In order to have a successful orientation experience, it is critical you bring the following items:
1. Your G Number
Make sure you have your Mason G# handy during orientation. Some students choose to keep it on paper, in an email, or on their phone. If you do not know your G#, contact the Office of Admissions at (703) 993-2400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Mason NetID & Patriot Pass Password
These are items you set up when completing the Orientation Checklist. You will need them handy when registering for courses at orientation. If you haven’t already, make sure you set up your Patriot Pass password.
3. Photo Identification
During orientation, you will be asked to provide photo identification (ID, license, or passport) to verify your identity and to receive your Mason ID. Mason ID cards will be distributed during the registration site. Make sure you have uploaded your photo no later than 3 business days before your orientation begins! Instructions can be found here. Please take notice that there will be no structured time to take Mason ID photos during orientation, but you can visit the Mason Card office once the program concludes to get your photo done on site.
4. Comfortable Clothing/ Overnight Bag
Orientation for all students does require some time both inside and outside. For freshman students, there will events coordinated by Recreation in the Recreation Athletic Complex. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for your visit. If you reserved a student overnight accommodation during orientation, you will need to bring a bag with an change of clothes for the following day, toiletries, pillow and bed linens, and any other additional items needed for an overnight stay. Bedding will not be provided. Please note, we are unable to store any bags after housing check out on the second day of orientation.
5. Immunization Records
This is not a mandatory item to bring with you during orientation, but we encourage students who have completed forms to bring them to campus. The Immunizations Office is inside the Student Health Services in Student Union Building I, Room 2300. For students starting classes in the fall, the deadline is August 27 (first day of classes). Failure to turn in your Immunization Record before the deadline will result in hold being placed on your record and an inability to register for the next semester’s classes. Immunization forms can be found here.
6. Admissions Documentation
We recommend you bring any documentation from Admissions, the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services, or paperwork from an academic advisor. If applicable, you may choose to bring unofficial transcripts from your previous institution showing AP/IB scores.
7. Parking Pass for Orientation
The orientation parking pass allows you to park in the designated parking lot for free. This pass is specific to Mason Orientation so please be sure to use this pass to avoid any parking issues. Click and download the pass below and place on your driver-side dashboard on Orientation day.