George Mason University (Mason)

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George Mason University can be found in Fairfax, VA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Mason enrolls nearly thirty nine thousand students annually.

Most of the students accepted into Mason had an SAT score in the range of 1110 to 1320, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 24 to 30. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Mason average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.35 - 3.64. Roughly 90 percent of all applicant were accepted at George Mason University, and from those that were granted acceptance about 22 percent continued on to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Mason acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 78%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Mason Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for George Mason University was reported as 86.7% in Fall 2020 with over 19,600 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Mason ACT Scores: 24 - 30
  • Mason Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into George Mason University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Mason has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for George Mason University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 81.0%
  • 2017-2018: 81.3%
  • 2018-2019: 81.1%
  • 2019-2020: 86.7%
  • Projected Mason Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 77.5%

How Does Mason Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Mason is fifty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Georgetown University14.4%
American University36.1%
George Washington University40.8%
University of Maryland-College Park44.2%
University of Maryland-Baltimore County61.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Mason (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 660
Math550 - 660
Total Score1110 - 1320
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 31
Math22 - 28
Composite Score24 - 30
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