George Mason University Description:
George Mason University is a relatively young school first established as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957, and founded as an independent institution in 1972. Since then, the university has been expanding rapidly. Aside from its main campus in Fairfax, Virginia, GMU also has branch campuses in Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun counties. The university's many successes recently landed it at the very top of U.S. News & World Report's list of "Up-and-Coming Schools." In athletics, the George Mason Patriots compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference.
Admissions Data (2013):
- Percent of Applicants Admitted: 62%
- GPA, SAT and ACT graph for GMU
- What Are Your Chances? (from Cappex.com)
- Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
- SAT Critical Reading: 520 / 620
- SAT Math: 530 / 630
- SAT Writing: - / -
- ACT Composite: 24 / 28
- ACT English: 23 / 29
- ACT Math: 23 / 27
- Total Enrollment: 32,961 (20,653 undergraduates)
- Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
- 79% Full-time
Costs (2013 - 14):
- Tuition and Fees: $9,908 (in-state); $28,592 (out-of-state)
- Books: $1,120 (why so much?)
- Room and Board: $10,730
- Other Expenses: $3,577
- Total Cost: $25,335 (in-state); $44,019 (out-of-state)
George Mason University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):
- Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 70%
- Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
- Grants: 49%
- Loans: 52%
- Average Amount of Aid
- Grants: $7,485
- Loans: $6,828
Scholarships for George Mason (powered by Cappex.com)
Most Popular Majors:
Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Economics, Engineering, English, Finance, Health Teacher Education, History, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies, Visual and Performing Arts
Graduation and Retention Rates:
- First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
- 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
- 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%
National Center for Educational Statistics
George Mason University Mission Statement:
mission statement from http://www.gmu.edu/vcenter/vision/mission.html
"George Mason University is innovative and entrepreneurial in spirit and utilizes its multi-campus organization and location near our nation's capital to attract outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Mason will:
- Educate the new generation of leaders for the 21st century men and women capable of shaping a global community with vision, justice, and clarity.
- Encourage freedom of thought, speech, and inquiry in a tolerant, respectful academic setting that values diversity.
- Provide innovative and interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses of study that enable students to exercise analytical and imaginative thinking and make well-founded ethical decisions.
- Nurture and support a highly qualified and entrepreneurial faculty that is excellent at teaching, active in pure and applied research, capable of providing a broad range of intellectual and cultural insights, and is responsive to the needs of students and their communities.
- Maintain an international reputation for superior education and public service that affirms its role as the intellectual and cultural nexus among Northern Virginia, the nation, and the world."