George Mason University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$8,204

2.86% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$18,032

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.3%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

81%

15,548 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

34,909

67.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

69.9%

1,801 Graduates

About

George Mason University is a higher education institution located in Fairfax County, VA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at George Mason University were Criminal Justice - Police Science (341 degrees awarded), General Psychology (321 degrees), and Information Technology (318 degrees).

In 2016, 9,044 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at George Mason University. 56.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.1% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,479 degrees), 3.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1316 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at George Mason University is $8,204, which is $-17,652 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at George Mason University is $8,204, which is $-17,652 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,032.

In 2016, 46% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$8,204

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at George Mason University was $8,204. The cost of tuition at George Mason University is $-17,652 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$18,032

2016 Value

4.13%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 George Mason University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,032. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of George Mason University grew by 4.13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,777

Room and Board

$1,150

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at George Mason University was of $11,777 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of room and board increased by 2.59% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.23% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

44%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

46% of undergraduate students at George Mason University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 12.2% with respect to 2015, when 41% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

2.3%

2015 Default Rate

133

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at George Mason University was 2.3%, which represents 133 out of the 5772 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

George Mason University received 15,548 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 18.1% annual decline. Out of those 15,548 applicants, 12,592 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81% acceptance rate.

There were 34,909 students enrolled at George Mason University in 2016, and 66% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

George Mason University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

12,592

Accepted Out of 15,548

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of George Mason University was 81% (12,592 admissions from 15,548 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 79.7%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -18.1%, while admissions declined by -16.8%.

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SAT Scores

66%

Submission Percentage

2,114

Scores Submitted

66% of enrolled first-time students at George Mason University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

George Mason University has a total enrollment of 34,909 students. The full-time enrollment at George Mason University is 23,675 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,234. This means that 67.8% of students enrolled at George Mason University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at George Mason University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46.1% White, 15.8% Asian, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 10.2% Black or African American, 3.76% Two or More Races, 0.352% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.18% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at George Mason University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (21.9%), followed by White Female (21.1%) and Asian Female (9.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (23.9%), followed by White Male (19.9%) and Black or African American Female (5.47%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

67.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at George Mason University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34,909 students. The full-time enrollment at George Mason University is 23,675 and the part-time enrollment is 11,234. This means that 67.8% of students enrolled at George Mason University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at George Mason University was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), George Mason University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    16,102

  2. Asian

    5,528

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    4,004

The enrolled student population at George Mason University is 46.1% White, 15.8% Asian, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 10.2% Black or African American, 3.76% Two or More Races, 0.352% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.18% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,375 students (3.94%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1250 more women than men received degrees from George Mason University. The majority of degree recipients at George Mason University are white (4,479 degrees awarded). There were 3.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1316 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at George Mason University is Criminal Justice - Police Science (341 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (321 degrees) and Information Technology (318 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at George Mason University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (434 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (865 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (454 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Mason University are Software developers, applications & systems software (453,188 people), Miscellaneous managers (433,228 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (433,097 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (335,497 people), and Social workers (262,778 people).

The most specialized majors at George Mason University are English (434 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (865 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (454 degrees), History (158 degrees), and Social Sciences (809 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Mason University are Public relations specialists, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Financial analysts

The most specialized majors at George Mason University are English (434 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (865 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (454 degrees), History (158 degrees), and Social Sciences (809 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Mason University are Elementary & secondary schools (650,217 people), Computer Systems Design (641,864 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (478,777 people), Legal services (362,271 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (272,264 people).

The most specialized majors at George Mason University are English (434 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (865 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (454 degrees), History (158 degrees), and Social Sciences (809 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by George Mason University.

Most Common

  1. 341 degrees awarded

  2. 321 degrees awarded

  3. 318 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at George Mason University was Criminal Justice - Police Science with 341 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,897

  2. 5,147

In 2016, 3,897 degrees were awarded to men at George Mason University, which is 0.757 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,147).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 313 degrees were awarded to men at George Mason University in Information Technology, which is 3.68 times more than the 85 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 331 degrees were awarded to women at George Mason University in Curriculum & Instruction, which is 5.25 times more than the 63 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%

100% Completion Time

67%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 44% of students graduating from George Mason University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 70% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (79.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at George Mason University is Female and Asian (79.7% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.55% of graduates (64 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,479 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    1,316 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    888 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at George Mason University is white (4,479 degrees awarded). There were 3.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1316 degrees).

5.57% of degree recipients (504 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,549 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,930 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    718 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at George Mason University is white female (2,549 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,930 degrees).

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Operations

George Mason University has an endowment valued at nearly $72.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $612k (0.847%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, George Mason University had a total expenditure of $779M. Of that $779M, they spent $371M on salaries and $779M on benefits.

George Mason University employs 432 Associate professors, 379 Assistant professors, and 362 Professors. Most academics at George Mason University are Male Professors (270), Male Associate professors(232), and Female Associate professors (200).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Mason University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 474 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 370 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 348 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$72.2M

2015 Endowment

3.87%

growth from 2014

George Mason University has an endowment valued at about $72.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of George Mason University grew 3.87% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $199M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $80.1M - Federal

  2. $3.82M - State

  3. $1.56M - Local

As of 2015, George Mason University received $80.1M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.82M from state grants and contracts, and $1.56M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$371M

Salary Expenditure

$779M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, George Mason University had a total expenditure of $779M. Of that $779M, they spent $371M on salaries and $779M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at George Mason University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$371M

2015 Salaries

0.831%

growth from 2014

In 2015, George Mason University paid a median of $371M in salaries, which represents 47.6% of their overall expenditure ($779M) and a 0.831% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.99% growth from 2013 and a 4.34% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$124M

Instructional Salaries

1,259

Number of Employees

In 2015, George Mason University paid a total of $124M to 1,259 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

432 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

474 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at George Mason University were Associate professor with 432 employees; Assistant professor with 379 employees; and Assistant professor with 362 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Mason University were Business and Financial Operations with 474 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 370 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 348 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at George Mason University was Male Professor with 270 employees, Male Associate professor with 232 employees, and Female Associate professor with 200 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at George Mason University.

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