Discover Who You Are and Who You Want to Be
Mason’s nine colleges and schools provide the opportunity to craft your own course of study. Whether you’re passionate about a certain subject or want to start by exploring your options, we’ll provide the advice and guidance to help you find the best fit.
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Engineering and Computing
- College of Health and Human Services
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- College of Science
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Schar School of Policy and Government
- School of Business
Mason’s Honors College
Mason’s Honors College provides motivated students with unique academic and social opportunities that enhance the college experience. Selected from the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College, University Scholars are awarded scholarships covering the full cost of tuition over four years.
Part of the Vibrant Washington, D.C., Region
Mason is located 24 kilometers outside the nation’s capital. As the political and cultural center of the country, Washington, D.C., offers a great place to explore and gain valuable educational and professional experiences.
Mason is conveniently located within a few hours of all the major economic and cultural centers on the East Coast of the United States.
A Place Like No Other
Mason’s beautiful 670-acre residential campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Our additional Virginia campuses in Arlington and Manassas and our overseas campus in Songdo, South Korea, provide expanded access to educational opportunities for Mason students and others in our communities.
Mason is home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia, a site that provides experiential education opportunities for students building careers in global conservation.
Mason is committed to both individual and community safety. Our Mason Alert text notification system provides immediate updates and safety information. Students also have access to an array of safety features through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app. The George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety has a force of more than 135 full- and part-time personnel. Officers are available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Learn Your Way
Mason’s innovative spirit and reputation for excellence have attracted some of the world’s brightest minds including elected officials, retired generals, and former ambassadors.
A Brookings Institution analysis found that a Mason education adds 20 percent to the value of a college degree when comparing mid-career salaries.
Online Learning Options
Mason Online allows students to take select classes offered on campus in an online format while at home, stationed abroad, or traveling. This allows you to learn on your own time from wherever you are.
Our 50+ residence halls offer a variety of options, including suites, apartments, and Learning Communities (LCs). Residence halls offer new or recently renovated spaces, open lounge areas, shared kitchens, and free laundry facilities.
With dining locations across our campuses—some open 24 hours a day—you’ll have the flexibility to eat what you want and when you want. Mason Dining offers something for every palate or dietary need, including allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, and halal options. Be sure to stop in for a meal at The Globe, where they offer a wide array of international cuisines. The Globe chefs and culinary staff use traditional recipes and showcase the origins of food at special “Around the Globe” events. And if you're too busy studying, Mason Dining's fleet of delivery robots can bring you dinner while you brush up before finals!
Three state-of-the-art fitness centers offer everything from an Olympic-sized pool to group exercise classes. Mason’s fitness resources are endless—and free for full-time students.
460+ Student Organizations
There are so many ways at Mason for you to find your niche, get involved, and meet new friends. There are also opportunities for team activities through our intramural or club teams. Every year, we host thousands of events on campus, including theater, music, sports, movies, comedians, and more. There is always something to see or do.
Mason Welcomes the World
Mason provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive place to live and study. Our top priority is to help you grow as an individual through access to exceptional faculty and quality academic programs.
Mason provides English language instruction and pathway programs for international students who are academically prepared, but require additional English language proficiency to have a positive and productive experience at Mason.
Experience the World at Mason
Home to Virginia’s largest and most diverse student body, Mason also ranks among the most diverse universities in the nation.
Our diversity has defined and shaped our culture, from how we educate our students to our sense of responsibility in our communities and in the world as a whole. We are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive in a complex world.
Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Hailing from 130 countries and all 50 states, the Mason Nation brings together many different ideas and perspectives that contribute to a vibrant and engaging community.
Mason has a culture of seeing things as they are, accepting challenges, and figuring out how to get the work done.
We have a great foundation in place, but we know we can do more. Our Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, created by President Gregory Washington, is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university. The work we do will create a strategy to incorporate change across Mason. We’re holding ourselves accountable because we know it’s not enough to set goals—we’re determined to meet the challenge today and in the future.
Hometown: Bangalore, India
About: “I started my journey in the United States in 2016 and George Mason University was the perfect place for me to grow. The community warmly welcomed me with open arms and I made lifelong friends on my first day as a freshman.”
“As a graduate of Mason, I’ll always look back at my undergraduate days with nostalgia and happiness because Mason shaped me into the activist I am today. All the professors who I’ve met along the way have made a lasting impact on my education. My entire experience as an international student was positive and delightful.”
DANIEL H. ENCAOUA BENGIO
Majors: Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM), Marketing, and Management
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
About: “During my time at Mason I joined different organizations and had the opportunity to intern at top companies. I was able to graduate with three degrees in ISOM, marketing, and management. But most importantly, I made lifelong lasting relationships with many individuals who have become my second family!”
“George Mason is a unique university where individuals are able to grow, learn from one another, and find themselves.... The U.S. culture is known for being a melting pot, and Mason is a clear representation of that. Walking across campus you can hear different languages and make new connections with individuals [from] across the globe.”
Majors: Government and International Politics, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Hometown: Jos, Nigeria
About: “Coming to Mason, I wanted to get as involved as possible and have been part of Student Government, the African Student Association, and [I’ve] even been a resident advisor on campus as well as had various internships with different schools at Mason and in D.C. I also got involved with sports and joined the rowing team.”
“Mason has an extremely welcoming community and such a diverse population—everyone can find a place to feel at home. There are also so many opportunities to take advantage of and things to do.”
84 percent of our graduates achieve positive career outcomes within six months of graduation.
The College of Engineering and Computing is ranked No. 5 among high ROI colleges for engineering majors on Affordable Colleges Online.
The School of Business at George Mason University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business is among only 25 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide accredited in both business and accounting.
92 percent of Mason graduates are employed in the Washington, D.C., region, with a median salary of $65,500.
Mason’s English and history degree programs are ranked No. 1 in the country for earnings potential by PayScale.com.
More than 700 companies connect with and recruit our students and graduates throughout the year.
Connect with Top Regional Employers
ACCENTURE | APPLE | AWS | CACI | CBS NEWS | DELOITTE | DISNEY | FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS | INOVA | KPMG | LOCKHEED MARTIN | MARRIOTT | METRO | MITRE | NESTLE | NASA | U.S. NAVY | WASHINGTON NATIONALS | WORLD BANK GROUP
Mason continues to expand our Arlington Campus and will launch our new School of Computing to support the newest location of Amazon’s headquarters.