MORE THAN $214 MILLION IN RESEARCH FUNDING
Mason is among only 146 universities in the United States designated as a Carnegie Research 1 (R1) institution. The collaborative research of Mason faculty, students, and alumni serves as a driving force for innovation, prosperity, and well-being in the commonwealth and beyond.
Located just outside Washington, D.C., Mason’s beautiful 677-acre residential campus in Fairfax, Virginia, is home to the most diverse student body in the state. Our physical presence extends across Virginia and beyond, with Mason Square, our campus in Arlington; the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas; the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal; and our overseas campus in Songdo, South Korea. As a Mason student, you will have access to a powerful regional presence with a global reach.
FRESHMAN APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application with great care. These are the factors we evaluate:
- Cumulative high school GPA in a rigorous curriculum
- Secondary school report and counselor recommendation letters
- Extracurricular activities and community service participation
- Optional, but strongly encouraged, personal statement and supplemental essay
- For Honors College applicants, a supplemental essay
ADMITTED STUDENT PROFILE
MASON IS SCORE OPTIONAL
We’ve been a test-optional institution for the SAT and ACT since 2007. That’s because we understand some students may not wish—or are unable—to submit standardized test scores as part of their application if these do not adequately reflect their academic achievements or predict their potential.
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We proudly accept nearly 90 percent of undergraduate applicants because we believe in inclusivity over exclusivity.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet additional requirements depending on their program of interest.
MASON THINKS All Together Different
Mason’s reputation for bold innovation is on full display across our colleges and schools, with academic programs that are intentionally created and shaped to directly address the needs of our communities.
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Engineering and Computing
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Public Health
- College of Science
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Schar School of Policy and Government
- School of Business
MASON’S HONORS COLLEGE
In Mason's Honors College, your motivation will be rewarded with unique academic and social opportunities that enhance your college experience.
Our prime location puts us at the crossroads of government, industry, and research, which attracts engaged and dedicated faculty members who lead in their fields. Mason’s faculty includes U.S. Congress members, U.S. Supreme Court justices, business leaders, artists, and successful entrepreneurs from all backgrounds.
Mason Online allows students to take select classes remotely while at home, stationed abroad, or traveling. These courses maintain the same rigor and integrity as their campus-based counterparts, providing an active and collaborative learning environment with greater flexibility to fit your needs.
#1 for Public Health
Mason’s public health programs are ranked No. 1 in Virginia by College Factual.
Our School of Business is accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Mason’s School of Business is among only 20 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting.
The College of Engineering and Computing’s Cyber Security Engineering Program is ranked No. 9 worldwide by EduRank.
MASON WELCOMES All Together Different
Mason’s students hail from all 50 states and 130 countries, representing the broadest spectrum of origins, identities, circumstances, and experiences. Together, our students can see the world more completely, think more creatively, and learn more effectively. More than that, the shared perspectives among Mason students lead to the creation of new knowledge and solutions that would be impossible to achieve otherwise.
#1 FOR DIVERSITY
U.S. News & World Report ranks Mason No. 1 in Virginia and No. 7 nationally among public institutions for diversity.
5 OUT OF 5 STARS FOR LGBTQ+ INCLUSIVITY
Mason is one of only 48 universities in the nation to earn a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index.
The First-Gen+ Center serves as an accessible starting point for first generation, undocumented, refugee, and limited-income students and their families.
FIND YOUR COMMUNITY AT MASON
Our undergraduate students come from many different communities, meaning you’ll live and work alongside students who are both similar and different from you, with ample opportunities to learn from one another along the way.
Our wealth of student-led organizations is one of the truest indicators of Mason’s diversity of thought, interests, and goals. Every year, Mason and our students host thousands of events on campus. These include dance classes, theatrical and musical performances, sports competitions and watch parties, movie screenings, comedy shows, and so much more.
Our study-abroad programs give you the opportunity to experience different cultures while studying at prestigious host institutions. Eligible first-year students can study abroad as early as their second semester with the help of Mason’s Global Gateway program.
