Being a Patriot begins with the desire to be a part of a community that supports student’s dreams. George Mason University is committed to the whole student by meeting them where they are in the journey to earning a degree. We enroll more transfer students each year than traditional first year students and we’re confident that we can provide them with the resources they’ll need for a smooth transition into our community and to be successful at Mason.
Resources Specifically for Transfer Student
- The Contemporary Student Advisory Board is an opportunity for you to create a Mason community that is engaging for all students. It’s a place to share your concerns, meet other transfer students, and make a positive impact on your peers and campus.
- Tau Sigma Honor Society- Mason Beta Nu Chapter is an honor society designed specifically for transfer students. It is a space to support and motivate transfer students and to spotlight their excellence to the greater Mason community.
- University 300: Transfer Transition is a 1-credit course designed specifically for transfer students to help with their transition to Mason. If you would like to enroll talk to your Academic Advisors or find the course on Patriot Web.
- Each Mason transfer student has access to Academic Advisors and Success Coaches to provide information and support throughout their time at Mason.
- Mason is home to over 350 clubs and organizations and hosts hundreds of events each semester. Not sure where to start? Check out the Patriot Experience Transfer Track for suggestions on how to get involved as a transfer student.
The Office of Disability Services assists students with disabilities in obtaining reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services. The office supports students with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments in order to provide students with equal access to university programs and services.
Student members of the George Mason University community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, and/or lie in matters related to academic work. The Office of Academic Integrity is responsible for resolving accusations of Honor Code violations. The office also provides educational resources for students, faculty and staff for promoting academic success through a commitment to integrity.
We offer free writing support to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide our face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, and workshops. We work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing.
Free tutoring is available on a walk-in basis for all George Mason students enrolled in Math courses. During every shift there will be assigned junior tutors and senior tutors. Junior tutors can help with courses up to Math 213. Senior tutors are able to tutor all Math courses up to Math 290 and sometimes higher level undergraduate courses.
Learning Services works with students and faculty to improve students’ academic and study skills. Learning Services offers the Academic Counseling Program, which teaches strategies that enable students to enhance their academic performance, and provides an opportunity for students to get support to help them stay on task; skills workshops; classroom assessments and other support for students with learning challenges.
OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR
Knowing the policies and procedures for George Mason University as well as your chosen major/College can help support you in meeting your academic goals. You will find these important policies and procedures explained here. The University Catalog and the Office of the University Registrar are excellent resources for information on topics that are not covered in this section.
Students should meet with their Academic Advisor at least once per semester to discuss navigating undergraduate education at Mason; setting academic goals; making connections to career goals; learning about Mason’s academic resources; understanding Mason academic policies and procedures; accessing and using the degree audit tool, DegreeWorks; selecting courses for your schedule; and checking your progress towards degree completion. If you don’t know the name of your advisor or how to schedule an academic advising meeting, you can find this information using the Advising Locator tool.
Success Coaching helps students transition to college, make the most of their student experience, and work through their own definition of success while at Mason.
George Mason University has state-of-the-art libraries: the Fenwick Library on the Fairfax campus; the Mason Square Library and Law Library in Arlington; and the Mercer Library on the Manassas campus. Staff members are available at all university libraries to help you find research materials, data, reference services, and online resources. You can also get help from the library staff though the virtual reference librarian or send a text to 703-291-1468, and an on-call librarian will respond. You can also call one of the service desks. Subject specialist librarians are there to assist you with research questions.
MASON STUDENT SERVICES CENTER
We act as the primary point of contact for all enrollment services as integrated customer service representatives for the Registrar, Student Accounts, and Financial Aid.
The Patriot Pantry provides access to non-perishable food items and toiletries to George Mason University students who are unable to afford them. The Pantry is housed under the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC) in the Division of University Life. In addition to providing non-perishable food and personal items, we also strive to educate student users about the resources available on campus and in the surrounding community.
ID CARDS/MASON MONEY
Mason Card is your official university ID card and your key to life on campus! The Mason ID Card is the all-in-one card to access your Mason Money, meal plan, campus facilities, athletic events, and more. No need to carry cash when there’s so many benefits!
Mason’s source for jobs, internships, employment advice, and career fair details.
OFFICE OF MILITARY SERVICES
Moving from the military to college life can be challenging. OMS makes that transition as smooth as possible by structuring an academic path to meet your needs, schedule, and timetable to gain admission to Mason, selecting the academic program that’s right for you, inform you about financial aid options, schedule counseling and advising sessions, overcome any obstacles with the help of an advocate, provide support inside and outside the classroom, and more.
