Orientation@Mason We serve as the home for new students and families during their first year at George Mason University. Orientation and Family Programs and Services provides orientation experiences for new undergraduate students and their families.

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“No matter what, this family is my number one. They give me the time I need to study and take classes. They come to my c...
11/13/2020

“No matter what, this family is my number one. They give me the time I need to study and take classes. They come to my club football games. We are a simple family with a simple goal to show our children that no matter how old you get, you can still follow your dreams. I am still following mine, at 36 years young, with this gorgeous family by my side.” - Raymond Neiderhausen
Neiderhausen and his family were the recipients of the 2014 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. Neiderhausen’s essay excerpt embodies the meaning of the Family of the Year Award: “families are an essential part of the support network for our students.” If you have a family that has supported you throughout your collegiate journey and is deserving of this accolade, nominate them to be the 2020 recipients before tonight’s 11:59 p.m. deadline. For contest rules and entry guidelines, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

#MasonFamilies, in addition to a $100 gift card to the George Mason University Bookstore and being featured on the 2021-...
11/12/2020

#MasonFamilies, in addition to a $100 gift card to the George Mason University Bookstore and being featured on the 2021-2022 Family Calendar, as the 2020 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award recipient, you and your family’s story will be featured in the Mason Family Flash, the weekly family e-newsletter, and on the official George Mason University website. Be sure to apply before tomorrow’s 11:59 p.m. deadline for an opportunity to celebrate your family and win all of these great prizes! For details and instructions on how to apply, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

“There were many times where I lost my way, but my mother was always there to pick me up and get me back on track. Where...
11/11/2020

“There were many times where I lost my way, but my mother was always there to pick me up and get me back on track. Where she found herself lacking financially, she made up with faith and an astounding dedication to excellence, for herself and her daughter. She has pushed me to be all I can be and then some. I attribute my successes simply to my mother and I could never give back to her all that she has given to me. I could never express my gratitude in a way that fully displayed how grateful I am that she was chosen to be my mother.” - Maya Brandon

Brandon and her family were the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award. Through nominating her mother and son, Brandon is the perfect example that the family experience is unique and this award is for everybody. We accept nominations based on what “family” means to you!
Apply to be this year’s award winner at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

International Programs and Services is excited to celebrate the 2020 International Education Week, which will begin on M...
11/11/2020

International Programs and Services is excited to celebrate the 2020 International Education Week, which will begin on Monday, November 16 and continue through Friday, November 20. This week-long celebration is hosted by the Office of International Programs and Services and this year they have collaborated with the Global Education Office, Career Services and the LEAD Office to put one some engaging and educational programs!!
International Education Week at Mason aims to promote global learning, intercultural understanding, and global awareness as essential components for civic and career readiness for ALL Mason students regardless of major or intended field! All of their programs will be virtual this year!

For more information about each event and how to join in visit: https://oips.gmu.edu/iew/

Did you know that you and your family could be on the 2021-2022 Family Calendar? Every year, the award recipients of the...
11/10/2020

Did you know that you and your family could be on the 2021-2022 Family Calendar? Every year, the award recipients of the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award are given a professional photoshoot on George Mason’s scenic campus and their photo is featured on the cover of the year’s Family Calendar, which is available to Mason families globally! Apply to the Family of the Year Award by this Friday, November 13 at 11:59 p.m. for an opportunity to see your family pictured on the next calendar! For details on how to apply, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

Good News! The application deadline for the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is being extended until F...
11/09/2020

Good News! The application deadline for the Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award is being extended until Friday, November 13 at 11:59 p.m.! The Family of the Year Award was created to celebrate families’ crucial role in supporting their student’s academic journey at George Mason University. Written essays or creative works that exhibit an enthusiasm for Mason and evidence of familial support are accepted. Apply now for your chance to win a $100 gift card from the George Mason Bookstore. For more details and the application form, visit https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/.

You asked for it - the Off-Campus Lounge is back, it just looks a little different! Join Contemporary Student Services i...
11/05/2020

You asked for it - the Off-Campus Lounge is back, it just looks a little different! Join Contemporary Student Services in the HUB Ballroom for a space to hang out on-campus. Meet new students, study, hang out, get some free stuff, and do so in a socially responsible way! RSVP is required. Even if you don't have any classes on-campus, we still want to see you! Please note, they will be following safe return to campus guidelines and will not allow students to enter the lounge if they have passed capacity. Register on Mason360!

Class registration is almost here — use this tip as a refresher on how to register for the spring! Remember — you cannot...
11/03/2020

Class registration is almost here — use this tip as a refresher on how to register for the spring! Remember — you cannot register until your time ticket, but you can make edits at any time during your ticket! (Need help finding your time ticket? Check out our previous tip!)

