Old Skool: The Way We Were, 1984

Posted: February 16, 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: 14,545

Number of Buildings: 26 on two campuses

Number of Degree Programs: 90

In-state Undergraduate Tuition and Fees: $1,512/year

Number of Students Living on Campus: 1,000

Number of Graduates: 2,085

Mason President: George Johnson

Student residence room 1980s
A student residence hall room in the 1980s.

Patriot Circle was newly completed and provided greater access to all areas of the campus.

The Patriot Center and Humanities Complex (Performing Arts Building) were under construction and scheduled to open in 1985 and 1986, respectively.

The Fairfax Campus was still called the Main Campus.

The Center for the Study of Public Choice was created.

Carolyn Kreiter-Kurylo became the first doctoral graduate in 1983 from the Doctor of Arts in Education Program.

The late Clarence J. Robinson, Alexandria banker, businessman, and philanthropist, left the university $5 million, which established the Robinson Professors appointments.

The World

U.S. President: Ronald Reagan

Academy Award Best Picture: Amadeus

Super Bowl Winner: Los Angeles Raiders

Patriot Circle under construction
Patriot Circle under construction in the ’80s.

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