For anyone considering an education at the college level, they should look no further than their own backyard. US News & World Report has ranked George Mason University #1 (out of 70) on the “Up-and-Coming” list of national universities, ahead of such distinguished institutions as the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) and Clemson. Being a local, state institution of higher learning, the benefits of attending George Mason can be realized in cost, quality, and connections to the powerful job market of the D.C. region.
Leading academics were asked to peer evaluate schools from across the nation that were rapidly evolving in various areas: diversity, academics, campus life, faculty, facilities, and student body. Dr. Alan Merten, President of George Mason, said, “Being recognized by the nation’s university presidents and U.S. News & World Report for our innovative programs and culture is an honor and validation of our efforts. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and corporate and community supporters have made this possible. With their continuing support, the best is yet to come.”
Dr. Merten arrived at the university in 1996 from Cornell University where he served as Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition to successfully leading a stellar faculty, Dr. Merten serves on several boards of directors throughout the area and is a pillar in promoting community service, characteristics actively encouraged at the school.
George Mason University (G.M.U.) is located in Fairfax, Virginia, and is one of the state’s largest institutions. The prestigious faculty includes elected officials, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize recipients. Being situated in the D.C. region, both undergraduate and graduate students alike routinely mingle and conduct research with experts from all industries, particularly the government. Whether returning to college for an advanced degree or simply earning a bachelor, GMU should be the educational institution at the top of everyone’s short list.