Fall 2002 Enrollment Is University’s Highest Ever

Posted: November 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

George Mason’s total enrollment is the highest it has ever been at 26,796 students, making it the second largest university in the state after Virginia Tech. The latest statistics from Institutional Research and Reporting (IRR) show a 7.6 percent increase in enrollment, or 1,899 more students than last year.

Undergraduate enrollment is 16,688 students, a growth of 6 percent from last fall. Most of the increase occurred from students returning to George Mason at the junior and senior level, says Laura Phelps of IRR. Among the undergraduate programs with the largest enrollment are decision science and management information systems in the School of Management, communication and psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and computer science in the School of Information Technology and Engineering. Enrollment in the School of Law is 832 students, up 9 percent over last year’s enrollment of 763.

Tremendous growth occurred at the graduate level this year, mostly at the master’s level, says Phelps. Total graduate enrollment is 9,276, up 11 percent from last fall. There are 5,908 students enrolled in master’s programs this year compared to 5,115 last year–an increase of 15 percent. The master’s programs with the largest enrollment are information systems and computer science in the School of Information Technology and Engineering, public administration and telecommunications in the College of Arts and Sciences, and New Professional Studies: Teaching in the Graduate School of Education.

Phelps notes that the student body mix also shifted slightly this fall. Undergraduates represent 62 percent of the population compared to almost 64 percent last year. Law school students remain at 3 percent of the population, while graduate students now represent closer to 35 percent of the student body, compared with 33 percent last year.

The in-state to out-of-state mix of George Mason students remains similar to that of previous years, with 85.5 percent of students calling Virginia home and 14.5 percent hailing from out of state. The percentage of full-time to part-time students also remains close to that of last year, with 53 percent of the university’s students in full-time status and 47 percent in part-time status. Seventy-three percent of undergraduate students are full-time, 48 percent of law school students are full-time, and 17 percent of graduate students are full-time.

For more information on student enrollment statistics, visit the IRR web site.

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