Princeton Review Names Mason Most Diverse University in Nation

Posted: August 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

A total of 127 countries were represented among the 28,874 students enrolled at George Mason University this past academic year. Mason boasted 1,710 international students.

This high international contingent is reflected in the results of a national survey conducted by The Princeton Review designating Mason as the most diverse institution of higher learning in the United States.

“The great diversity among our student population gives our institution a richness that distinguishes Mason from many of our peer colleges and universities,” says President Alan Merten. “This is a strength that we work hard to maintain in order to enhance the integrity of our academic mission and overall campus life.”

Countries most represented at Mason included India with 303 students; China with 153; Republic of Korea with 85; and Saudi Arabia with 61.

The rankings in “The Best 361 Colleges” are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 110,000 students attending colleges and universities. Students participating in the survey rated their schools on several topics and reported on their campus experiences. Rankings range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interest in sports and other aspects of campus life.

In fall 2004, Mason had 2,280 African-American students; 108 Native American students; 3,681 Asian American students; and 1,678 Hispanic American students.

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