George Mason University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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George Mason University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 81%. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason's 677-acre main campus is situated just 15 miles from Washington, D.C. Students can apply using the Common Application or George Mason University's online application. Students interested in being considered for the honors college or merit scholarships must apply by the Early Action deadline.

Considering applying to George Mason? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, George Mason University had an acceptance rate of 81%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 81 students were admitted, making GMU's admissions process less competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 19,557
Percent Admitted 81%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 23%

SAT Scores and Requirements

George Mason requires that most applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. The university has a test-optional policy for students who meet the following criteria: maintain a competitive high school GPA (above 3.5), have consistently high grades in the most challenging coursework offered at your high school, and demonstrate strong leadership in extracurricular or work activities. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 660
Math 550 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of GMU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to George Mason scored between 570 and 660, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 660, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1320 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at GMU.

Requirements

George Mason does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that GMU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. While George Mason is test-optional for certain students, the following applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores for admission: computer science and engineering applicants, home-schooled applicants, and those applicants applying as Division I athletes.

ACT Scores and Requirements

GMU requires that most applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. The university has a test-optional policy for students who meet the following criteria: maintain a competitive high school (above 3.5), have consistently high grades in the most challenging coursework offered at your high school, and demonstrate strong leadership in extracurricular or work activities. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 9% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 23 28
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that most of GMU's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to George Mason received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that George Mason does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. GMU does not require the ACT writing section. While George Mason is test-optional for certain applicants, the following students must submit SAT or ACT scores for admission: computer science and engineering applicants, home-schooled applicants, and those applicants applying as Division I athletes.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming George Mason freshman was 3.7. Over 90% of admitted students had average GPAs between 3.25 and 4.0. These results suggest that most successful applicants to GMU have primarily B/B+ grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

George Mason University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
George Mason University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to George Mason University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

George Mason University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, GMU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. George Mason is looking for students who participate in meaningful extracurricular activities and have a rigorous course schedule with an upward trend in grades. Applicants also need to submit letters of recommendation from a school counselor and a teacher. The application essay is optional, but strongly recommended, as is the 250-word personal essay explaining why you want to go to college.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see most students with a 3.0 GPA or better were admitted, while most of those with a lower GPA were not. Most admitted students scored 1000 or higher on the SAT (ERW+M) or 20 or higher on the ACT. Higher test scores and grades improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter, and almost no students with "A" averages and competitive SAT scores were rejected.