Mason lauded for programs that make transferring easier, more accessible for students


Students walking outside of the HUB student center. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

by Damian Cristodero

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest and most diverse public research institution, has been recognized by the American Talent Initiative (ATI) for being an exemplar in moving beyond traditional pipelines in order to close equity gaps in bachelor’s degree attainment in Virginia and meet the workforce demands in its region.

In the 2018-19 academic year, Mason enrolled 2,213 new transfer students, about 40% of whom received Pell Grants. Seventy-three percent of these transfers originated from neighboring Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), and nearly half of the university’s graduating class each year are transfer students.

“Mason has a long history of serving transfer students and has recently redoubled its efforts to both expand access to a four-year degree and provide the necessary support structures to better assure student success,” said David Burge, Mason’s vice president for enrollment management. “Students at Mason, whether they enter as freshmen or transfer students, can count on having access to the resources they need to graduate and go on to achieve whatever their dreams might be.”

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