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US News & World Report Tabs GMU As 'Up And Coming'

Mason is No. 2 on one of magazine's annual college lists.

George Mason University is a school to watch.

So says US News & World Report, which released its annual college rankings list on Tuesday.

The magazine named the Fairfax school No. 2 on its list of "Up and Coming Schools."

Mason topped the list of Up-and-Coming Schools in 2008, which should probably make it an "already arrived" school by now, right? In any case, Maryland-Baltimore County topped the 2011 list of the Up and Coming.

University of Virginia came in at No. 25 on the National Universities, No. 3 on the Best Public Universities list and No. 24 for the Best Value.

To see how other local schools fared, check out this list compiled by WTOP.

To check out all of US News & World Report's 2011 college lists, click here.

John Farrell September 14, 2011 at 05:48 AM
With a 4 year graduation rate of only 39% (James Madison graduates 64% in 4 years and Mary Washington 69%) it hard to understand why anyone would describe GMU as up and coming. Why should Fairfax parents have to pay 6 years tuition for a 4 year degree?
Gary September 14, 2011 at 07:00 PM
GMU is huge commuter school. I wonder if that means more part-time students and therefore a lower 4-year graduation rate.
John Farrell September 15, 2011 at 09:25 AM
Only 1/3 of GMU students are part time. That leaves 67% full time and only 39% graduating on time. What students and instructors tell me is that there are too many core and major classes required to graduate and not enough sections, classrooms and instructors in those courses to enable kids to finish on time. GMU is not alone. 9 of Va.'s 14 public universities have low graduation rates while other state systems have a system wide average of 69% kids graduating on time. We knew we'd have this problem 13+ years ago when today's college students were in kindergarten but instead of building the college classrooms we knew we would need our state leaders built prisons, 2 of which now stand empty and a third is half full because Va rents out the cells to other states.

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