You Belong at Mason Freshman Students

As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University provides a college experience like no other. Mason offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous minors and certificate programs to customize your education and meet your career and personal goals.

Mason is at the forefront of emerging fields and is committed to providing a transformational learning experience that helps you grow as an individual, scholar, and professional.

Mason is one of only 131 schools in the country designated as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Mason Programs

Discover Who You Are and Who You Want to Be

Mason’s nine colleges and schools provide the opportunity to craft your own course of study. Whether you’re passionate about a certain subject or want to start by exploring your options, we’ll provide the advice and guidance to help you find the best fit.

Mason’s Honors College

Mason’s Honors College provides motivated students with unique academic and social opportunities that enhance the college experience. Selected from the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College, University Scholars are awarded scholarships covering the full cost of tuition over four years.

Grad School Bound?

Jump-start Your Graduate Education Experience!

Save money, time, and expand your career options with Mason’s bachelor's/ accelerated master’s programs.

The Mason Experience

Part of the Vibrant D.C. Region

Mason is located 15 miles outside the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. As the political and cultural center of the country, the city offers a great place to explore and gain valuable educational and professional experiences.

A Place Like No Other

Mason Campuses

Mason’s beautiful 670-acre residential campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Our additional Virginia campuses in Arlington and Manassas, and our overseas campus in Songdo, South Korea, provide expanded access to educational opportunities for Mason students and others in our communities.

Mason is home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia, a site that provides experiential education opportunities for students building careers in global conservation.

Campus Safety

Mason is committed to both individual and community safety. Our Mason Alert text notification system provides immediate updates and safety information. Students also have access to an array of safety features through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app. The George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety has a force of more than 135 full- and part-time personnel. Officers are available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


World-class Faculty

Mason’s innovative spirit and reputation for excellence have attracted some of the world’s brightest minds including elected officials, retired generals, and former ambassadors.

A George Mason education adds 20 percent to the value of a college degree, the Brookings Institution analysis found when comparing mid-career salaries.

Online Learning Options

Mason Online allows students to take select classes offered on campus in an online format while at home, stationed abroad, or traveling. This allows you to learn on your own time from wherever you are.


All Mason freshmen are required to live on campus. Our 50+ residence halls offer a variety of options, including suites, apartments, and Learning Communities (LCs). Residence halls offer new or recently renovated spaces, open lounge areas, shared kitchens, and free laundry facilities.


With dining locations across our campuses—some open 24 hours—you’ll have the flexibility to eat what you want and when you want. Mason Dining offers something for every palate or dietary need, including allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, and halal options. And if you're too busy studying, Mason Dining's fleet of delivery robots can bring you dinner while you brush up before finals!


Three state-of-the-art fitness centers offer everything from an Olympic-sized pool to group exercise classes. Mason’s fitness resources are endless—and free for full-time students.

460+ Student Organizations

There are so many ways at Mason for you to find your niche, get involved, and meet new friends. There are also opportunities for team activities through our intramural or club teams. Every year, we host thousands of events on campus, including theater, music, sports, movies, comedians, and more. There is always something to see or do.

200+ Study-abroad Programs

Our study-abroad programs give you the opportunity to experience different cultures while studying at prestigious host institutions. If you’re an eligible freshman, Mason’s Global Gateways program allows you to study abroad as early as your second semester.

Experience the World at Mason

Home to Virginia’s largest and most diverse student body, Mason ranks among the most diverse universities in the nation.

Our diversity has defined and shaped our culture, from how we educate our students to our sense of responsibility in our communities and in the world as a whole. We are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive in a complex world.

Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Hailing from 130 countries and all 50 states, the Mason Nation brings together many different ideas and perspectives that contribute to a vibrant and engaging community.

Mason has a culture of seeing things as they are, accepting challenges, and figuring out how to get the work done.

We have a great foundation in place, but we know we can do more. Our Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, created by President Gregory Washington, is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university. The work we do will create a strategy to incorporate change across Mason. We’re holding ourselves accountable because we know it’s not enough to set goals—we’re determined to meet the challenge today and in the future.


Major: Environmental Studies, Honors College

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

About: Jazmin is an environmental studies major in the Honors College. She loves Mason’s location and her program of study, along with the campus atmosphere and diversity. A student-athlete on the women’s NCAA Division I track and field team, Jazmin is a student leader who has served as a Mason Ambassador. She says that Mason feels like home, which has been very comforting to her as an out-of-state student.

