• Located in Fairfax, Virginia, 15 miles from Washington, D.C.
  • Largest public research university in Virginia, with more than 37,000 students
  • President: Dr. Ángel Cabrera
  • 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)
  • One of four 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
  • 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 university in Virginia, and 25th-most diverse in country, by U.S. News & World Report
  • 36 percent of undergraduates are first in family to earn four-year degree
  • Mason in top three public universities in state for highest starting salaries
  • Student loan default rate of 2.3% less than one-third of national average
  • Motto: Freedom and Learning
  • 82 undergraduate programs, 89 master’s, 39 doctoral, law
  • Students from 130 countries, 50 states
  • Campuses in Arlington, Virginia and Manassas, Virginia
  • 190,000 alumni
  • Information: www.gmu.edu, 703-993-1000

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