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As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University is here to provide you not only a path to your degree, but a college experience like no other. Mason offers more than 200 degrees and numerous minors and certificate programs so you can customize your education to meet your career and personal goals. Our top priority is to provide students with a transformational learning experience that helps them grow as individuals, scholars, and professionals.
Top 100 in Value
Mason is ranked as one of the top 100 best values in education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes.
Mason graduates enjoy the highest average starting salary of all Virginia public schools, according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
#6 in High ROI
The Volgenau School of Engineering is ranked #6 in the nation for High ROI College for Engineering Majors by Affordable Colleges Online.
Top 40 in Diversity
Mason is ranked in the top 40 of the most diverse public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Ranked as a Top New School in the U.S.
Mason is among only 5 universities in the U.S. featured in the "Top 150 Schools under 50" by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
There are over 350 student organizations on campus.
#1 in Low Loan Default
We are the #1 public school in the nation for lowest student loan default rate, as reported by BestColleges.com.
The Value of a Mason Education
A college degree is one of the most valuable investments you can make and Mason is consistently recognized for providing a quality education at an affordable price. This past year alone, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Mason as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public College on its national list, and Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity ranked Mason number 68 among the Top 100 of “America’s Best College Buys.”
At Mason students gain unparalleled academic and career advantages. Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education placed Mason at the top of the list of Virginia schools for highest average starting salary of its graduates, making Mason a smart investment.
A Location that Sets Us Apart
Mason’s prime location in Fairfax, Virginia, just 16 miles outside of Washington, D.C., gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of living near the nation’s capital, while also feeling safe and right at home at one of the largest and most beautiful residential campuses in Virginia. The city becomes your playground—you can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit museum exhibits with your Art History classmates, explore historic Georgetown and the National Mall, catch a Nationals baseball game, and even attend congressional hearings.
Looking for a college is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. We’re here to help guide you through the process and answer all your questions so you can determine if Mason is the right choice for you.
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Home Away from Home
Mason has quickly become one of the largest residential campuses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our walkable campus allows you to be close to everything, no matter where you live.
Just a few of the benefits of living on campus are:
- Comfortable residence halls with free laundry facilities
- Top-of-the-line fitness and athletic facilities
- On demand dining
- Sports and concert venues, including a 10,000-seat arena
- 350+ student clubs and organizations
- A 24-hour Starbucks.