"I chose to attend Mason because of its great location in Northern Virginia and the wonderful environmental studies program that Mason offers. While both of these aspects still fuel my love for Mason, I have also come to adore the diversity, atmosphere, and people who have affected me both academically and personally in my years as a Patriot. From the moment I arrived on campus to now, Mason has always felt like home."


Major: Global Affairs, minor in Spanish

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

About: At Mason, Joaquín has been involved in the fraternity Chi Psi. Off campus, he has been participating in a virtual internship with Manna Project International, which seeks to bring up young leaders in Ecuador by providing them with life skills and resources to help end cyclical poverty.

"I chose George Mason University because it is ideal for a global affairs major with its proximity to Washington, D.C., as well as to my own home. Mason is ideal for students like me as it has a wide array of curricula to help people become more educated on what is going on around the world, not just in the United States. In just one year at Mason, I have already grown so much as an individual with more knowledge about world affairs."


Major: Government and International Politics, Honors College

Hometown: Grapevine, Texas

About: Molly’s favorite part of attending Mason is the proximity to Washington, D.C. Given the location, she’s had the chance to meet with the late civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, as well as lobby at Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office. In addition, Molly has joined Schar’s Undergraduate Student Organization so that she can become even more involved with the school and now serves as their event coordinator.

"Mason is amazing! Not only do you meet people from Virginia, but from all over the world. You have access to so many life-changing experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. Mason truly is a one-of-a-kind university, and the knowledge you gain here will set you up for the rest of your life."

Graduate Career-ready

84 percent of our graduates achieve positive career outcomes within six months of graduation.

The College of Engineering and Computing is ranked No. 5 among High ROI Colleges for Engineering Majors in Affordable Colleges Online.

The School of Business at George Mason University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business is among only 25 percent of AACSB accredited business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting.

92% of Mason Graduates are employed in the Washington, D.C. region, with a median salary of $65,500.

Mason’s English and history degree programs are ranked No. 1 in the country for earnings potential by PayScale.com.

More than 700 companies throughout the year connect with and recruit our students and graduates.

Connect With Top Regional Employers


Amazon HQ2

Mason continues to expand our Arlington Campus and will launch our new School of Computing to support the newest location of Amazon’s headquarters.

Career Services

University Career Services offers mason students the support they need to be career-ready. Whether it’s through resume workshops, internship resources, or our career fairs, you’ll have the help you need to shine as a candidate for a career in your chosen field.

20,000 students are served annually by Mason's Career Services team

Mason has an active alumni network, with 200,000 Mason graduates worldwide and 63 percent of Mason alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area.


Mason Provides an Affordable Education

Many Mason students receive some form of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. All freshman applicants who apply by November 1 are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family.

Mason's loan default rate is 2.1 percent, which is significantly lower than the National default rate of 10.1 percent. This means that Mason graduates are better positioned than others to pay off the investment they made in their education.


Patriot Pride

Show your Patriot Pride with green and gold as you watch one of our 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams! Don’t forget to learn the fight song so you can sing along with our NCAA No. 1-ranked pep band, The Green Machine.


Freshman Application Requirements

  • Cumulative high school GPA in a rigorous curriculum
  • Unofficial SAT or ACT scores, or score optional consideration*
  • Secondary School Report and counselor recommendation letters
  • Extracurricular activities and community service participation
  • Personal statement and supplementary essay, optional but strongly encouraged
  • For Honors College applicants, supplemental essay

*Score Optional Consideration. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application with great care. We understand some students may not wish or are unable to submit standardized test scores as a component of the application process, or they may believe the SAT or ACT test scores do not adequately reflect their level of academic achievement and/or predict their potential. Score Optional Review provides an opportunity for students to be considered for admission without submitting standardized test scores.

Admitted Student Profile

  • GPA: 3.3–3.9 weighted
  • SAT: 1110–1220
  • ACT: 23–29

Freshman Application Deadlines

  • Nonbinding Early Action Deadline* November 1
  • Honors College and University Scholars Consideration* November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline February 1
  • Mason Financial Aid Deadline January 15
  • Priority Application Deadline (for spring semester) October 1

*All freshman applicants who apply to Mason by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 1 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships and our nonbinding Early Action decision.

Apply today and start your educational journey with us!


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