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George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Benches painted by students outside the Fenwick Library credit: slayer from Hsin Chu, Taiwan
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Overview
Public
19,266 Undergraduates
81% Admissions Rate
Suburb: Large
Public
Region: South
Division 1
Size: Medium
Doctoral
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, Virginia
22030-4444
(703) 993-1000
www2.gmu.edu/

George Mason University, a public research university located in Fairfax County, Virginia, is one of the top 140 institutions of higher learning in the United States. It was originally a part of the University of Virginia system and called the Northern Virginia University Center of the University of Virginia when it was founded in 1949. In 1972, it became a separate institution and was renamed George Mason University. Today, it sits on 854 acres of land in an urban setting in Virginia state. EagleBank Arena, which is operated by the college, includes 10,000 seats and hosts events and concerts. The school’s motto is “Freedom and Learning.” Notable alumni include economist Tyler Cowen, author Zainab Salbi, engineer Anousheh Ansari, baseball manager Dayton Moore, actor Archie Kao, correspondent Hala Gorani, basketball player Lamar Butler and economist Peter Boettke. The school’s colors are green and gold, its mascot is The Patriot and its teams are nicknamed the Patriots. Its sports affiliation is NCAA Division I – A-10. There are 22 men’s and women’s varsity sports, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, volleyball and tennis, and women’s basketball, cross country, track and field, rowing, soccer and softball.

Location

Fairfax , colloquially known as Fairfax Courthouse, Downtown Fairfax, or Fairfax City, and officially named the City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,013 as of 2015.The city of Fairfax is an enclave surrounded by the separate political entity Fairfax County. Fairfax City also contains an exclave of Fairfax County, as detailed below. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

88

restaurants score

Students
49%

Men

51%

Women

23

Average Age of Entering Students

1979

New Transfer Students

Admissions
81%

Acceptance Rate

25%

Enrollment Yield

1060-1250

SAT Range

15,548

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$18,032

Typical Cost

$34,370

Out-Of-State (published)

$11,924

In-State (published)

73%

Recieve Financial Aid

87%

Have Loans

$15,500

Median Debt

Academics
16.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

249

Doctorates Awareded

Computer And Information Systems

Top Major

5

Faculty Awards

2

National Academy Members

33

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Standard

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, many to choose from

Greek Life:

Important, more than 40 fraternities and sororities on campus

Party Scene:

Standard, mostly on the weekends
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Atlantic 10 Conference

Track & Field Conference:

Atlantic 10 Conference

Basketball Division:

1

Track Division:

1

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