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Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Fairfax makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

586 Undergraduate Degrees
395 Graduate Degrees
$42,952 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
81% Acceptance Rate

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George Mason University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, GMU is ranked #81 out of 408 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

GMU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#49 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GMU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Computer Systems Networking Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GMU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#9 Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#22 Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#49 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#78 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is George Mason University?

Location of 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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GMU?

81% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 81%, GMU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% 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 560 and 650. Math scores were between 540 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for George Mason University  ( 560 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 540 to 640 )
GMU received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for George Mason University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for George Mason University  ( 24 to 30 )

Can I Afford George Mason University?

$42,952 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GMU is $42,952. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At GMU, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $7,922 a year. That adds up to $31,688 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GMU is 2.1%. 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

21,213 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,192 undergraduate students at GMU, with 21,213 being full-time and 4,979 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GMU

There are also 11,124 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,213 full-time undergraduates at GMU, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GMU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GMU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4,267
Black or African American 2,353
Hispanic or Latino 2,936
White 8,391
International Students 1,444
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,822

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

2,164 Took All Classes Online
12,753 Took At Least One Class Online
18.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at GMU. In 2017-2018, 12,753 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.


This school is the 2nd most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GMU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at George Mason University was 18.3%. This is the #640 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GMU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GMU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer Information Systems 7%
Information Technology 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GMU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GMU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Systems Networking #20
Internet Technology #20
Information Technology #26
Computer Information Systems #53

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%.

George Mason University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Information Technology 336 11 61 6 414
General Computer & Information Sciences 237 3 58 13 311
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration 0 0 152 0 152
General Information Science 0 24 18 0 42
Internet Technology 0 4 30 0 34
Computer & IS Security 0 1 14 0 15
Computer Science 13 0 0 0 13
TOTAL 586 43 333 19 981


*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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