Mason Retains Third Tier Ranking in U.S. News & World Report

Posted: August 24, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

George Mason University retains its position in the third tier of universities nationwide according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2005 America’s Best Colleges issues. According to the study, schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, regions. Data is gathered and weighed and then the colleges are ranked against their peers.

George Mason received a three out of a possible five in peer assessment. Other criteria considered in determining the ranking are freshman retention and graduation rates, as well as class sizes, full-time faculty percentages, and SAT/ACT scores. Mason scored a 79 percent on the freshman retention rate and an average top score of 1210 on SAT/ACT tests.

U.S. News and World Report also noted George Mason’s diverse student body. According to the study, international students make up 4 percent of Mason’s student body, with Asian Americans representing the largest minority group at 18 percent. This recognition marks the second time in as many weeks that Mason has received national attention for its diversity. The university also ranked number one in the nation in diversity according to the Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 357 Colleges.

In addition, 42 percent of Mason graduates carry an average debt load of $14,215, according to the magazine. Mason also ranked No. 29 nationally in the number of transfer students enrolled.

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