CONTEMPORARY STUDENT SERVICES
With the changing student population, Contemporary Student Services advocates for and serves the needs of the modern college students, including adult learners, transfer students, students who are parenting, off-campus students, veterans, foster care alumni, and more. Contemporary Student Services offers resources, peer support, and social opportunities to specifically meet the needs of contemporary students and those transitioning to off-campus living.
CENTER FOR CULTURE, EQUITY, AND EMPOWERMENT (CCEE)
The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment leverages programs and services focused on advocacy and direct student support to strengthen equity and inclusion at George Mason University. CCEE advising fosters opportunities for identity development, cross-cultural engagement, and inclusive learning communities, affirming the indivisible aspects of all our identities. Their areas: Student Engagement for Racial Justice (SERJ) and Coalition Building and Diversity Education (CBDE) serve as resources to those in the Mason Community who seek to meaningfully engage and interact with people with different identities and intersections to co-create an equitable campus environment.
University Career Services provides resources, advice and expertise to help current students and alumni identify career interests and options. Career Services’ structure is unique among college and university career centers: staff is organized on teams based on where students are in their career decision-making, from early exploration to polishing and preparing for transitions after graduation. University Career Services is Mason’s primary conduit to employers.
HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE
More than 6000 students, faculty and staff call George Mason University home. The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides unique living opportunities in a variety of residential settings, from traditional residence halls to Living Learning Communities centered around academic or issue-oriented topics. Professional and student staff are available around the clock to ensure safe, engaging, and nurturing living environments for Mason’s resident students.
OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING WEBSITE
Do you live off-campus? Are you looking for off-campus housing? Login to Mason’s off-campus housing website to help find a place to live in the area. This site is available to all Mason students, staff, and faculty.
COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services provides confidential personal and academic services to students. Individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, consultations to students, faculty and staff, and community education programs are offered. Additionally, Counseling and Psychological Services supports the Peer Empowerment Program, which provides trained peer support to Mason students through programs, mentoring, and direct advising.
STUDENT SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY CENTER (SSAC)
SSAC believes that students are most successful when they are healthy and happy and we strive to help students find that balance for themselves. SSAC staff offer students one-on-one support, interactive programming and on and off campus resources. Some of the topic areas we address are healthy relationships, stress management, nutrition, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, drug and alcohol use and sexual health.
George Mason University has been honored among the top 100 colleges and universities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, among other awards indicating the university’s welcoming and inclusive environment. The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Resources serves as a hub and central resource for the Mason community for accessing Mason’s LGBTQ services and information. LGBTQ Resources offers programs, workshops and presentations as well as providing a Safe Zone within the office and training for Safe Zones throughout the university.
Mason Recreation offers opportunities for members of the Mason and local community to develop lifelong involvement in recreational, fitness and wellness activities. Mason Recreation comprises the university’s six recreation and fitness facilities, as well as Mason’s club sports, intramural sports, fitness and aquatics programs and classes, as well as The EDGE, Mason’s hands-on experiential learning, team building, and organizational development provider.
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Student Health Services provides high quality health care, counseling, health education and prevention services to George Mason University students. From diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, to women’s and men’s health, to immunizations and prescriptions, Student Health Services is available to all Mason students with clinics at Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses.
Mason’s Resilience Badge is a fully online, asynchronous learning opportunity that will allow you to further develop your resilience through content knowledge and practices, all of which are backed by the science of resilience. Deepening your own knowledge in these areas and honing your self-awareness will allow your thinking to become more flexible, more adaptable, and more creative. This will help you when it comes to solving problems, making decisions, and building the life you want. Completing this program will contribute to your ability to thrive in college and beyond.
International Student Resources
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Office of International Programs and Services advises non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty, and staff at George Mason University on a range of issues vital to Mason’s international community. The office assists international students and scholars with processing key documents, provides educational cultural and social programs including the annual International Week held each April, and provides advising on a walk-in and appointment basis.
Additional Student Resources
300+ student organizations including 37+ sororities and fraternities. Weekly blockbuster and independent film screenings. Student Government. Welcome Week. Homecoming. Patriots Weekend. Comedy shows and concerts. What do all these activities have in common? The Office of Student Involvement, which advises and coordinates student involvement activities at Mason. Students who are involved in at least one out-of-classroom organization create networks, improve time management, build workplace and leadership skills, and fully engage in the Mason community.
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (LEAD)
Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) believes that everyone has the potential to be a leader. We provide leadership training, resources, services, and recognition to empower students to create positive change.
The official student engagement platform at Mason. Check out any of the 350 clubs and organizations at Mason or attend any one of the hundreds of events held each semester. Not sure where to start? Check out the Patriot Experience Transfer Track for suggestions on how to get involved as a transfer student.