Mason Knowledge

Mason's values and commitments are defined by our resolve to be an innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible public research university.

We Set High Goals 

As a young and rapidly growing university, Mason relies on visionary and inclusive action. 2022 marks our 50th anniversary, and “Mason at 50” represents an inflection point for this university, as we look to the half century ahead and focus on the university we are becoming, the students we are graduating, and the world we are helping to shape.

Beginning with the strategic plan in 2012, the Mason community came together to define our commitments, which are grounded in our motto, "Freedom and Learning."

Our mission is to be “an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.”

Mason maintains its "Carnegie R1" classification, which means we're one of the highest performing research universities in the nation, and one of the youngest universities in this elite group. 

Our commitments of diversity, innovation, well-being, and learning extend not just to the students but also to our faculty. Learn about where we came from, where we are today, and how we prepare for the future.

A Dynamic Campus

News moves fast at Mason. Utilize these resources to stay updated and informed about campus events, critical incidents, and more. 

We Are Growing

Starting with just four campus buildings in the 1960's, we've expanded tremendously across multiple campus locations and many classroom buildings. The Fuse at Mason Square will transform teaching and learning on the Mason Square campus and provide much needed improvements to infrastructure. 

Mason IDEA Provides Guiding Principles

  • Innovative: We question current thinking and try new ideas. We honor time-tested academic principles while striving to create new forms of education that serve our students better and new paths of research that can uncover solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Diverse: We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything we do. Our culture of inclusion, multidisciplinary approach, and global perspective make us more effective educators and scholars.
  • Entrepreneurial: We put ideas into action. We educate students to create, as well as carry out jobs; to become agents of positive change; and to add value through government or business, for-profit or nonprofit organizations, academia or the arts. We pursue discoveries that can make a difference in the world. We help our community thrive socially, economically, environmentally, and culturally.
  • Accessible: We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students we serve, not by how many we leave out.
campus diversity in 2018

Mason is committed to putting students first in everything we do. The university has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. U.S. News & World Report cited Mason as the top-ranked institution in Virginia for campus diversity in 2018.