George Mason University (located in Fairfax, Virginia) is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Arlington Campus is situated four miles away from downtown Washington, D.C.The university enrolls 33,917 students. As of February 2016, Mason is ranked among the highest research institutions (R1) in the country. Today, Mason is recognized for its programs in economics, law, computer science, and business. In recent years, George Mason faculty have twice won the Nobel Prize in Economics.