George Mason University

George Mason University

George Mason University is a large public university located in Fairfax, Va. The university is named after American revolutionary, patriot, and founding father George Mason. The University enrolls over 30,000 students annually. U.S. News & World Report ranked George Mason University 1st in its new category of up-and-coming National Universities for 2009.

The main campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia and it covers 670 acres of land. The other campuses are located nearby in Arlington, Prince William County, and Loudoun County. GMU also has an international campus in Ras al-Khaimah and in the United Arab Emirates. The university offers more than 65 undergraduate degree programs and over 90 graduate programs.

GMU's sports teams are nicknamed Patriots. They participate in the NCAA's Division I, and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association, or CAA.

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George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax , VA 22030-4444
General Phone: (703) 993-1000

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George Mason Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,959Latin American studies, area studies, women's studies, foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, English literature, speech and rhetoric, technical and business writing, ...
Education and Teaching1,070education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, teacher education, health teaching, physical education teaching, ESL instruction ...
Business and Management960business, business management, business administration, accounting, finance, MIS, management sciences, marketing, business and related services ...
Engineering514civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, systems engineering, various engineering courses
Therapy and Counseling386psychology
Science354biology, epidemiology, biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences, astronomy, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geology, physics, ...
Family and Social Work308public administration, public policy analysis, social work, social service professions
Nursing and Emergency Medicine276registered nursing, various nursing
Computer Science and Engineering265computer and info science, information science, computer engineering, software engineering
Law222law, legal research, legal professions
Art Studies186visual and performing arts, art studies, arts management
Security and Law Enforcement162criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and police
Media132communication studies, communication and journalism
Medicine83neuroscience, health professions
Mathematics79mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics, mathematics and statistics, mathematics and computer science
Music66music, music performance
Drama and Performing Arts37dance, drama
Medical Administration22health care administration, health care facilities management
Religion and Philosophy22philosophy, religion
Medical Support and Technology8clinical lab tech
Fine Arts4art history and criticism
Photography and Commercial Art4cinematography, film and photography
Science and Laboratory Technician3science tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy3athletic trainer

Number of programs and degrees for George Mason in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,80953
Postbaccalaureate certificate35433
Master's degree2,54956
Doctor's degree18918
First-professional degree2161
Post-master's certificate81

George Mason Student Body

In 2007-2008, George Mason had a total enrollment of 30,276 students (22,180 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 40%
First Professional 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 7%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 19%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 14%
20-21 18%
22-24 20%
25-29 20%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey3%
State unknown3%
New York2%
(International Students)1%
Washington, DC1%
New Hampshire1%

George Mason Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 67 %

George Mason Room and Board (2007)

George Mason offers campus housing for 4,865 of its 22,180 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fairfax, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

George Mason Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500600
SAT Math520610
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2226
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT82%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT8%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

George Mason Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,512
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,476
Room and board $ 7,360
Room charge $ 4,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,160
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,704

Financial Aid:
George Mason participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 374900)

George Mason Faculty

George Mason has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year19$177,7714$145,435
Associate professorcalendar year7$87,54410$96,495
Assistant professorcalendar year3$73,79512$88,251
Instructorcalendar year3$75,4927$67,218
All faculty totalcalendar year32$138,69733$93,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year230$127,33865$110,602
Associate professoracademic year196$87,168134$79,616
Assistant professoracademic year183$73,565189$65,378
Instructoracademic year25$60,37947$54,743
All faculty totalacademic year634$96,758435$75,373

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

George Mason Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3469103

George Mason Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Health Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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