About Mason

As Virginia’s largest public research university, we set the standard for a bold, progressive education that serves our students and communities.

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We Were Made to Make it Better

Our identity was forged in 1972 on Virginia's strong ideals of academic excellence and service. Today, that spirit energizes us as a leader in scholarship and research; preparing graduates to meet the complex needs of a rapidly changing world.

Our Motto

Freedom and Learning

Our Mission

A public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia in the National Capital Region, we are an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.

The Mason Graduate

  • An engaged citizen.
  • A well-rounded scholar.
  • Prepared to act. 

Our Values

Our students come first

Our top priority is to provide students with a transformational learning experience that helps them grow as individuals, scholars and professionals


Diversity is our strength

We include and embrace a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do and respect differences


Innovation is our tradition

We strive to find new and better ways to deliver on our mission while honoring time-tested academic values

We honor freedom of thought and expression

We protect the freedom of all members of our community to seek truth and express their views


We are careful stewards

We manage the economic and natural resources entrusted to us responsibly and sustainably


We act with integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as educators, scholars, students and professionals


We thrive together

We nurture a positive and collaborative community that contributes to the well-being and success of every member

Mason Crowd

Each year, Mason welcomes thousands of healers, builders, authors, explorers, leaders, and inventors. They come to learn and grow; they leave ready to change the world.

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130 Countries of Origin
Our student body represents more than 130 countries.
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$149 Million in Research
There were $149 Million in sponsored research expenditures in 2018.
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39,000 Students
There are 39,000 students enrolled at Mason, creating an organically diverse environment.
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80% Employed
80% of Mason students are employed within six months of graduation.
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6,200 in Housing
6,200 students live on campus.
At a Glance
2018 Total Enrollment (US Campus) 37,316
Degree Programs Offered 211
Percentage First-Generation Undergraduate Degree-Seeking 36%
Students Receiving Aid (60%) 22,143