George Mason University (Mason or GMU) is a public research university in Fairfax County, Virginia.[9] The university was originally founded in 1949 as a northern branch of the University of Virginia. Named after Founding Father of the United States George Mason in 1959, it became an independent university in 1972. The school has since grown into the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[10][11][1] Mason operates four campuses in Virginia (FairfaxArlingtonFront Royal, and Prince William), as well as a campus in IncheonSouth Korea. The flagship campus is in Fairfax.

It is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”.[12] Two George Mason professors have won the Nobel Prize, both in economics: James M. Buchanan in 1986 and Vernon L. Smith in 2002.[13]

EagleBank Arena, a 10,000-seat arena and concert venue operated by the university, is located on the Fairfax campus. The university recognizes 500 student groups as well as 41 fraternities and sororities.