George Mason University

3,868 reviews
  1. Fairfax, VA
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
George Mason University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Atlantic 10 Conference
Address
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
Website

George Mason University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
1050-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$17,347/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,745/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,524/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,135/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,589/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,383/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.246 responses
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.247 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.247 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,818Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 163 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    58%
  • Busy
    13%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Enthusiastic
    6%
  • Content
    5%
  • Students like me :)
    5%
  • Asian
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.327 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.383 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 188 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    44%
  • Welcoming
    32%
  • Just okay
    6%
  • Helping
    6%
  • Decent
    4%
  • Acceptable
    3%
  • Different
    2%

After George Mason University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.186 responses

Reviews

3,868 reviews
  • Excellent
    581
  • Very Good
    1441
  • Average
    1522
  • Poor
    231
  • Terrible
    93
Mason is awesome! If you're looking for the crazy-party life- frat life- booze- college experience, you definitely won't get that here. Most of the students are commuters and live off campus or with their parents. I think for what I'm studying (economics) it's seriously the best. We have such a great program with amazing and truly inspirational professors. I've been taught to think in ways I wouldn't have thought otherwise if I didn't come here (very liberal). Also since it's close to DC, you can easily do an internship. Overall great location for networking and opportunities and coming from such a diverse school you're exposed to a lot of backgrounds and opinions which really opens up your mind. Bottom line- if you're coming for a solid educational experience then this is the school- if you want that fratty college experience, don't bother.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Aug 25 2015
Although the university began construction in the 1960s and some of the buildings date back to the initial groundbreaking, maintenance inside them and constant upgrades to technology detract from their age. Many newly constructed buildings, however, are modern, sleek, and "green/LEED", and contain state-of-the-art technology. The Patriot Center is THE place to catch concerts and sporting events - professional or collegiate (everything from the GMU Patriots to Green Day to Sesame Street Live); the performing arts center has superior acoustics inside, and all shows there are on par with those you might see at a theater in DC. All these structures are well-placed around a huge campus that is surrounded by beautiful landscape, forest, and a pond. Once inside the campus area, you'd never know you're in a small city, and twenty minutes from DC. I commend the architects, project managers and planners who have made GMU such a beautiful place to study...I love it here!
  • College Senior
  • Nov 9 2013
Russian and Eurasian Studies - fascinating! The history, the culture, the language...it's all so fun and challenging for those who are passionate about non-western cultures. Moreover, learning the language will prepare students for a myriad of jobs in both the public and private sector. Workload is that which should be expected of college - it's not high school anymore! The courses are all interesting, and the professors who lead them are amazing...Levine, Christensen, Katz, Barnes, Wade...all top-notch in their field. There are many internship and scholarship opportunities available to culture and language studies students, as well.
  • College Senior
  • Nov 9 2013