Freshman Admission Requirements

We are excited that you are considering joining the Mason Nation, a dynamic and diverse community of scholars, leaders, and innovators. Mason receives over 22,000 applications for undergraduate admissions each year for its incoming freshmen class of approximately 3,100 students. Admission is competitive and is done using a holistic approach - all aspects of a student's application, including high school transcripts, standardized test scores, essays, and letters of recommendation, among other supplemental documents, are reviewed by the admissions committee.

Students who have not graduated from high school or earned a GED at point of application are considered freshman applicants and must meet all freshman application requirements. Students who have graduated or earned a GED and have taken college courses beyond high school are considered transfer applicants and must meet the transfer admissions requirements available at http://admissions.gmu.edu/transfer/.

General Requirements

The Office of Admissions reviews applications in a holistic manner, taking every part of a student's application into consideration. The following factors are evaluated in the decision process:

  • Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) for course work completed in grades 9 through 12
  • Level of difficulty of course work selected throughout high school, particularly in core academic courses.
  • Scores submitted from the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the American College Test (ACT). Mason receives SAT and ACT scores electronically from each testing agency. Applicants should request scores to be sent directly from SAT and/or ACT. Student score reports will NOT be accepted.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from non-native English-speaking applicants to supplement other standardized test results. If you do not speak English at home, you are highly encouraged to take the TOEFL. If you are in doubt as to whether you need to complete an English-language proficiency examination please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • All freshmen applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an optional “Personal Statement” of approximately 250 words that highlights your leadership achievements or significant service contributions to your high school or community. Students submit the statement online when prompted during the online application process.
  • Secondary School Report and Counselor Recommendations. We suggest sending two (2) letters of recommendation, one from your high school counselor and one from a teacher. There is no special recommendation form and letter can be submitted electronically or via e-mail to admissions@gmu.edu.
  • Extracurricular activities and community service participation listed on your online application or sent within an activity sheet or resume.

Additional Information

Admission to Your Major

Admission to the university and to the major are usually simultaneous with the following exceptions:

Art and Visual Technology Majors

A portfolio review is required of all applicants to Art and Visual Technology degree programs. To obtain more information concerning portfolio reviews, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the School of Art at 703-993-8898.

Computer Game Design Majors

A portfolio review is not required for admission, but is required for department scholarship consideration. To obtain more information concerning portfolio reviews, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the Computer Game Design program at 703-993-5734.

Dance Majors

An audition is required of all applicants to Dance degree programs. To obtain more information concerning auditions, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the School of Dance at 703-993-1114.

Film and Video Studies Majors

A portfolio review is required of all applicants to Film and Video Studies degree programs. To obtain more information concerning portfolio reviews, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the Film and Video Studies program at 703-993-5158.

Music Majors

An audition is required of all applicants to Music degree programs. To obtain more information concerning auditions, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the School of Music at 703-993-1390.

Theater Majors

An audition or portfolio review is required of all applicants to Theater degree programs. To obtain more information, please visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu/admissions-u.html. For questions, contact the School of Theater at 703-993-1120.

All prospective Art and Visual Technology, Computer Game Design, Dance, Film and Video Studies, Music, and Theater students are encouraged to submit applications to the university BEFORE scheduling auditions or portfolio reviews. Please be aware of the priority deadlines.