George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444
Admission: Tel (703) 993-2400 or
Fax (703) 993-4622

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V 530 M 520
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$6,212/instate $16,604/out
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George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

George Mason University
The heart of the George Mason campus.

College Description
Located in Fairfax County, a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., George Mason University is well-positioned to offer the best of both worlds. Less than an hour to the west are the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains - perfect for hiking, camping, and skiing. A 30-minute subway ride to the east brings students to the historic Mall area of downtown Washington, D.C., and its offerings of museums, monuments, theatres, art galleries, and fine restaurants. The greater Washington metropolitan area provides a wealth of opportunities for student internships and co-ops, which can be set up through the university's Career Development Office. As a metropolitan university, George Mason serves the needs of both its students and the local community through its academic programs, research facilities, and institutes. A broad range of educational opportunities are provided through day and evening courses through seven divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Information Technology and Engineering, the School of Law, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and University Institutes and Centers.

Academic Life
GMU awards B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.S., B.S.Ed., and B.S.N. degrees in over 50 undergraduate programs. As alternatives to the traditional degree programs, the university also offers the Bachelor of Individualized Study degree-designed for the needs of the mature student; the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies; and the New Century College-a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and self-reflective program where small groups of faculty and students concentrate on intellectual problems, stressing an integrative learning experience. Freshmen may compete for the university's new Honors Program, featuring an interdisciplinary curriculum. George Mason University offers academic counseling, seminars, and assistance through campus offices such as the Academic Advising Center, the Counseling Center, and the Career Development Center. The Johnson Learning Center, opened in 1996, provides students with a total learning experience through interaction with books, technology, peers, faculty, and staff-the 320,000-square-foot building is the first of its kind on an American campus. The $50-million facility combines a 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art open-space library facility with the meeting, activity, and food space normally associated with a student union. GMU also offers an extensive study-abroad experience through its International Programs Office. The university offers courses year-round with a fall and spring semester and a summer session.

Campus Life
The Johnson Learning Center is the focal point for many of the university's 200 clubs and organizations, which range from academic and professional organizations to international organizations (which showcase the great diversity of the GMU student body) to a very active Student Government Association. Nearly 60% of GMU students participate in campus and community service programs, while some 5% are involved in Greek organizations. Students may participate in NCAA Division I sports, club sports, and intramurals, or take advantage of three athletic/recreation facilities for sports at their own leisure. Campus housing is guaranteed, and most students are housed in townhouse-style housing built during the last ten years. Two student unions and the Johnson Center allow students to select from a variety of meal services, and to have a place where they can come together with other GMU students in a formal or informal manner. GMU is within a 45-minute drive of most of the Washington, D.C., area colleges. GMU students may easily interact with students at these institutions and may take courses there through a consortium of area colleges.

Facilities and Resources
Fenwick Library houses more than 650,000 volumes and 798,000 microform units and subscribes to approximately 6,700 current periodicals. The School of Law houses an additional 170,000 volumes. The 661-acre campus also features Clarence Robinson Hall, a four-story structure that includes classrooms, laboratories, a fully equipped theatre, and departmental offices. Two Science and Technology buildings house most of the Computer Science and Engineering laboratories and classrooms. The recreation and sports complexes include the 10,000-seat Patriot Center Arena, a 64,000-square-foot recreation center, and the 3,000-seat Physical Education Building. A Natorium is scheduled for completion in 1998. New residence halls provide housing for 3,000 students. Several state-of-the-art mainframe computers, including IBM 4381 and Digital VAX 8820 and 8550 systems, are available to students. Several hundred microcomputers and terminals are available for student use in computer laboratories, classrooms, and the Johnson Center. Students have access to all computing systems by means of MASONet, a campus-wide data communications network. Students have access to MASONet through classrooms, through the residence halls, and by dialing in from home. The Humanities and Performing Arts Center includes a 2,000-seat theatre, rehearsal rooms, and dance studios. The Office for Students With Disabilities provides support services for students with learning or physical disabilities. GMU, through its institutes and academic offices, provides a link with the local business, government, and educational organizations for research, community service, and problem-solving.

George Mason University is a member of the NCAA and participates in sports at the Division I level. Athletic scholarships are available. Men's teams include: soccer, basketball, baseball, track and field, golf, tennis, cross-country, volleyball, and wrestling. Women's teams include: soccer, basketball, track and field, tennis, lacrosse, cross-country, volleyball, and softball. GMU participates in the Colonial Athletic Association. Club sports include men's rugby, women's rugby, men's and women's crew, football, and men's lacrosse. Nearly 70% of GMU students participate in a variety of intramural sports. Racquetball courts, tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and a fully equipped weightroom are available in the Recreation and Sports Complex. The women's soccer team won the NCAA Division I title in 1983 and the men's track team the NCAA Indoor title in 1996.

Financial Aid
George Mason University students receive financial aid from grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time employment sources. Students who require financial aid should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Aid Programs, P.O. Box 4032, Iowa City, IA 52243. The FAFSA should be mailed as soon as possible after January 1 to receive priority consideration. GMU, Fairfax, VA (school code 003449) must be clearly indicated on the college release. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid, George Mason University, telephone (703) 993-2353.

Admission Requirements
Admission to George Mason University is competitive. The University does not discriminate in its admission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or handicap. A nonrefundable application fee of $30 must accompany the application. Applicants must submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, recommendations, and an essay along with the applications. An interview with the Admissions Office is also required. The deadline for freshman applications is February 1. Applicants desiring early notification or consideration for academic scholarships must apply before January 1. Successful candidates for admission generally have the following profile: 4 units of English, 3 units of math (4 preferred), 2 units of foreign language, 2 units of laboratory science, and 4 to 5 units of academic electives. In reaching a decision on an applicant, classroom success and the level of coursework account for the heaviest weight in the decision. All factors, including the interview, are considered on an individual basis.

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