Old Skool: The Way We Were, 1974

Posted: February 15, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: This special series commemorates Homecoming week 2005. 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: 6,134

Number of Buildings: 17 on two campuses

Number of Degree Programs: 50

In-state Undergraduate Tuition and Fees: $630/year

Number of Students Living on Campus: 0

Number of Graduates: 852

Mason President: Vergil Dykstra

In 1972, the college acquired the former Fairfax High School (now Pope Paul VI High School) on Lee Highway. The facility was known as the North Campus.

In 1972, the General Assembly passed legislation making the college an independent institution under the name George Mason University.

New buildings included Clarence Robinson Hall, an addition to the Student Union, and the five-story tower addition to the Charles Rogers Fenwick Library. Construction on an addition to Robinson Hall was about to begin, and planning for an additional tower for the library was under way. The second library tower never came to be.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia refused to allow a law school at Mason, but a law school was later established at the Arlington Campus in 1979.

The number of minority students was barely 1 percent of the total student population.

The World

U.S. President: Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford

Academy Award Best Picture: The Godfather, Part II

Super Bowl Winner: Miami Dolphins

GMU Law School
George Mason’s School of Law opened in 1979.

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