Mason’s Message in Brief

This overview introduces Mason and our Key Messages. The description comes in three lengths so that you will always have a Mason overview that fits your needs. Depending on your needs, you can expand it by adding content appropriate to your audience.

One Line

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university.

Short Version

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility.

Long Version

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.

Referring to the University in Text

Never use GMU. Use Mason if you are not using the university’s full name.

  • In formal documents, use George Mason University on first reference; use George Mason on second reference, and in all subsequent references, the university may be referred to as Mason.
  • George Mason University is used to formally reference the university in external materials, including publications, press releases, invitations, messages from the president, and departmental publications.
  • While George Mason University is preferred, Mason can be used in publications for and about students, athletics, and less formal publications.