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2002-03 University Catalog

About George Mason University

Faculty and Students

The university's more than 900 full-time instructional and research faculty members are experts in a broad range of fields, and have published widely, contributed to major research findings, and consulted with government and business. George Mason faculty members have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and are winners of Fulbright Scholar grants and Mellon Fellowships.

Of particular interest to undergraduates are the Robinson Professors, outstanding scholars in the liberal arts and sciences who have come to George Mason from prestigious positions elsewhere. They are concerned with broad and fundamental intellectual issues and are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. The Schedule of Classes printed every semester gives details about courses taught by Robinson Professors. The majority of the university's nearly 25,000 students are from Virginia, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries and regions represented in the student body. While full-time undergraduates, 18 to 24 years in age, make up the largest student group, part-time graduate and undergraduate students account for nearly half of the student population. George Mason welcomes qualified students with a wide range of interests and backgrounds.