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George Mason University is a public institution situated in Fairfax, Virginia. GMU is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

$43,210 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
91% Acceptance Rate

Where Is George Mason University?


Contact details for GMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: 703-993-1000

How Do I Get Into GMU?

You can apply to GMU online at:

Admission Requirements for GMU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GMU?

91% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
37% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 91%, GMU is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 93%.

Average Test Scores

About 37% of students accepted to GMU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 560 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Mason University  ( 580 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 560 to 680 )
GMU received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for George Mason University  ( 25 to 30 )

Can I Afford George Mason University?

$43,210 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
0.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GMU is $43,210. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At GMU, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $7,606 a year. That adds up to $30,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GMU is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

George Mason University Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,142 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,882 undergraduate students at GMU, with 21,142 being full-time and 5,740 being part-time.


There are also 11,746 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,142 full-time undergraduates at GMU, 50% are male and 50% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of George Mason University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,809
Black or African American 2,427
Hispanic or Latino 3,238
White 7,562
International Students 1,229
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,877

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at George Mason University. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 126 countries are represented at GMU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at George Mason University

8,748 Took All Classes Online
30,238 Took At Least One Class Online
254.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 45 bachelor’s degree and 66 master’s degree programs available online at GMU. In 2020-2021, 30,238 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GMU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of GMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at George Mason University was 254.6%. This is the #127 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at GMU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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