Once again, George Mason University has been recognized by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its 2016 Academic Rankings of World Universities (known as the “Shanghai Rankings” or ARWU). The center has placed Mason in the 201st – 300th grouping of the more than 500 universities ranked. Mason ranks second overall of the Washington D.C. area colleges and universities, only behind University of Maryland-College Park.
Mason’s ranking is heavily reliant on the high quality of research produced in the social sciences. Most impressive, Mason is ranked 51st in the field of social sciences out of the 200 universities listed. The ARWU also offers a subject ranking in economics/business where Mason ranks 47th. In these field and subject rankings, Mason was awarded more points than any other institution in Virginia or Washington D.C.
The university has been included in the Shanghai Ranking’s top 200 universities since 2007. The Shanghai Rankings have been made since 2003 and were the first published global rankings of universities. Schools are considered based on Nobel Laureates, Fields Medals, and highly-cited researchers among the institutions’ alumni and faculty.
Senior associate dean, Robert Matz was one of the many pleased to see Mason's name near the top of the list again for 2016, saying, "We're delighted that our social science programs have once again been recognized among the top programs in this area worldwide. The strength of the social sciences at George Mason is well known, and contributed significantly to the recent recognition of George Mason as a Carnegie I research intensive university."
September 29, 2016