George Mason University
#209 Overall Influence#548 Desirability Rank

George Mason University

Public liberal arts and research university in Fairfax, Virginia

Connect to George Mason University

By clicking the Connect button I acknowledge that I am at least 14 years of age and that I am sending my information to George Mason University and may be contacted by them and by its partners

Moresee more
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


What does this school look for?

Annual Applications




Graduation Rate


Median SAT Score


Median ACT Score



How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)


Fees (in-state)


After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings




Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body






The Campus

Where will you be attending?


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

view profile
Sandra Cauffman
Sandra Cauffman

Costa Rican physicist and electrical engineer

view profile
Rebecca Wee

American poet

view profile
Dianna Russini

American sports journalist

view profile
Danielle Cadena Deulen

American poet, essayist, and academic

view profile
Raynard Jackson

American political consultant

view profile
Steve Ricchetti

White house Deputy Chief of Staff

view profile
Marilyn Barrueta

American teacher

view profile
Michael F. Cannon

Director of health polices

view profile
Archie Kao
Archie Kao

American actor

view profile
Tony Skinn
Tony Skinn

American basketball player

view profile
Nick Giaquinto

American football player and college baseball coach

view profile

Stay informed! Get the latest Academic Influence news, information, and rankings with our upcoming newsletter.