“Diversity is off the charts” at GMU, and many students describe their school as “a melting pot.” As one student puts it, “There are so many different nationalities represented, so many stories, so many languages spoken. At the same time, it didn’t take me long to find a good group of friends that were interested in hanging out and just having a good time together.” “The typical GMU student is always busy—between coursework and extracurricular activities we’re very involved on campus and are also into other activities, such as having jobs or internships.” “Mason students are also politically active and global citizens.” While a majority of students come from Virginia, there are also “students from over 130 countries, so everyone adds their own personal flavor to our student body.” In spite of all these different backgrounds and cultures, “There are many student organizations that successfully create programs and events to unite students.”
Students at GMU never seem to be bored. Campus life is “filled with classes, friends, and work.” On-campus activities are very popular, and there are many offered, including the university’s ambassador program and intramural sports, such as underwater hockey and even quidditch. Just a few of the regular events on campus include “movies playing in our Johnson Center Cinema that are in between theater and DVD release, there are local bands playing live in the Rathskeller, the HIV/AIDS Awareness Fashion Show, drag competitions, University dances and highlighter parties.” Greek life is there for those who want it: “We’re not a ‘fratty’ school by any means, but the Greek community is very active and they do party.” The campus is “beautiful,” and “there are new housing buildings going up and even new academic buildings”. Students love living close to D.C. without the “hassle of city living,” but when they want to head downtown, “it’s very easy to get into the city by taking the Mason-to-Metro shuttle.