The following factors are evaluated in the decision process:
- Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) for work completed in grades 9-12 along with level of difficulty of courses selected, particularly in core academic courses.
- Official scores on the SAT or ACT. Mason accepts both the current and redesigned SAT, which began March 2016, for the purposes of admissions and scholarship review. Due to the rigorous nature of our programs, most applicants to Computer Science are required to attain a 550 on the Math section of the SAT, or a 24 on the Math section of the ACT, and have taken or be enrolled in 4 years of high school mathematics, including a course beyond Algebra II by their senior year.
- Secondary School Report and counselor recommendations.
- An optional, but strongly encouraged Personal Statement of approximately 400 words explaining to the Office of Admissions why YOU want to go to college. Tell us about yourself and your experiences that have led to this decision.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores from non-native English-speaking applicants to supplement other standardized test results.
- Extracurricular activities and community service participation