George Mason University is an institution of higher learning in the state of Virginia, with campuses in Arlington, Virginia, Fairfax, Virginia, and Prince William, Virginia. It is named after George Mason.
The university traces its roots back to the 1950s when it was part of the University of Virginia system. It became an independent university in 1972. Its faculty boasts Nobel Prize-winning economists James M. Buchanan (1986) and Vernon Smith (2002).
The school's sports teams are called the Patriots. The university's men's and women's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Division I, and are in the Colonial Athletic Association.