MASON WORKS All Together Different
University Career Services, Mason’s nationally recognized career center, takes an industry-focused approach as it serves more than 21,000 students annually through workshops and campuswide career fairs. With their help:
700+ COMPANIES CONNECT WITH AND RECRUIT OUR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES EACH YEAR
ACCENTURE | AMAZON | BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB | CAPITAL ONE | CDC | DELOITTE | DISNEY | FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS | FDA | FEMA | GM | IBM | KPMG | MARRIOTT | MICROSOFT | MITRE | NASA | NIH | NORC | PERATON | RAND CORPORATION | ROCKSTAR GAMES | SPECIAL OLYMPICS | THE WORLD BANK | U.S. ARMY
MASON PROVIDES AN AFFORDABLE EDUCATION
Many Mason students receive some form of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. 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 0.8 percent, which is significantly lower than the national default rate of 2.3 percent. Mason graduates are better positioned than others to pay off their educational investments.
LEARN ABOUT ALL YOUR FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS AT MASON
APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID
To be eligible for need-based aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year you attend Mason.
INELIGIBLE FOR THE FAFSA?
Virginia students who are ineligible for the FAFSA, including undocumented students and those with DACA status, should complete the Virginia Alternative State Aid Application (VASA) instead. The VASA priority deadline for freshman students is February 1.
MASON EXPERIENCES All Together Different
Feeling connected to the campus community is a crucial part of the full Mason experience. That’s why our more than 40 residence halls offer on-campus, communal-style options and Learning Communities (LCs) that place you at the center of student life. Plus, your resident advisor (RA) will be available the entire time to provide the resources and guidance necessary for making Mason your second home.
Mason Dining offers something for every palate or dietary need. Allergen-free, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, halal, and kosher options are readily accessible, and our dietitian is available for free consultations to discuss your unique needs. With more than 30 dining locations across our campuses, some open 24 hours a day, you’ll have the flexibility to eat what you want, when you want.
Mason is committed to both individual and community safety. Our Mason Alert text notification system provides immediate updates and safety information. You will also have access to an array of safety features through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app. Our Department of Police and Public Safety employs more than 135 full- and part-time personnel, ready to assist you on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Mason is serious about the health and well-being of our students. Care is readily available through Student Health Services, and individual and group therapy can be booked through Counseling and Psychological Services. Throughout the school year, our Center for the Advancement of Well-Being organizes campuswide initiatives to help you stay mindful and thrive. Patriots also have 24/7 access to TimelyCare, a virtual mental health and well-being platform designed specifically for college students.
Mason makes it easy for you to get where you need to go. With free access to Fairfax City’s CUE bus system and Mason-run shuttles connecting our campuses and the Washington, D.C., Metro system, you can reach unprecedented cultural and professional opportunities. When you’re on campus, our biking and e-scooter infrastructure guarantees you’ll never have trouble making it to class on time.
MASON PLAYS All Together Different
MASON WORKS HARD AND PLAYS HARDER
Mason’s 22 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletic teams are all part of the elite Atlantic 10 Conference. Together, our teams have brought home 35 national championship titles. Show your Patriot Pride by cheering for our two-time NCAA championship-winning basketball team and chanting the fight song with the Green Machine—our one-of-a-kind pep band led by the charismatic Doc Nix!
3 STATE-OF-THE-ART FITNESS CENTERS
With more than 230,000 square feet of recreational space, our centers offer something for everyone, including an Olympic-sized pool, weight training equipment, and dozens of group exercise classes.
32 CLUB SPORTS
More than 900 students participate in men’s, women’s, and co-recreational organizations competing against other universities regionally, nationally, and even internationally.
20 INTRAMURAL SPORTS
With more than 2,300 participants, our intramural programs offer team, individual, and dual sports, as well as nontraditional options at both the recreational and competitive levels.
4 VARSITY-LEVEL ESPORTS SQUADS
In addition to competing nationally, Mason’s esports student organization hosts community game nights and tournaments. Each year, they work with several other programs to host GAMEmason, a two-day gaming convention on campus.
DIVISION I TEAMS
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Indoor Track and Field
- Outdoor Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Indoor Track and Field
- Outdoor Track and Field