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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:  33,729 (22,349 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
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
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,4091,197
Research and public service16932
Total graduate assistants-1,348
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 year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$900$1,120$1,120$1,1361.4%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,300$10,315$10,730$10,9301.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$11,680$12,030$12,030$12,0300.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$23,206$24,632$25,335$26,0702.9%
Off Campus$25,406$27,364$27,652$28,3762.6%
Off Campus with Family$13,266$15,505$15,793$16,1702.4%
On Campus$40,684$42,776$44,019$45,6483.7%
Off Campus$42,884$45,508$46,336$47,9543.5%
Off Campus with Family$30,744$33,649$34,477$35,7483.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$9,794
In-state fees$2,820
Out-of-state tuition$26,978
Out-of-state fees$2,820
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, 2013-2014
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 aid12,10470%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,57453%$11,431,851$7,263
Federal grants75325%$3,518,127$4,672
Pell grants75325%$3,331,365$4,424
Other federal grants36512%$186,762$512
State/local government grant or scholarships96732%$3,418,545$3,535
Institutional grants or scholarships59420%$4,495,179$7,568
Student loan aid1,59353%$11,968,401$7,513
Federal student loans1,56852%$8,813,772$5,621
Other student loans2167%$3,154,629$14,605
  • 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 aid19,50943%$60,485,373$6,361
Pell grants5,54925%$22,602,910$4,073
Federal student loans9,56343%$69,806,384$7,300
  • 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$14,709$16,155$17,347
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 Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$12,120$13,249$13,745
$30,001 – $48,000$13,665$14,854$15,524
$48,001 – $75,000$16,070$17,997$18,135
$75,001 – $110,000$18,202$20,801$20,589
$110,001 and more$19,873$21,863$22,383
  • 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 2014
Total enrollment33,729
Undergraduate enrollment22,349
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment2,465
Graduate enrollment11,380
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 80%
Part-time: 20%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 19%
Black or African American: 10%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 45%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 5%
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: 2%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 36%
Part-time: 64%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 20%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 78%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 82%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants22,5329,92112,611
Percent admitted67%65%68%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%23%19%
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 2014 (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 Composite2328
ACT English2229
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 Visual and Performing Arts are required to audition or 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: 88%
Part-time students: 74%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
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, 50 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
Transfer-out rate: 20%
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:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 42%
6-year: 66%
8-year: 69%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 44%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
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: 62%
Female: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 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: 100%
Asian: 76%
Black or African American: 66%
Hispanic/Latino: 67%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 80%
White: 65%
Two or more races: 58%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 68%
Non-resident alien: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
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---
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-2--
Russian Studies6---
Women's Studies---2
Category total82-2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other---0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General26810--
Biomedical Sciences, General-17-47
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other-23d3-
Category total31561d1555d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General184165d--
Finance, General173---
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other125---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General83---
Organizational Behavior Studies-25--
Project Management-19--
Real Estate-15--
Tourism and Travel Services Management62---
Category total897254d-10
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects28---
Category total28---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Health Communication--3-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-13--
Category total-133-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General766181
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance-24--
Computer Science11---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications-68-14
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration---2
Information Science/Studies-38-3
Information Technology261d65d1715d
Category total348d256d2535d
Administration of Special Education---3
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching---0
Art Teacher Education-9--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-41-3
Curriculum and Instruction-393d-48d
Education, General--39-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism---104d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness---2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-123d--
Educational/Instructional Technology---22d
Health Teacher Education108---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration---2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching236--
Reading Teacher Education---5
Special Education and Teaching, General-220d-49d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other--7-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor---6
Category total131792d46244d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering14---
Civil Engineering, General66203-
Computer Engineering, General22221-
Computer Software Engineering-48-7
Construction Engineering-8--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering56244-
Engineering, General0--6d
Industrial Engineering-24--
Operations Research---3
Systems Engineering3537d613d
Category total193183d1429d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing925--
English Language and Literature, General136---
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)-43--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing---2
Rhetoric and Composition244---
Category total38968-2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General339--
Category total339--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer22---
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist5---
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist---3
Community Health and Preventive Medicine103---
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other-3--
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other630-3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-39--
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management---2
International Public Health/International Health-13-4
Medical Informatics-18--
Nursing Practice--12-
Public Health, General-52-1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse204d56121
Category total397d1812414
History, General113424-
Category total113424-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-93-
Criminal Justice/Police Science254---
Critical Infrastructure Protection-16--
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism-39--
Forensic Science and Technology436-1
Category total25810031
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Professions and Studies, Other-2--
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-0--
Category total-2185-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--5-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other179---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies64---
Category total243-5-
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, Other---2
Mathematical Statistics and Probability--5-
Mathematics and Statistics, Other---9
Mathematics, General3985-
Statistics, General-18-7
Category total39261018
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences--3-
Cognitive Science---0
Dispute Resolution-30--
International/Global Studies-33--
Mathematics and Computer Science3882
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-73-3
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution7470155
Science, Technology and Society--5-
Sustainability Studies13---
Category total902143111d
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science17267-
Category total17267-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-6--
Category total-6--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies8---
Category total182--
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General--1-
Chemistry, General4910--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other--10-
Geology/Earth Science, General1410-
Physical Sciences--1-
Physical Sciences, Other5---
Physics, General1665-
Category total851717-
Educational Psychology-11--
Psychology, General361491710
Category total361601710
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Health Policy Analysis-21--
Public Administration24118-12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other-12d-12
Public Policy Analysis, General-164227d
Social Work5777--
Category total81392d2231d
Social Sciences
Economics, General164468-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography-4-6d
International Relations and Affairs19884--
Political Science and Government, General-311-
Political Science and Government, Other190---
Category total6671961013d
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1812--
Art/Art Studies, General0--1
Cinematography and Film/Video Production26---
Dance, General151--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General21---
Fine and Studio Arts Management-28-5
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other-19--
Graphic Design-0--
Music Performance, General46---
Music, General-22--
Music, Other--3-
Visual and Performing Arts, General1304--
Category total2568636
Grand total4,9672,988441481
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 1087
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 535
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 68
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 30
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $8,601
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,646
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,340
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,667
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
All Track Combined13999
Swimming and Diving3026
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, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs5/15/1987 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs12/15/2009 -  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
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels4/11/2012 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language12/1/2003 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school 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
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
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession312
Drug law violations15115574
Liquor law violations9924770
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations403016
Liquor law violations219613
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible879
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)001
Aggravated assault032
Motor vehicle theft031
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible448
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault020
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 Year201220112010
Default rate1.6%1.8%2.7%
Number in default9094122
Number in repayment5,5135,1214,501
Aid Programs
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