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Hello! Let me tell you about our world-class university in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metro area.

There’s so much to tell!

  • Mason is on the move. We earned our spot among the most elite group of research universities in the country, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  • We’re the largest, fastest-growing and most diverse public research university in Virginia, and we offer one of the best returns on investment anywhere.
  • Our proximity to the nation’s capital gives our students job, internship and cultural opportunities that are not available elsewhere.
  • Mason has students from 130 countries and 50 states, with graduation rates that exceed national averages regardless of race, ethnicity or wealth status. Everyone can thrive here and enjoy a transformational learning experience on our flagship residential campus in Fairfax, Va.
  • Our faculty have earned the most impressive awards, including Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Fellowships and many more. We have members of Congress, leaders in major federal agencies (the former head of the CIA teaches here!) and leading international experts across majors and disciplines.
  • We believe college is much more than going to class. Whether you live on campus or off, there are endless opportunities for you to be part of Mason Nation. We have a center dedicated to advancing well-being, and about 350 clubs and organizations (Quidditch, anyone?). Research and study abroad opportunities. Alternative spring breaks. Division I athletics. Presidents and presidential candidates drop by frequently, too.
  • Oh, and three words: 24-Hour Starbucks!

Come see for yourself. Please contact our Office of Admissions for additional information, or to arrange a campus tour.



  • Mason's School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the very first of its kind, works to explain and help solve some of the most complex conflicts in the world
  • The Hub: another example of space for creation, collaboration, entrepreneurship
  • 1,600 students transferred from NoVa Community College to Mason in Fall'11. That's more than half of NoVa's transfer students and Mason's leading source of transfer students. Collaboration with community colleges can help with access and affordability
  • Another space for creation and innovation, this one not far from campus: Workhouse Arts Center
  • An irreverent display of diversity at Mason. Diversity and innovation are the concepts that are most often used to describe the university
  • Empirical evidence of some positive effects of diversity in higher education
  • Discussions on the type of graduate we hope to produce ought to include strong citizenship values and not just marketable skills
  • Alessandra Luchini: "Brilliant 10" award for developing nanomarkers for early diagnosis. Research with impact
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