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George Mason University

United States
  • Ranked 359 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • Ranked 365 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
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About George Mason University

Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.

George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

Campus information

Mason has three campuses in Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Counties in Virginia and an international campus in Songdo, Korea. In addition, Mason operates a site in Loudoun County and has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to offer a global conservation studies program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.


The Fairfax Campus consists of 677 wooded acres and is the principal center for undergraduate residence and life. The on-campus population is currently more than 6,000 and is expected to grow to 7,000 as new residential units are constructed. Our Fairfax Campus is also home to the Center for the Arts and the EagleBank Arena where numerous sporting and entertainment events take place year round.


Our most urban campus is in Arlington. It consists of three main buildings and is where the School of Law, the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution are located. Most of the programs offered are at the graduate and professional levels.

Science and Technology

Serving all of Northern Virginia, the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County primarily focuses on research and academic programs in the life sciences, including bioscience, biotechnology and bioinformatics. The campus features a state-of-the-art Biomedical Research Laboratory and the recently launched Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research, a multidisciplinary facility that will pursue some of the toughest medical questions facing society.

Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.  

At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.  

In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.


Mason’s campus has more than 40 residence halls, from suites to apartments. Many are new or have been recently renovated to be even more spacious and comfortable. More than 75 percent of all freshmen live on campus, so there’s always plenty going on. A variety of amenities are available within each building, including high-speed Internet access and free laundry facilities (but you still have to fold).

Most first-year students will live in traditional residence hall communities such as Presidents Park, a complex of 12 residence halls.

  • All rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Carpets and window treatments are provided.
  • Most bedrooms in Presidents Park are double or triple occupancy. A small number of quads and singles are also available.
  • Bedrooms are accessed off the main hallway, and residents share bathrooms (designated by gender).
  • Each of these buildings has two or three floors and is home to 26 to 40 residents.
  • All halls are coed by floor or floor section.
  • Common areas, such as lounges and laundry, are distributed throughout the community.
  • Presidents Park and the Commons are non-smoking and alcohol-free housing areas.


Courses available 10

Accounting and Finance 1 Applied and Pure Sciences 4 Computer Science and IT 2 Creative Arts & Design 2 Engineering 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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