Undergraduate Orientation

Welcome to George Mason University’s School of Business! 

New Student Orientation is the first step for all incoming undergraduate students. 

George Mason University Orientation

Mason’s campus-wide orientation will connect you to your George Mason University family and provide you with important information about all the exciting opportunities available within your new community. All students new to Mason—whether freshman, international, or transfer—are required to attend orientation. After you’re accepted, make sure to register for orientation here.  

Learn more about orientation requirements: 

Freshman

Freshmen students enrolling for the fall 2022 semester will meet with a School of Business academic advisor and be able to register for classes at their in-person orientation. Register for Mason Orientation here

Start preparing for your transition to college now by reviewing the following resources:   

  • Find out if your AP or IB high school classes will fulfill any of your degree requirements.   
  • Learn more about University 100, a 1-credit transition course designed specifically for first-year students.  
  • Learn more about Global Gateway, a global experience specifically designed for first-year students. 
  • The Impact Fellows Program delivers an innovative social impact curriculum tailored to students through a wrap-around two-year cohort-based experience that builds leadership and change making skills and fosters personal value evaluation and development. Apply today! 

International

Mason’s International Student Orientation is designed to help transition new international students to Mason and expose you to Mason’s broad educational opportunities. Once you register for Mason’s International Orientation, you will be instructed to complete the pre-orientation module requirements in Blackboard. After you complete the modules, please send your certificate of completion to busrsvp@gmu.edu for instructions on having access to pre-orientation advising. Transfer international students are able to attend a pre-orientation advising workshop to meet with a School of Business academic advisor and freshman international students are able to schedule a pre-orientation advising appointment with a School of Business academic advisor. 

  • It is essential that you bring copies of your transcript - both what you submitted to George Mason University and the organization that evaluated your international transcript.  
  • Upon arrival, check in immediately with the Office of International Programs and Services. The office can help you understand immigration and other requirements for international students.   
  • If you believe one or more of your courses did not transfer correctly, you may submit one copy of your international evaluation with your reevaluation request as well as an official course description for each course. If possible, try to get these descriptions before you leave your country and keep copies for future use. Mason will need these descriptions to determine the level and credits for the course. Official course descriptions must be in English or processed through an official translator. Get help translating documents into English

Transfer

Transfer students are eligible to register for classes on the first orientation date of the upcoming semester which happens in May for the fall semester and December for the spring semester. If you have not already, please view the “Transfer Pre-Orientation Advising Workshop” drop-down for information about the optional pre-orientation workshops to meet with an academic advisor before your Mason orientation. 

The following checklist outlines the information you need to know now and in the future:  

  • Submit final transcripts from all of your previous institutions. This includes submitting a transcript after completing any courses you are currently taking and after any degrees are posted on your transcript.  
  • To understand how courses transfer over to Mason, the Office of Admissions has provided course equivalency information in the Transfer Credit Matrix. This is not a complete list for all schools.  
  • When you receive admission to George Mason University, you will receive a "Transfer Credit Evaluation" which lists the courses you took elsewhere and their respective course numbers at Mason. Using this worksheet and your Degree Works, you can determine how your courses transferred to Mason, the courses you have completed within your degree, and those you have yet to complete.   
  • If there are courses you have taken that do not appear on your transfer credit evaluation and you have already submitted your final transcripts, you need to complete the Transfer Credit Inquiry Form that can be obtained online or from Mason's Office of Admissions in Johnson Center, room 213.   
  • If you have courses transferring in as electives (e.g., ACCT---, ECON---), but you think they are equivalent to Mason courses, you should review the Transfer Credits section of our Policies and Procedures page.  You will use the transfer credit re-evaluation form if you feel that your course needs to be re-evaluated to count for another course. 
  • If you are transferring from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), finish your AA or AS at the community college before transferring to Mason.   
    • With your degree completed, you may be eligible for Mason's Guaranteed Admission Agreement.   
    • If you transfer before completing your degree, you may have to take additional courses to fulfill requirements.   
    • Make certain that the Mason Admissions Office has a copy of your final transcript stating that you have earned your AA or AS degree. Without a final transcript, Mason's Office of Admissions cannot process your Guaranteed Admissions Agreement general education waiver.   
    • Review Common Virginia Community College Transfer Courses that apply to Business courses 

Transfer Pre-Orientation Advising

The School of Business offers virtual Pre-Orientation Advising Workshops for incoming School of Business transfer students only. Once you submit your enrollment deposit, you will receive an e-mail with instructions to access pre-orientation advising including a link to register for a pre-orientation advising workshop.  While a pre-orientation advising workshop is not mandatory, it is an opportunity to connect with an academic advisor before attending orientation to get a head start on reviewing how your classes transfer to Mason and selecting classes for your first semester. 

Please keep in mind that all new transfer students are still required to attend a Mason Orientation - you can register for orientation here. Once you register for Mason's orientation, you must complete the pre-orientation Blackboard modules and email the certificate of completion to busrsvp@gmu.edu to have access to the School of Business pre-orientation advising workshops.  

Benefits of attending a pre-orientation advising workshop: 

  • Receive academic advising before orientation.
  • Meet with an academic advisor to get your questions answered. 
  • On the day of orientation, you will be able to leave early, saving time in your busy schedule.

Pre-orientation advising workshops will provide the following information: 

  • How to view your transfer credit evaluation. 
  • How to understand the way your transfer credits apply to your School of Business degree. 
  • What Mason courses you should register for and how to register. 

What to Expect at Orientation

At your Mason Orientation, you will be advised by academic advisors from the School of Business. Students will not be able to meet with an academic advisor one on one until after attending orientation or a transfer pre-orientation advising workshop. You must attend the School of Business College 101 and academic advising session in order to have your orientation marked as complete. If you do not attend these sessions, an academic advising hold will be placed on your student account after the last day to drop classes.  

Before Orientation

During Your Advising Session

Your advisor will discuss the following resources:  

After Orientation

Save these resources for reference: