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  • General Address :
  • 4400 University Dr
    Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    Phone: (703) 993-1000
  • Institution Type :
  • Public , 4-year
  • Student Population:
  • More than 20,000 students

  • Awards Offered:
  • Certificate

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  • About the School:
  • The University's Mission

    The mission statement of the Board of Visitors reads as follows:

    George Mason University will be an institution of international academic reputation providing superior education for students to develop critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and to make well-founded ethical decisions. It will respond to the call for interdisciplinary research and teaching, not simply by adding programs but by rethinking the traditional structure of the academy.

    The university will prepare students to address the complex issues facing them in society and to discover meaning in their own lives. It will encourage diversity in its student body and will meet the needs of students by providing them with interdisciplinary and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. The university will energetically seek ways to interact with and serve the needs of the student body.

    The university will nurture and support a faculty that is diverse, innovative, excellent in teaching, active in pure and applied research, and responsive to the needs of students and the community. The faculty will embody the university's interactive approach to change both in the academy and in the world.

    The university will be a resource of the Commonwealth of Virginia serving private and public sectors. It will be an intellectual and cultural nexus between Northern Virginia, the nation, and the world. (Adopted January 1991)
  • Admission information :
  • Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $60
    Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
    Number of applicants20,8059,26211,543
    Percent admitted62%60%64%
    Percent admitted who enrolled23%26%22%
    Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
    Secondary school GPAX
    Secondary school rankX
    Secondary school recordX
    Completion of college-preparatory programX
    Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
    Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
    Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
    Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
    *  25% of students scored at or below
    ** 25% of students scored above
    • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
    • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
    SAT Critical Reading520620
    SAT Math530630
    ACT Composite2428
    ACT English2329
    ACT Math2327
    • Mason has an admission option that allows students who feel their SAT/ACT scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement or performance potential to request to have their admission decision made without considering their test scores. SAT/ACT writing scores are not used for admission. Applicants to select programs in the Arts and Music are required to submit portfolios of their work.
  • Tuition and Fees :
  • Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
    Tuition and fees
    Books and supplies$900$900$1,120$1,1200.0%
    Living arrangement
    On Campus
    Room and board$9,595$10,300$10,315$10,7304.0%
    Off Campus
    Room and board$11,680$11,680$12,030$12,0300.0%
    Off Campus with Family
    Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
    On Campus$21,919$23,206$24,632$25,3352.9%
    Off Campus$24,824$25,406$27,364$27,6521.1%
    Off Campus with Family$12,684$13,266$15,505$15,7931.9%
    On Campus$38,683$40,684$42,776$44,0192.9%
    Off Campus$41,588$42,884$45,508$46,3361.8%
    Off Campus with Family$29,448$30,744$33,649$34,4772.5%
  • Financial Aid Information:
  • Financial Aid Office Phone: (703) 993-2353
    Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
    Any student financial aid11,76966%————
    Grant or scholarship aid1,18744%$9,237,843$7,783
    Federal grants65624%$3,040,066$4,634
    Pell grants65624%$2,840,717$4,330
    Other federal grants28911%$199,349$690
    State/local government grant or scholarships72027%$2,233,600$3,102
    Institutional grants or scholarships43716%$3,964,177$9,071
    Student loan aid1,34850%$9,728,422$7,217
    Federal student loans1,32149%$7,530,212$5,700
    Other student loans1365%$2,198,210$16,163

    Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
    Grant or scholarship aid18,75142%$57,832,682$6,609
    Pell grants5,54427%$22,001,655$3,969
    Federal student loans9,24145%$66,434,840$7,189

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