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IPEDS ID: 232186
OPE ID: 00374900
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George Mason University
4400 University Dr, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
General information:  (703) 993-1000
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  33,917 (21,990 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,4311,125
Research and public service19039
Total graduate assistants-1,297
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
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%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$9,350
In-state fees$2,688
Out-of-state tuition$25,754
Out-of-state fees$2,688
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Mason does not have an institutional Prepaid tuition plan; however, the State of Virginia has a Virginia Prepaid Education Program which allows families to prepay the cost of tuition and fees. Plan information is at
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
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
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
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
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$12,628$14,709$16,155
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$9,105$12,120$13,249
$30,001 – $48,000$10,846$13,665$14,854
$48,001 – $75,000$14,293$16,070$17,997
$75,001 – $110,000$17,445$18,202$20,801
$110,001 and more$19,371$19,873$21,863
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment33,917
Undergraduate enrollment21,990
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,659
Graduate enrollment11,927
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 78%
Part-time: 22%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 18%
Black or African American: 10%
Hispanic/Latino: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 46%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 77%
Out-of-state: 18%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 3%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 35%
Part-time: 65%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 18%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 85%
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.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 69%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 48 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
Transfer-out rate: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 41%
6-year: 64%
8-year: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 60%
Female: 72%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 83%
Asian: 69%
Black or African American: 66%
Hispanic/Latino: 71%
White: 69%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 63%
Non-resident alien: 42%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Area Studies, Other0---
Latin American Studies2---
Russian Studies5---
Category total7---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other---0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General25312--
Biomedical Sciences, General-16-63
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other-131-
Category total282531167
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General194152d--
Finance, General183---
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other134---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General97---
Organizational Behavior Studies-40--
Project Management-28--
Real Estate-10--
Tourism and Travel Services Management74---
Category total958256d-7
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects18---
Category total18---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Health Communication--4-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-16--
Category total-164-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General776384
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-41--
Computer Science9---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-60--
Information Science/Studies-44--
Information Technology2814782d
Category total367255166d
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching---2
Art Teacher Education-8--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-56--
Curriculum and Instruction-386-45
Education, General--47-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism---127
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness---2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-124--
Health Teacher Education110---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration---3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching277--
Reading Teacher Education---4
Special Education and Teaching, General-259-31d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other--6-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---15
Category total13784053229d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering6---
Civil Engineering, General66241-
Computer Engineering, General20110-
Computer Software Engineering-35--
Construction Engineering-2--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering41365-
Engineering, General1---
Industrial Engineering-26--
Systems Engineering28393-
Category total1621739-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-32--
English Language and Literature, General148---
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)-56--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing---0
Rhetoric and Composition284---
Category total43288-0
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General3012--
Category total3012--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer18---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist6---
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist---4
Community Health and Preventive Medicine85---
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other-4--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other480--
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-35--
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management---2
International Public Health/International Health-12--
Medical Informatics-3--
Nursing Practice--6-
Public Health, General-42--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse207d78d10-
Category total364d174d166
History, General120513-
Category total120513-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-183-
Criminal Justice/Police Science219---
Critical Infrastructure Protection-27--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-32--
Forensic Science and Technology-27-8
Category total21910438
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-2--
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-2--
Category total-4261-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--5-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other158---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies63---
Category total221-5-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability--2-
Mathematics and Statistics, Other---0
Mathematics, General39112-
Statistics, General-15--
Category total392640
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--9-
Cognitive Science---0
Dispute Resolution-27--
International/Global Studies-19--
Mathematics and Computer Science179-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-76-2
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution63709-
Science, Technology and Society--4-
Sustainability Studies5---
Category total69199312
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science61411-
Category total61411-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-12--
Category total-12--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies7---
Category total209--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General--2-
Chemistry, General5018--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other--8-
Geology/Earth Science, General1450-
Physical Sciences--2-
Physical Sciences, Other5---
Physics, General1391-
Category total833213-
Educational Psychology-9--
Psychology, General38054240
Category total38063240
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Health Policy Analysis-3--
Public Administration29109--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-8d--
Public Policy Analysis, General-124201
Social Work5179--
Category total80323d201
Social Sciences
Economics, General1854722-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography-7-3
International Relations and Affairs20373--
Political Science and Government, General-142-
Political Science and Government, Other198---
Category total678182243
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation178--
Art/Art Studies, General1--0
Cinematography and Film/Video Production35---
Dance, General13---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General15---
Fine and Studio Arts Management-37-6
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-15--
Graphic Design-5--
Music Performance, General43---
Music, General-21--
Music, Other--2-
Visual and Performing Arts, General1248--
Category total2489426
Grand total4,9202,980510335
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined13596
Swimming and Diving2817
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1972 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1980 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs5/15/1987 -  Accredited
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration11/9/2009 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/9/2004 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/9/2004 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language12/1/2003 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools of public health(!)6/6/2013 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)10/1/2010 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1993 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools9/1/1973 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession031
Drug law violations77151155
Liquor law violations11199247
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations414030
Liquor law violations622196
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible587
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault203
Motor vehicle theft503
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible444
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault002
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate2.7%2.6%
Number in default122108
Number in repayment4,5014,035
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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