George Mason University

About Mason

As Virginia’s largest public research university, we set the standard for a bold, progressive education that serves our students and communities.

We Were Made
to Make it Better

Our identity was forged in 1972 on Virginia's strong ideals of academic excellence and service. Today, that spirit energizes us as a leader in scholarship and research; preparing graduates to meet the complex needs of a rapidly changing world.

Our Motto

Freedom and Learning

Our Mission

A public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Capital Region, we are an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.

Crowds of students at the annual involvement expo

Each year, Mason welcomes thousands of healers, builders, authors, explorers, leaders, and inventors. They come to learn and grow; they leave ready to change the world.
Photo: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason Univ.

The Mason Graduate

  • An engaged citizen.
  • A well-rounded scholar.
  • Prepared to act. 

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At a Glance
2018 Total Enrollment (US Campus) 37,316
Degree Programs Offered 211
Percentage First-Generation Undergraduate Degree-Seeking 36%
Students Receiving Aid (60%) 22,143

Our Values

Our students come first

Our top priority is to provide students with a transformational learning experience that helps them grow as individuals, scholars and professionals

Diversity is our strength

We include and embrace a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do and respect differences

Innovation is our tradition

We strive to find new and better ways to deliver on our mission while honoring time-tested academic values

We honor freedom of thought and expression

We protect the freedom of all members of our community to seek truth and express their views

We are careful stewards

We manage the economic and natural resources entrusted to us responsibly and sustainably

We act with integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as educators, scholars, students and professionals

We thrive together

We nurture a positive and collaborative community that contributes to the well-being and success of every member