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Student Achievement

As highlighted in our strategic plan, student success is a top strategic priority at Mason. As an R1/Access institution, we seek to enable excellence in the production of knowledge at macro (public) and micro (individual) levels. From recruitment to graduation, Mason strives to provide a challenging and fulfilling academic experience coupled with curricular and co-curricular support.

 

The IPEDS 8-Year Graduation Rate, chosen as our Key Student Completion Indicator, reflects Mason’s mixed undergraduate population of first-time in college and transfer students. Additional key performance indicators, detailed below, are regularly examined to evaluate the degree to which we are achieving our goals. Disaggregation to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement is critical in that evaluation.
 
In the summary table below, you will find specific thresholds and targets for each indicator. Further down we invite you to explore this data in more detail in both trends and disaggregation. For questions, please contact us at oiep@gmu.edu.
 

Indicator Threshold 2024 Reporting Target
Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate 72% 74%
First-time, Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate 86% 88%
First-time, Full-time Freshmen 6-Year Graduation Rate 69.8% 72%
Baccalaureate Degree Production 4,996 7,045
Baccalaureate Stem Enrollment 29% 40%
Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment 9,037 12,037
Virginia Community College Transfers to George Mason University 1,850 2,700


 

Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate KSCI
Reporting Year Fall Entering Cohort N One-Year Retention
2017-2018 2009-2010 6454 72%
2018-2019 2010-2011 6427 73%
2019-2020 2011-2012 6440 74%
2020-2021 2012-2013 6464 74%

Cohorts are: First-time in College (Full-time and Part-time) Fall and Spring; Transfers (Full-time and Part-time) Fall and Spring

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate
Underrepresented Minorities
Year Reported Fall Entering
Cohort
Black/
African
American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
2017-2018 2009-2010 70% 73% 70%
2018-2019 2010-2011 70% 76% 65%
2019-2020 2011-2012 72% 75% 72%
2020-2021 2012-2013 70% 77% 68%

 

  1st Generation
Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate
First-Generation
Year Reported Fall Entering
Cohort
8-Year Award Rate
2017-2018 2009-2010 74%
2018-2019 2010-2011 73%
2019-2020 2011-2012 73%
2020-2021 2012-2013 74%

First-time in College & Transfer Year Round entering Cohorts

  Pell Status
Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate
Pell Recipient
Year Reported Fall Entering
Cohort
8-Year Award Rate
2017-2018 2009-2010 74%
2018-2019 2010-2011 74%
2019-2020 2011-2012 74%
2020-2021 2012-2013 75%

First-time in College & Transfer Year Round entering Cohorts

  Gender
Full-time/Part-time First-Time and Transfer Cohorts 8-Year Graduation Rate
Gender
Year Reported Fall Entering
Cohort
Female Male
2017-2018 2009-2010 76% 68%
2018-2019 2010-2011 76% 70%
2019-2020 2011-2012 78% 70%
2020-2021 2012-2013 78% 70%

First-time in College & Transfer Year Round entering Cohorts


 

First-time/Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate
Reporting Year Fall Entering Cohort N One-Year Retention
2011 2010 2,578 87.2%
2012 2011 2644 86.3
2013 2012 2,681 87.3
2014 2013 2,992 87.6
2015 2014 3,046 87.2
2016 2015 3,154 87.5
2017 2016 3,175 87.7
2018 2017 3,442 86.7
2019 2018 3,664 86.4
2020 2019 3,074 86.0

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

First-time/Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate
Underrepresented Minorities
Reporting Year Fall Entering Cohort Black/
African
American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
2011 2010 92.2 88.2 88.2
2012 2011 85.4 84.3 92.9
2013 2012 88.1 87.5 83.3
2014 2013 90.8 88.3 79.9
2015 2014 83.3 88.0 78.9
2016 2015 83.2 87.0 100.0
2017 2016 90.3 89.6 80.0
2018 2017 84.3 85.4 0.0
2019 2018 81.3 85.5 100.0
2020 2019 85.1 85.7 85.7

 

  1st Generation
First-time/Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate
First-Generation
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
One Year Retention
2011 2010 86.8
2012 2011 85.0
2013 2012 84.6
2014 2013 86.8
2015 2014 86.5
2016 2015 87.2
2017 2016 85.9
2018 2017 85.2
2019 2018 83.6
2020 2019 84.2

 

  Pell Status
First-time/Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate
Pell Recipient
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
One Year Retention
2011 2010 87.6
2012 2011 85.5
2013 2012 86.1
2014 2013 86.3
2015 2014 85.1
2016 2015 85.4
2017 2016 87.1
2018 2017 85.9
2019 2018 84.0
2020 2019 85.4

