George Mason University
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George Mason University

Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia

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By James Barham, PhD

George Mason University (GMU) was founded in 1949 as the Northern Virginia University Center of the University of Virginia. The school was originally located in Arlington, Virginia, a suburban town just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.

In 1956, the Northern Virginia University Center was upgraded to University College of the University of Virginia; at the same time, the school moved to the nearby town of Bailey’s Crossroads. In 1959, University College changed its name to George Mason College of the University of Virginia.

George Mason (1725–1792) was a Virginia delegate to the US Constitutional Convention in 1787. He was one of only three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution in its original version, without the Bill of Rights. As one of the authors of the “Fairfax Resolves” of 1774 and the “Virginia Declaration of Rights” of 1776, which formed the basis for the first ten amendments that were added to the Constitution in 1789, Mason is sometimes referred to as the “father of the Bill of Rights.”

In 1964, George Mason College moved again, to its present location in Fairfax, Virginia—the birthplace of George Mason—and in 1977, the school severed its ties to the University of Virginia, becoming fully autonomous under the name of George Mason University.

Today, GMU comprises 11 colleges, schools, and institutes, including, notably, the Antonin Scalia Law School, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.

Also associated with GMU is the Mercatus Center, a free market-oriented, economic-policy think tank. Overall, the student body numbers more than 38,000 individuals.

Among many distinguished GMU faculty and alumni, we may note the following:

  • Mathematician, Duminda Wijesekera
  • Computer scientists, Jonathan Katz, Kenneth A. De Jong, Robert Axtell, Qing Tian, Jana Košecká & M. Brian Blake
  • Poet, Eric Pankey
  • Novelist, Alan Cheuse
  • Children’s author, Sharon Creech
  • Documentary filmmaker, Carma Hinton
  • Actors, Rhea Seehorn, Paige Moss & Archie Kao
  • Artist, Deborah Willis
  • Astrophysicist, Arthur I. Poland
  • Physicist, Robert Ehrlich
  • Chemists, Gerald Weatherspoon & Rebecca M. Jones
  • Biochemist, Harold J. Morowitz
  • Neuroscientists, Rob Cressman & Avrama Kim Blackwell
  • Psychologists, Stephen Zaccaro, June Tangney, Lois Tetrick & Todd B. Kashdan
  • Sociologist, Joshua Greenberg
  • Anthropologists, Susan Hirsch & Mary Catherine Bateson
  • Political scientists, Jack Goldstone, Mark Rozell, Mark N. Katz & Richard E. Rubenstein
  • Criminologist, David Weisburd
  • Legal scholar, Todd Zywicki
  • Economists, James M. Buchanan (Nobel laureate), Vernon L. Smith (Nobel laureate), Gordon Tullock, Walter E. Williams, Lawrence H. White, Peter Boettke, Steven Horwitz, Bryan Caplan, Tyler Cowan, Christopher Coyne & Donald J. Boudreaux
  • Historians Martin Sherwin, Richard Norton Smith, Rex A. Wade & Roy Rosenzweig
  • Civil rights activist and African-American studies scholar, Roger Wilkins
  • Investigative journalist, Brian Krebs
  • TV journalists, Angie Goff & Hala Gorani
  • Economics journalists, Stephen Moore & Jeffrey Tucker
  • Business journalist and columnist, Steven Pearlstein
  • US Republican Party political consultant and presidential policy advisor, Karl Rove
  • Current Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh

From Wikipedia

George Mason University is a public research university in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Fairfax City. The university was established in 1957 as the Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia, and became an independent university in 1972. It 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 , as well as a fifth campus in South Korea.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

21,198

Acceptance

89%

Graduation Rate

71%

Median SAT Score

1215

Median ACT Score

27

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$9,060

Fees (in-state)

$3,504

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$63,900

Employed

89%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

31K

Under-Grads

24K

Graduates

6K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

4400 University Dr, Fairfax VA 22030-4444

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

5 per 100k

Violent Crime

0 per 100k

Influential People

Who are George Mason University's Most influential alumni?

George Mason University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . George Mason University’s most academically influential people include Juleanna Glover, Sandra Cauffman, and Rebecca Wee.

Juleanna Glover

American political consultant and lobbyist

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Sandra Cauffman
Sandra Cauffman

Costa Rican physicist and electrical engineer

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Rebecca Wee

American poet

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Dianna Russini

American sports journalist

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Danielle Cadena Deulen

American poet, essayist, and academic

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Raynard Jackson

American political consultant

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Steve Ricchetti

White house Deputy Chief of Staff

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Marilyn Barrueta

American teacher

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Michael F. Cannon

Director of health polices

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Archie Kao
Archie Kao

American actor

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Tony Skinn
Tony Skinn

American basketball player

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Nick Giaquinto

American football player and college baseball coach

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