George Mason University (232186)

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,795
3% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$18,479
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.821%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
90%
20,001 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
39,049
69.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
70.6%
2,237 Graduates

About

George Mason University (232186) is a higher education institution located in Fairfax County, VA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at George Mason University (232186) were General Psychology (405 degrees awarded), Information Technology (398 degrees), and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (371 degrees).

In 2022, 10,335 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at George Mason University (232186). 56.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,351 degrees), 2.36 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1,845 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at George Mason University (232186) is $9,795, which is $−20,355 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at George Mason University (232186) is $9,795, which is $−20,355 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,479.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending George Mason University (232186) received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$9,795
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at George Mason University (232186) was $9,795. The cost of tuition at George Mason University (232186) is $−20,355 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$18,479
2022 Value
1.92%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 George Mason University (232186) had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,479. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of George Mason University (232186) grew by 1.92%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,949
Room and Board
$1,314
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at George Mason University (232186) was of $12,949 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.11% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,314. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.82% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at George Mason University (232186) received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 7.02% with respect to 2021, when 57% 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.
0.821%
2019 Default Rate
52
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at George Mason University (232186) was 0.821%, which represents 52 out of the 6333 total borrowers.

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Admissions

George Mason University (232186) received 20,001 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 2.56% annual growth. Out of those 20,001 applicants, 18,001 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90% acceptance rate.

There were 39,049 students enrolled at George Mason University (232186) in 2022. 38% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

George Mason University (232186) has an overall enrollment yield of 23%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
18,001
Accepted Out of 20,001

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of George Mason University (232186) was 90% (18,001 admissions from 20,001 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 91.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 2.56%, while admissions declined by −3.95%..

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SAT Scores

38%
Submission Percentage (2022)
1,565
Scores Submitted (2022)

38% of enrolled first-time students at George Mason University (232186) in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

George Mason University (232186) had a total enrollment of 39,049 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at George Mason University (232186) is 27,121 students and the part-time enrollment is 11,928. This means that 69.5% of students enrolled at George Mason University (232186) are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at George Mason University (232186), both undergraduate and graduate, is 36.8% White, 19% Asian, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% Black or African American, 4.01% Two or More Races, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.105% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at George Mason University (232186) in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (17.9%), followed by White Female (16.5%) and Asian Male (12.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (19.8%), followed by White Male (14.9%) and Black or African American Female (4.89%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

69.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at George Mason University (232186) in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39,049 students. The full-time enrollment at George Mason University (232186) is 27,121 and the part-time enrollment is 11,928. This means that 69.5% of students enrolled at George Mason University (232186) are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2022 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 (232186) was 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), George Mason University (232186) had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    14,374 enrolled students
  2. Asian
    7,438 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    5,607 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at George Mason University (232186) is 36.8% White, 19% Asian, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino, 11.4% Black or African American, 4.01% Two or More Races, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.105% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% 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, 1,611 students (4.13%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,423 more women than men received degrees from George Mason University (232186). The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at George Mason University (232186) is white (4,351 degrees awarded). There were 2.36 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1845 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at George Mason University (232186) is General Psychology (405 degrees awarded), followed by Information Technology (398 degrees) and Other Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods (371 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at George Mason University (232186), meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (602 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,106 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (373 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at George Mason University (232186) are Software developers (589,956 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (446,504 people), Other managers (405,143 people), Social workers, all other (231,110 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (210,185 people).

The most specialized majors at George Mason University (232186) in 2022 are Protective Services (602 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,106 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (373 degrees), Social Sciences (739 degrees), and History (113 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (232186) are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at George Mason University (232186) are Protective Services (602 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,106 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (373 degrees), Social Sciences (739 degrees), and History (113 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (232186) are Computer Systems Design (748,345 people), Elementary & secondary schools (564,535 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (533,103 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (404,174 people), and Legal services (369,246 people).

The most specialized majors at George Mason University (232186) are Protective Services (602 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (1,106 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (373 degrees), Social Sciences (739 degrees), and History (113 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (232186).
Most Common (2022)
  1. 405 degrees awarded
  2. 398 degrees awarded
  3. 371 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at George Mason University (232186) was General Psychology with 405 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,456
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
5,879
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 4,456 degrees were awarded to men at George Mason University (232186), which is 0.758 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,879).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 342 degrees were awarded to men at George Mason University (232186) in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 3.72 times more than the 92 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 366 degrees were awarded to men at George Mason University (232186) in General Psychology, which is 3.33 times more than the 110 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

48%
100% Completion Time
72%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 48% of students graduating from George Mason University (232186) completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (83.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at George Mason University (232186) is Female and Asian (83.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 1.79% of graduates (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,351 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    1,845 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,349 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at George Mason University (232186) is white (4,351 degrees awarded). There were 2.36 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (1845 degrees).

5.06% of degree recipients (523 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,381 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,970 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    1,033 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at George Mason University (232186) is white female (2,381 degrees awarded). There were 1.21 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1970 degrees).

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Operations

George Mason University (232186) has an endowment valued at nearly $142M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.218%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, George Mason University (232186) had a total salary expenditure of 1.07B. George Mason University (232186) employs 514 Associate professors, 475 Assistant professors and 399 Professors. Most academics at George Mason University (232186) are Male Associate professor (264), Male Professor (258), and Female Associate professor (250).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Mason University (232186) are: Business and Financial Operations, with 597 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 424 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 400 employees.

Endowment

$142M
2022 Endowment
17.7%
decline from 2021

George Mason University (232186) has an endowment valued at about $142M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of George Mason University (232186) declined 17.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $231M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $140M - Federal
  2. $5.98M - State
  3. $2.46M - Local

As of 2022, George Mason University (232186) received $140M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.98M from state grants and contracts, and $2.46M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$505M
2022 Salaries
9.17%
growth from 2021

In 2022, George Mason University (232186) paid a median of $505M in salaries, which represents 47.1% of their overall expenditure ($1.07B) and a 9.17% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$178M
Instructional Salaries
1,468
Number of Employees

In 2022, George Mason University (232186) paid a total of $178M to 1,468 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
514 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
597 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at George Mason University (232186) were Associate professor with 514 employees, Assistant professor with 475 employees, and Professor with 399 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at George Mason University (232186) were Business and Financial Operations with 597 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 424 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 400 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at George Mason University (232186) was Male Associate professor with 264 employees, Male Professor with 258 employees, and Female Associate professor with 250 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at George Mason University (232186).

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