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George Mason University is a large public university located in Fairfax, Va. The university is named after American revolutionary, patriot, and founding father George Mason. The University enrolls over 30, 000 students annually. U. S. News and World Report ranked George Mason University 1st in its new category of up-and-coming National Universities for 2009. The main campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia and it covers 670 acres of land. The other campuses are located nearby in Arlington, Prince William County, and Loudoun County. GMU also has an international campus in Ras al-Khaimah and in the United Arab Emirates. The university offers more than 65 undergraduate degree programs and over 90 graduate programs. GMU's sports teams are nicknamed Patriots. They participate in the NCAA's Division I, and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association, or CAA.

Profile of George Mason UniversityStudents attend George Mason in Fairfax, VA, a large suburb. The school is a public institution. George Mason degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in art studies and liberal arts.

George Mason Selectivity

George Mason is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 510. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 520 and 610.

George Mason has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 30, 276 students at George Mason .

Student Life
The school offers students meal plans. George Mason values student athletics, and belongs to the Colonial Athletic Association.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"George Mason University will be an institution of international academic reputation providing superior education for students to develop critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking and to make well-founded ethical decisions. It will respond to the call for interdisciplinary research and teaching, not simply by adding programs but by rethinking the traditional structure of the academy. The university will prepare students to address the complex issues facing them in society and to discover meaning in their own lives. It will encourage diversity in its Student Enrolment and will meet the needs of students by providing them with interdisciplinary and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses. The university will energetically seek ways to interact with and serve the needs of the Student Enrolment. The university will nurture and support a faculty that is diverse, innovative, excellent in teaching, active in pure and applied research, and responsive to the needs of students and the community. The faculty will embody the university's interactive approach to change both in the academy and in the world. The university will be a resource of the Commonwealth of Virginia serving private and public sectors. It will be an intellectual and cultural nexus between Northern Virginia, the nation, and the world. (Adopted January 1991)"George Mason Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts1, 952political science and government, interdisciplinary studies, speech and rhetoric, economics, English, international relations, history, liberal arts and humanities, . . .
Education and Teaching1, 014curriculum and instruction, special ed, educational administration, health teaching, school Counselling, physical education teaching, education, ESL instruction, . . .
Business and Management915business management, accounting, finance, marketing, business and related services, business administration, MIS
Engineering545various engineering courses, systems engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering courses, industrial engineering
Therapy and Counselling378psychology
Science361biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics courses, physics, astronomy, biostatistics, . . .
Family and Social Work285public administration, public policy analysis, social work, social service professions
Computer Science and Engineering280computer and info science, information science, computer engineering, software engineering
Nursing and Emergency Medicine279registered nursing, various nursing
Law213law, legal professions, legal research
Art Studies188visual and performing arts, art studies, arts management
Security and Law Enforcement165criminal justice and police
Media124communication and journalism, communication studies
Medicine67health professions, neuroscience, gerontology
Mathematics61mathematics, mathematics and computer science, statistics, mathematics and statistics
Music60music performance, music, various music studies
Drama and Performing Arts32drama, dance
Medical administration19health care administration, health care facilities management
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy, religion
Medical Support and Technology10clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5athletic trainer
Science and Laboratory Technician4science tech
Contact: George MasonGeorge Mason University

4400 University Dr

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

General Phone: (703) 993-1000


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