Leading in Cybersecurity

Mason will lead the regional hub of the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) in public-private partnership among 59 member institutions.

Access to Excellence Podcast Features Grand Challenges

Mason President Gregory Washington takes on some of the toughest issues facing students and graduates and the opportunities those issues present.

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Mason leads Virginia in innovation, diversity 

Engineering numbers also climb in latest U.S. News rankings


First day of class on Fairfax Campus August 23, 2021
First day of classes at George Mason University, 2021. Photo by: Shelby Burgess/Strategic Communications/George Mason University


George Mason University is the most diverse and most innovative institution in Virginia according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report for its 2022 Best Colleges List, reflecting the university’s mission of providing access to excellence. Six programs made the top 100, including engineering, which rose 16 spots in the past year.

Mason also rose in its social mobility rankings (graduating Pell Grant students), to No. 127 (up from 144). Over the past five years, Mason grew its number of Pell Grant-receiving students by the fifth largest total in the country.

“Universities have a responsibility to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their communities,” said Mason President Gregory Washington. “These rankings highlight that Mason has taken that a step beyond, providing access to excellence for students of all walks of life, and positively impacting not only the region, but the nation through our innovative research and leadership.”

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Eva Noroski (left) and Ashley Fortner (right) at the National Zoo with an elephant in the backgroundhelby Burgess/Strategic Communications/George Mason University
Smithsonian-Mason team keeps watch, so elephants can doze off

Because elephants only sleep three to four hours a night, and frequently wake during that time, their sleep is a precious commodity.  That’s why George Mason University senior Eva Noroski has spent a month this semester assisting 2017 Mason alumna and Elephant Trails keeper Ashley Fortner at the National Zoo, researching how these massive mammals can get optimal sleep. 

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Photo by Shelby Burgess/Strategic Communications

Mason Lighting the Way: Spotlights from the Task Force

More than 100 faculty, staff and students are working on George Mason University’s Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, which is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university and making recommendations for the future.

These individuals come from across our campuses and bring their different skill sets and expertise to this work. In this series, we will spotlight members of the task force and find out what drives them.

Natalia Kanos, Junior, Government and International Politics and Conflict Analysis and Resolution Majors
Committee: Training and Development