Mason in U.S. News National Rankings

Posted: August 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

According to the new edition of “America’s Best Colleges” published by U.S. News & World Report, George Mason is in the “third tier” of national universities.

The national universities group includes 248 American universities — 162 public and 86 private — that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees; many strongly emphasize research. Regarding other institutions of higher learning in the commonwealth, the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary were listed among the first tier, while Virginia Tech was the only one ranked among the second tier.

A total of 1,400 colleges and universities are included in U.S. News & World Report’s overall survey this year. Among the categories by which each institution was ranked were “average freshman retention rate,” “percentage of faculty who are full-time,” “freshmen in top 10 percent of high school class” and “average alumni giving rate.”

A complete listing of U.S. News & World Report’s 2006 rankings may be viewed at

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