George Mason University
, or George Mason
) is a public research university
in Fairfax County
, 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 (Fairfax
, Front Royal
, and Prince William
), as well as a fifth campus in South Korea
(formerly the Patriot Center), a 10,000-seat arena and concert venue operated by the university, is located on the main Fairfax campus. The university recognizes 500 student groups as well as 41 fraternities and sororities.
Timeline from center to college then university University of Virginia (1949–1972)
Aerial photograph taken in 1967 showing what was then called George Mason College
Decal from when George Mason College was a part of the University of Virginia
The University of Virginia
created an extension center to serve Northern Virginia
"… the University Center opened, on October 1, 1949..."
The extension center offered both for credit and non-credit informal classes in the evenings in the Vocational Building of the Washington-Lee High School
in Arlington, Virginia
, at schools in Alexandria
, and Prince William
, at federal buildings, at churches, at the Virginia Theological Seminary
, and at Marine Corps Base Quantico
, and even in a few private homes.:5
The first for credit classes offered were: "Government in the Far East, Introduction to International Politics, English Composition, Principles of Economics, Mathematical Analysis, Introduction to Mathematical Statistics, and Principles of Lip Reading."
By the end of 1952, enrollment increased to 1,192 students from 665 students the previous year.
The City of Fairfax
purchased and donated 150 acres (0.61 km2
) of land just south of the city limits to the University of Virginia for the college's new site, which is now referred to as the Fairfax Campus
. In 1959, the Board of Visitors
of the University of Virginia selected a permanent name for the college: George Mason College of the University of Virginia. The Fairfax campus construction planning that began in early 1960 showed visible results when the development of the first 40 acres (160,000 m2
) of Fairfax Campus began in 1962. In the Fall of 1964 the new campus welcomed 356 students.[self-published source?]
During the 1966 Session of the Virginia General Assembly
, Alexandria delegate James M. Thomson
, with the backing of the University of Virginia, introduced a bill in the General Assembly to make George Mason College a four-year institution under the University of Virginia's direction. The measure, known as H 33,
passed the Assembly easily and was approved on March 1, 1966 making George Mason College a degree-granting institution. During that same year, the local jurisdictions of Fairfax County
, Arlington County
, and the cities of Alexandria
and Falls Church
agreed to appropriate $3 million to purchase land adjacent to Mason to provide for a 600-acre (2.4 km2
) Fairfax Campus with the intention that the institution would expand into a regional university of major proportions, including the granting of graduate degrees.
George Mason University (1972–present)
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On Friday, April 7, 1972, a contingent from George Mason College, led by Chancellor Lorin A. Thompson, met with Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton
at Richmond. They were there to participate in the governor's signing into law Virginia General Assembly Bill H 210 separating George Mason College from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and renaming it George Mason University.
In 1978, George W. Johnson
was appointed to serve as the fourth president.
Under his eighteen-year tenure, the university expanded both its physical size and program offerings at a tremendous rate.
Shortly before Johnson's inauguration in April 1979, Mason acquired the School of Law
and the new Arlington Campus. The university also became a doctoral institution.
Toward the end of Johnson's term, Mason would be deep in planning for a third campus in Prince William County
. Major campus facilities, such as Student Union Building II, EagleBank Arena
, Center for the Arts, and the Johnson Learning Center, were all constructed over the course of Johnson's eighteen years as University President. Enrollment once again more than doubled from 10,767 during the fall of 1978 to 24,368 in the spring of 1996.
Governor A. Linwood Holton signs H‑210 separating George Mason College from the University of Virginia, April 7, 1972
Dr. Alan G. Merten
was appointed president in 1996. He believed that the university's location made it responsible for both contributing to and drawing from its surrounding communities—local, national, and global. George Mason was becoming recognized and acclaimed in all of these spheres. During Merten's tenure, the university hosted the World Congress of Information Technology in 1998,
celebrated a second Nobel Memorial Prize
-winning faculty member in 2002, and cheered the Men's Basketball
team in their NCAA Final Four
appearance in 2006. Enrollment increased from just over 24,000 students in 1996 to approximately 33,000 during the spring semester of 2012, making Mason Virginia's largest public university and gained prominence at the national level.
