George Mason University Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Michael

The stereotype is of students is we all live off campus. this is not true. There are 8,000 students living on campus.

Yazeed

Since George Mason University located in DC area, there is a combination of all types of students. However, there are many international students in the university. Whatever, someone's type is, he will find many students like him

Thomas

There don't seem to be any clique-style stereotypes at George Mason, but there is a general opinion in the Fairfax area that George Mason is not the best school to attend for whatever reason. This may have been associated with its commuter school status (which it no longer holds), but otherwise that stereotype has no real grounding.

Meagan

A stereotype at GMU would definitely be that a lot of the students are diverse because they're international, which is true! It's a good stereotype (not all are bad!). It's nice because you can really get a global perspective.

Javier

The stereotype of the students in our school is that we have a very diversify campus, which is true. However, when you start living the every day life at Mason, you find yourself making a lot friends which you will not have encounter otherwise. George Mason is a great campus to further extent your networking abilities, especially now, for Hispanic people. We are inducting a new President from Spain which has an amazing resume and background. I highly recommend Mason and if you are looking for a Business school, Dean Jorge Haddock is a very approachable person that goes beyond his will to take Mason to the next level.

Elizabeth

I honestly don't think that Mason has a stereotype. GMU is a huge campus and there are all walks of life, it's so diverse. I think maybe before you actually come to Mason and see what we're about, you may think it's one big commuter school or it's for an older crowd - which isn't true in any sense of the word.

Jessica

The biggest stereotype at George Mason University is that everyone is a commuter and that we are a commuter school This is not true anymore! We are listed as a primary residential school and we have grown significantly since my freshman year. There is new housing going up every year and the school is also renovating the older housing to improve the on campus housing experience for students.

Jessica

In my experience, the thing George Mason University is most known for is its diversity. It's not really a stereotype, though. I would argue that because GMU is such a large and diverse campus, there is no one stereotype that encompasses its students. There are people who are Greek, there are sports players, studious students, and any other stereotype you can think of, but there is no one misconception of George Mason.

Amanda

The stereotype of a GMU student is that everyone is a commuter and does their own thing and it's not a "community". This is not true at all. A good amount of students do commute but there are so many opportunities at GMU and many people take them. There are 100+ clubs and there are always things going on. It's not like everyone just goes home when they're done with class every day. There are sports games, restaurants, movies that go on everyday. You don't have to look hard to find something to do! Being a commuter school does not mean the school is "dead" after school hours!

Ruchi

One common stereotype for frat guys is that all they care about is drinking, partying, and hooking up. That is not necessarily true. There are a lot of fraternity brothers who don't drink at all, are in serious, committed relationships, strive for their education, and are actually really nice and sincere. It is a stereotype that the geeks do not know how to socialize, and have no personality. At my university, I spent my freshmen year at the honors dorm, and they the "so-called geeks" happened to be the nicest, coolest, and funniest people I have ever met and I still keep in touch with them.

Radha

A stereotype that pertains to George Mason University is that, it is known as a "commuter school." I believe this stereotype is accurate because, a huge number of students live in the surrounding radius of the college. Another stereotype about the college is that, it has a diverse community. I also believe this stereotype is true because, I feel like I’m in a place where I could meet new people of various cultures, religions, and traditions. In this cultured community one thing that is constant is that, every student and staff has the pride of being a Patriot.

Allison

George Mason is a very diverse campus and students cannot be fit under one stereotype. Depending on what a student's interests are they can find a group of students or a student organization that fits what they are looking for. There is a very active Greek life on campus, these include the stereotypes of sorority girls, and frat guys. However, not everyone part of Greek life fit into the stereotype. There are also quite a few religious organizations on campus, some that fit the stereotype of a devote religious organization, some that are more relaxed. There is also a very active gay community on campus, there are a few people that fit the stereotype of being 'flamboyant' and sometimes overly so. This should not however, reflect on the entire gay community on campus many just join the student organizations available to them to find friends and support. There are also the stereotype of 'geeks' or 'nerds' our campus has a medieval sword fighting club whom participate in larping events, there is also a quiditch team on campus. However, they are very friendly people and easy to approach and allow people that are even just remotely interested in anything 'geeky' or 'nerdy' to participate or just watch these events. Over all a very welcoming campus.

Leonard

The stereotype of students at George Mason university is that most are commuters or from a foreign country. George Mason is building more campus housing to provide more of an on campus living atmosphere but for the most part students live campus. Due to the proximity of the campus to DC there are quite a few foreign students. These stereotypes are true for the most part. George Mason has experienced a rapid change and therefore the stereotypes are constantly changing.

