George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 34,909
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 4%
Student to faculty ratio 16:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 6,374 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

George Mason University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 15,548 applications and 12,592 students were granted admission. George Mason University is at the #79 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 16% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 66% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1060 to 1250
ACT24 to 29

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

George Mason University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $29,486 and in-state students paid $8,204.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 73% of George Mason University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 28% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,627 (which is 4.4% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at George Mason University in 2016-2017, was 1,636, which is 52% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,425 (which is 2.3% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, George Mason University has enrolled a total of 34,909 students (23,675 students full-time and 11,234 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 34,909 students, 2,508 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 47% men and 53% women and 23,817 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 11,092 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,463 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 46%

Asian: 16%

Hispanic: 11%

Black/African American: 10%

Non-resident alien: 8%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Two or more races: 4%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at George Mason University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 33% 3,004 670
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 14% 1,300
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 6% 522 0
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5% 494 383
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 5% 412 0
Legal Professions And Studies 4% 396
Social Sciences 3% 279 0
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies 3% 275 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 238 52
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 209 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of George Mason University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of George Mason University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,900. Last year, out of the total 719 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 654 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 581 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 540 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,900 $36,600
Employment Rate 91% 93%
Total Graduates 719 581

Campus Location

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