Undergraduate Admission Policies
Admission to George Mason is competitive because the number of qualified candidates
for admission exceeds the number of new students who can be accommodated. Each
candidate who presents sufficient admission qualifications is reviewed in the
context of other qualified applicants. An offer of admission is valid only for
the semester for which the student applied. Programs with limited space or special
requirements may need a second review process for admission.
Applying for Admission
Application for undergraduate admission should be made to the Office of Admissions.
Application forms are provided on request or are available on the Internet at
ugrad/onapps.html. A nonrefundable and nontransferable fee
of $35 must accompany the application. (The international application fee is $75.)
Catalog information, the Schedule
of Classes, tuition information, campus events listings, and
departmental information are available at www.gmu.edu.
The priority application deadline for fall admission is February 1 for freshman
applicants and April 1 for transfer applicants. The application deadline for the
spring semester is November 1. Applications for the 2003-2004 fall and spring
semesters may be submitted starting July 1, 2002. George Mason encourages early
applications from prospective freshmen who wish to be considered for academic
scholarships. The university reserves the right to close applications before published
deadlines if conditions so warrant. Admission decisions for freshmen are usually
made after the first-semester grades of the senior year and all appropriate test
results have been received by the Office of Admissions. Transfer decisions are
made as files become complete. Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion
of in-progress course work and graduation from high school.
High school juniors who have completed high school graduation requirements
except for senior English and government courses may, with the approval of their
high school guidance counselor or principal, apply for admission and thereby enter
the university one year early. Applicants should present above-average grades,
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)/American College Test (ACT) scores, and a high
school course of study demonstrating rigorous academic preparation for university-level
work. Candidates for this program must arrange an interview with the dean or director
Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees
The university offers a number of Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree programs
for academically strong undergraduates with an interest in research, or graduate
and professional studies. Admission to these programs is competitive. Information
and application packages are available in the individual schools, colleges and
The Admissions Committee reviews undergraduate admission decisions and appeals.
The Office of Admissions or the Admissions Committee may make other stipulations
or recommendations regarding the admission of an individual.
The following factors are considered when reviewing freshman applications for
- Cumulative high school grade point average for course work completed in grades
9 through 12
- Level of difficulty of course work elected throughout the high school years,
particularly in English, mathematics, laboratory science, and foreign language
- Scores from the SAT I, and/or the ACT, and/or Test of English as a Foreign
- Secondary school report
The Admissions Office evaluates applications after all required materials have
been received. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline date are notified
of decisions by April 1. All other applicants are notified on a space-available
The following table specifies the minimum units of college preparatory work
required for admission, as well as the minimum units recommended. The recommended
units reflect the typical high school program of students who have succeeded in
competing for admission in recent years
Columns (1), (2), and (3) refer to the following categories:
- Students applying for a Bachelor of Arts [excluding those in category 3],
Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music program, or with an undeclared major
- Students applying for a Bachelor of Science degree program, excluding those
in category 3
- Students applying with an intended major in pre-business, chemistry, computer
science, engineering, geology, mathematics, or physics
One unit equals one academic year of study.
|Other Academic Electives
* Selected from algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry,
functions, math analysis, calculus.
** Selected from biology, chemistry, physics, or other advanced lab science.
Freshman candidates for admission are required to take the SAT I or the ACT.
All non-native English speakers are also required to take the TOEFL. Official
test scores should be sent directly from the appropriate testing service.
Acceptance of Offer of Admission
The university complies with the national candidate reply date of May 1. Students
confirm by completing the enrollment confirmation form provided in the admission
packet and submitting it to the university with a $250.00 enrollment deposit.
The deposit is non-refundable after May 1.
Right to Withdraw Offer of Admission
The university reserves the right to withdraw offers of admission if applicants
fail to satisfy all requirements or if it is determined that admission was obtained
through the use of falsified, altered, or embellished information. In the instance
of withdrawal of admission from a matriculated student, credit earned at George
Mason may be withheld.
Re-admission after Previous Attendance
Students who have missed two or more consecutive semesters of enrollment (excluding
Summer Term) at George Mason University must apply for re-admission through the
Office of Admissions if any of the following conditions are true:
- The student is an undergraduate returning after an absence during which he
or she studied at another institution, without prior written permission of
his or her school/college. Such students must reapply as transfer students.
- The student is a degree-seeking undergraduate who was last enrolled five or
more years ago.
- The student is international, in F-1 or J-1 immigration status.
- The student was ever suspended or dismissed from any college/university for
- The student was academically dismissed from George Mason University.
- The student was ever convicted of a felony.
Re-enrollment after Previous Attendance
Unless any of the conditions requiring re-admission apply, students in good
academic standing who have missed two or more consecutive semesters of enrollment
(excluding Summer Term) at Mason may re-enter the university by completing a Re-Enrollment
Form available through the Registrar's Office. For graduate students and some
undergraduate programs, academic department approval is also required.
Application for a Second Bachelor's Degree
Application for a second bachelor's degree following conferral of a first degree
from any accredited institution must be conducted through the Office of Admission.
After admission, the student will work with the academic program to develop an
approved contract or course of study of at least 30 credit hours beyond the first
degree. While this contract will detail college level and major requirements to
be met, such students do not have to meet additional university General Education
requirements. Determination of academic standing will begin anew for the second
The university accepts qualified students who wish to transfer from other regionally
accredited colleges or universities. Transfer applicants must submit official
transcripts from each collegiate institution attended. Transfer applicants with
fewer than 30 transferable credits must also submit a copy of their secondary
school record and test scores. All non-native English speakers are also required
to submit a TOEFL score or acceptable grades (C or better) in at least two English
composition/literature classes taken at another U.S. university/college.
Application for admission as a transfer student is competitive. Successful
candidates for admission usually have a minimum of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. Students
on active social or academic probation, suspension, or dismissal are not eligible
for transfer admission.
Transfer applicants who have been out of school for a semester or longer, excluding
summers and school designated breaks, must provide the Admissions Office with
a statement describing activities during this period. A resume may be submitted
in lieu of a statement.
A student transferring into the university receives a formal evaluation of
transfer credit following the offer of admission. The student is responsible for
seeing that the Office of Admissions receives official transcripts of all course
work taken elsewhere.
In general, credits are accepted from regionally accredited institutions, provided
that a grade of C or better has been earned in the course, and that the course
content is equal to that offered at George Mason University. Transfer credit is
not granted for study in non-accredited institutions.
Forty-five credits of upper-level course work are required for graduation.
While lower-level courses taken at previously attended institutions may meet the
content requirement of some upper-level courses, they do not reduce the 45-credit
Students enrolled on a campus of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS)
may access transfer information from a computer database located on the university's
web site at: www.admissions.gmu.edu/ugrad/transguide.
Credit to Be Earned at Other Institutions
A student who applies for admission to the university would not normally be
expected to seek simultaneous credit enrollment at another collegiate institution.
In those unique situations when a student does desire concurrent enrollment at
another university/college, the student must obtain advance written approval from
the appropriate George Mason dean. (This rule also applies to courses taken through
the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.) This process
permits a student to enroll elsewhere in a suitable course unavailable at George
Mason. Catalog numbers and descriptions of courses to be taken elsewhere must
be submitted with the request for approval. Students who enroll elsewhere without
advance written permission while enrolled at George Mason may not receive transfer
credit for course work taken at other institutions.