Hello! Thank you for stopping by to learn more about this innovative, wonderfully diverse university, right next to Washington, D.C.
Mason annually pops up on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Up and Coming Schools” list. Times Higher Education ranks Mason among its top five schools founded in the last 50 years.
In many ways, we’ve already joined the ranks of the finest universities in the United States and in the world. In less than a half-century’s time, we’ve blossomed into the largest research university in Virginia.
So why should George Mason be among the top schools on your list? Let me count (some of) the reasons:
Top 10 Reasons You Should Consider George Mason
- We are a world-class research university. Don’t take my word for it. According to the influential Academic Ranking of World Universities, Mason is one of the top 200 research universities in the world.
- The Washington, D.C., region is one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the world, culturally, politically and economically. At the very least, use us as an excuse to come visit this place. It’s awesome!
- We are a great investment for our students. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Forbes and PayScale.com rate us on their best values lists. Students get bang for their buck here.
- Our faculty is phenomenal. Two Mason economists won the Nobel Prize (the first ones in Virginia’s history) and another one was instrumental in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the United Nations (and shared with former Vice President Al Gore). Others have won the Pulitzer Prize and some of the highest awards in literature and science. Our faculty also has received some of the most prestigious academic fellowships: Andrew Carnegie, Guggenheim, MacArthur, Fulbright.
- Because of where we are located, professionals from the top ranks of business and government lecture here and mentor students. You can be taught by members of Congress, judges, journalists, successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior government officials (even the former head of the CIA).
- We measure our success by how many talented students we can help succeed, not by how many we turn away. All students can thrive here – those straight out of high school or transferring from another college, residential or not, working adults, former military members and lifelong learners. Each student enjoys a distinctive Mason learning experience.
- Our student body is incredibly diverse. Students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries, from different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. They speak a host of languages and they bring interests and strengths in about every field of human endeavor. The very concept of “minority” is, well, a foreign concept here. Everybody belongs at Mason.
- Many of our programs blend a number of academic disciplines because the real world is not structured along neatly differentiated fields of study. From bioengineering to neuroscience, sustainability to game design, international security to digital humanities, conflict resolution to cyber security, and many more.
- Many college athletics fans still remember the Cinderella story of 2006, when our men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Final Four. We do have exciting basketball programs. But we stand out in several other sports and we have the Atlantic 10 Conference championships to show for it! And sports by far are not the only diversion on campus. EagleBank Arena is regularly visited by some of the top artists in the world, from Mumford & Sons to Carlos Vives (even Psy, of “Gangnam Style” fame!). And our theaters on our Fairfax and Science and Technology campuses bring an incredibly rich program of world-class performing arts.
- Our students graduate career-ready and land great jobs. Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education places Mason graduates at the top of the list among Virginia schools for the highest median starting salaries in the state.
Okay, I couldn’t stop at 10 reasons. Let’s go 15.
- The dynamic economy of the Washington, D.C., region offers an abundance of internship opportunities as well as long-term career paths from business to government, non-governmental organizations, think tanks or multilateral organizations. This area has everything.
- Mason resources are truly impressive. Our home campus in Fairfax, VA, is a short Metro or car ride from Washington, D.C. Our Science and Technology Campus in nearby Manassas, VA., includes our new Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research and features sophisticated labs and facilities for proteomics, infectious disease research, sports medicine, computer game design and many other programs. Our Policy, Business and Law Center in Arlington – only a few short Metro stops from the White House – attracts Washington’s top scholars and thought leaders (and, lately, presidential candidates). We have a joint campus with the Smithsonian, and this summer we will open Point of View, our peacebuilding center on the Potomac River. Oh, and we also have a campus in South Korea, which serves as our gateway to Asia!
- Mason is one of the few universities in the nation with little or no disparity in graduation rates among demographic groups. Our diversity makes us a stronger university. We thrive together here. So can you.
- There is so much to do at Mason! With more than 300 clubs and intramural teams, top-notch fitness facilities to support our commitment to well-being, two concert halls and a major concert arena, you can balance academics and recreation and don’t even have to leave campus.
- We encourage you to get out and explore. There is the National Mall, the monuments, the airports, the shopping, the culture and the spectacular scenery from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, all within short reach. Or get college credit for your wanderlust by participating in one of our many study-abroad programs!
Come visit us and see for yourself what George Mason University is all about. Please contact our Office of Admissions for additional information or to set up a tour of campus. I think you’ll find we’re everything I’ve outlined above, and much, much more.
President, George Mason University