Dr. Ángel Cabrera
officially took office on July 1, 2012. Both Cabrera and the board were well aware that Mason was part of a rapidly changing academia, full of challenges to the viability of higher education. In a resolution on August 17, 2012, the board asked Dr. Cabrera to create a new strategic vision that would help Mason remain relevant and competitive in the future. The drafting of the Vision for Mason, from conception to official outline, created a new mission statement that defines the university.
On March 25, 2013, university president Ángel Cabrera held a press conference to formally announce the university's decision to leave the Colonial Athletic Association
to join the Atlantic 10 Conference
(A-10). The announcement came just days after the Board of Visitors' approval of the university's Vision document that Dr. Cabrera had overseen. Mason began competition in the A-10 during the 2013–2014 academic year, and Mason's association with the institutions that comprise the A-10 started a new chapter in Mason athletics, academics, and other aspects of university life. The Chronicle of Higher Education
listed Mason as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from 2010 to 2014. The Washington Post
listed Mason as one of the "Top Workplaces" in 2014.
Alliance for Work-Life Progress awarded Mason the Seal of Distinction in 2015.
listed Mason as one of the Best Employers for Workers Over 50 in 2013. Phi Beta Kappa
established a chapter at the university in 2013.
In 2018, a Freedom of Information Act
lawsuit revealed that conservative donors, including the Charles Koch Foundation
and Federalist Society
, were given direct influence over faculty hiring decisions at the university's law and economics schools. GMU President Ángel Cabrera acknowledged that the revelations raised questions about the university's academic integrity and pledged to prohibit donors from sitting on faculty selection committees in the future.
On February 24, 2020, the Board of Visitors appointed Gregory Washington
as the eighth president. He started at George Mason on July 1, 2020. Washington is the university's first African-American president.
On March 23, 2020, George Mason shifted to exclusively online instruction during the COVID pandemic. Hybrid instruction is planned for the Fall 2020 semester offering a combination of online and in-person instruction.
Science and Technology
Smithsonian‑Mason School of Conservation
The university's Fairfax Campus is situated on 677 acres (1.058 sq mi) of landscaped land with a large pond in a suburban environment in George Mason, Virginia
, just south of the City of Fairfax
in central Fairfax County
. Off-campus amenities are within walking distance and Washington, D.C.
is approximately 20 miles (32 km) from campus.[b]
Notable buildings include the 320,000-square-foot (30,000 m2
) student union building, the Johnson Center; the Center for the Arts, a 2,000-seat concert hall; the 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m2
) Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building; Exploratory Hall for science, new in 2013; an astronomy observatory and telescope; the 88,900-square-foot (8,260 m2
) Art and Design Building; the newly expanded Fenwick Library, and will soon reconstruct the academic buildings Robinson A and B;
the Krasnow Institute
; and three fully appointed gyms and an aquatic center for student use.
The stadiums for indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and lacrosse are also on the Fairfax campus,
as is Masonvale, a housing community for faculty, staff and graduate students.
The smallest building on the campus is the 33-square-foot (3.1 m2
) information booth.
Fairfax City CUE Bus at Vienna, Fairfax, GMU station[c]
This campus is served by the Washington MetroOrange Line
at the Vienna, Fairfax, GMU
station as well as Metrobus
The CUE Bus
Green One, Green Two, Gold One, and Gold Two lines all provide service to this campus at 38.8347°N 77.3070°W
This campus is served by the Virginia Railway Express Manassas Line
at the Burke Center station
. Fairfax Connector
Route 306: GMU–Pentagon provides service to this campus.
Mason provides shuttle service between this campus and Vienna, Fairfax, GMU Metro station, the Burke Center VRE station, the Science and Technology Campus, West Campus, and downtown City of Fairfax.
George Mason statue
Location of statue
The bronze statue of George Mason
was created by Wendy M. Ross
and dedicated on April 12, 1996.
foot statue shows George Mason presenting his first draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights
which was later the basis for the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. Beside Mason is a model of a writing table that is still in the study of Gunston Hall
, Mason's Virginia estate. The books on the table—volumes of Hume
—represent influences in his thought.
The Arlington Campus is also the future home of the Mason School of Computing, a plan intended to double the number of computer science students to 15,000 over the next five years. As part of Amazon's HQ2
development in nearby Crystal City
, Mason announced a slew of new changes to be made to the Arlington Campus. It committed to expanding the campus and replacing Original Building with a 400,000sq ft mixed use high rise which would developed in a public private partnership to allow for mixed use commercial space on lower levels. The university also announced the development of an Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) to include labs, coworking and public programming spaces, ground-floor retail, a parking garage and a public plaza
The university has said they will invest $250 million at the Arlington Campus in the next five years, adding 1,000 faculty members and enlarging the campus to 1.2 million square feet, with an emphasis on computing programs and advanced research in high-tech fields.
