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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Mason is one of the most diverse campuses I have come across. There are students from literally all over the world. There exists clubs and organizations for nearly every religion, ethnic group, or personal identity you could think of. Everyone (save very rare cases and individuals) is accepting of each other and willing to learn about their fellow classmate.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Mason is known for its diversity and tolerance of all kinds of people. It's one of the characteristics that the university prides itself on.

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2 College Senior

Diversity: They tell you the student body is diverse, but this is how I see it: 60% ultra liberal, feminist, pro-abortion, Obama supporting women, 35% Muslim or from a Middle Eastern Country, 5% neither and keep to themselves. The way I see it is if I were a lesbian or a Muslim, or dated a Muslim they would accept it. Since I am from a conservative Christian background, and lived in a hillbilly area, and dated a young man from a Christian country, they do not accept me. Note too that I'm not the type who shoves religion down people's throat: and I am tolerate toawrds anyone and everyone I still feel shunned though. Because of this I am getting a job and relocating to DC.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is one thing that makes George Mason a great school.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: George Mason is very accepting school. I joined the LGBT community and they are the most welcoming people even if you are not really a part of the community. The reason I joined it is because I wanted to show support. Many groups on campus do not have limitations on who they accept. It is great to join different cultural groups to learn more about various cultures and get a chance to try different food and see how many people lives are different than Americans.


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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 37 responses

  • 84% No
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 5% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 142 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 142 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 144 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 144 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 38 responses

  • 58% No
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 24% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 38 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 26% Democratic
  • 32% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 37 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 8% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 63% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 34% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 38 responses

  • 16% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 26% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 34% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 24% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 143 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.



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