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Tips mention: Interview (2), ACT/SAT (24), Grades (45), Sports/Extracurriculars (20), College Essay (11)
Keep your HS GPA upJun 08 2011Computer Science
Keep your HS GPA up. GPA requirements keep rising...and many are surprised to get rejected from a school that they thought was their safety. Most schools say that they are up and coming, but Mason keeps being recognized as one of the top up and coming schools in the nation. Reasonable tuition, new sources listing it as a best value, and accolades on its programs are only going to make it more competitive.

SATs - prep, take them, and take them again. I had a 3.4 GPA and I think the SATs and my essay made the difference.

Essay - spend time on it. Seriously. Otherwise, you are just a bland GPA and an SAT and a set of extracurriculars.

Video - Mason allows you to post an admission video. I'm not sure it makes a difference, but it at least shows motivation...and puts a human face on your app.

Visit campus on a tour or for some other event sponsored by admissions - all things being equal, applying after you have visited helps give your app a boost.
SAT: 1280 Male

Clubs, Sports, Volunteer work, Held a job, 3May 11 2011Political Science
Clubs, Sports, Volunteer work, Held a job, 3.6 GPA
SAT: 1550 Female
Make sure you send all application materials, you doMay 09 2011Economics
Make sure you send all application materials, you do not need to do the video application, and make sure you have solid essays and recommendation letters.
SAT: 2250 Male
Math Associate degree from NVCC, GPA of 3Apr 12 2011Geography and Geosciences
Math Associate degree from NVCC, GPA of 3.9; previous BA in liberal arts so all of my gen ed classes were fufilled. The department is small and majors are few so with average grades I think getting into the program should not be a problem.

For the Earth Science/Geology BS at GMU, I highly recommend taking your year of calc, physics, chem and intro to geology I and II at NVCC first - too many of the GMU math professors are poor instructors, and you may find yourself spending 2 semesters trying to pass calc. College Physics (algebra based) is fine here as well as chem. But if these are your weak classes and you don't wan your GPA affected when you start at GMU, take the above classes at a community college.

I had very good recommendation letters, a good essayDec 19 2010Economics
I had very good recommendation letters, a good essay and decent SAT Scores. It also might help that I was from a regionally isolated area and Mason needed me to keep regional diversity.
SAT: 2250 Male
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