George Mason University

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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.

Prospective Students

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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A Location that Sets Us Apart

Suzy Heitt at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

Honors College student Suzy Hewitt gets an out of this world experience as an intern in the Explainers Program at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum.

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.

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.

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.