Athletics

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The Mens basketball team is the big team on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone attends mens basketball events. Other sports aren't really talked about on campus.

2 College Senior

Athletics: The sports are not a very big deal at Mason. We were big with basketball a few years ago but even that has died down. The school spirit at Mason is almost non-existant. We really need a football team, I believe that a football team would boost our school spirit and team performances.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of campus life, the only varsity sport that draws a huge crowd is basketball. Intramural sports has a lot more involvement from the campus because it is a lot of fun.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I love the sportsmanship and the fans at GMU.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 441st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1072nd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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The first thing any sports fan will most likely note about Mason is that there is no football team. Even the students who already attend Mason won’t shut up about our general lack of school spirit and how the University would be so much better if students could only drink beer in a parking lot before packing the bleachers for a big home football game. But honestly, unless going to a school with a Division I football team is a top priority for you, don’t dismiss Mason athletics just yet.

What Mason lacks in a football team, they make up for in a successful men’s basketball team whose games pack the Patriot Center on campus. Also on the plus side, students don’t have to be Division I athletes to get involved with teams at Mason. All students are eligible to participate in Mason club sports like soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, fencing, bowling, rugby, and underwater hockey, to name a few. Generally, basketball games draw the largest fan base, while most other teams and sporting events are generally overlooked and aren’t well-attended. But that’s not to say that every single student is putting on their Mason gear and heading to the basketball games. In fact, as far as athletics go, students can be placed in two groups: apathetic students who might attend a couple games a season and spirited fans who attend most—if not all—of the basketball games throughout the season. As an extra incentive to show up to the games, which are free for Mason students, there are free giveaways, featuring a different item every week.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Green & Gold
School Nickname
The Patriots
Men Playing Varsity Sports
241 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
220 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Bowling (coed)
  • Crew (men's)
  • Equestrian (women's)
  • Fencing (coed)
  • Field hockey (women's)
  • Football (men's)
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Inline hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Paintball (coed)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Running (coed)
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Swimming (coed)
  • Synchronized swimming (women's)
  • Tennis (coed)
  • Trap and skeet (coed)
  • Triathlon (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
  • Underwater hockey (coed)
  • Volleyball (women's)
Intramurals
Visit http://recsports.gmu.edu/intramural-sports for a full schedule of events.
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • George Mason Stadium
  • Softball Complex
  • Spuhler Field
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, baseball, men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's sports, volleyball, lacrosse, rugby, swimming
School Spirit
October means one thing for Mason sports fans: It's finally basketball season! Mason Madness, where the students are introduced to the men's and women's basketball teams and sit through a night of performances by the cheerleaders, Masonettes, and pep band, is a popular event, mostly attended by freshmen. Like the subject of on-campus food or Mason professors, students are divided on the topic of school spirit. Of course, there are crazy fans that wear those ridiculous green wigs and don their Mason gear for all the home games, but just as many people opt to skip athletic events. So whether somebody wants to just hang out in their dorm on Homecoming game night or paint their entire body green and gold, they definitely will not be alone.
Getting Tickets
Free general-admission student tickets are available for all sporting events. If you want to bring some non-Mason friends along, you can also get cheap tickets for up to two people for most events. Most students wait until the night of the game to get a ticket, which you can get by showing your Mason ID at the venue's ticket office. For big games, like the homecoming basketball game, you might want to grab your ticket in advance to make sure you get a seat.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The best and most convenient place to take a stroll is right on campus, around Patriot Circle-the main road that winds around campus past popular spots like Mason Pond and Starbucks. Other parks and trails located near campus include Providence Park, which has a biking and hiking trail, and Kitty Pozer garden, which is only a 15-minute walk from campus.
Did You Know?
  • "Living on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi became George Mason University's unofficial theme song following the men's basketball team's 2006 Cinderella-story success during the NCAA Final Four tournament.
  • In 2008, Mason unveiled its new mascot, the Patriot, which replaced the former 12-year mascot Gunston. Most students disagreed with the decision to replace the beloved mascot, even though he was twice named one of the worst NCAA mascots.
  • Quidditch, "the sport of warlocks," is alive at Mason! A newly formed intramural Quidditch team was established on campus, and they are official members of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Associaton. How magical.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 169 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 171 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 171 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 44% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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