Old Skool: The Way We Were, 1964

Posted: February 14, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This special series commemorates Homecoming week 2005, which begins today. In this weeklong series, we look back at milestones in the history of George Mason University and what was happening in the world at the time. This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2005 Mason Spirit and is reprinted here with permission.

The University

Number of Students: 356

Number of Buildings: 4 on one campus

Number of Degree Programs: 2 (certificates)

In-state Undergraduate Tuition and Fees: $11 per semester hour

Number of Students Living on Campus: 0

Number of Graduates:

Mason President: Robert Reid

In August 1963, the groundbreaking for the first four buildings took place. By fall of 1964, the new Fairfax Campus was completed.

GMU campus in 1964
The George Mason University Campus in 1964.

Graduate programs would be offered in the fall of 1970, with the first graduate degrees awarded at Commencement in 1971.

By 1970, the campus would grow to 572 acres from the original 150 purchased by the City of Fairfax and donated to the University of Virginia for a branch campus.

The World

U.S. President: Lyndon Johnson

Academy Award Best Picture: My Fair Lady

Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Martin Luther King Jr., United States

Super Bowl Winner: — (The first Super Bowl would not be played until 1967)

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