Mason History and Tradition

George Mason University’s short history is one of an enterprising and innovative pioneer, creating a major teaching and research university from a small, one-room schoolhouse in just 50 years. George Mason University is now recognized as an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields, named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report in 2008. At George Mason University, we invent tradition.

With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, dance, organizational psychology and health care, Mason students are routinely recognized with national and international scholarships. Enrollment is more than 32,000, with students studying in 198 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels.

Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences; and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage.

Mason has campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William counties. In addition to these three campuses, George Mason operates a site in Loudoun County and has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution to create the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia. The university also offers programs online and at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon. Each location has a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region.

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Samantha Oester

Graduate student Samantha Oester says she took about 800 pictures on the first day of her study-abroad trip to Antarctica. The environmental science and policy major was part of a group of Mason students who traveled on and lived aboard the research vessel Ortelius, observing and sometimes aiding the research group Oceanities with their work […]

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