Mason Among Top National Universities on U.S. News List

Posted: September 10, 2013 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: September 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

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George Mason University is among the top 150 national universities in the United States, according to the 2014 ranking released by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday, September 10.

A “national university” as defined by U.S. News is one that offers a wide range of undergraduate majors, and master’s and doctoral degrees; some like George Mason, emphasize research. This category includes public, private and nonprofit institutions, for a total of 281.

Other Virginia schools on the top 150 list are the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, and Virginia Tech.

The top criteria used to develop the list include graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, and faculty resources. Student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance (the difference between predicted and actual graduation rates) and alumni giving are also used to calculate ranking.

Mason’s emphasis on “writing in the disciplines” through its Writing Across the Curriculum program was cited by U.S. News for the 12th consecutive year as a program that is linked to student success.

In other recent rankings, The Academic Ranking of World Universities, a survey conducted each year by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, placed Mason in the top 200 of the top 500 best universities globally. And Forbes listed Mason among the top 200 on its “Top Colleges” list, which is largely based on return on investment.

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