Mason Named One of Best National Universities by U.S.News and World Report

Posted: August 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Mason's Fairfax Campus. Creative Services photo

George Mason University was named in the top 150 of the best national universities on U.S.News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges 2011, published on Aug. 17.

Of the 1,400 colleges and universities included in the rankings, the national universities category consists of 262 institutions (164 public and 98 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees.

Mason is one of five other universities in Virginia to be listed in this category. The other schools are the University of Virginia; the College of William and Mary; Virginia Tech; and Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition, Mason was ranked for the third consecutive year in the top five “Up-and-Coming Universities.” Mason is one of 28 national universities and the only university in Virginia to be recognized in this group.

This list of up-and-comers, comprising 68 colleges and universities across the country, identifies institutions that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

For the ninth consecutive year, Mason’s Writing Across the Curriculum program was included in the U.S.News’ listing of “Academic Programs to Look for.” Mason is one of only 23 schools, and one of only 10 public institutions, highlighted in the special category “Writing in the Disciplines.”

According to the publication, these schools “typically make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum” and “students are encouraged to produce and refine various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines.”

Since it began in 1977, the Writing Across the Curriculum program has created and fostered a robust culture of writing at the university. The program aims to develop skillful writing throughout all academic programs.

For more information on the U.S.News and World Report rankings, see the website.

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