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2002-03 University Catalog

About George Mason University

A Distributed University

George Mason University is a distributed university with three campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William counties, and two satellite sites in Herndon and Reston. Each campus has a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students and faculty have access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the campus facilities, the university offers programs at the Herndon Training Center at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and on the Internet.

Fairfax Campus

The Fairfax Campus, situated on 677 acres of wooded land, offers a wealth of opportunities beyond the numerous academic programs and continues to be the principal center for undergraduate residence and life. The resident student population is expected to grow to 5,000 over the next five years as new residential units are constructed. The George W. Johnson Center, the first building of its kind in the country, fosters university-wide learning by integrating students' curricular and extracurricular activities and by strengthening relationships between the university's communities. The Center for the Arts and the Patriot Center offer the George Mason and Northern Virginia communities numerous opportunities to experience the arts, as well as sports and other entertainment. Professional artistic events presented on campus include music and dance from around the world; Theater of the First Amendment; and regional, national, and international visual art exhibitions. A designated number of free tickets is available to these events for full-time George Mason University students. The Aquatics and Fitness Center provides state-of-the-art exercise equipment and competitive and recreational swimming to the university community and outside teams.

Arlington Campus

Located in the heart of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the Arlington Campus enjoys an alliance with more than 195 high-tech firms. George Mason's commitment to form relationships with area businesses provides students with direct access to employment experience and career opportunities.

The newest building is the beginning of a three-phase plan to develop the 5.2-acre site. Upon completion of all three phases, the Arlington Campus will include 750,000 square feet of space and many new facilities to accommodate its projected 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The Arlington Campus offers courses that focus on economics, public policy, and public administration, and is home to the university's School of Law. The School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) offers special certification courses in information technology through its Train to Technology program.

The Arlington Campus is the location of the Mercatus Center, the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy, and the Institute for Humane Studies, an independent entity affiliated with the university. These groups work together on projects of mutual interest. In addition, the campus houses the Professional Center, which works with the community to provide a venue for special events.

Prince William Campus

The Prince William Campus is a 124-acre site, located near the intersection of I-66 and the Route 234 Bypass. It serves all of Northern Virginia and provides convenient access to the university for citizens of Prince William, Fauquier, and western Fairfax counties; the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park; and adjoining areas to the west and south.

From the start, the campus has encouraged mutually beneficial relationships with the private sector. One example is the unique partnership between the School of Computational Sciences (SCS) and the American Type Culture Collection, the world's foremost archive of living cultures. The two entities share facilities and collaborate on ongoing research and workshops.

The primary focus of the campus is high-tech/bio-tech and emphasizes bioinformatics, biotechnology, and forensic biosciences educational and research programs, in addition to computer and information technology.

The new 300-plus seat, state-of-the-art Verizon Auditorium and the 110,000-square-foot Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center are available to serve both university and community needs. The Freedom Center provides state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a full gymnasium, recreational and instructional swimming in the 50-meter competition pool, as well as the human performance laboratory, academic classrooms and other meeting space. The campus currently includes three buildings—one academic, one research and academic, and the Freedom Center. Plans for a third academic building are underway.

Herndon Training Center at the Center for Innovative Technology and Reston Lab

The Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) Herndon Training Center, located off the Dulles Toll Road and Route 28, provides a wide range of yearly open enrollment seminars and workshops in their meeting facilities. The CIT classrooms are fully electronic and include a groupware platform. The School of Management's Executive Master of Business Administration program and the IT&E's Train to Technology program are located at the Herndon Training Center.