Chances of getting into George Mason University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
81.3%
Admission Difficulty for George Mason University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into Mason and can I get accepted? The school has a 81% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,446 out of 18,993 applicants were admitted making George Mason University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent. George Mason University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Mason SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1170-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
70%
SAT Scores for George Mason University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for George Mason University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to George Mason University?

George Mason University typically requires applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #7 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 70 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

George Mason University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >88%
1260 to 1350 Avg + 81%-88%
1170 to 1260 Avg - 71%-81%
1080 to 1170 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 1080 Low <60%
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Mason ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
13%
ACT Scores for George Mason University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for George Mason University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Mason?

Admission data indicates that Mason regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to George Mason University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

George Mason University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >88%
27 to 30 Avg + 81%-88%
24 to 27 Avg - 71%-81%
21 to 24 Reach 60%-71%
Less than 21 Low <60%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.66
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into George Mason University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at George Mason University was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Virginia for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Mason accepts 81% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted George Mason University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 32% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 22% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 8% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

56% of George Mason University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted George Mason University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 94%
Bottom 50% of class 6%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

George Mason University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,468 8,525 18,993
Accepted 8,795 6,651 15,446
Acceptance Rate 84% 78% 81%
Enrolled 1,773 1,716 3,489
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 26% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
35

Applicants have 35 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Mason before the Jan 15 application deadline.

ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to George Mason University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

George Mason University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at George Mason University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232186 IPEDS survey data for George Mason University.

Frequently Asked Questions

70% of students submit their SAT scores to Mason. 13% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

81% of those who apply are granted admission to Mason. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1170 and 1350. 70% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. 13% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.