When U.S. News & World Report first introduced its “Up-and-Coming” list of colleges in 2008, George Mason University in Fairfax was number one. Since then, Mason has consistently been among the top five schools in this category, and this year it’s in the top spot once again.
“I am delighted to see George Mason University recognized as a new model of excellence in American higher education,” says Mason President Ángel Cabrera. “Our commitment to innovation and the unmatched diversity on our campus make us one of the most exciting universities for students and faculty.”
According to U.S. News, the 2013 “Up-and Comers” list was developed from a survey of college administrators on what institutions they deemed “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.”
Mason shares the top up-and-coming spot for national universities with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
On the rankings released Sept. 12, Mason’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program was also cited on the U.S. News “Programs to Look For” list for the 11th consecutive year. This category lists colleges that “make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to produce and refine various forms of writing for a range of audiences in different disciplines.”
Mason’s overall ranking was 139 on the national universities list.