George Mason University, frequently referred to as GMU, is a public university based in Fairfax County, Virginia south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax. Additional campuses are located nearby in Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County. The university’s motto is “Freedom and Learning” while its slogan or tagline is Where “Innovation Is Tradition”.
Named after American revolutionary, patriot, and founding father George Mason, the university was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and became an independent institution in 1972. Today, Mason is recognized for its strong programs in economics, law, creative writing, computer science, and business. In recent years, George Mason faculty have twice won the Nobel Prize in Economics. The university enrolls over 32,500 students, making it the largest university by head count in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Here's how George Mason University describes itself:
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.
Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences. Mason's Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by “U.S. News and World Report” as one of the top 40 law schools in the United States.
Minutes Away from Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1972, the university has grown into a major educational force as a state institution, and gained national distinction in a range of academic fields.