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Find out more about how George Mason University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is George Mason University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

George Mason University was awarded 186 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked GMU as #271 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

GMU also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into GMU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at George Mason University is 81%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that GMU is a good fit for you.

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

The student to faculty ratio at George Mason University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 88% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like George Mason University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At GMU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 46%. That is great when compared to 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 25,010 undergraduates at GMU with 20,221 being full-time and 4,789 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from GMU make around $59,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future GMU graduates 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

George Mason University is a public institution located in Fairfax, Virginia. Fairfax is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 110 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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

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