Higher Education

Higher Education in Fairfax County

George Mason University is located in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Photo by Evan CantwellThe campuses of five major colleges and universities are located in Fairfax County. More than 40 colleges and universities, offering a vast range of undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs, are located throughout the Washington area.

George Mason University
About 34,000 students pursue George Mason University's 200 degree programs with an academic emphasis on high technology, public policy, and fine and performing arts.

Northern Virginia Community College
More than 51,000 students participate in 140 programs of study at six campuses throughout northern Virginia, including a medical education campus in Springfield.

Commencement at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia; photo by Neil AdamsNorthern Virginia Center-Falls Church: University of Virginia and Virginia Tech
Graduate and undergraduate programs for working adults in a variety of fields are offered through the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Northern Virginia Center: University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The Darden School, through a newly opened office in Reston, offers research and management education programs for area executives.

The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program
The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a distance learning graduate program of five universities in the commonwealth: George Mason University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. Through CGEP, students can earn a master’s degree part time through onsite and televised graduate classes.  Private sector companies can establish a distance learning site at their business location for employees.

Additional colleges and universities in the Washington area include:

A complete list of the area's institutions of higher learning is available (.pdf file).