Arlington campus subway stop
This campus is served by the Washington Metro Orange Line at the Virginia Square-GMU
station, a campus shuttle service, and Metrobus
The rail station is located one block west of the campus. Arlington Rapid Transit or ART Bus
routes 41, 42, and 75 also provide service at this location.
The campus offers one electric vehicle charging station, five disabled permit automotive parking locations, three bicycle parking locations, and one Capitol Bikeshare
Science and Technology campus
Beacon Hall, Hylton Performing Arts Center, the EDGE, Life Sciences Laboratory, Discovery Hall, Occoquan Building, Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Bull Run Hall, Biomedical Research Laboratory[i]
The Science and Technology campus opened on August 25, 1997 as the Prince William campus in Manassas, Virginia
, on 134 acres (0.209 sq mi; 540,000 m2
) of land, some still currently undeveloped.
More than 4,000 students are enrolled in classes in bioinformatics
, information technology, and forensic biosciences
educational and research programs.
There are undergraduate programs in health, fitness and recreation. There are graduate programs in exercise, fitness, health, geographic information systems, and facility management. Much of the research takes place in the high-security Biomedical Research Laboratory.
The 1,123-seat Merchant Hall and the 300-seat Verizon Auditorium in the Hylton Performing Arts Center opened in 2010.
The 110,000-square-foot Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center is operated by the Mason Enterprise Center.
The Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning stylized as EDGE is an experiential education facility open to the public.
The Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing lab stylized as SMART Lab is located within the Freedom center. The SMART Lab is most known for its concussion
On April 23, 2015 the campus was renamed to the Science and Technology Campus.
In 2019, the university engaged in a feasibility study of creating a medical school at the Prince William Campus. The proposed medical school would be completed in 2022.
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Academic Center, G.T. Halpin Family Living & Learning Community,[j]
The campus in Front Royal, Virginia
is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution
and the university.
Open to students in August 2012 after breaking ground on the project on June 29, 2011, the primary focus of the campus is global conservation training.
The Volgenau Academic Center includes three teaching laboratories, four classrooms, and 18 offices.Shenandoah National Park
is visible from the dining facility's indoor and outdoor seating.
Living quarters include 60 double occupancy rooms, an exercise facility, and study space.
Mason Korea (Songdo, South Korea)
Data Center, Library, Guest House, Student's Hall[l]
Opened in March 2014, the Songdo campus is in South Korea's Incheon Free Economic Zone, a 42,000-acre (66 sq mi) site designed for 850,000 people. It's 25 miles (40 km) from Seoul and a two-hour flight from China and Japan, and is connected to the Seoul Metropolitan Subway
The Commonwealth of Virginia considers the Songdo campus legally no different than any other Mason campus, "... board of visitors shall have the same powers with respect to operation and governance of its branch campus in Korea as are vested in the board by the Code of Virginia
with respect to George Mason University in Virginia ..."
Mason Korea students will spend the sixth and seventh semesters (one year) on the Fairfax Campus, with all other course work to be completed in Songdo. George Mason University Korea offers seven undergraduate programs: Management, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Global Affairs, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Computer Game Design. Mason Korea also has two graduate programs: Systems Engineering and IB & ESOL.
Mason Korea's first commencement class graduated in December 2017.
Students from Mason Korea earn the same diploma as home campus students, with English as the language of instruction.
Mason offers undergraduate, master's, law, and doctoral degrees.
The student-faculty ratio is 17:1; 58 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students and 30 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students.
Colleges and schools
College of Health and Human Services
The College is located in the Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall on the Fairfax
Currently, the college is home to approximately 3,000 students.
The College offers 5 undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate degrees, and 11 certificates. Academic programs in the College are accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
(AUPHA), Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
(CAHIIM), and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
(CAHME), Council on Education for Public Health
(CEPH), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE), and Council on Social Work Education
Between 2009 and 2013, George Mason saw a 21% increase in the number of applications, has enrolled 4% more new degree-seeking students, and has seen the percentage of undergraduate and graduate applications accepted each decrease by 4%. Law applications accepted increased by 10%.
