Key Facts

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

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George Mason is Ranked a Top 50 Public University
per Forbes and the Wall Street Journal
  • George Mason is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 40,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries.
  • George Mason boasts a nearly 90% admission rate for undergrads, a testament to its commitment to access and impact in the community.
  • George Mason’s six-year graduation rate of nearly 70%, above the national average, with no disparity based on ethnicity or economic status.
  • Currently, about one in four George Mason students is in the first generation of their family to attend college, and a slightly higher percentage of George Mason students qualify for Federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to undergraduates with exceptional financial need.
  • Over 2,800 of George Mason’s incoming students in fall 2023 were transfer students, including more than 700 students in George Mason’s award-winning ADVANCE transfer pathway program with Northern Virginia Community College.


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#1 in Virginia for Economic Diversity
#1 in Virginia for Economic Diversity

per the New York Times

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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
  • George 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.
  • George Mason drives economic growth in the region. In a survey of the graduating class of 2023, 83% 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.
  • George 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.
  • George Mason graduates earn among the highest starting salaries of graduates from Virginia public universities; the median salary reported for the Class of 2023 was $74,000.


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

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#1 Online College in Virginia
#1 Online College in Virginia

per Affordable Colleges Online

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One of the youngest R-1 ranked universities
  • George Mason is a nationally ranked R1 research university. Total research funding for FY 2023 was $230 million, putting the university three years ahead of its goal of $225 million by FY 2025.
  • 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 George 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 George Mason 10th among U.S. public universities in research growth over the past decade.
  • George Mason is No. 1 in the DMV in entrepreneurship, human rights law, public policy administration, and more, according to EduRank.
  • George Mason is ranked No. 4 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.

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

Student talks with a study abroad representative at the Study Abroad fair on the quad outside the Fenwick Library. A sign promotes a trip to Italy for a Geology Field Camp.
200+ Study Abroad Programs
200+ Study Abroad Programs

ranging from spring breaks to year-long excursions

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22 Division 1 Athletics Teams
  • George 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.
  • George 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 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.
  • Partnerships with entities like Starship Robot and BurnAlong bring the latest technology straight to our students, enhancing their university experience in ways that focus on their well-being as well as convenience and time efficiency.
  • George 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