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George Mason University
Fall 2010 Overview
About the University

Since it was founded in 1972, George Mason University has grown into a major educational force and earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial institution. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., George Mason has a growing and diverse student body and an exceptional faculty of enterprising scholars. At the center of the world’s political, information, and communications networks, George Mason is the university needed by a region and a world driven by new social, economic, and technological realities.

George Mason’s development has been shaped in response to the educational needs of its cosmopolitan constituency. The university has gained national distinction in a range of academic fields, including public policy, information technology, economics, the fine and performing arts, law, conflict resolution, and, most recently, the biosciences.

Strong alliances with business, the community, and government benefit George Mason’s students and the larger society. Enrollment is more than 32,000, with students studying in 186 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels.

Mason is a distributed university with 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 Institute to offer a Global Conservation Studies Program at the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal. The university also offers programs on-line, at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, and at Ridgetop. Each location has a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region.

Headcount Total Fall 2010 32,562
Undergraduate 20,157
First Professional 731
Graduate 11,674
Average Age 27
% Female 55
% Minorities 31
% Non-Res Alien 5
% Full-time 58
% Out-of-state 18
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 882
Restricted 460
Total 1,342
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 1,144
Research 198
Total 1,342
Admin/Support Staff 2,378
Part-time Faculty 1,026
Graduate Assistant 1,053
Total 4,457
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 215
Admin/Support Staff 633
Part-time Faculty 160
Graduate Assistant 108
Total 1,116
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 16.0
Admin/Support Staff 26.6
Part-time Faculty 15.6
Graduate Assistant 10.3
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 19.2
Academic Units
College of Education and Human Development
College of Health and Human Services
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Science
College of Visual and Performing Arts
School of Law
School of Business
School of Policy, Government and International Affairs
Volgenau School of Engineering
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Academic Degree Programs
38 Bachelor of Science
29 Bachelor of Arts
3 Bachelor of Fine Arts
1 Bachelor of Independent Study
1 Bachelor of Applied Science
1 Bachelor of Science, Education
1 Bachelor of Science, Nursing
1 Bachelor of Music
Total 75 Bachelors Degree Programs
1 Juris Doctorate
Total 1 First Professional Degree Programs
44 Master of Science
21 Master of Arts
4 Master of Education
3 Master of Fine Arts
2 Master of Business Administration
2 Master of Law
1 Master of Public Health
1 Master of Arts in Teaching
1 Law, J.D./M.P.P.
1 Master of Public Administration
1 Master in Public Policy
1 Master of Music
1 Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
1 Master of Sci Nursing/ MBA
1 Master of Science, Nursing
1 Master in Social Work
1 Executive Masters in Public Policy
Total 87 Masters Degree Programs
32 Doctor of Philosophy
1 Doctor of Arts
1 Doctor of Nursing Practice
1 Engineer
1 Doctor of Musical Arts
Total 36 Doctorate Degree Programs