 

  Gender
First-time/Full-time Freshmen 1-Year Retention Rate
Gender
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
Female Male
2011 2010 89.1 85.2
2012 2011 87.9 84.6
2013 2012 89.4 85.3
2014 2013 88.8 86.2
2015 2014 88.1 86.1
2016 2015 88.7 86.1
2017 2016 88.9 86.6
2018 2017 88.0 88.2
2019 2018 88.3 88.0
2020 2019 88.0 84.0

 


 

First-time, Full-time Freshmen Six-Year Graduation Rate
Reporting Year Fall Cohort N Six-Year Graduation Rate
2016 2010 2,578 69.8
2017 2011 2,644 70.8
2018 2012 2,681 70.0
2019 2013 2,992 70.7
2020 2014 3,046 71.6
2021 2015 3,154
2022 2016 3,175
2023 2017 3,442
2024 2018 3,664
2025 2019 3,074

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

First-time, Full-time Freshmen Six-Year Graduation Rate
Underrepresented Minorities
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
Black/
African
American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
2016 2010 73.7 69.0 70.6
2017 2011 71.9 62.2 92.9
2018 2012 65.3 66.3 66.7
2019 2013 74.0 69.5 47.4
2020 2014 68.6 72.1 52.6
2021 2015
2022 2016
2023 2017
2024 2018
2025 2019

 

  1st Generation
First-time, Full-time Freshmen Six-Year Graduation Rate
First-Generation
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
6-Year Graduation Rate
2016 2010 69.2
2017 2011 65.7
2018 2012 65.8
2019 2013 68.5
2020 2014 70.6
2021 2015
2022 2016
2023 2017
2024 2018
2025 2019

 

  Pell Status
First-time, Full-time Freshmen Six-Year Graduation Rate
Pell Recipient
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
Six-Year Graduation Rate
2016 2010 68.7
2017 2011 66.8
2018 2012 67.8
2019 2013 66.9
2020 2014 71.5
2021 2015
2022 2016
2023 2017
2024 2018
2025 2019

 

  Gender
First-time, Full-time Freshmen Six-Year Graduation Rate
Gender
Reporting Year Fall Entering
Cohort
Female Male
2016 2010 74.4 64.9
2017 2011 76.2 64.9
2018 2012 75.4 64.2
2019 2013 75.4 65.4
2020 2014 76.7 66.0
2021 2015
2022 2016
2023 2017
2024 2018
2025 2019

 


 

Baccalaureate Degree Production
Reporting Year* Bachelor degrees
2014-2015 4,996
2015-2016 5,127
2016-2017 5,312
2017-2018 5,545
2018-2019 5,734
2019-2020 5,890
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
2024-2025

*Reporting award year is Summer, Fall, Spring (July 1 through June 30)

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

Baccalaureate Degree Production
Underrepresented Minorities – % of Total
Reporting Year Black/
African
American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian or
Pacific Islander
2014-2015 9% 12% 1%
2015-2016 10% 12% 1%
2016-2017 10% 13% 1%
2017-2018 10% 14% 1%
2018-2019 10% 16% 1%
2019-2020 10% 15% <1%
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
2024-2025

 

  1st Generation
Baccalaureate Degree Production
First-Generation
Reporting Year % of Total
2014-2015 20%
2015-2016 19%
2016-2017 21%
2017-2018 23%
2018-2019 33%
2019-2020 32%
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
2024-2025

 

  Pell Status
Baccalaureate Degree Production
Pell Recipient
Reporting Year % of Total
2014-2015 40%
2015-2016 40%
2016-2017 39%
2017-2018 40%
2018-2019 40%
2019-2020 41%
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
2024-2025

 

  Gender
Baccalaureate Degree Production
Gender – % of Total
Reporting Year Female Male
2014-2015 57% 43%
2015-2016 56% 44%
2016-2017 55% 45%
2017-2018 56% 45%
2018-2019 55% 45%
2019-2020 52% 47%
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
2024-2025

 


 

Baccalaureate STEM Enrollment
Fall Total Undergraduate
Enrollment
STEM Enrollment % of Total
2014 21,671 6,546 30%
2015 22,422 7,388 33%
2016 23,371 7,861 34%
2017 24,633 8,734 35%
2018 25,798 9,550 37%
2019 26,320 10,203 39%
2020 26,927 10,520 39%

 

