George Mason University: Tuition Fees, Acceptance Rate, Rankings, Courses

George Mason University (George Mason, Mason, or GMU) is a public research university in Fairfax County, Virginia with an independent City of Fairfax, Virginia postal address in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. The university was originally founded in 1949 as a Northern Virginia regional branch of the University of Virginia. Named after Founding Father of the United States George Mason in 1959, it became an independent university in 1972. The school has since grown into the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mason operates four campuses in Virginia (FairfaxArlingtonFront Royal, and Prince William), as well as a campus in Incheon, South Korea. The flagship campus is in Fairfax.

The university is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” Two professors were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics during their time at George Mason University: James M. Buchanan in 1986 and Vernon L. Smith in 2002.

EagleBank Arena, a 10,000-seat arena and concert venue operated by the university, is located on the Fairfax campus. The university recognizes 500 student groups as well as 41 fraternities and sororities.


Local tuition 13,119 USD, Domestic tuition 36,579 USD
2020 – 21
  • Virginia

  • Washington, D.C. Area


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