Mason enrolled 33,917 students for Fall 2013, up 956 (+3%) from Fall 2012. Undergraduate students made up 65% (21,990) of the fall enrollment, graduate students 34% (11,399), and law students 2% (528). Undergraduate headcount was 1,337 higher than Fall 2012 (+7%); graduate headcount was 262 lower (−2%); and law student headcount was 119 lower (−18%). Matriculated students come from all 50 states and 122 foreign countries.
As of fall 2014, the university had 33,791 students enrolled, including 21,672 undergraduates, 7,022 seeking master's degrees, 2,264 seeking doctoral degrees and 493 seeking law degrees.
As of 2017, the university enrolled 34,904
students, making it the largest university by head count in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
George Mason University, an institution dedicated to research of consequence, hosts $149 million in sponsored research projects annually, as of 2019.
In 2016, Mason was classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
among the U.S. universities that receive the most research funding and award research/scholarship doctorates.
Mason moved into this classification based on a review of its 2013–2014 data that was performed by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University.
The research is focused on health, sustainability and security. In health, researchers focus is on wellness, disease prevention, advanced diagnostics and biomedical analytics. Sustainability research examines climate change, natural disaster forecasting, and risk assessment. Mason's security experts study domestic and international security as well as cyber security.
Centers and institutes
The university is home to numerous research centers and institutes.
- Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine
- Center for Clean Water and Sustainable Technologies (CCWST)
- Center for Climate Change Communication (4C)
- Center for Collision Safety and Analysis
- Center for Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I)
- Center for History and New Media (CHNM)
- Center for Location Science
- Center for Neural Informatics
- Center for Peacemaking Practice
- Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship
- Center for Regional Analysis
- Center for Social Complexity
- Center for Study of Public Choice
- Center for Neural Informatics, Structures, and Plasticity (CN3)
- Center for Well-Being
- Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research
- Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science
- Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
- Mercatus Center
- National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases
- SMART Lab (Sports Medicine Assessment, Research & Testing)
- Stephen S. Fuller Institute 
Benches painted by students outside the Fenwick Library
Location of annually painted benches
Students will decorate the George Mason statue on the Fairfax campus for events, some rub the statue toe to bring good luck, and many pose with the statue for graduation photographs.
Between 1988 and 1990 Anthony Maiello wrote the original George Mason Fight Song
, which was edited by Michael Nickens in 2009.
Each spring, student organizations at Mason compete to paint one of the 38 benches located on the Quad in front of Fenwick Library. For years, student organizations have painted those benches that line the walkway to gain recognition for their group. With more than 300 student organizations, there is much competition to paint one of the benches. Painting takes place in the spring.
Every year since 1965, George Mason University hosts an annual celebration called Mason Day. Mason Day brings food trucks, carnival rides, local artists, and notable performers to campus for the students to de-stress before finals. The event is typically free for students and $20 for the general public.
Liberty Square housing complex on the Fairfax campus
MasonvaleEastern ShoreHampton RoadsChesapeake Lane RogersStudent ApartmentsTownhousesWhitetopGlobal CenterCommons
On the Fairfax campus the northernmost housing is technically on campus, but about a mile from the center of campus, about a half mile from the edge of the majority of the Fairfax campus in the housing area known as the Townhouses.
On the eastern edge of the Fairfax campus lies Masonvale, houses intended for graduate students and visiting faculty.
On the southern edge of the Fairfax campus you will find President's Park, Liberty Square, and Potomac Heights. On the western side of the Fairfax campus, near Ox Road/Rt 123, are the Mason Global Center
, Whitetop, and Rogers.
The Student Apartments off Aquia Creek Lane were torn down in 2019. Closer to the center of the Fairfax campus are the residence halls along Chesapeake Lane, named: Northern Neck, Commonwealth, Blue Ridge, Sandbridge, Piedmont, and Tidewater, as well as Hampton Roads, Dominion, Eastern Shore, and the Commons. At the Science and Technology (SciTech) campus near Manassas, Virginia, 21 miles (34 km) west of Fairfax, Beacon Hall was designed for graduate student housing. 54 miles (87 km) west of Fairfax, the G.T. Halpin Family Living & Learning Community is on the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation campus. 6,961 miles (11,203 km) west of Fairfax, Student's Hall and Guest House are on the Songdo campus.
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On-campus dining halls
George Mason University has seven dining halls in addition to its other restaurants and dining options.
