George Mason University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: South
City/State: Fairfax, VA
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 39,150
In-State Tuition: $13,401.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $38,983.00
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Institution Type:
Doctoral/Research University
Public/State University
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community.  The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. 
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

George Mason University is deeply and actively committed to the LGBTQ+ community. We pride ourselves on being inclusive of everyone, inclusive of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Mason was the first university in the Commonwealth to have an LGBTQ+ Center operated by more than one full-time staff member. We are proud to have inclusive policies related to on-campus housing, restroom usage and signage, and name and pronoun use. Even in spaces where inclusion is not always a priority, Mason leads the Commonwealth and country. Mason holds a perfect score on the Athletic Equality Index, which measures policies and practices regarding college athletics and student-athletes. We are passionate for students to live as their full, authentic selves no matter if they are living or studying on campus. From senior administrators to student leaders, there is a meaningful, real understanding and commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion. While there will always be gaps and adjustments to make, Mason has a long-standing history and future in centering the experiences and vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ community. We do the work. It's Mason Time!

Our Synopsis

George Mason University has many LGBTQ+ specific offerings in programs, events, and community-building activities. The LGBTQ+ Resources Center has been a part of our campus since 2002, providing campus-wide allyship workshops, student leadership programs, mentoring programs, and physical space, with a clothing resource for trans and non-binary students. We have a continuously growing LGBTQ+ Learning Community for residential students, one of the largest in the country (for both first-year and upper-division students), along with a comprehensive Gender Inclusive Housing Policy for those living outside the Learning Community. Mason hosts university-wide events that are officially supported; such as the Pride Game (an NCAA game, co-sponsored by Mason Athletics) and Drag Condom Bingo (an annual tradition as part of Welcome 2 Mason, sponsored by Student Involvement and the Patriot Activities Council).

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love George Mason University

"I've found that my experience as an LGBTQ student at Mason has been nothing but a positive experience. The diversity and inclusion that Mason provides throughout its student body and faculty in general adds to my experience, but after finding the LGBTQ+ Resources Center, I can say that I feel much more comfortable in my own skin here."

— K, 18, first-year student, queer cis woman, South Asian

“The main value this space has had to me is as a little sanctuary and social zone. I’ve been able to meet people here and spend time with them and talk about things. It feels like a really nice space to relax before and after class.”

— R, 21, senior, Trans woman

“This place has allowed me to understand myself more. Being able to learn what my style is through trying on donated clothes has been tremendously helpful. This place has definitely helped me in my transition as a trans woman.”

— K, 18, first-year student, Trans woman, White

“The Center is definitely a safe space. I find this place to be where I’ve met other queers. It’s a nice hub and it’s always welcoming.”

— S, 20, Senior, Genderfluid, Black

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Fairfax Pride


Lavender Orientation


LGBTQ+ History Month Kickoff


Pride Week Drag Show


Lavender & Women and Gender Studies Graduation

Groups & activities


Admissions Office

George Mason University Admissions Office

Office of Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-1000

Admission Application Deadline:
First-Year Nov 1, Feb 1

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

George Mason University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
4 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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