Report Highlights Diversity of Student Population

Posted: January 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

The number of students enrolled at the university has decreased slightly since Fall 1999, and the percentage of minority students has increased dramatically over the last 10 years, according to the annual Diversity Facts in Brief report prepared by the University Equity Office. Presented to the Board of Visitors Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Committee yesterday, the report presents statistics about the population that is enrolled and employed at George Mason.

George Mason total student enrollment has decreased three percent over the past year. The number of students enrolled in Fall 1999 was 24,180. In Fall 2000, the number dropped to 23,408. However, according to the language of the report, the university continues to evolve into a more diverse educational institution, which is reflective of the Northern Virginia area. Domestic minority students represent more than 27 percent of the total student enrollment, and numerous international students, representing 118 countries, attend the university.

Minority student enrollment has grown at a high percentage rate over the past 10 years. While the total student headcount has grown by more than 15 percent since 1990, African American student enrollment has increased by more than 91 percent, Asian American student enrollment has increased by 84 percent, and Hispanic American enrollment has increased by 124 percent. Asian Americans are the largest minority student population and Hispanic American students are the fastest growing minority population at Mason.

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