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

Baccalaureate STEM Enrollment
Underrepresented Minorities
Black/
African American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian
or Pacific Islander
Fall % of Total % of Total % of Total
2014 9% 10% 1%
2015 9% 11% 1%
2016 9% 11% 1%
2017 10% 11% <1%
2018 10% 12% <1%
2019 10% 12% <1%
2020 10% 12% <1%

 

  1st Generation
Baccalaureate STEM Enrollment
First-Generation
Fall % of Total
2014 27%
2015 30%
2016 31%
2017 33%
2018 30%
2019 27%
2020 25%

 

  Pell Status
Baccalaureate STEM Enrollment
Pell Recipient
Fall % of Total
2014 41%
2015 42%
2016 42%
2017 42%
2018 42%
2019 41%
2020 39%

 

  Gender
Baccalaureate STEM Enrollment
Gender
Female Male
Fall % of Total % of Total
2014 35% 65%
2015 36% 64%
2016 35% 65%
2017 35% 65%
2018 36% 64%
2019 35% 65%
2020 36% 64%

 


 

Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment
Fall Masters Doctorate Total
2014 7,022 2,264 9,286
2015 6,795 2,245 9,040
2016 6,877 2,188 9,065
2017 6,883 2,154 9,037
2018 7,050 2,138 9,188
2019 7,173 2,156 9,329
2020 7,458 2,202 9,660

 

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment
Underrepresented Minorities – Black/African American
Fall Masters Doctorate Total
2014 9% 6% 8%
2015 9% 7% 9%
2016 10% 7% 9%
2017 11% 8% 10%
2018 11% 7% 10%
2019 10% 8% 10%
2020 11% 8% 10%

 

Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment
Underrepresented Minorities – Hispanic American
Fall Masters Doctorate Total
2014 7% 4% 7%
2015 7% 5% 7%
2016 8% 4% 7%
2017 8% 5% 8%
2018 8% 5% 7%
2019 9% 5% 8%
2020 10% 6% 9%

 

Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment
Underrepresented Minorities – American Indian/
Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Fall Masters Doctorate Total
2014 1% <1% 1%
2015 <1% <1% <1%
2016 <1% <1% <1%
2017 <1% <1% <1%
2018 <1% <1% <1%
2019 <1% <1% <1%
2020 <1% <1% <1%

  Gender
Graduate (Master & Doctorate) Enrollment
Gender
Female Male
Fall Masters Doctorate Total Masters Doctorate Total
2014 60% 49% 57% 40% 51% 43%
2015 60% 49% 57% 40% 51% 43%
2016 60% 50% 58% 40% 50% 42%
2017 62% 49% 59% 38% 51% 41%
2018 63% 50% 60% 37% 50% 40%
2019 63% 51% 60% 37% 49% 40%
2020 63% 51% 60% 38% 49% 40%

 



 

Virginia Community College transfers to George Mason University
Year N
Fall 2014 1,845
Fall 2015 1,851
Fall 2016 2,086
Fall 2017 2,297
Fall 2018 2,357
Fall 2019 2,195
Fall 2020 2,363
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
Fall 2023
Fall 2024

 

Additional Disaggregation

  Underrepresented Minorities

 

Virginia Community College transfers to George Mason University
Underrepresented Minorities – % of Total
Reporting Year Black/
African American
Hispanic American American Indian/
Alaska Native/
Native Hawaiian
or Pacific Islander
Fall 2014 11% 18% 1%
Fall 2015 10% 18% 1%
Fall 2016 11% 21% 1%
Fall 2017 11% 20% <1%
Fall 2018 10% 22% <1%
Fall 2019 10% 21% <1%
Fall 2020 10% 22% <1%
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
Fall 2023
Fall 2024

 

  1st Generation
Virginia Community College transfers to George Mason University
First-Generation
Reporting Year % of Total
Fall 2014 37%
Fall 2015 39%
Fall 2016 39%
Fall 2017 40%
Fall 2018 29%
Fall 2019 31%
Fall 2020 29%
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
Fall 2023
Fall 2024

 

  Pell Status
Virginia Community College transfers to George Mason University
Pell Recipient
Reporting Year % of Total
Fall 2014 51%
Fall 2015 50%
Fall 2016 52%
Fall 2017 51%
Fall 2018 50%
Fall 2019 47%
Fall 2020 40%
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
Fall 2023
Fall 2024

 

  Gender
Virginia Community College Transfers to George Mason University
Gender- % of Total
Reporting Year Female Male
Fall 2014 55% 45%
Fall 2015 53% 47%
Fall 2016 52% 48%
Fall 2017 51% 49%
Fall 2018 51% 49%
Fall 2019 51% 49%
Fall 2020 51% 49%
Fall 2021
Fall 2022
Fall 2023
Fall 2024