George Mason University (often referred to as GMU or Mason) is a public university based in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax. Additional campuses are located nearby in Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County. The university’s motto is Freedom and Learning while its slogan or tagline is Where Innovation Is Tradition.
Named after American revolutionary, patriot, and founding father George Mason, the university was founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and became an independent institution in 1972. Today, Mason is recognized for its strong programs in law, economics, creative writing, and computer science. The university enrolls over 32,500 students, making it the largest university by head count in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The George Mason University has strength in the basic and applied sciences with critical mass in proteomics, neuroscience and computational sciences. Research support comes to Mason faculty from such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Likewise, the Center for Secure Information Systems is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) as well as a Center of Academic Excellence in Research (CAE-R) in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency.
Fulltime Virginia Resident Undergraduate Tuition: $8484/year*
Fulltime Non-Virginia Resident Undergraduate Tuition: $25,248/year*
*Additional fees may apply.