George Mason University


A public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Capital Region, we are an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.

Why choose George Mason University?
Campus Service

George Mason University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. George Mason University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at George Mason University, 54 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at George Mason University.

Students who have cars on campus 54%
Health insurance offered Yes
Admission Requirements

At Mason, we value our global campus population and it is our aim to make the admissions process as straightforward as possible.

Please read the sections below and determine which applicant category best represents your individual situation.

  • Freshman
    Students who completed secondary school and have not enrolled in a regular session at any college or university.
  • Transfer
    Students who completed some coursework at a post-secondary institution.
  • Mason Korea
    Undergraduate students who wish to study at Mason’s campus in Songdo, South Korea.
  • Graduate Student
    Students who completed a 4-year U.S. bachelors degree or the equivalent.
  • English Language and Pathway Program Applicant
    Students who are interesting in studying English for academic study at George Mason University.
  • Additional information for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad or possessing international academic credentials.
English Language Programs

Pathway Programs

The INTO George Mason University Pathway Programs are for international students who need additional language and academic preparation before continuing to an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

English Language Programs

The INTO George Mason University English language programs are for international students looking to improve their language skills to achieve academic, professional or personal goals.

Benefits of INTO’s Pathway and English Language Programs

  • Receive personalized academic advising and support services throughout any program of study
  • Learn in small classes taught by university instructors
  • Integrated access to all university facilities, including recreation centers, libraries, clubs and on-campus and sports events.
How to apply

When applying to George Mason University, it’s important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at George Mason University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent and an early acceptance rate of 75 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2013 acceptance rate 62%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15


Entry Requirements

Priority Dates and Time Tickets

Registration times are assigned to each class code in order of completed hours from most to least. Go to Patriot Web to verify your registration time and to make sure you have a record free of holds that prevent registration.

*All newly admitted freshmen and transfer students must attend orientation and will register on that day.

Priority Dates Class Code
Nov 4 Graduate
Nov 6 Seniors
Nov 10 Juniors
Nov 12 Sophomores
Nov 14 Freshmen
Nov 19 Nondegree Graduate
Jan 5 Nondegree Undergraduate

Important Dates

Dates listed on this page are for full semester courses only. For add/drop deadlines for courses that meet less than a full semester, see Non-standard Sections Dates.

For graduation deadlines, please go to the Graduation Timelines page.

January 1 Day of Week Thursday
Martin Luther King Day (no classes) Mon Jan 19
First day of classes; last day to submit Domicile Reclassification Application; Payment Due Date; full semester waitlists removed Tue Jan 20
Summer 2015 Graduation Intent Available via Patriot Web Mon Jan 26
Last day to add classes—all individualized section forms due
Last day to drop with no tuition penalty
*Due to the university’s late opening on Tuesday, January 27, students have until 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 29 to submit a force add form (signed by the instructor or department) to the Office of the University Registrar to register for classes that meet Tuesday before 10:30 a.m.
Tues Jan 27
Last day to drop with a 33% tuition penalty Tues Feb 10
Final Drop Deadline (67% tuition penalty) Fri Feb 20
Last day to file your Spring 2015 Graduation Intent Fri Feb 20
Immunization Record Deadline Sun Mar 1
Midterm progress reporting period (100-200 level classes)—grades available via Patriot Web Mon Feb 16 – Fri Mar 20
Selective Withdrawal Period (undergraduate students only) Mon Feb 23 – Fri Mar 27
Spring Break Mon Mar 9 – Sun Mar 15
Incomplete work from Fall 2014 due to Instructor Fri Mar 27
Incomplete grade changes from Fall 2014 due to Registrar Fri Apr 3
Dissertation/Thesis Deadline Fri May 1
Makeup Day for Tue, Feb 17
Tue May 5
Makeup Day for Thursday, March 5
Wed May 6
Last day of classes Mon May 4 Wed May 6
Reading Days
Reading days provide students with additional study time for final examinations. Faculty may schedule optional study sessions, but regular classes or exams may not be held.
Tue May 5
Exam Period (beginning at 7:30 a.m.) Wed May 6 – Wed May 13
Thu May 7 – Wed May 13
Commencement and Degree Conferral Date May 16

Part-of-Term Tuition Liability Dates

There are standard Part-of-Term codes designated for courses that meet for the full semester (1), the first half of the semester (1F), or the last half of the semester (1L). Some courses meet for less than the full semester and have modified add, drop, and tuition liability dates. The part-of term code for non-standard courses will be listed in the section notes on Patriot Web. Please refer to the chart below for specific add/drop deadline dates.

Please note: Courses may be assigned to a Part-of-Term code that doesn’t necessarily match the exact start and end date for the section. Students should consult Patriot Web for the exact start and end dates for these non-standard courses.

Part-of-TermCode Dates Last Day to Add/Drop(no tuition liability) Last Day to Drop(with 33% liability) Final DropDeadline/Last day to Drop(with 67% liability) Selective Withdrawal Period*(100% liability)
1 1/20–5/13 1/27 2/10 2/20 2/23 – 3/27
1F 1/21–3/16 1/27 1/30 2/3 2/4 – 2/11
1I 1/20–5/13 1/27 2/10 2/20 2/23 – 3/27
1L 3/18–5/14 3/24 3/27 3/31 4/1 – 4/8
1M 2/10–4/6 2/17 2/20 2/24 2/25 – 3/4
1N 1/20–5/13 1/27 2/10 2/20 2/23 – 3/27
1W 1/2–1/20 1/6 1/8 1-9 – 1/12

*The Selective Withdrawal Period applies to undergraduate degree-seeking students only. See the University Catalog for further details.

Payment Due Dates and Policies

Student Accounts is responsible for all payment policies. Refer to the the Student Accounts website for more information and important deadlines.

2014-2015 Tution

The costs for full-time undergraduate students attending Mason for the 2014–2015 academic year are listed below. Room and board (food) costs are averages and vary based on the student’s choice of meal plan, residence hall, on-campus apartment and off-campus apartment.

In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $10,657/year $30,235/year
Room (residence hall) $6,000 $6,000
Board (base plan) $4,100 $4,100
Per Year Total $20,757 $40,335

* Room and board costs vary based on the student’s choice in residence hall and meal plan.

For tuition costs and fees per credit hour, please visit


Our students come first
Our top priority is to provide students with a transformational learning experience that helps them grow as individuals, scholars and professionals

Diversity is our strength
We include and embrace a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do and respect differences

Innovation is our tradition
We strive to find new and better ways to deliver on our mission while honoring time-tested academic values

We honor freedom of thought and expression
We protect the freedom of all members of our community to seek truth and express their views

We are careful stewards
We manage the economic and natural resources entrusted to us responsibly and sustainably

We act with integrity
We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as educators, scholars, students and professionals

We thrive together
We nurture a positive and collaborative community that contributes to the well-being and success of every member

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