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 George Mason University

George Mason University - Fairfax, VA

4400 University Dr, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

General information:(703)993-1000
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:Suburb: Large
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:33,320(20,782 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:16 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $8,024 $8,684 $9,266 -6%
Out-of-state $24,008 $25,448 $26,744 -5%
Books and supplies $900 $900 $900 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $7,700 $8,220 $8,950 -8%
Other $2,740 $2,740 $2,740 0%
Off Campus
Room and board $11,680 $11,680 $11,680 0%
Other $3,560 $3,560 $3,560 0%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,100 $3,100 $3,100 0%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $19,364 $20,544 $21,856 -5%
Off Campus $24,164 $24,824 $25,406 -4%
Off Campus with Family $12,024 $12,684 $13,266 -8%
On Campus $35,348 $37,308 $39,334 -5%
Off Campus $40,148 $41,588 $42,884 -2%
Off Campus with Family $28,008 $29,448 $30,744 -3%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $6,752
In-state fees $2,514
Out-of-state tuition $24,230
Out-of-state fees $2,514
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan X
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $8,750
In-state fee $2,514
Out-of-state tuition $24,092
Out-of-state fees $2,514
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,746 68% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,194 46% $9,814,182 $8,220
Federal grants 655 25% $3,359,024 $5,128
Pell grants 652 25% $2,787,114 $4,275
Other federal grants 623 24% $571,910 $918
State/local government grant or scholarships 678 26% $2,841,507 $4,191
Institutional grants or scholarships 429 17% $3,613,651 $8,423
Student loan aid 1,354 53% $8,356,568 $6,172
Federal student loans 1,334 52% $7,037,039 $5,275
Other student loans 94 4% $1,319,529 $14,038
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 7,895 39% $56,421,892 $7,147
Pell grants 5,356 27% $22,329,505 $4,169
Federal student loans 8,937 44% $63,009,633 $7,050


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $10,384 $10,292 $11,659
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $7,302 $7,227 $8,099
$30,001 - $48,000 $8,608 $8,491 $9,840
$48,001 - $75,000 $11,824 $12,288 $13,287
$75,001 - $110,000 $15,212 $15,491 $16,439
$110,001 and more $16,165 $16,724 $18,365

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 33,320
Undergraduate enrollment 20,782
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 2,503
Graduate enrollment 12,538

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$60

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$65

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 17,548 7,837 9,711
Percent admitted 53% 53% 53%
Percent admitted who enrolled 53% 16% 14%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 2054 77%
ACT 356 13%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 520 620
SAT Math 530 630
SAT Writing . .
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT English 23 29
ACT Math 22 27
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 48 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division I-AAAMenWomen
All Track Combined 13398
Baseball 35-
Basketball 1716
Golf 12-
Lacrosse -27
Rowing -59
Soccer 2730
Softball -28
Swimming and Diving 3021
Tennis 1311
Volleyball 1916
Wrestling 29-


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1972 Accredited


American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Law (LAW) - Professional schools

01/01/1980 Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation

Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs

05/15/1987 Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration

11/09/2009 Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

10/09/2004 Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

10/09/2004 Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

English Language

12/01/2003 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

10/01/2010 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1993 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

09/01/1973 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession103
Drug law violations7177 151
Liquor law violations16211199
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 100
Drug law violations 294140
Liquor law violations 696221
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 558
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 010
Aggravated assault 120
Burglary 42231
Motor vehicle theft 450
Arson 200
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 544
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 100
Burglary 41418
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 100
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate2.6%
Number in default108
Number in repayment4,035

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00374900

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Postbaccalaureate certificate Master's degree Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Doctor's degree - professional practice Post-master's certificate
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
Area Studies, Other4-----
Latin American Studies2-----
Russian Studies2-----
Women's Studies-2----
Category total82----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other-31715--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General1-10---
Biomedical Sciences, General-45----
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other--115--
Category total244605627--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General7-169---
Finance, General12-----
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other5-----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General8-----
Organizational Behavior Studies--39---
Project Management--78---
Real Estate--2---
Tourism and Travel Services Management55-----
Category total91512312---
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects1-----
Category total1-----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Health Communication---3--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--19---
Category total--193--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science4-----
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-3481---
Computer and Information Sciences, General58-525--
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--24---
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration-2----
Information Science/Studies-450---
Information Technology204113413--
Category total2665124118--
Education Colleges
Administration of Special Education-16----
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-4----
Art Teacher Education--6---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-242---
Curriculum and Instruction-45406---
Education, General---16--
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism-122----
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness-1----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--141---
Educational/Instructional Technology-11----
Health Teacher Education102-----
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-3----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching27-7---
Reading Teacher Education-8----
Special Education and Teaching, General-21236---
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth---5--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-10----
Category total12924383821--
Engineering Colleges
Civil Engineering, General52716---
Computer Engineering, General19-91--
Computer Software Engineering-138---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering542305--
Engineering, General-9----
Industrial Engineering--20---
Systems Engineering1418301--
Category total139371437--
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing--25---
English Language and Literature, General4-----
English Literature (British and Commonwealth--57---
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-3----
Rhetoric and Composition2-----
Category total423382---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General6-8---
Category total41-8---
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Athletic Training/Trainer7-----
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist9-----
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist-9----
Community Health and Preventive Medicine41-----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other5163---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management--31---
International Public Health/International Health-46---
Public Health, General--66---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse2071794--
Category total315201854--
History Colleges
History, General1-636--
Category total117-636--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration--7---
Criminal Justice/Police Science144-----
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism--9---
Forensic Science and Technology-71---
Category total144717---
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Category total----168-
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies---5--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other142-----
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies60-----
Category total202--5--
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematical Statistics and Probability---1--
Mathematics and Statistics, Other-8----
Mathematics, General2-31--
Statistics, General-217---
Category total2110202--
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Biological and Physical Sciences---6--
Dispute Resolution--15---
International/Global Studies--4---
Mathematics and Computer Science22513--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-4211---
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution313488--
Science, Technology and Society---1--
Category total382028328--
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Religion/Religious Studies4-----
Category total25-5---
Physical Sciences Colleges
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General---7--
Chemistry, General30-14---
Geology/Earth Science, General17-45--
Physical Sciences---2--
Physical Sciences, Other4-----
Physics, General9-72--
Category total63-2516--
Psychology Colleges
Educational Psychology--14---
Psychology, General4-4824-11
Category total310-6224-11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration165102---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-418---
Public Policy Analysis, General-613212--
Social Work28-50---
Category total441530212--
Social Sciences Colleges
Economics, General8-4021--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography-21----
International Relations and Affairs3-98---
Political Science and Government, General--22---
Political Science and Government, Other5-----
Category total6313321321--
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art History, Criticism and Conservation24-4---
Art/Art Studies, General12----
Cinematography and Film/Video Production22-----
Dance, General15-----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General24-----
Fine and Studio Arts Management-1944---
Music Performance, General55-----
Music, General--17---
Visual and Performing Arts, General130-2---
Category total2712167---
Grand total92534294119416811