Campus Involvement

Getting involved on campus encourages students to discover their passions and strengths, as well as build a community of friends with similar interests. How involved are you on campus and where? Do you know how to get involved? Being involved in campus activities can help you grow in various ways, from increasing your leadership skills to improving your skills in other areas. What activities might be best for you?

" You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live."

Joan Baez

Looking Back:
A Self-Reflection

Pick at least three organizations you are interested in and record information about each one.

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas

  • What extracurricular activity should you join? It’s important to stay balanced between academics and spending time with people who share similar interests. Take this self-assessment and find out.
  • Are you thinking of going Greek? Are you clueless as to what that means? Improve your knowledge with this quiz.

Moving Ahead:
The Challenge

What types of activities have you found most interesting in the past? Why?

Check out our worksheet.


Campus Resources

  • Office of Student Involvement
    Student Involvement enhances the Mason community by creating dynamic involvement opportunities and fostering student success through co-curricular experiences. These experiences include a variety of options such as student organizations, class councils, fraternity and sorority life, and more including your own creative ideas.
  • Social Action and Integrative Learning
    SAIL is an evolving community of Mason students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community partners who are active and passionate collaborators in effecting positive social change. SAIL fosters integrative, innovative, and experiential learning opportunities on campus, regionally, and globally that educate and activate towards a more equitable, just, nonviolent, and sustainable world.
  • Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services
    WAVES helps students make healthy, safe choices and encourage lifelong, thoughtful healthy decision-making through individualized support, creative, programming, and evidence-based education and outreach. They help students feel empowered and have the capacity to grow to their full potential and reach optimal wellness and well-being. WAVES offers information on alcohol including staying sober, sober rides, safer drinking, talking to others about their alcohol use and more.
  • Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
    ODIME engages the Mason community in awareness and exploration of the diversity of the campus community, identity development, and global and cultural competencies. They offer services, resources, and experiences that assist students in recognizing, cultivating, and actualizing their potential to thrive and succeed and interact with people with different identities than their own and co-create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.
  • Patriots Athletics
    Patriots Athletics provides information about the intercollegiate athletic teams at Mason including their schedules and rosters. This site offers media information, ticket information, fundraising information, recruiting information and more.
  • Mason Recreation
    Mason Recreation creates an atmosphere that encourages individuals to develop lifelong involvement in recreational, fitness, and wellness activities through both structured and informal opportunities that meet the dynamic needs of the diverse community. They offer club sports, intramural sports, aquatics, fitness, the Edge, and more.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    CAPS provides a wide range of free services to students, which are provided by a staff of professional clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, learning specialists, and psychiatric providers. They offer individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and outreach programs, as well as other resources.
  • Patriots Activities Council
    PAC is a student body that strengthens community through activities that are entertaining, interactive, and educational. They bring diverse events to Mason representing the cultural diversity of George Mason.
  • Student Academic Affairs, Advising & Retention
    StAAART assists students to thrive in transitions by providing tools and guidance to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. They serve the university community as a centralized source of information on current academic policies, procedures, and student success initiatives.

Additional Resources

  • Volunteer Fairfax
    Volunteer Fairfax supports a network of over 500 public and private agencies. They provide people with a wide array of programs and service opportunities including training, education and outreach opportunities.
  • Study Abroad
    Study Abroad offers information about academic semester and summer programs, internship programs, as well as an array of practical information about things like financial aid, housing, discount airfare, telephone services, health insurance, and consumer tips.
  • Center for Civic Education
    The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy. The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies.
  • U.S. Department of State
    The U.S. Department of State is focused on accomplishing America's mission of diplomacy at home and around the world. Each year, the U.S. Department of State assigns Senior Foreign Service Officers to the position of Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at certain colleges and universities throughout the United States. The DIR program is central to the effort to recruit the best and brightest to represent America's rich diversity to the world.