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George Mason Essay Application

Ready to Apply?

Getting admitted to GMU means putting your best foot forward. Review admission requirements and help your application stand out.

Application Deadlines and Fees

Regular Decision DeadlineJanuary 15
Early Decision DeadlineN/A
Early Action DeadlineNovember 1
Application Fee$70
Online Applicationwebsite

Academic Factors Considered for Admission

GPARequired
Class RankRecommended
Secondary School RecordRequired
RecommendationsRecommended
Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, etc.)Required
College-Preparatory ProgramRecommended
Formal Demonstration of CompetenciesNot Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Not Required

Credits Accepted By This College

Advanced Placement (AP) CoursesYes
Dual-Credit ClassesYes
Life Experience CreditsYes

Here's How to Track Down the Admissions Department

Admissions Department Websitewebsite
E-mailadmissions@gmu.edu
Phone(703) 993-2400
Fax(703) 993-4622
Address4400 University Drive, MSN 3A4 Fairfax, VA 22030

Important Questions to Ask

Resources

George Mason University Support

  • Career Services is dedicated to career and graduate school preparation. Their website includes a timetable for the application process and resources for the application process as a whole: http://careers.gmu.edu/students/gradschool/ SUB I, room 348

Recommended Books

    • Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice by Donald Asher

    • Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays: A Student Handbook by Joe Schall

    • FREE excerpt: http://www.personal.psu.edu/u3w/WPSSample.pdf

    • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School by Richard Stelzer

    • Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice by Donald Asher

    • The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale

“The Paradox of Self-Expression: As you revise personal essays, concentrate on exuding an affirmative, positive tone. Be upbeat but not overbearing. Explain but don’t equivocate. Be realistic but not pessimistic. Speak confidently but don’t brag. Be idealistic but not naïve. Tell the truth about yourself and your background but don’t apologize for either.”

— from Joe Schall’s Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays

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