Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page to learn more about this wonderful, welcoming, world-class university right next to Washington, D.C.
A little more than a half-century ago, George Mason University was an eight-room college in an old schoolhouse, an arm of the University of Virginia. Now we’re the largest research university in the state. We think big.
For seven consecutive years we’ve cracked U.S. News & World Report’s “Up and Coming Schools” list. But in many ways, we’ve already joined the ranks of the finest universities in the United States and in the world by following our own path.
Here’s how we’ve done it, and why George Mason should be among the top schools on your list:
Top 10 Reasons You Should Consider Mason
1. Our students come first, whether they come to us straight out of high school, transfer in, are working adults, or are lifelong learners. We measure our success by how many talented students we can help succeed, not by how many we turn away.
2. We are a smart choice. We provide students with a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and PayScale.com rate us on their best values lists.
3. We are a smart investment. 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.
4. Our faculty is truly impressive. It includes world-renowned, award-winning scientists, artists, scholars, and thought leaders. Two legendary Mason economists won the first two Nobel Prizes in Virginia.
5. As a major public research university, our faculty has developed world-class excellence across many disciplines—from biotech to cybersecurity; neuroscience to sustainability, drones, and international security; digital humanities to conflict resolution. The Academic Ranking of World Universities named Mason among the top 200 research universities in the world.
6. Location, location, location! Our home campus in Fairfax is a short subway or car ride from Washington, D.C., one of the most dynamic cities in the world (and the coolest city in the country, according to some). Our students gain unparalleled access and career advantages because of our location in the economically robust National Capital Region. Jobs and internships are here, along with the National Mall, the monuments, the airports, the shopping, and the culture. Even the remarkable Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean are all within short reach.
7. Mason has amazing resources across our region. Our research and technology campus in Manassas offers cutting-edge labs focusing on everything from proteomics to biosafety, sports medicine, and game design. Our policy, business, and law center in Arlington—four miles from the White House—attracts Washington’s top scholars and thought leaders. And then there is our joint campus with the Smithsonian Institution and Point of View, the new peacebuilding center on the Potomac River opening next year. And so much more!
8. Our student body is incredibly diverse, representing backgrounds from all around the United States and 130 countries. You can meet the world on our campus (or through our study-abroad programs, you can meet it somewhere else!).
9. We’re a young university. We have our traditions, but we are not bound by them. We’re more into blazing trails than following worn ones. You can make your mark here.
10. Our 22 Division I athletic teams are truly talented and compete in the exciting Atlantic 10 Conference (which qualified six men’s basketball teams for the NCAA tournament last year). We reached the men’s basketball Final Four in 2006 and plan to get there again. And with more than 300 clubs and intramural teams (Underwater hockey, anyone? How about Quidditch?), top-notch fitness facilities, two concert halls, and a major basketball arena that doubles as one of Washington’s greatest concert venues (The Patriot Center), you won’t lack for things to do!
Come visit us and see for yourself what George Mason University is all about. I think you’ll find we’re everything I’ve outlined above and much, much more.
President, George Mason University