a great place to find yourself culturally, spiritually, and educationally. Don't expect a whole lot of parties though, expect fun events! Mason is like it's own city, you find the right people and it's fun! Side note: Diversity means EVERYONE, not just Black people!
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I love being a Mason Patriot. As a freshman, the upperclassmen welcomed me with open arms. The RA's and CA's in my building were always there when needed! It felt like part of a family everywhere I went, and I was never excluded. I found many different clubs that I was interested in. I also enjoyed living on campus. My professors were very helpful during class and after hours, allowing me to reach my full potential. Overall, I love attending George Mason. The people are wonderfully nice and the campus is beautiful. Due to COVID-19 I was unable to finish my freshman year on campus, but I hope to return on the fall and continue making amazing memories with my family and friends!
My overall learning experience with GMU has been going very well. Although it was unexpected for many of my classes to go online, my professors were still able to provide us with the same knowledge and information as they would in person. They were also just as accessible and flexible with arranging times to help or meet with students which is something that I highly appreciated! Even though I may have not been in an actual classroom, I still felt like I was even when I was back home doing my online classes. I still was able to communicate with my peers and chat with them online!