Applications for the 2020 Family of the Year are now open! If you feel like your family deserves to be awarded, make sur...
11/02/2020

Applications for the 2020 Family of the Year are now open! If you feel like your family deserves to be awarded, make sure you apply before the November 6th deadline! Visit: https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/gallery/

The 2021 Patriot Leader Application is now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied. Be sure to keep an eye on your ema...
10/30/2020

The 2021 Patriot Leader Application is now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied. Be sure to keep an eye on your email inbox!

#PL2021 #WearThePolo #leaveyourlegacy

10/28/2020

The Patriot Leader Application closes this Friday, October 30th, at 9 am! For more information, visit greenpolo.gmu.edu

Registration is right around the corner -- plan ahead by using this tip to help you find your time ticket!
10/27/2020

Registration is right around the corner -- plan ahead by using this tip to help you find your time ticket!

Join Chef Rich from Mason Dining this Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon as he guides you through the creation of a delicious brunc...
10/23/2020

Join Chef Rich from Mason Dining this Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon as he guides you through the creation of a delicious brunch all from the comfort of your own kitchen! After you register, you will receive your digital recipe packet with the ingredients needed and instructions. Register for this event at masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule

Looking for a student leadership position perfect for any student? The Patriot Leader Application open until October 30t...
10/23/2020

Looking for a student leadership position perfect for any student? The Patriot Leader Application open until October 30th at 9am! Register for an information session on Mason360 today and visit greenpolo.gmu.edu to learn more about the position and the application process!!

Monday begins the first ever #Mason Family Weekend Theme Week! Dress up with your #MasonFamily in your favorite sports t...
10/23/2020

Monday begins the first ever #Mason Family Weekend Theme Week! Dress up with your #MasonFamily in your favorite sports team apparel, clothing from your favorite decade, and of course, the signature Mason 💚 & 💛! In addition to our themed days, the 2020 Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year application is open. Apply now! #VFW20 #MasonFamilies

Listen as Dr. Shayna Maskell, Assistant Professor in the School of Integrative Studies, discusses the current racial inj...
10/22/2020

Listen as Dr. Shayna Maskell, Assistant Professor in the School of Integrative Studies, discusses the current racial injustices in America and social media’s role in advancing racial justice. Dr. Maskell earned her PhD in American Studies from the University of Maryland. Her areas of research include popular and youth culture, music, social movements, and subcultures. Register for this event at https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/fw-schedule/

If you haven't yet be sure to fill out your FAFSA by January 15, 2021! All supporting documents should the be submitted ...
10/21/2020

If you haven't yet be sure to fill out your FAFSA by January 15, 2021! All supporting documents should the be submitted by March 1, 2021. Remember, even if you have filled out your FAFSA for the previous year, you must fill it out again to be considered! For more information visit financialaid.gmu.edu

It’s National Transfer Student Week!! 🎉🎉 Contemporary Student Services has a whole line up of events to celebrate — chec...
10/19/2020

It’s National Transfer Student Week!! 🎉🎉 Contemporary Student Services has a whole line up of events to celebrate — check out the graphic below for their schedule and RSVP for their events on Mason360!

Join PAC for a drive in movie in Lot K tonight!  They’re screening IT 2, which is a film intended for mature audiences, ...
10/16/2020

Join PAC for a drive in movie in Lot K tonight! They’re screening IT 2, which is a film intended for mature audiences, please keep that in mind before joining in! There’s a few spots left so register and find more information at the link below: https://mason360.gmu.edu/PAC/rsvp_boot?id=828993

For the last 6 years, the LEAD Office, Student Support and Advocacy Center, and Women and Gender Studies have hosted cam...
10/15/2020

For the last 6 years, the LEAD Office, Student Support and Advocacy Center, and Women and Gender Studies have hosted campus wide programming focused on ending sexual and interpersonal violence at George Mason University. Due to COVID-19 and University safety protocol, they are hosting this year's programming via Zoom and hope you will be able to join them! This year's planning team is working hard to develop educational programming and outreach to support the Chapter Next Program!!

The Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award was established to recognize the critical role families play in their...
10/14/2020

The Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award was established to recognize the critical role families play in their student’s experience at Mason and to remind us that families are an essential part of the support network for our students. If you believe your family is deserving of the Family of the Year Award, be sure to apply. Applications are now open! Visit: https://masonfamilyevents.gmu.edu/2020/10/13/foty/.

Are you an on campus student looking for a quiet place to study? This Tuesday let's talk about reserving a study space! ...
10/13/2020

Are you an on campus student looking for a quiet place to study? This Tuesday let's talk about reserving a study space! All of the Library study spaces are single use at the moment -- so keep that in mind when making a reservation!

