Key Facts

Mason's students, faculty, staff, and alumni go beyond the desire to know and understand, striving to make a difference.

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#1 in Virginia for Economic Diversity
New York Times
  • Mason is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 40,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries.
  • Mason boasts a 90% admission rate, a testament to its commitment to access and impact in the community.
  • Mason’s six-year graduation rate of 71% is well above the national average, with no disparity based on ethnicity or economic status.
  • 24% of Mason undergraduate students are first generation students. 29% are eligible for federal need-based Pell Grants, which is greater than the state average.
  • Nearly 2,800 of Mason’s incoming students in fall 2022 were transfer students, including more than 700 students in Mason’s award-winning ADVANCE transfer pathway program with Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Even now, Mason continues to grow. Spring 2022 headcount and credit hour enrollment went up 1.6%. Out of state enrollment went up 12.6% and international enrollment shot up 25%.


Mason is ranked a top 50 public institution, per the Wall Street Journal (2023)

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Best University for Non-Traditional Students
Best University for Non-Traditional Students

#4 public in America (#8 overall), #1 in VA,

per College Factual's National Rankings

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Best in Virginia for Social Mobility
Wall Street Journal

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87 percent of graduates
report positive career outcomes within six months
  • Mason drives economic growth in the region. In a survey of the graduating class of 2022, 86% are employed in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C.
  • 87% of those surveyed had a positive career outcome at or within 6 months of graduation, meaning they were employed, continuing education, or serving in the military or with a volunteer organization.
  • Mason produces more tech graduates than any other four-year institution in Virginia. Almost 40% of Mason students major in STEM fields. Mason graduates most often go into the industries of government/military, technology, healthcare/pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, or education.
  • Mason is conveniently located within a few hours of all the major economic and cultural centers on the East Coast of the United States. We host 500+ employers through recruitment networking events, Career Fairs, and the On-Campus Interviewing Program.
  • Mason graduates earn among the highest starting salaries of graduates from Virginia public universities; the median salary reported for the Class of 2022 was $72,000.


Mason's Antonin Scalia Law School is among the top 10 public law schools in the country.

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#5 in ROI for engineering majors
#5 in ROI for engineering majors

per Affordable Colleges Online

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One of the youngest R-1 ranked universities
  • Mason is a nationally ranked R1 research university. Total research expenditures for FY22 were $178 million, a 12.4% increase over FY21.
  • The Fuse building, 345,000 square feet under construction at Mason Square in Arlington, will create a place where students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and tech powerhouses can come together to learn, develop, and grow together.
  • Cutting-edge research conducted at Mason has led to groundbreaking advancements in cancer detection, treatment of Lyme disease, concussion protocols, and COVID-19 early detection.
  • The National Science Foundation ranks Mason 10th among U.S. public universities in research growth over the past decade.
  • Mason offers 132 degree programs at the master’s, doctoral, and professional level, and more than 100 graduate-level certificates. Eight of our graduate programs have been designated as best in Virginia.
  • Mason is No. 1 in Virginia in web design and development, database administration, and remote sensing engineering, according to EduRank.
  • Mason is ranked No. 5 nationally for homeland security, according to U.S. News and World Report.
  • Our students gain experience through research, fieldwork, internships, service learning, study-abroad programs, and alternative spring breaks.

Mason is ranked 8th nationally among public institutions and 1st in Virginia for innovation, per U.S. News and World Report.

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200+ Study Abroad Programs
200+ Study Abroad Programs

ranging from spring breaks to year-long excursions

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22 NCAA Division 1 Teams
  • Mason is home to 34 club sports with more than 800 participants every year. There are also 25 intramural activities with more than 2,800 participants.
  • Mason has more than 230,000 square feet of indoor athletics facility space available free to students, along with faculty and staff memberships.
  • George Mason University is one of just four Division I schools in the nation to boast a perfect 100 on the Athlete Ally's Athletic Equality Index. Campus Pride Index rates Mason as a "best of the best" university, one of only 30 institutions nationwide and the only one in Virginia to gain that distinction.
  • Major League Cricket (MLC) and Mason are working together to study the feasibility of a new multi-purpose cricket and baseball facility to host MLC matches, Mason games, and other regional events.
  • Mason is now No. 8 nationally and No. 8 among public institutions in FIRE's free speech rankings.
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#1 Ranked Pep Band
#1 Ranked Pep Band

in the US, per the NCAA