History and Development of the Campus
The Arlington campus is located near Washington, D.C., on 5.2 acres of land. Mason’s most urban campus offers convenient access via Metro and key transportation routes. The campus has over 680,000 square feet of space within four buildings: Hazel Hall, the Truland Building, and Founders Hall. (Original Building is currently not in use). The George Mason Foundation also supports the Arlington campus with a building that includes 192,000 square feet of leased office space, 13,000 square feet of retail space, and parking.
Founders Hall, the newest structure completed on this campus, is part of a three-phase plan to develop the overall site. Founders Hall provides 256,000 square feet of space to include the new home for the School of Public Policy, space for the School of Law, as well as academic and student support services. Once complete, the Arlington campus will include 750,000 square feet of space and many new facilities to accommodate continued student enrollment.
The Arlington campus is home to the School of Law, the School of Public Policy, and the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In addition, programs in social work, nonprofit management, arts management, business administration, and initiatives in educational transformation are offered on the Arlington campus. The Volgenau School of Engineering offers special certification courses in information technology through its TechAdvance program offered through the Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE). While most of the programs offered on the Arlington campus are on the graduate and professional levels, some undergraduate courses are also available.
The Arlington campus is also home to the Mercatus Center, an independent initiative affiliated with the university. The Center for Global Studies; Center for Justice, Law, and Society; Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security; Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science; and Center for Regional Analysis are also located at the Arlington Campus.
For more information on the history of the Arlington Campus, visit http://ahistoryofmason.gmu.edu/items/browse?search=arlington