Getting Ready for 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 can register for orientation.

When reserving a winter orientation date, don’t forget to register any family or guests that will be attending with you. Adult guests are assessed a $30 fee and children ages 5-12 are assessed a $15 fee (children 4 and under are free).  These fees cover the costs of the family orientation program including meals, spacing, staffing, parking, and materials. Guest fees are processed through our online reservation system.

Currently, all freshman students are charged a $300 New Student Fee upon registration of 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

If your family or guests are traveling long distances, you can make reservations for overnight accommodations.

Make sure to see the sample schedules for freshmen students, and families are available.


5. Submit Final Transcripts and Scores

You may send official transcripts, AP and IB scores and any other necessary documentation to Admissions.


6. Access Financial Aid

Using step number two 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

Now you can make sure your Mason ID photo looks great! Mason Card Office is providing online photo submissions. Please submit your photo following the instructions below at least 3 business days prior to your orientation experience. If a suitable photo is uploaded and approved, your ID card will be waiting for you at the end of your orientation. This will save you time and guarantee your photo is one that you like. Mason’s ID card provides access to your residence hall, Mason Money for dining, library access, free entry to athletic games, and more! Instructions can be found here. Please note that there will not be structured time during freshman orientation to take a picture on campus.


8. Complete Immunization Records

In order to avoid registration delays, download a copy of the Immunization Record form.

Student Health Services must receive immunization records on 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 hold being placed on your account and an inability to register for the next semester’s classes.


9. Placement Testing

Some mathematics and foreign languages courses require placement testing. While you do not have to take placement testing before orientation, you can find all available information online regarding Mason’s placement testing.


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 Readiness 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 you 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 handle @GeorgeMasonU.