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George Mason University

George Mason University is a public institution that was founded in1972.Ithas a total undergraduate enrollment of 20,782,its setting is suburban,and the campus size is 806 acres.It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.George Mason University’s ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Collegesis National Universities,139.Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,620 (2012-13); out-of-statetuition and fees are $27,764 (2012-13).

As a distributed university, George Mason University has several suburban campus locations, each not far from Washington, D.C. Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though traditional coed residence halls and suites are available at the school’s Fairfax, Va., campus for those who choose to live in university housing.

Despite a sizable commuter population, the school offers a Weekends at Mason program and events for students who don’t travel home after the school week is over. There are more than 20 fraternities and sororities, which involve close to 15 percent of the student body population, and about 200 clubs and organizations. The school’s Patriots sports teams are members of the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association, and the George Mason basketball team is particularly competitive. The university also has a number of graduate schools and programs, including the well-regarded George Mason School of Law.

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