Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of areas of study.
George Mason University (Mason) is the largest public research university in the U.S. state of Virginia.The university was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949 and became an independent institution in 1972.[:1 Four campuses are located in Virginia, with another in Songdo, South Korea inside the Incheon Free Economic Zone. Three of the four campuses within Virginia are within the Northern Virginia section of the Piedmont, and one is in the Blue Ridge Mountains region. On-campus housing options exist at all campus locations except Arlington. The university recognizes 500 student groups as well as 41 fraternities and sororities. Today, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education R1 research institution is recognized for its programs in economics, law, creative writing, computer science, and business.Mason faculty have twice won the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Mason in Motion
Published on Dec 9, 2014 | George Mason University