George Mason University - GMU • Fairfax, United States
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, we have George Mason University, or GMU. It is a public research university that was founded in 1949 as a part of the University of Virginia. As well as its main campus in Fairfax (the main hub for undergraduate students), GMU also has campuses in other parts of Virginia and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, such as Prince William (with a focus on science and technology academics and research) and Arlington (a very urban campus that is mostly home to graduate and professional students) counties, as well as another in Songdo, South Korea (which focuses on economics). The university has also partnered with the Smithsonian Institute for its site in Loudoun County.
The institution is named after George Mason, one of the USA’s founding fathers. He drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights which heavily influenced the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
Over 34,000 students attend GMU from approximately 130 countries of origin. More than 6,000 of these students reside in GMU housing communities, and 80% of graduates from the university find work within 6 months of graduating.
GMU is comprised of 10 schools covering a wide range of subject areas. There are also five well-equipped libraries at the university, namely Gateway and Fenwick (Fairfax campus), Arlington Campus and the Law Library (Arlington campus), and Mercer (Manassas campus).
Outside of their studies, students at GMU have countless opportunities to upskill and meet new people, for example, the university’s student clubs. There are over 350 student organisations which cover activities like singing, learning about Arabic culture, juggling, and many more. There are also lots of sports clubs at the institution who train a few times a week and compete as seriously as on an international level.