• Located in Fairfax, Virginia, 15 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • Largest public research university in Virginia, with more than 37,000 students
  • Interim President: Anne Holton
  • Independent since 1972, after serving as a branch college of University of Virginia from 1957-72
  • One of 131 U.S. universities to receive highest research designation from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
  • Two Nobel Prizes in Economics (James Buchanan in 1986, Vernon Smith in 2002)
  • Ranked among top 95 universities in the United States, and top 300 universities in the world, by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • More than half of Mason’s undergraduates are students of color, and Mason exceeds national graduation rates regardless of race, ethnicity, or wealth status
  • Ranked most diverse and innovative university in Virginia, and one of the most diverse and innovative in the country, by U.S. News & World Report
  • 34 percent of undergraduates reporting parental education say they are first-generation college graduates
  • Average starting salaries for our graduates are among the highest for public universities in Virginia
  • Student loan default rate of 2.3% less than one-third of national average
  • Motto: Freedom and Learning
  • More than 8o undergraduate programs, 79 master’s, 38 doctoral, law
  • Students from 130 countries, 50 states
  • Additional Virginia campuses in Arlington and Manassas, and abroad in Songdo, South Korea
  • 200,000 alumni
  • Information: www.gmu.edu, 703-993-1000

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