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    George Mason University Fairfax Courses, Rankings, Admission Criteria, Fees & Scholarships

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    George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university, enrolling more than 37,000 students from 131 countries and 50 states. George Mason offers over 80 programs and was the first university in the U.S. to introduce doctoral programs in conflict resolution, information technology, bioinformatics and computational social science.

    At its 677-acre suburban campus near Washington, D.C., there are more than 40 residence halls and all freshmen are required to live on campus. Seventy percent of students complete internships, research, or both while pursuing their degree. George Mason University has produced the first Muslim woman in space, a Poet Laureate of Virginia and a treasurer of the United States.

    George Mason University Campus

    George Mason University Rankings

    • According to the U.S. News and World Report 2021, George Mason University is ranked in the following categories:
      • #143 in National Universities
      • #129 in Best Value Schools
      • #35 in Most Innovative Schools
      • #65 in Top Public Schools
      • #102 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
      • #100 in Top Colleges forVeterans
      • #144 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

    Highlights

    College Type Public
    Establishment Year 1972
    Campus Setting Suburban
    Location Fairfax, Virginia
    Total Students 37,000+
    Mode of Program Full-time/ Part-time/ Online
    Student/Faculty Ratio 17:1
    Average Class Size Less than 20
    Campus Housing Available
    Acceptance Rate 87%
    Retention Rate 86%
    Graduation Rate 71%
    Financial Aid Scholarship
    Official website https://www2.gmu.edu/

    George Mason University Campus

    • George Mason University comprises three campuses and seven sites and each has a specific focus.
    • Its campuses include the Fairfax campus, Arlington campus and Science and Technology campus.
    • George Mason has more than 500 student organizations and clubs.
    • The Aquatic and Fitness Center, Recreation and Athletic Complex and Skyline Fitness Center are designed for student recreation.
    • The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is spread across 3,200 acres of land in Front Royal, Virginia.

    George Mason University Residence

    • There are over 40 residence halls at George Mason. And 75% of freshmen choose to live on campus.
    • There are 5 room types in George Mason’s residence hall. Double, triple, quad, six persons (apartment only), and singles.
    • Students living on campus can enjoy pool, foosball, video games, air hockey and board games at The Corner Pocket.
    • The University also offers off-campus housing service to its students.
    • Off-campus building type ranges from apartment, condo, cottage, dorm style, duplex, efficiency, house, loft, room, studio, suite to townhouse.

    George Mason University Courses

    • George Mason University offers 82 undergraduate degrees and 89 master’s degrees and 39 doctoral degrees.
    • The University also offers Executive and Professional Education programs designed to enhance careers such as cloud computing, facility management, financial planning, government contracting, human resource management, online learning (ed2go), paralegal, and project management.
    • The most popular majors at George Mason University include: Criminal Justice/Police Science, Psychology, Information Technology, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods and others.
    • At the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, students are taught by Smithsonian scientists which is a one of its kind program in the U.S.

    Top Programs in the George Mason University

    George Mason University Application Process

    George Mason University gives equal opportunities for admission to all students. The University has a competitive admission process so meeting minimum requirements only ensures that the application will be considered and does not guarantee admission.

    How to Apply?

    International students must fulfill the requirements stated below for admission to George Mason University:

    Application Portal: Applicants can apply for admission via online application.

    Application Fee: UG - 80 USD; PG - 75 USD

    Application Deadline: The application deadlines are as follows:

    Semester Undergraduate Graduate
    Spring October 1 November 30
    Fall June 1 July 1

    Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted along with the application:

    • Certified official, original high school/ university transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution for graduate programs.
    • Official scores from SAT or ACT for undergraduate programs and GRE/ GMAT/ MAT/ LSAT for graduate programs
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • Secondary school report
    • Recommendations letters
    • Essay/personal statement/ portfolio/ interview

    The English language proficiency as required by George Mason University is given in the table below:

    Test Minimum Requirements
    TOEFL iBT 88
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 59
    Duolingo English Test 110

    George Mason University Cost of Attendance

    The cost of attendance for George Mason University for 2020-21 is given in the table below:

    Fee Type Undergraduate (Amount in USD) Graduate (Amount in USD)
    Tuition (Full-time) 32,970 25,430
    Room and Meal plan 12,090 (On-campus)
    12,786 (Off-campus)
    20,400 (Off-campus)
    Transportation 1,260 (On-campus)
    2,334 (Off-campus)
    2,334 (Off-campus)
    Personal Expenses 2,336 (On-campus)
    4,238 (Off-campus)
    4,238 (Off-campus)
    Additional Costs 1,278 1,278

    George Mason University Scholarships/Financial Aid

    • At George Mason University, students receiving aid are 22,143 USD in total.
    • The University offers a limited number of merit scholarships to incoming freshmen every year.
    • New applicants who apply for admission by April 1are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
    • Below are the details of scholarships available for international students at George Mason:
      • International Admission Scholarship: It is awarded to highly qualified international freshmen students. The value of this award ranges from 2,000 USD to 10,000 USD and is renewable up to 4 years subject to good academic standing.
      • You Are Welcome Here Scholarship: It is open to all first-year international students of all majors and fields of study. The value of this award applies to the tuition fee.

    George Mason University Alumni Network

    • George Mason University Alumni Association offers career connections and professional networking, including several opportunities.
    • The Alumni Association is also dedicated to assisting students by offering financial aid.
    • Some notable George Mason alumni are as follows:
      • Anousheh Ansari: American-Iranian engineer
      • Dayton Moore: American baseball manager
      • Hala Gorani: American journalist
      • Rhea Seehorn: American actress
      • Archie Kao: American actor

    George Mason University Placements

    George Mason University career service is known for offering internship and job opportunities in the U.S., employment advice, and career fair details to students. Handshake is a medium used for job seeking at Mason. Other career resources like book lists, CareerShift, interview, LinkedIn, passport, vault are available for students. 70% of opportunities for jobs or internships happen through networking at Mason.

