Classes Begin Today with Record Incoming Class

Posted: August 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

More than 2,250 freshmen and 2,200 transfer students, a record high, have declared their intentions to enroll as new students at George Mason when classes begin today. This year’s freshman class was selected from nearly 10,000 applicants, a 10 percent increase over last year’s record applicant pool. Forty percent of all applications came from outside Virginia.

As George Mason’s reputation has spread, so has the quality of applications. The increase in competition, combined with the limited space for growth in the state budget climate, led the university to deny almost 20 percent more prospective freshmen than in 2002. Few students were admitted from the university’s competitive wait list, and fewer spaces were available for transfer students as the average GPA and SAT scores of the freshman class again hit a historic high point.

“With the increase in enthusiasm for Mason from students across the country and around the world, and by maintaining a strict financial responsibility, we have been able to continue to serve area students without resorting to the drastic cuts in academic quality affecting other institutions,” says Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions. “We hope, with appropriate support from the state, that we will be able to grow in quantity to meet the future needs of the region even as we continue to increase the quality of our freshmen, transfer, and graduate students.”

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