Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of its newest partners, George Mason University.
With its main campus in Fairfax, Va. — just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. — George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, serving more than 34,000 students through a variety of study programs in 10 schools and colleges.
But it wasn’t always this big.
Founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, Mason started in a single building with an enrollment of 17 students. It was named for American Founding Father, George Mason, noted for drafting the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became the model for the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution — also known as The Bill of Rights.
Mason became an independent university as recently as 1972 but quickly made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, it educates students from 130 countries and all 50 states on four campuses in Virginia and one in Songdo, South Korea.
Major milestones in the George Mason University’s short history include:
- 1985: Partnering with local businesses to establish the Volgenau School of Engineering;
- 2006: Becoming one of only three universities in the country to have a powerful $1.8 million Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3 Tesla brain scanner;
- 2006: Being the original “Cinderella” team in March Madness when its men’s basketball team made an improbable run to the Final Four.
- 2008: Being named the country’s No. 1 university to watch in U.S. News & World Report’s first list of up-and-coming schools (Mason is still on the list);
- 2010: Opening its Biomedical Research Laboratory, one of only 13 biosafety-3 labs in the United States;
- 2015: Launching the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research on its campus in Prince William County and renamed that campus the Science and Technology Campus. The multidisciplinary institute focuses on cures and treatments for complex and pervasive diseases.
George Mason University was also the first university in the country to offer doctoral programs in conflict resolution, information technology, bioinformatics and computational social science.
The university also has a vigorous campus life with more than 500 clubs and organizations and thousands of events every year. Additionally, Mason has 22 NCAA Division I sports programs. The Patriots compete in the Atlantic 10 conference.
Mason’s mission is a “commitment to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.”
We are proud to welcome George Mason University to the Capture Family of Partners.