Getting Ready for Winter Family Orientation

1. Ask your student to register you as a guest when they register for Orientation

Students are encouraged to bring guests when attending orientation! We offer a separate, concurrent family program for Winter daytime sessions. Please note there is no family program for Winter evening sessions, due to space constraints.

When your student reserves their Orientation date online through our registration system, there is an option to register guests. Adult guests ages 13 and up are assessed a $30 fee, children ages 5-12 are assessed a $15 fee, and children 4 and under are free. These fees cover the costs of the family program, which include meals, space, staffing, parking, and materials provided throughout the session. Please pay the guest fee via our online reservation system in order to confirm your participation in Orientation.

2. Arrange overnight accommodations

We do not offer overnight accommodations on campus for students or guests during winter orientations. If you are traveling a long distance, we do have partner hotels in the area. Please visit our Where to Stay page for more information and to arrange accommodations. Information on which hotels provide transportation to and from Mason’s Fairfax campus is also provided on the Where to Stay page.

3. Review the Winter Family Orientation schedule

In order to make the most of your orientation experience, we encourage you to review the family orientation schedule before your session. Please note that the Winter Daytime Family Program runs concurrently with the student program. While there are a few sessions that students and guests attend together, the majority of the programming will be separate and concurrent.

Winter Daytime Family Orientation begins with check-in at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. For more information on sessions, please review our family orientation schedule. There is no family program for winter evening sessions.

4. Print your parking pass

The orientation parking pass allows you to park in a designated parking lot on the Fairfax campus for free. This pass is specific to your orientation date, so please be sure to download the correct pass to avoid any parking issues. Download the orientation parking pass, print out the pass, and place the pass on your driver-side dashboard when you attend orientation.

5. Encourage your student to complete important items

We provide an Orientation Checklist that details all of the important items students should complete before attending Orientation. Please remind your student to review the Checklist and complete the following before attending orientation:

  • Set up Patriot Pass and MasonLive email accounts to receive important communication from the university
  • Submit final transcripts and AP or IB scores to Admissions
  • Accept or decline the financial aid package (if applicable) via PatriotWeb
  • Upload a photo for a Mason ID
  • Complete the immunization records form and bring all necessary documentation to orientation to submit to Student Health Services
  • Review the registration guide to prepare for the course registration process

It is important that students complete these Orientation Checklist items themselves, to ensure that they (a) fully understand Mason policies and processes and (b) are prepared to navigate Mason systems when they begin classes.

6. Stay connected as a Mason Family

Families are encouraged to join the Mason Family Association in order to receive our weekly e-newsletter, the Mason Family Flash. Our e-newsletter provides timely information for families, which includes important dates and deadlines, events happening on campus for students and families, and information that covers key topics we know are important to our Mason families. 

Also, follow us on social media by liking the George Mason Family Programs Facebook page and requesting to join the George Mason Family Association Facebook closed group!