The Secret’s Out: Mason is driving higher ed enrollment growth in Virginia


Once known as a “commuter school,” George Mason University is now known for driving growth.

Our enrollment has tripled in 30 years to more than 39,000 students, attracted to the high quality of Mason’s innovative programs as well as its value and advantageous location.

How in demand is Mason? From 2015 through 2020, 10 of Virginia’s public universities lost enrollment. Mason’s enrollment swelled by 4,348.

Mason is a place to live as well as learn, with more than 6,000 students living on campus.

Formerly a branch campus of the University of Virginia, Mason has established its own identity since becoming an independent university in 1972. Times Higher Education has named Mason the top U.S. university under 50 years old.

Mason will soon celebrate its first half-century. And, more importantly, envision its next 50 years.