George Mason University (Mason)

4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA

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George Mason University, established in 1972 and commonly known as "Mason," is a top-ranking educational institution located in Northern Virginia.  Mason has strong research programs that span topic areas such as cancer, climate change, biosciences and information technology. Mason offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and has particularly strong programs in public policy, information technology and engineering, economics, visual and performing arts, conflict resolution, healthcare, biotechnology and life sciences.  The university's School of Law has been widely recognized as one of the top law schools in the U.S.

The area where the university's campuses are based, near Washington, D.C., is known as "the technology corridor."  George Mason University has four campuses, which are Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus, Prince William Campus and Mason in Loudoun.

Mason has many innovative study programs such as study abroad programs for anthropology students, astronomy apprenticeships, Capitol Hill internships, and more.  The Mason faculty includes many celebrated scholars and historians, as well as cutting-edge researchers.


The university is named for George Mason, who lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, and was one of the founding fathers of the United States. George Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, or Bill of Rights.


For good luck, students at George Mason University have a tradition of rubbing the toe of the George Mason statue before an exam.


George Mason University follows the semester system, offering fall, spring and summer semesters.

Colleges and Schools

Mason offers more than 100 academic degree programs through its many colleges and schools, which are:

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • College of Science
  • Center for Global Education
  • Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • School of Management
  • School of Public Policy
  • School of Law
  • The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Student Life

George Mason University has one of the largest residential communities in Virginia, and all freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Social activities, student clubs and organizations are plentiful at Mason, and the university hosts 23 fraternities and 14 sororities.


Intercollegiate athletics at George Mason University include basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, Lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, swimming and diving.

Satellite Campuses

George Mason University is comprised of four campuses:

  • Fairfax Campus
  • Arlington Campus
  • Prince William Campus
  • Mason in Loudoun.

Community Life

There are many activities available on campus and in the community to keep Mason students busy, from hot cedar saunas to musical concerts or kickboxing classes. The campuses of Mason boast many arts venues and athletics facilities, and many social and cultural activities.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students George Mason University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at George Mason University is around 34,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 68% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $17,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $60 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $8,000-$9,600
    • Out-of-State: $29,000-$34,350
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $460-$550 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,300-$1,600 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid71%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships52%$7,500
Receiving Student Loans54%$8,141

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, George Mason University may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

George Mason University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 67%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years43%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Mason is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Atlantic 10 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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