George Mason University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

George Mason University
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Admissions at GMU are not highly selective, as the school has an acceptance rate of 81 percent. Students will need good grades and above-average test scores to be considered for admittance. To apply, prospective students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. An optional personal statement and resume are encouraged as part of the application as well. For more information, be sure to check the school's website, and feel free to contact the admissions office with any questions.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • George Mason University Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for GMU
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530 / 620
    • SAT Math: 530 / 630
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 29
    • ACT English: 23 / 29
    • ACT Math: 23 / 27

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." Outside of the classroom, students can participate in a number of student-run clubs and organizations, including religious-based clubs, academic groups, and fraternities or sororities.

In athletics, the George Mason Patriots compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Popular sports include baseball, basketball, lacrosse, softball, swimming, and wrestling. One other perk is close proximity to these other Washington D.C. colleges.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 34,909 (23,817 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 81% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11m399 (in-state); $32,582 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,678
  • Other Expenses: $3,682
  • Total Cost: $27,860 (in-state); $49,142 (out-of-state)

George Mason University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 73%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 57%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,321
    • Loans: $8,340

Academic Programs

  • 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
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 18%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 46%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Cross Country

    Data Source

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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