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George Mason University: Narrative Description


4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703)993-1000
Admissions: (703)993-2400
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 677-acre suburban campus with easy access to Washington, DC. Endowment: $38 million. Research spending 2003-04: $43.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6274 per student. Total enrollment: 28,874. Faculty: 1,846 (974 full-time, 872 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 10,103 applied, 69% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 13,113 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 4,295 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 129 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 16% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 22% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, Shenandoah University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 1/15. Notification: 4/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $3942 full-time, $164.25 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,310 full-time, $596.25 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $1506 full-time, $62.75 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6240. College room only: $3600. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 255 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: intramurals, student government, club sports, volunteer and community service. Major annual events: homecoming, Patriots' Day, Mason Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,500 college housing spaces available; 3,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Fenwick Library plus 1 other with 1.5 million books, 2.7 million microform titles, 27,708 serials, 27,344 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.8 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Fairfax is a rapidly growing residential area on the western fringes of Washington, DC. Shopping facilities, commercial transportation, recreation activities, part-time employment and moderate-to-expensive rental apartments are available nearby.

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