Photographs of George Mason University (GMU) Campus
Founded originally in 1957 as the Northern Virginia branch of the University of Virginia, George Mason University is now the largest university in the state of Virginia with a fall 2010 enrollment of 32,562 students, 2,063 of which were freshman in 2010. It consists of the main campus of 677 acres in Fairfax, Virginia 15 miles from the heart of Washington, DC, a Prince William County campus in Manassas, a Loudoun County campus, and a law school located at a Arlington, Virginia campus. George Mason University offers 75 undergraduate and 123 graduate degree programs as well as its law school. Its school colars are green and gold. It is named after Revolutionary era founder George Mason, a neighbor of George Washington who lived at Gunston Hall in Fairfax County, Virginia. Its Patriot Center where basketball games are held is the second largest concert and events venue in the Washington, DC area. Because of its rapid growth, most of its dorm and other buildings are new. Despite its large size, George Mason University was designed with a very compact and walkable campus. Once primarily a computer campus, it now has one of the largest number of non campus dorm rooms of any university. Known for academic excellence and innovation, George Mason boasts the largest number of Nobel Prize winners on its faculty of any public university in the country.