Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

George Mason University
Fall 2016 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 34,000, with students studying in over 200 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 2016 34,904
Undergraduate 23,812
First Professional 536
Graduate 10,556
Average Age 26
% Female 53
% Minorities 44
% Non-Res Alien 8
% Not Reporting Race / Ethnicity 4
% Full-time 68
% Out-of-state 19
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 880
Term 575
Total 1,455
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 1,277
Research 178
Total 1,455
Admin/Support Staff (Resident Assistants Included) 2,817
Part-time Faculty 1,222
Graduate Assistant 1,367
Total 5,406
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 297
Admin/Support Staff (Resident Assistants Included) 903
Part-time Faculty 228
Graduate Assistant 231
Total 1,659
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 22.0
Admin/Support Staff (Resident Assistants Included) 33.5
Part-time Faculty 20.2
Graduate Assistant 17.6
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 25.6
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
Antonin Scalia Law School
School of Business
Schar School of Policy and Government
Volgenau School of Engineering
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Academic Degree Programs
41 Bachelor of Science
30 Bachelor of Arts
5 Bachelor of Fine Arts
1 Bachelor of Independent Study
1 Bachelor of Science, Education
1 Bachelor of Science, Nursing
1 Bachelor of Music
1 Bachelor of Science, Social Work
1 Bachelor of Applied Science
Total 82 Bachelors Degree Programs
1 Juris Doctorate
Total 1 First Professional Degree Programs
44 Master of Science
21 Master of Arts
4 Master of Law
4 Master of Education
2 Master of Fine Arts
1 Master in Social Work
1 Master of Science, Nursing
1 Law, J.D./M.P.P.
1 Master of Business Administration
1 Master of Music
1 Master of Engineering
1 Master of Public Health
1 Master of Public Administration
1 Master in Public Policy
1 Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
1 Master of Health Administration
1 Master of Professional Science
1 Master of Arts in Teaching
Total 88 Masters Degree Programs
36 Doctor of Philosophy
1 Doctor of Nursing Practice
1 Doctor of Arts
1 Doctor of Musical Arts
Total 39 Doctorate Degree Programs