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Rank: 97

George Mason University

Fairfax, VAwww2.gmu.edu/
George Mason University is extremely diverse, with a large international contingent representing about 130 countries. GMU is a relatively new university, starting out as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957, before taking its current name (after one of the founding fathers of the U.S.) in 1972. Its campus, in suburban Fairfax, is about 15 miles from Washington, D.C. Once a largely commuter campus, GMU now requires that most freshmen live on campus, and it has grown into the largest public university in Virginia, with some 35,000 students, about 23,000 of them undergraduates. It offers nearly 80 undergraduate majors in its 11 undergraduate schools and colleges. It also has combined bachelor's and accelerated master's degrees in more than 30 different fields. GMU fields 20 men's and women's teams in Division I sports, including baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and track and field. GMU's graduation rate of 70% is 7% higher than schools with similar student populations, according to MONEY's findings. Recent grads often do well in the job market, earning an average of $55,100 per year — over 11% higher than graduates from similar universities.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$29,900
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,400
Average price for low-income students
$15,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
81%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1160/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
32,249
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
57%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$4,513
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$19,800
Average salary within 3 years
$55,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
50%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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