Freshman Class Boasts Highest GPA, SAT Scores in Mason History

Posted: October 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

Even with the fall semester barely more than one month old, George Mason’s 2003 freshman class has already distinguished itself. The average GPA and SAT scores for this diverse group are higher than any other freshman class in the university’s history. The median GPA for the group is 3.32; the median SAT score is 1110. These and other statistics were outlined in a report compiled recently by Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions.

The 2,250 members of the freshman class represent 33 states. Other than Virginia, the three states providing George Mason with the most freshmen are Maryland (66), Pennsylvania (58), and New York (47). The top feeder high schools are Hayfield, James Robinson, and Chantilly.

The number of students from Northern Virginia who entered George Mason this semester actually dropped this year. In 2002, a total of 1,413 freshmen enrolled at the university; in 2003, the total was 1,375. The number of freshmen from other parts of Virginia also dropped this year. In 2002, 523 freshmen from parts of Virginia other than the northern region enrolled; in 2003, the total dropped to 511. The number of freshmen coming to George Mason from out-of-state increased from 288 in 2002 to 364 in 2003.

In terms of majors or areas of study, the majority of freshmen are undecided. Following that, the three most popular intended areas of study among freshman are biology, government and international politics, and communications.

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