George Mason University
George Mason University (Mason, GMU, George Mason) is a public research university flagshiped in Fairfax County, Virginia with four campuses throughout Northern Virginia and one campus in South Korea. Established in 1957 as the Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia, it became an independent university in 1972 and has since grown to become the largest four-year public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The university is named for the Founding Father George Mason, a Virginia planter and politician who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights that later influenced the future Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Mason operates four campuses in Virginia (Fairfax, Arlington, Front Royal, and Prince William), as well as a campus in South Korea.
|Motto||Freedom and Learning|
|Type||Public research university|
|Established||October 1, 1949|
|Founder||Commonwealth of Virginia |
(Virginia General Assembly)
|Formerly part of the |
University of Virginia
|Endowment||$154.2 million (2020)|
|Provost||Mark Ginsberg (Interim)|
|~2,600 (Fall 2020)|
|Students||39,032 (Fall 2020)|
|Undergraduates||26,515 (Fall 2020)|
|Postgraduates||11,437 (Fall 2020)|
|Campus||Mostly Suburban, with 953 acres (3.86 km2) on the flagship Fairfax Campus, and 1,148 acres (4.65 km2) across the four other Virginia campuses|
|Language||Mostly English, but also Spanish, and Korean (excluding second-language acquisition courses).|
|NCAA Division I – A-10, ECAC, EIVA, EWL, IC4A|
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranks it among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". Two George Mason economics professors have won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics: James M. Buchanan in 1986 and Vernon L. Smith in 2002.
EagleBank Arena (formerly the Patriot Center), a 10,000-seat arena and concert venue operated by the university, is located on the main Fairfax campus. The university recognizes 500 student groups as well as 41 fraternities and sororities.