Getting Ready for Freshman Orientation

1. Set Up Your Patriot Pass and MasonLive Email

To login to PatriotWeb and view financial aid packages, transfer credits, and course registration system, you will need to follow the steps that will help you set up your Patriot Pass account. For new Patriot Pass users, the PIN is emailed to you. Once you have set up your Patriot Pass, you will use that password to set up for MasonLive email address. First time login instructions are available at This is the email George Mason University will communicate with you after orientation.

2. Register for Orientation

Three to five business days after you have paid your enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions, you will be able to register for orientation. Registration for summer orientations will open on March 15, 2019.

When reserving an orientation date, be sure to register any family or guests who will be attending with you. Adult guests ages 13 and up are assessed a $65 fee, children ages 5-12 are assessed a $30 fee, and children 4 and under are free. These fees cover the costs of the family orientation program including meals, space, staffing, parking, and materials. Guest fees are processed through our online reservation system.

Currently, all freshmen are charged a $300 New Student Fee upon registering for their first semester of courses.

3. Complete Patriot Preview

Complete Patriot Preview, the online component to Orientation that will prepare you to maximize your in-person experience. Students are required to complete the “Before Orientation” section at least 1 week prior to your orientation session date. You can access Patriot Preview at any time online from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

As information is customized to your student profile, including major and special programs, you will need your G number in order to access the system. Set up a login using your G number and personally generated password.

4. Reserve Overnight Accommodations for Guests

Freshman students are encouraged to stay overnight in the residence halls during their two-day Summer Freshman Orientation. Students may reserve an overnight space when they register online for an orientation session online. The cost of this reservation is included in their New Student Fee, which is assessed once a student registers for courses.

Family and guests who are traveling long distances can review our Where to Stay page for overnight accommodation options. We encourage students and families to wait to make hotel accommodations until after you confirm your student’s orientation reservation. Information on which hotels provide transportation to and from Mason’s Fairfax campus is also provided on the Where to Stay page.

5. Submit Final Transcripts and Scores

Be sure to submit official transcripts, AP and IB scores, and any other necessary documentation to Admissions.

6. Access Financial Aid

Using step 1 in the checklist, access PatriotWeb to accept/decline your financial aid package. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

7. Upload Your Mason ID Photo

Make sure your Mason ID photo looks great! The Mason Card Office offers online photo submissions, which will save you time and guarantee that you like your photo. If a suitable photo is uploaded and approved, your ID card will be waiting for you at the end of your orientation session. Your Mason ID provides access to your residence hall, Mason Money for dining, library access, free entry to athletic games, and more!

Submit your photo at least 2 business days prior to your orientation experience. Follow the instructions here. Please note that there will not be structured time during freshman orientation to take a picture on campus.

8. Complete Immunization Records

Student Health Services must receive your immunization records before the first day of classes. You can bring completed copies with you to your orientation session. Failure to turn in your Immunization Records before the deadline will result in a hold on your account, which will prevent you from registering for the next semester’s classes.

In order to avoid registration delays, download and submit a copy of the Immunization Record form to Student Health Services.

9. Placement Testing

Some mathematics and foreign language courses require placement testing. During orientation, confirm with your academic advisor whether your program or courses require a placement test. While you do not have to take any placement tests before orientation, you can find more information on placement testing here.

10. Prepare to Register for Classes

We want to make sure you know how to navigate the registration system before you enroll in classes. Prior to your orientation, view the Registration Guide for a smooth registration process.

11. Don’t Forget To Bring These Items

In order to have a successful orientation experience, it is critical that you review and bring the items listed in our What To Bring section.

12. Connect with Mason

Show us your Patriot Pride by tweeting us at @MasonOrientU and following the official university twitter account @GeorgeMasonU!