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George Mason University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on George Mason University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is George Mason University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

George Mason University was awarded 180 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, GMU is ranked #271 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 48 colleges in Virginia, GMU is ranked at #8.

See all of the rankings for George Mason University.

Is It Hard to Get Into GMU?

Acceptance Rate

George Mason University has an acceptance rate of 81%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to GMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Mason University  ( 560 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 540 to 640 )
GMU received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 30 )

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George Mason University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, George Mason University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at George Mason University is 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at George Mason University

Freshmen Retention Rate

George Mason University has a freshmen retention rate of 88%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at GMU for first-time, full-time students is 46%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  46 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at GMU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,662 undergraduates at GMU with 21,672 being full-time and 4,990 being part-time.

GMU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 97.92 out of 100, GMU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  97.92 out of 100
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How Much Does George Mason University Cost?

The overall average net price of GMU is $20,321. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,428 $16,514 $19,627 $22,604 $24,877

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of GMU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At GMU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,922 a year. That adds up to $31,688 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GMU is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do GMU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from GMU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $59,900 in their early years. That's great news for GMU students since it is 50% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at George Mason University make the most money.

Location of George Mason University

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University is a public institution. Fairfax is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of George Mason University

Contact details for GMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: 703-993-1000

George Mason University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 100 majors graduated from George Mason University. Of these students, 5,866 received undergraduate degrees and 3,435 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Information Systems 573 $64,300
Criminal Justice & Corrections 396 $38,700
General Psychology 356 $31,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 329 $34,900
General Biology 310 $33,800
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 273 $59,500
Accounting 251 $56,800
Writing Studies 233 $37,300
Business Administration & Management 223 $44,900
Public Health 196 $33,100

Learn more about the majors offered at George Mason University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at GMU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 12,753 students took at least one online class at George Mason University. This is an increase from the 10,199 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 12,753 2,164
2016-2017 10,199 1,631
2015-2016 8,777 1,463
2014-2015 7,901 1,240
2013-2014 6,909 1,116

Learn more about online learning at George Mason University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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