As I got ready to cheer on the Mason men’s basketball team against Towson yesterday afternoon, I thought about how exciting it is to see thousands of people, all wearing green and gold, enthusiastically displaying their passion for Mason. Students, alums, parents, the world-famous Green Machine, and the greater D.C. community all converged on the Patriot Center to cheer their team onto victory. It’s one of the coolest things about college – the collective school spirit that binds people together from all different walks of life.
It’s also one of the things I love most about Mason. The sense of enthusiasm and spirit for our beloved school is palpable throughout the community – whether you’re grabbing a bite to eat at Southside Dining Hall, spinning at the RAC, walking around Old Town Fairfax, or cheering our 14-5 men’s basketball team on to a win, it’s there and it’s special.
Our Fall 2012 freshman application deadline is tomorrow, Monday, January 23. Thousands of students from Virginia, and across the country – Hawaii to New Jersey, Florida to Maine, and Minnesota to Texas – have taken the first step to feeling the Mason spirit by submitting their applications. And Mason’s reputation continues to spread to countries all over the world. We’re evaluating applications from China and India to Malaysia and Brazil.
For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mason as one of the top five “Up and Coming” national universities (we’re 2nd this year!). We’re proud of our prestigious and innovative academic programs, amazing research opportunities, competitive athletics, diverse student body, and location just outside one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Our students benefit in countless ways from all that Mason can offer them.
If you’re a senior and haven’t applied already, get that application in now. We don’t want you to miss out on all those things that feed the Mason spirit: friendships that will last a lifetime, memories you’ll cherish, and amazing job opportunities throughout the world. And, of course, more than a few big wins at the Patriot Center.