The Quad: Student Activities

Mason's main Quad has long been a gathering place for students. The Quad and nearby North Plaza are the settings for annual festivals, such as Mason Day, Patriots Day, the Health and Fitness Challenge, and International Week. Food, games, concerts, comedy and fashion shows, and dinner dances are just a sampling of the many entertaining activities that mark these occasions. Celebrations of Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and Asian Awareness Week feature a wide range of notable speakers like Shirley Chisholm, Julian Bond, Susan Rook, and Harry Belafonte.




Mason is a diverse college campus. Students come from 119 countries and 49 states, forming a global community on campus.

The forensics team was #1 on the east coast in 1997, and our debate and forensics teams have been ranked in the top 5 for 20 years.


Student Union Building I (SUB I), on the east end of the Quad, serves as a center of student activity.

  • Enjoy weekends at Mason.
  • Do you write poetry or short stories? If so, check out Phoebe, Mason's respected literary magazine, or So To Speak, the feminist journal.
  • Hone your public-speaking skills by joining Mason's award-winning debate and forensics teams, or become an influential part of the student body by running for an office in Student Government.
  • If you are musically inclined, try participating in the University Chorale or the Jazz Ensemble.
  • Gain a brother or sister by joining one of 18 fraternities or 10 sororities on campus, all nationally affiliated

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