George Mason University is recognized primarily for its excellent economics program, but also for its law and business programs. Being located in Virginia, less than twenty miles from Washington D.C. certainly hasn’t hurt Mason’s reputation in those areas. What better place to learn about economics, law and business than the nation’s capital? The school has rapidly become a popular choice, with over 32,000 students. George Mason, the American Patriot, is a fitting choice for the namesake of a major university. In 1776, he drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became the basis of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, a document that he helped write. Mason also was a slaveholder, who called the institution of slavery “a slow poison.”
Founded in 1957, GMU is a relative newcomer on the national university scene. Originally part of the University of Virginia system, it became independent in 1972. According to US News and World Report, the school has nine graduate programs in the top 100, including Public Policy Analysis, Law, Political Science, History, and Education. In 2012, it was the number one “Up-and-coming National University” in the nation. According to the Princeton Review, it is the 4th most diverse university in the country.
This diversity extends across Mason. The student body and the faculty excel in many areas. It’s not just academic, either. The Patriots also compete in a variety of sports. Members of the NCAA, Mason competed in the Colonial Athletic Conference for years, though in July they joined the Atlantic 10 for most sports. GMU has two national titles to its name, in women’s soccer and men’s indoor track and field.
Being located in Fairfax County, Virginia offers students a breadth of opportunities. With ten Fortune 500 companies and the federal government, there is a wealth of job opportunities. Northrop Grumman, Freddie Mac, the government, and Booz Allen Hamilton are some of the top employers in the area. Additionally, Fairfax has the second highest median income of any in the nation. That shows in the area’s cost of living, which is 43% higher than the national average. Apartments can be rented starting in the $800s, but you should probably expect to spend closer to $1200-1400.
Given the wealth of opportunities available in and around Mason, you may find that you never want to leave the area. But, if the time comes when you have a chance to travel or go home for the summer, you may join the masses of people using self-storage at George Mason. With so many government operations in town, there are plenty of facilities to choose from, including those with climate control, roll up doors, and free truck rental. Do a little homework on the self-storage deals in 22030 and you’ll find the right unit for you.