• Located in Fairfax, Va., 15 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • Largest public research university in Virginia, with more than 35,000 students
  • President: Dr. Ángel Cabrera
  • Independent since 1972, after serving as a branch college of the University of Virginia from 1957-72
  • One of 115 U.S. universities to receive the highest research designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
  • Two Nobel Prizes in Economics (James Buchanan in 1986, Vernon Smith in 2002)
  • One of three Virginia institutions ranked among top 100 universities in U.S., and top 300 universities in world, by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Nearly half of Mason’s undergraduates are students of color, and there’s no disparity in graduation rates based on race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status
  • Ranked most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report
  • One-third of graduates are first in family to earn four-year degree
  • Graduates lead all Virginia public universities with highest starting salaries
  • Student loan default rate of 2.1% among lowest in nation
  • Motto: Freedom and Learning
  • 82 undergraduate programs, 88 master’s, 39 doctoral, law
  • Students from 130 countries, 50 states
  • Campuses in Arlington, Va. and Manassas, Va.
  • 180,000 alumni
  • Information: www.gmu.edu, 703-993-1000

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