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George Mason University

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (51)



Today George Mason University enjoys the reputation for being one of the more ethnically and culturally-diverse universities in the nation. By most counts, the non-white student population at Mason is about 57%*. The university places a high priority on being accessible to those who aspire to a college education from


Your college experience might be the first time you’ve lived away from home. While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.


Grounded in research by two Nobel laureates, Mason’s stature in the economics field has changed the way economics plays out in society from where we dine to the effects of federal regulations on small businesses. Mason now serves as a hub of entrepreneurship education and innovation activity helping many entrepreneurs and their businesses grow and find new opportunities.


Mason’s University Career Services is nationally recognized for its innovative, industry-focused approach to helping students determine and achieve their career goals. The dedicated assistance, courses, and workshops offered through career services can help you choose a major, prepare for the workplace or graduate school and set a tangible plan in place to launch a successful and fulfilling professional life.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

University Career Services is George Mason University's centralized career center. We take an industry-focused approach to serving our students and employers. 

Housing services

Mason’s campus has more than 40 residence halls, from suites to apartments. Many are new or have been recently renovated to be even more spacious and comfortable. More than 75 percent of all freshmen live on campus, so there’s always plenty going on. A variety of amenities are available within each building, including high-speed Internet access and free laundry facilities (but you still have to fold).

Library services

George Mason University has five state-of-the-art libraries: the Fenwick and Gateway Libraries on the Fairfax campus; the Arlington Campus Library and Law Library; and the Mercer Library on the Manassas campus.

ICT services

Technology is transforming how we live, work, and play. Mason engineers and scientists from a variety of disciplines are partnering to develop technologies that empower people, protect our infrastructure and military, assist in healthcare and medicine, and provide disaster warning and relief.

Medical services

Student Health can provide referrals to off-campus healthcare providers. If you have insurance, check with your provider before your visit to ensure they accept your insurance.

Student Life

Campus life

Most first-year students will live in traditional residence hall communities such as Presidents Park, a complex of 12 residence halls.

  • All rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, dressers, and closets. Carpets and window treatments are provided.
  • Most bedrooms in Presidents Park are double or triple occupancy. A small number of quads and singles are also available.
  • Bedrooms are accessed off the main hallway, and residents share bathrooms (designated by gender).
  • Each of these buildings has two or three floors and is home to 26 to 40 residents.
  • All halls are coed by floor or floor section.
  • Common areas, such as lounges and laundry, are distributed throughout the community.

Sports facilities

  • Club Sports at Mason are student organizations, recognized by the Registered Student Organization Office and administered through Mason Recreation.
  • Clubs compete at various levels against other universities, regionally, nationally, and even internationally. Clubs typically practice 2 or 3 times per week and compete on weekends throughout the academic year.

Student clubs

Learn to juggle. Celebrate Arabic culture. Sing your heart out. With more than 350 student organizations at Mason, there are so many ways for students to find their niches, get involved, and meet new friends in the process. Our student groups are responsible for many of the programs and events on campus each year and contribute to lively, engaged campus community.


George Mason University was ranked in the top 200 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, a ranking conducted annually by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education. Mason was ranked in the 151-200 group, among other institutions such as Dartmouth College, Louisiana State University and the University of Miami.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is incredibly diverse and has so much to offer in terms of social, academic, and professional opportunities because of its faculty, students, and location.

Great university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was a working professional and took a lot of courses to finish quickly. The professors were great and my courses were very interesting.

Amazing Education for Great (In-State) Tuition
Jane G rated 4 out of 5 stars

The education itself is fantastic. I am learning so much. However, I have almost no social life because I commute.

Fairfax, Virginia, United States