George Mason University meets the world’s grand challenges with a grander vision.
George Mason University’s journey to become a top research university can be traced to a simple vision: We focus on the future while never losing sight of who we are and the students we serve.
The world faces some daunting obstacles, from the realities of climate change, and the urgent need to sustain the health of the human population in both the short and long term, to the dramatic economic changes accelerated by the pandemic, and the very real divisions that result from social inequality.
Recent events have made these challenges plainer than ever—but they also make us even more committed to deliver on our mission and values. We’ve pinpointed four key areas where we will shift the needle: healthy planet, healthy people, healthy economy, and healthy society.
Our size and location and our rich community of noted thought leaders, researchers, and exceptional students give us a distinct advantage in tackling the challenges ahead of us. By building inroads in these four areas and beyond, Mason will be making a global impact for years to come.
Mason’s Grand Vision for Tomorrow
This year has brought about some big challenges for George Mason University that required vision and ingenuity. Far from shrinking from the obstacles, we exceeded expectations, enrolling the largest and most diverse class of students in our history and increasing our total enrollment to 39,000, breaking records with our research expenditures, and holding steady or rising higher in national rankings against our peers. And we’re not slowing down. The next few years promise to be big ones for Mason.