Today is a day to honor and celebrate Native American people, their culture, and their heritage. From NSFP to you, Happy...
10/12/2020

Today is a day to honor and celebrate Native American people, their culture, and their heritage. From NSFP to you, Happy Indigenous People's Day!!

It’s an on campus tradition to rock your Green and Gold every Friday, and just because we’re virtual doesn’t mean we can...
10/09/2020

It’s an on campus tradition to rock your Green and Gold every Friday, and just because we’re virtual doesn’t mean we can’t rep our Mason spirit! The Hunt winner Katelyn, @13justbeingme on Instagram, is showing off her Mason pride — Let’s see what you’ve got! Post a pic of you in your Mason Gear and tag us for a chance to get featured on our story!!

Keep those Masks up Mason! October’s Mason Reads activity is to showcase a time where you were a leader to other student...
10/02/2020

Keep those Masks up Mason! October’s Mason Reads activity is to showcase a time where you were a leader to other students and/or a professor. Please describe how you exhibited leadership qualities in that situation. Have fun with it! You can use any form of multimedia (i.e. PowerPoint, news article, storyboard, painting, poem, song, picture, etc.)

Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to announce a three-part workshop series on Racial Justice. This series...
10/01/2020

Counseling and Psychological Services is pleased to announce a three-part workshop series on Racial Justice. This series will help educate the Mason community on topics of racism while providing a space to discuss issues that attendees may be experiencing. Students can now register for the events on Mason360!!

We mention Mason360 all the time, but this Tuesday let's talk about how exactly to register for events!
09/29/2020

We mention Mason360 all the time, but this Tuesday let's talk about how exactly to register for events!

Today is the day! 🎉🤩 At 1pm Abby Wambach goes LIVE speaking to the Mason Nation! Make sure you register if you haven't y...
09/28/2020

Today is the day! 🎉🤩 At 1pm Abby Wambach goes LIVE speaking to the Mason Nation! Make sure you register if you haven't yet -- or check out the stream on the Fall For The Book page!

Register here:
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/fftb_allwomen

Tomorrow is the last day of Study Abroad Week! Join the Mason Global Education Office tomorrow morning for their last ro...
09/24/2020

Tomorrow is the last day of Study Abroad Week! Join the Mason Global Education Office tomorrow morning for their last round of Zoom sessions!🎉🎉 Check out the link below for a schedule of events!
https://studyabroad.gmu.edu/fair/friday.htm

Have you registered for the LIVE Mason Reads Event yet? Monday September 28th two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World...
09/23/2020

Have you registered for the LIVE Mason Reads Event yet? Monday September 28th two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and author of Wolfpack Abby Wambach will be speaking to the Mason Nation! Don't miss out -- register at the link below!
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/fftb_allwomen

This Tuesday let's talk about meeting with your advisor. It's always a good idea to email your advisor ahead of time to ...
09/22/2020

This Tuesday let's talk about meeting with your advisor. It's always a good idea to email your advisor ahead of time to introduce yourself and let them know your coming! Need help finding your advisor? Visit Advising.gmu.edu

Hello Mason Nation! come join us this week on zoom from 6:00PM - 8:00PM Monday-Friday(9/21/2020 - 9/25/2020) to socializ...
09/21/2020

Hello Mason Nation! come join us this week on zoom from 6:00PM - 8:00PM Monday-Friday(9/21/2020 - 9/25/2020) to socialize with the Patriot Leaders and other Mason students in various ways such as Games, Music Listening, and more! This is our final week of engagement activities, so take advantage of this time and space. Hope to see you soon!

https://gmu.zoom.us/j/98276983450?pwd=V2NFMVNwd25zYU9Zb2UzWjc0WTd3QT09

From NSFP to all of our practicing Patriots, Shanah Tovah! This evening is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish N...
09/18/2020

From NSFP to all of our practicing Patriots, Shanah Tovah! This evening is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year!

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Is orientation live ? My son is online and it’s a series of videos that he watched last night. How does he register for classes after this ?
Can a freshman register for a second Orientation? Mine is "attending" hers right now but didn't know about prerequisites for it or signing up for a time slot with an advisor. She is visiting her dad right now which is hours away so I'm not much help and he's at work. She's horribly confused already and she's only 12 minutes into it. I think it would be best to just start over.
There are 7 days until applications close for the Patriot Leader role! If you're passionate about helping students in the mason community transition into college, then this is the perfect position for you! Apply by looking us up on Handshake, or by visiting us at greenpolo.gmu.edu!
Thank you for the fantastic orientation! It was very informative, high energy, and everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. You all did an amazing job and it was appreciated!!! G M U....What? Loved it!!!