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Mason Admission Requirements

Fairfax, Virginia

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Chances of getting into George Mason University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
89%
Admission Difficulty for George Mason University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Mason and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Mason is 89%.  It ranks #37 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. George Mason University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 18,909 out of 21,198 applicants were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 34 percent (SAT 1100/1300 ACT 24/30). George Mason University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.66. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Mason application fee is $70 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to George Mason University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 71% of students submitted SAT scores and 9% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Mason SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1100-1300
Applicants Submitting SAT 
71%
SAT Scores for George Mason University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for George Mason University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 650
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1300
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

George Mason University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 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 1000. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1200 out of 1600. Mason ranks #7 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 71 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

George Mason University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1300 and Above Good >94%
1200 to 1300 Avg + 89%-94%
1100 to 1200 Avg - 81%-89%
1000 to 1100 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 1000 Low <69%
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Mason ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
9%
ACT Scores for George Mason University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for George Mason University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
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 #6 in Virginia and #202 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to George Mason University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

George Mason University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >94%
27 to 30 Avg + 89%-94%
24 to 27 Avg - 81%-89%
21 to 24 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 21 Low <69%
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Mason GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into George Mason University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Mason. 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 #10 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 89% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted George Mason University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 24.16% Good
3.75 to 3.99 22.25% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.36% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.74% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.07% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.28% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.14% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% of George Mason University freshman were in the top half 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 16%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

George Mason University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,916 9,282 21,198
Accepted 10,834 8,075 18,909
Acceptance Rate 91% 87% 89%
Enrolled 1,787 1,774 3,561
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 22% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
113

Applicants have 113 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to George Mason University is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to George Mason University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

George Mason University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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.

FAQs

Does George Mason University prefer SAT or ACT?

71% of students submit their SAT scores to Mason. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into George Mason University?

89% of those who apply are granted admission to Mason. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for George Mason University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1300. 71% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for George Mason University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. 9% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.