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Admission Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Each year Mason enrolls talented transfer students from all over the world who have demonstrated success in their postsecondary academic work and present a richness of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographic origins.

Students who have graduated from high school and subsequently attempted course work at a college or university are considered transfer applicants. The Admissions Committee considers each transfer application individually and reviews all grades received in courses attempted, as well as the rigor of the applicant's academic program. Transfer applicants are expected to have completed transferable courses in college-level composition and mathematics prior to application. VCCS transfer applicants who choose not to earn a transfer associate's degree will be considered for regular transfer admission. These applicants are advised to complete ENG 111 and ENG 112 or 125 and one of the following math courses: MTH 151, 152, 170, 173, 174, 181, 240, 241, 271 or 272 at the community college. College algebra is not transferable to George Mason University. A cumulative GPA is calculated for all previous college work attempted when a student has attended more than one college or university. Applicants who have had a break in their traditional enrollment will be asked to provide a resume. Although an admission essay is optional, the Admissions Committee encourages applicants to use this option to convey information about your background that can not be gleaned from transcripts or a resume.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline: Fall Semester March 1st
Spring Semester October 1st

The Office of Admissions will consider applications for regular transfer admission after the priority deadlines on a space-available basis. Late applicants are not considered for GAA admission.

Submission of Official Transcripts

Have official transcripts from all previous institutions sent directly to the Office of Admissions. To be considered official, the transcript must be transmitted directly from the Registrar at your previous school(s) to the George Mason University Office of Admissions. Transcripts may be mailed, faxed or sent electronically to: Unofficial transcripts will not be processed.

If you have fewer than 30 hours of earned university-level credit, you must also submit your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. (Students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to enrollment at Mason are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.) Admission is competitive and the Admissions Committee may require a high school transcript even though you have completed more than 30 hours of university-level credit.