We Were Made to Make it Better

Mason's identity was forged in 1972 on Virginia's strong ideals of academic excellence and service. Today, that spirit energizes us as a leader in scholarship and research; preparing graduates to meet the complex needs of a rapidly changing world.

View of plaza in front of the SUB1 on Mason Fairfax Campus

Our Statistics Help Tell the Bigger Truth About the University

Mason Welcomes

  • Mason students represent 130 countries and all 50 states.
  • We serve traditional and nontraditional students, including those looking to upskill/reskill.
  • Mason is home to more than 60 international and multicultural organizations.
  • Faculty includes members of Congress, senior government officials, and business leaders.
  • Mason continues to pursue innovative online education partners to provide access to excellence.


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#1 Young American University
Times of Higher Education 2022 rankings
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Best University for Non-Traditional Students
#4 public in America (#8 overall), #1 in VA, per College Factual's National Rankings
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#1 Public VA University for Diversity
US. Times and World Report

Mason Works

  • Entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists, and business leaders work alongside Mason faculty and student innovators.
  • Mason students, faculty, and staff have access to global corporations, government, international agencies, and NGOs.
  • In a survey of the graduating class of 2021, 58% said they had an internship, clinical, or research position during their time at GMU.
  • Mason is conveniently located within a few hours of all the major economic and cultural centers on the East Coast of the United States.
  • Mason graduates most often go into the industries of consulting/finance, government/military, technology, healthcare, or education.


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88% of graduates
report positive career outcomes within 6 months
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student to faculty ratio
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#5 in ROI
for engineering majors, per Affordable Colleges Online

Eva Noroski (left) and Ashley Fortner (right) at the National Zoo with an elephant in the backgroundhelby Burgess/Strategic Communications/George Mason University

Mason Acts

  • Mason is expanding its Mason Square campus to create a place where students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and tech powerhouses can come together to learn, develop, and grow together.
  • Mason aims to earn $225 million in annual research grants by 2025.
  • The National Science Foundation ranks Mason 10th among U.S. public universities in research growth over the past decade.
  • Our students gain experience through research, fieldwork, internships, service learning, study abroad programs, and alternative spring breaks.
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One of the youngest R-1 ranked universities
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$220 million
in sponsored research funding
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Study Abroad Programs

Mason Spirit

  • Mason is home to 34 club sports with over 800 participants every year. There are also 25 intramural activities with over 2,800 participants.
  • 230,000 sq feet of indoor athletics facility space available free to students, along with faculty and staff memberships.
  • George Mason University is one of just four Division I schools in the nation to boast a perfect 100 on the Athlete Ally's Athletic Equality Index and a perfect 5 on the Campus Pride Index. 
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NCAA Division 1 men's and women's teams
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ranked pep band, The Green Machine
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individual national championships
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