Brittany

George Mason University is often considered a heavy "commuter school." Because of this, there is the stereotype that Mason lacks a sense of community and school pride. However, I couldn't find this farther from the truth. I, myself, am a commuter and I constantly find that there are various activities going on and much school involvement in the community. Opportunities abound to get involved in school activities if students are willing to just join in and participate. I think this stereotype persists because so many students are reluctant to join clubs or organizations which leads to them feeling disconnected to the school. I think with the expansion going on at Mason, this stereotype is starting to diminish as there is truly something for every student whether it be the Aquatic Center or the Performing Arts Building.

Brittany

George Mason University is often considered a heavy "commuter school." Because of this, there is the stereotype that Mason lacks a sense of community and school pride. However, I couldn't find this farther from the truth. I, myself, am a commuter and I constantly find that there are various activities going on and much school involvement in the community. Opportunities abound to get involved in school activities if students are willing to just join in and participate. I think this stereotype persists because so many students are reluctant to join clubs or organizations which leads to them feeling disconnected to the school. I think with the expansion going on at Mason, this stereotype is starting to diminish as there is truly something for every student whether it be the Aquatic Center or the Performing Arts Building.

Carolyn

Two of George Mason's biggest stereotypes are that it's a commuter school and that it's a very diverse school. These are both true and false. While Mason does have over 5,000 residential students, there are still thousands more who live off-campus, but many of these students are in the nearby area. Mason also has students from over 100 different countries, but is part of what makes Mason such a rich place to learn.

Brooke

The most common stereotype characterizes George Mason students as commuter students. In reality, the majority of students at George Mason do live off- campus, but there's also a growing population of students living on-campus. The demand for housing on- campus recently increased, and the on-campus population reached 5,400. Now, getting housing is more challenging for off- campus and transfer students.

Colleen

Everyone assumes that all Mason students are commuters who live at home with their parents, or middle aged people with careers returning to school to seek another degree. While GMU does support a large percentage of commuter students, we were recently declared a residential school. Since a lot of students who do live on campus are local, many return home for the weekends and campus can seem pretty empty at times. However, at George Mason, the experience is what you make it. Whether you live on or off campus, how much fun you have depends on how involved you get and how open you are to trying new things and making friends.

Stephanie

The stereotype at George Mason University is that most of the student body is comprised of commuters. I would say there is a large population of commuters, but for the most part George Mason is growing as a whole. There are a large variety of students now, many of whom now live on campus. There is a large social scene as a result and new dining halls have also been build recently to accommodate the new population of incoming students.

Maryam

Geeks, Jocks

Golzar

Some smart and geeky ones, more slackers like to be spook fed.

Sarah

Stereotypes in campus is not really identified by labels. I find that the best way to stereotype anyone, in general, is by the organization they're involved in. Due to the diversity, there is really no common stereotype. Every group is equally represented. It's really hard to differentiate the student government members from the athletes, unless they're wearing their uniforms. I think this aspect of campus is great, because anyone can feel like they belong. There really is no "outsiders" on campus.

Sydney

Many people stereotype that all the students are George Mason are commuters who work full time and are never around campus during the weekends. This stereotype is not accurate as GMU is expanding their housing and on-campus students by large ratios every semester.

Sophia

This school is the most diverse in the country. You can find any and all stereotypes at this school which makes it unique

Morgan

Were all here because of GMU basketball. False. I think a lot of people keep saying the reason Mason keeps expanding and having an increasing number of students each year is because GMU basketball made it to the final for in 2006. I for one had no idea (out of state resident) that GMU ever made it, let alone what their reocrd was. It is 2011, almost 2012...2006 was long ago, and Mason hasn't been so impressive on the basketball court. This school offers wonderful diversity and and opportunity for people to learn from great educators.

Laura

The only stereotype I have heard is that a majority of the students here are Asian, however, this is probably because many student organizations meet daily in the Johnson Center on the second and third floors. I think we have a diverse school and this stereotype is wrong.

Sonia

There is always some degree of truth to stereotypes, that is why they exist. But I think its important not to judge a person based on that. Give them the benefit of the doubt to prove you right (if its a positive stereotype) or wrong (if its negative). Anyways, to really answer the question, at GMU there is a divide amongst Greek life, normal students (again divided by whatever clubs you are in), and commuters.

Lauren

It's hard to stereotype Mason. Its a new school, less than 35 years old and it has a diverse population. If I had to label us, it still rings true that we are a commuter school. The school is trying to get away from that by building more housing, but even if people live right down the street, that involves traveling to campus (commute).

Save time. Let us search for you.

Narrow down over 1,000,000 scholarships with personalized results.

Get matched to scholarships that are perfect for you!

START YOUR SEARCH