Quality of Transfer Students on the Rise

Posted: March 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

According to Marcelle Heerschap, dean of Admissions, the quality of transfer students for this spring semester has increased dramatically from last spring. The mean grade point average for spring 1999 transfers was 2.82, and that number has jumped to 2.94. In addition, the mean grade point average for fall 1999 freshmen was 3.13, and their mean SAT score was 1065.

Recruitment efforts by the Admissions Office for the fall semester included a visit to every high school and community college in Virginia, and out-of-state recruitment trips to Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and California. Recruiters attended more than 100 out-of-state and international high schools and college fairs, and also visited Asia, western Europe, and South America.

For the upcoming fall semester, Heerschap says, George Mason has received an 11.7 percent increase in freshmen applications and a 26.8 percent increase in out-of-state applications compared with fall 1999. Presently, George Mason receives about 20,000 hits on its admissions website per day, about 150 requests for application materials per day, and about 50 e-mail questions per day.

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