    80% of the university’s graduates were employed within 6 months from graduation. According to U.S. News and World report, the average starting salary of alumni from George Mason University is 56,200 USD. Salaries of alumni of George Mason University-

    Activity Average salary
    Sales and Business Development $158,000
    IT and Software Development $85,000
    Financial Services $83,000
    Consulting, Accounting, and professional services $75,000
    Human Resources $66,000
    Finance control and Strategy $53,000

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Nov 01

    Application Deadline

    EXAM SCORESIELTS6.5|TOEFL88|PTE59|GRE309
    $45,3601st YEAR
    FEES

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    Nov 01

    Application Deadline

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    George Mason University Overview

    Insitution type
    Public
    Student Population
    46266
    FAFSA Code
    003749
    Application Cost
    $70
    Accreditation
    SACSSCOC
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $41,190 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    TOEFL Check Detailed Score-72--
    Speaking-18--
    Writing-18--
    Listening-18--
    Reading-18--
    IELTS Check Detailed Score-6.5--
    Speaking-6--
    Writing-6--
    Listening-6--
    Reading-6--
    Undergraduate
    SAT Check Detailed Score11951100129070
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing605560650-
    Mathematics590540640-
    ACT Check Detailed Score27243013
    English282431-
    Mathematics262328-

    George Mason University Acceptance Rate

    81.3 %

    acceptance rate

    18993

    total applicants

    46266

    total enrolled

    Male
    Female

    44.9%

    Male

    55.1%

    Female

    Undergraduate
    Undergraduate Programs
    81.3%
    Total Applicants
    39655
    Total Enrolled
    32249
    Graduate
    Graduate Programs
    81.3%
    Total Applicants
    17236
    Total Enrolled
    14017

    George Mason University enrollment

    Enrollment
    George Mason University Enrollment
    46266
    Undergraduate Enrollment
    32249
    Graduate Enrollment
    14017
    Graduation Rate
    Average Graduation Rate
    74.3%

    Attendance Cost

    $41,190

    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $41,190 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $45,360 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,200 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $12,028 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $4,074 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $12,028 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $5,612 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $4,760 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $4,412 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Language Programs
    Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    Law Programs
    American Bar Association

    Faculty

    total facultyfull timepart timegraduate assistants
    3636917615187541385

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    20212020201920182017
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    College Rating

    Based on 8 Students Rating

    8.3 out of 10
    9.3/10Academic
    9.0/10Accommodation
    8.9/10Faculty
    9.0/10Infrastructure
    9.0/10Placement
    9.0/10Social Life

    Reviews

    VV
    10.0 /10

    University is very good in the field of computer science, especially with ML and AI

    Course Curriculum :

    Course curriculum is relevant to industry standards. Professors have through knowledge in their resistive area of teaching.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    LP
    8.2 /10

    The courses which I was looking for I only found in the curriculum of this university. They provide perfect blend of management courses which align with my interest.

    Course Curriculum :

    There’s always interaction with the experienced persons of the field by guest lectures in every class. The syllabus is flexible and reflects the current process and innovation of the industry.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    SS
    8.2 /10

    The professors in the CS department. The University transportation available throughout the city.

    Course Curriculum :

    It's good for now. Programming intensive. The faculty are very knowledgeable. The coursework is also well prepared. The classes and logistics are well organized for most of the courses.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    N
    7.5 /10

    I chose this particular university because I was born in Virginia and wanted to know more about it. George Mason was the best college in this state with a psychology program.

    Course Curriculum :

    GMU is a very diverse community and I am very glad to be a part of it. We are a university which respects each and every religion and individual who is a a part of it. Other than that we are offered amazing opportunities like job fairs each month. Amazing abroad programs and many more .

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    LB
    7.0 /10

    I chose it because they have the best professors for my major. Also, the FBI and CIA headquarters are close by and Offer a lot of internships as well as well known guest speakers in the field that come to my college.

    Course Curriculum :

    It was very updated and there is a lot of research happening at my college.

    10 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    +1-703-993-2400
    TELEPHONE
    4400 University Dr
    ADDRESS

    Nearby This Campus

    • Airport
    • Book Store
    • Restaurant
    • Bus Station
    • Shopping Mall
    • Hospital
    • Train Station

    Airport

    MASON UNDER GRAD UNI0.02 km
    7th Division State Police Headquarters Heliport2.47 km
    A2 Global Shipping2.85 km
    Fairfax County Police Heliport5.93 km
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    Restaurant

    Panda Express0.37 km
    The Auld Shebeen1.78 km
    Coyote Grille1.81 km
    The Wine House1.84 km
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    Shopping Mall

    University Mall0.75 km
    Jermantown Square2.91 km
    Fair City Mall3.43 km
    Fairfax Station Sq3.57 km
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    Train Station

    Burke Centre, Virginia3.95 km
    Rolling Road6.17 km

    Book Store

    George Mason University Official Bookstore0.35 km
    The Amazing Comic Shop0.76 km
    edMe Learning0.77 km
    Joy Unlimited1.71 km
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    Bus Station

    University Dr at Occoquan0.38 km
    University Drive and Chain Bridge Road0.41 km
    University Dr and Aquia Creek La0.44 km
    Rappahannock Ln at Patriot Circle0.45 km
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    Hospital

    Nova Pregnancy Help Center of Fairfax1.98 km
    Virginia Cardiovascular Care Inc1.99 km
    Fairfax Family Medicine Center2.10 km
    Zinnia Aesthetics And Anti-Aging Clinic: Anteneh Roba, MD2.51 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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