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Unformatted text preview: of George Mason College into a
four-year, degree-granting institution and gave it the
long-range mandate to expand into a major regional
university. The ﬁrst senior class received degrees in June
1968. Graduate programs began in September 1970,
with the ﬁrst master’s degrees conferred in June 1971.
The George Mason College Board of Control, supported by citizens of Alexandria and Falls Church, and
Arlington and Fairfax Counties, acquired an additional
442 acres. By the end of 1970, the college’s Fairfax
Campus covered 571 acres; it is now 677 acres. 7 In 1972, the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia recommended that the college separate from its
parent institution. On April 7, the governor signed the
General Assembly legislation that established George
Mason University as an independent member of the
commonwealth’s system of colleges and universities.
Since 1972, rapid growth and innovative planning
have marked the university’s development. In 39 years,
enrollment has risen from 4,166 to 32,562 in fall 2010.
In 1979, Mason was given the authorit...
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