- The Globe
- Simply to Go
- Randall's Cafe
- Au Bon Pain
- The Commons
On-campus robot food delivery
George Mason University's Fairfax Campus is the first U.S. campus to include robot food delivery in its meal plans.
25 autonomous robots
were provided by the Estonian robotics company Starship Technologies
to carry out meal deliveries.
The cost of a delivery, as of November 2019, is $1.99.
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Students participate in Lantern Day
Student organizations can have an academic, social, athletic, religious/irreligious, career, or just about any other focus. The university recognizes 500 such groups.
Mason sponsors several student-run media outlets through the Office of Student Media.
- The Fourth Estate: Website and weekly student newspaper, available on Mondays
- The George Mason Review: A cross-disciplinary, undergraduate journal.
- Hispanic Culture Review: Publishes creative writing, book reviews, narratives, and essays in both Spanish and English. Published annually.
- Mason Cable Network: A television outlet run by the students, for the students, that provides analytical, and entertaining programming.
- Phoebe: A journal that annually publishes original works of literature and art.
- So to Speak: A feminist journal that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art each semester.
- Volition: Formerly known as Apathy, is George Mason University's undergraduate creative literature and art magazine.
- WGMU Radio: Broadcasts a wide array of music, talk, sports, and news programming. WGMU is also the flagship station for George Mason's Men's and Women's Basketball team, part of the Go Mason Digital Network.
Mason has 41 fraternities and sororities,
with a total Greek population of about 1,800. Mason does not have a traditional "Greek Row" of housing specifically for fraternities, although recruitment, charitable events—including a spring Greek Week—and other chapter activities take place on the Fairfax Campus.
Spiritual and religious community fellowships, ministries, and associations
George Mason University is a public government-funded university that has to comply with the First Amendment
of the United States Constitution
The university, as being part of the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia
, cannot endorse or establish a religion, nor can it impede the "free exercise of religion" of its students. Therefore, independent religious student-led organizations can register with the university in order to minister to the students at their own choosing. The registered student religious organizations are as follows:
Division I teams
Hofstra visits the Patriot Center
on January 26, 2005
The George Mason Patriots
are the athletic teams of George Mason University located in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Patriots compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
as members of the Atlantic 10
Conference for most sports. About 485 student-athletes compete in 22 men's and women's Division I sports – baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Intercollegiate men's and women's teams are members of the National Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, the Atlantic 10, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA), the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL), and the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A).
Intramural club sports
In addition to its NCAA Division I teams, George Mason University has several club sports.
The club sports offer students a chance to compete at a high level without the time commitment of a D-I/Varsity team in sports including – badminton, baseball, basketball (women's), crew, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, football, ice hockey (men's and women's), lacrosse (men's and women's), powerlifting, quidditch, rugby (men's and women's), running, soccer (men's and women's), swimming, tae kwon do, trap & skeet, triathlon, ultimate frisbee (men's and women's), volleyball (men's and women's), and underwater hockey. Clubs have a competitive range from regional competition to yearly participation in U.S. National College Club Level Championships
The Mason Players is a faculty lead student organization that produces six productions. This season includes two "Main Stage" productions, which are directed by faculty members or guest artists. As well as "Studio" productions, which are directed by students through an application process within Mason Players. There is also an annual production of "Originals", which consists of 10 minute original plays written by students. Full time students of George Mason University, both outside and a part of the School of Theater are allowed to audition for these productions. 
George Mason University has been subject to controversy surrounding donations from the Charles Koch Foundation
. University documents revealed that the Koch brothers were given the ability to pick candidates as a condition of monetary donations.
George Mason University altered its donor rules following the controversy.
George Mason University has been subject to many accusations of mishandling sexual assault and misconduct allegations. In 2016 a male student won an appeal overturning his suspension for sexual assault.
The courts found that Brent Ericson, who had prior knowledge of this and previous cases against the student, did not give the student the ability to defend himself, as he suspended the student for prior, unrelated incidences. Brent Ericson has also been accused of sharing home addresses in a sexual misconduct case.
The Title IX process at George Mason University has continued to be subject to controversy. Following the hiring of Brett Kavanaugh
as a visiting professor in the law school in 2019, students circulated a petition demanding not only the removal of Kavanaugh, but to increase the number of Title IX
Coordinators on campus. The petition received 10,000 signatures and resulted in approval for funding for two more Title IX Coordinator positions.
