Beginning at Mason

In the sixties, when George Mason University was still known as the George Mason College of the University of Virginia, the main campus consisted of only four buildings: North, South, East, and West.




Started as a two-year branch of the University of Virginia in 1957, Mason became an independent state university in 1972

In 2008, U.S. News & World Report named Mason the number one national university to watch on its list of "Up-and-Coming Schools." Mason was cited as a school that has recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.

Students come from 119 countries and 49 states, forming a global community right on campus.


Each year, Mason awards 24 merit-based scholarships to high school seniors who have shown superior academic achievement, an exemplary record of school and community service, and leadership ability.

Prospective freshmen who submit an admissions application by December 1 may request, at the time of application or before, a University Scholars application from the Admissions Office.

University Scholars live on campus in an atmosphere that strengthens friendships and builds group identity and cohesion. Priority registration for course selection is extended to University Scholars, along with the opportunity to participate in our prestigious Robinson freshman seminars.

The University Scholars Center provides an informal meeting place for scholar—faculty interaction, a comfortable study center, and a fully equipped computer resource facility for the scholars' exclusive use. The center reinforces the learning environment by providing a forum for intellectual dialogue and other opportunities for active learning and research.

For more information regarding Mason and Presidential scholarships, see the Office of Admissions web site, the Intercollegiate Athletics regarding athletic scholarships. Scholarship information is also available from the department in which you are majoring and in Fenwick Library at the research desk.

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