GMU: Where Construction is Tradition

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There is a lot of info in the Master Plan documents. I was surprised to see that 25% of incoming freshmen (class of 2019) were out of state. Also, that engineering is the most popular college.
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There is a lot of info in the Master Plan documents. I was surprised to see that 25% of incoming freshmen (class of 2019) were out of state. Also, that engineering is the most popular college.
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There is a lot of info in the Master Plan documents. I was surprised to see that 25% of incoming freshmen (class of 2019) were out of state. Also, that engineering is the most popular college.
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Does Mason have a cap on % of out of state students it can accept?
I realize they'd rather have out of state students because of the higher tuition, which means more $$$
 

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Does Mason have a cap on % of out of state students it can accept?
I realize they'd rather have out of state students because of the higher tuition, which means more $$$
Not sure if they have a cap - most schools sit around 25-35%. I think the point Walter was making is that we are at the highest percentage we have had. It is good for the university.
 

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Surprised that mason has more out of state than JMU

Full disclosure - My eldest went to Mason my youngest boy went to JMU (he is paying for his own tuition). Mason has a growing reputation in academics that is exceeding JMU's. Keep in mind - Mason is ranked as a national university - JMU is ranked as a regional university. We have a larger research budget than almost every school in VA save for Tech. We have a nationally ranked Law School, School of Economics, and Engineering program. As a result, I am not surprised at all.
 

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Full disclosure - My eldest went to Mason my youngest boy went to JMU (he is paying for his own tuition). Mason has a growing reputation in academics that is exceeding JMU's. Keep in mind - Mason is ranked as a national university - JMU is ranked as a regional university. We have a larger research budget than almost every school in VA save for Tech. We have a nationally ranked Law School, School of Economics, and Engineering program. As a result, I am not surprised at all.
JMU has been reclassified as a National University. The September US News will be the first National ranking for them.
 

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Surprised that Tech is higher than either UVA or W&M.

Obviously VCU’s free advertising isn’t making up for its institutional shortcomings…

Per UVA admissions, they try to keep a ratio of 2/3rds In-State.

“We have pledged to maintain a 2/3 majority of Virginia residents in our student population, but 2/3 of our applicants tend to come from out-of-state. As a result, our offer rate for Virginia residents tends to be much higher than the rate for out-of-state students. Last year, we admitted 28% of the Virginia residents and 17% of the non-Virginians. You can see data from previous years”
 

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Not including UVA and WM where their tuition costs are warranted by the level of academics. But I don’t understand why Mason’s in-state tuition is one of the lowest in Virginia but our out-of-state is one of the highest. We’re significantly higher than JMU and Tech. I bet if we lowered out-of-state tuition closer to Tech and JMU averages we’d have a bit higher out-of-state enrollees.
 

Pikapppatri8

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Not including UVA and WM where their tuition costs are warranted by the level of academics. But I don’t understand why Mason’s in-state tuition is one of the lowest in Virginia but our out-of-state is one of the highest. We’re significantly higher than JMU and Tech. I bet if we lowered out-of-state tuition closer to Tech and JMU averages we’d have a bit higher out-of-state enrollees.
It is nice we focus on providing a high quality and affordable education for Virginia residents.
 

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JMU has been reclassified as a National University. The September US News will be the first National ranking for them.

Being a “national university” just means having a certain number of graduate degrees. JMU was considered an undergrad school until recently because it didn’t offer that many masters degrees (and I think zero PhDs—I see 7 now).

From a marketing perspective I think it’s a tough thing being focused almost exclusively on undergraduate education, unless you want to stay tiny like Davidson.
 

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It is nice we focus on providing a high quality and affordable education for Virginia residents.
X10000. Access is a huge deal, particularly for people like me who are first-generation college graduates. I’m proud that Mason opens its doors to kids who might have no other options beyond community college and gives them a chance to change the trajectory of their lives for the better. Great to be an alum of a university that provides a great education and an even better value.
 

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