However, as of 2020, George Mason University only has one Title IX Coordinator.
At least one student has publicly alleged that George Mason University mishandles Title IX investigations.
In 2018, Peter Pober was alleged to have committed sexual misconduct during his tenure as a Competitive Speech Coach.
He retired while being investigated for misconduct.
Name of law school
In 2016, George Mason's law school was briefly named the Antonin Scalia School of Law. Following the realization that this would lead to a vulgar acronym ("ASSLaw"), the school was quickly renamed to the Antonin Scalia Law School.
Notable faculty and alumni
Vernon L. Smith
, Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist and namesake of Vernon Smith Hall
- Donald J. Boudreaux, economist, contributor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Cafe Hayek blog, and author of the books Globalization and Hypocrites and Half-Wits
- James M. Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Memorial Prize winner for Economics
- Bryan Caplan, economist, blogger at EconTalk, author of The Myth of the Rational Voter and The Case Against Education.
- Tyler Cowen, economist, director of the Mercatus Center at Mason and founder of the blog Marginal Revolution
- Christopher d'Amboise, danseur, choreographer, Tony Award nominee.
- Helen C. Frederick, artist and printmaker
- Jack Goldstone, sociologist and political scientist specializing in revolutions; nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; 2014 winner of Guggenheim Award
- Hugh Heclo, political scientist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs
- Jonathan Katz, cryptographer and co-author of Introduction to Modern Cryptography
- Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Justice
- Steven Pearlstein, Pulitzer Prize winner for economics in the Washington Post
- Russ Roberts, economist and host of EconTalk
- Roy Rosenzweig, Fulbright scholar, historian, founded Center for History and New Media
- Louise Shelley, 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellow from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
- Martin Sherwin, Pulitzer Prize winner for his biography of Robert Oppenheimer
- Vernon L. Smith, 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist.
- Gordon Tullock, co-founder of public choice economics.
- Roger Wilkins, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist, civil rights leader and former Assistant Attorney General of the United States
- Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics
- Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, President of Puntland and Prime Minister of Somalia
- Anousheh Ansari, Iranian-American engineer, co-founder of Prodea Systems and the first Muslim woman in space
- Elsa Jean, prominent American actress in the German “adult film” industry
- Justin Bour, professional baseball player with the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim 
- Anna E. Cabral, Treasurer of the United States under President George W. Bush
- Shawn Camp, baseball player, Toronto Blue Jays
- Kathleen L. Casey, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Rabia Chaudry, Pakistani-American attorney, author of New York Times best-seller Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial and podcast host
- Carla Dove, ornithologist and leading expert of bird-aircraft strikes
- Chad Dukes, radio personality
- Erden Eruç, president and CEO of the non-profit Around-n-Over and the first solo human-powered circumnavigation of the globe
- Hala Gorani, anchor and senior correspondent for CNN International
- Ian Weakley, Olympic Hurdler
- Jim Hagedorn, congressman from Minnesota's first congressional district
- Nikki Hornsby, Grammy Voting Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Founder of CJP-NHRecords.com, carrying on the Hornsby Family Music Tradition Internationally.
- David Jolly, former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Jake Kalish, baseball player
- Archie Kao, actor best known for Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, Chicago P.D., and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
- Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, former Poet Laureate of Virginia
- Peter G. Levine, stroke recovery researcher, author of Stronger After Stroke.
- Cameron Long (born 1988), basketball player in the Israeli Premier League
- January Makamba, Tanzanian politician
- Darryl Monroe, professional basketball player, 2016 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP
- Dayton Moore, general manager, senior VP of the Kansas City Royals
- Sareh Nouri, Persian luxury bridal designer
- Steve Ricchetti, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton
- Denise Turner Roth, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
- Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
- Rhea Seehorn, actress best known for playing Kim Wexler on Better Call Saul
- Martin Andrew Taylor, former senior executive Corporate VP of Windows Live and MSN, Chief of Staff to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
- Chris Widger, former Major League Baseball player Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox
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- ^ All four Fairfax city bus routes travel between the Metrorail Vienna, Fairfax, GMU station and the Fairfax campus.
- ^ another bronze statue of George Mason can be found at the George Mason Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- ^ another bronze statue of George Mason can be found at the George Mason Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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- ^ As of June 30, 2020. "George Mason University Foundation Endowment Report, Fiscal Year 2020" (PDF). George Mason University Foundation. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
- ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
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