Diversity

Location
Fairfax, VA
Undergrads
16,265
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Diversity: so diverse, so accepting, so wonderful.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many different people the go here. And everyone is very accepting of each other.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The most diverse campus ever. There are a large amount of minorities and a variety of political views.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is emphasis on diversity, but you have to search for events taking place highlighting diversity.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I love the diversity here in all realms!

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  • 139th
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  • 201st
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  • 1196th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Hometown
Harrisonburg, Va.
Major
Communication
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If prospective students are looking for a diverse campus atmosphere, Mason’s got it. There are a variety of multicultural and intercultural organizations students can get involved in, or they can opt to just attend the events put on by the organizations throughout the year, which range from the American Indian Heritage Week Pow Wow to the annual and well-attended Pride Week Drag Show.

While Mason boasts a diverse population of students—29 percent of the total student enrollment during the 2008–2009 school year was made up of minority students—many students find that people with certain ethnic backgrounds tend to stick together. On weekdays, The Johnson Center looks just like a high school cafeteria; sorority girls with sorority girls, African Americans sitting with other African Americans, Asians with other Asians, and so on. But just because students segregate themselves, doesn’t mean any groups are discriminated against or disliked on campus. All students are very accepting of other cultures and take part in events put on by the various multicultural organizations.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
16%
Hispanic
11%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
49%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
21%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 24%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
40%
Male Faculty
60%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 71%
Unknown: 7%
Gay Pride
In 2009, a beloved Mason drag queen, Reann Ballslee was named Homecoming Queen, a prime example of Mason's overwhelming student support of the LGBTQ community.

Each spring, Pride Alliance, an organization for LGBTQ students and allies hosts Pride Week, which culminates in the biggest event of the week, the drag show.

The annual Pride Week Drag Show is a good representation of Mason's very visible LGBTQ population, and is also one of the most well-attended events put on during the year.
Political Activity
The College Democrats and the College Republicans are both very visible on campus, hosting and attending events regularly throughout the year. Due to Mason's proximity to D.C., students have a unique opportunity to be involved in political protests and rallies right in the nation's capital, and also to serve as a Capitol Hill intern, if they are interested in the world of politics.
Economic Status
Mason's diverse population of students come from all different economic and financial backgrounds, but it's not something that defines one's status on campus. Students are required to fill out a FAFSA and might be eligible for additional aid based on the results of the FAFSA. While there are a lot of students from the rich parts of the Northern Virginia area, there are just as many students from lower-income families that attend Mason. Students' economic statuses definitely don't affect what groups students join or who they hang out with on campus.
Most Common Religions
Students of all religions are welcomed at Mason and are given an outlet to meet other students of their religion by joining an affiliated organization. In all, there are over 30 religion-affiliated organizations on campus for Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Sikh students.

For a full list of religious organizations at Mason, visit http://sa.gmu.edu/orgs/index.php
Minority Clubs on Campus
Over 30 international and multicultural student organizations exist on campus, and host events on campus relating to their heritage throughout the year. Theme months or weeks, like Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Black History Month are full of events hosted by different multicultural students organizations.
Did You Know?
Mason students represent all 50 states and more than 125 countries.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 133 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 26% Not sure
  • 35% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 132 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 132 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 70% Very accepting.

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