Welcome to Mason and Family Orientation!

If you would like to attend one of our in-person Family Orientation experiences, you can register by clicking the button below! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (703) 993-2475 or orientu@gmu.edu.

George Mason University recognizes the important role you – our parents, family members, and supporters – play in your student’s development and success, which is why we are dedicated to providing a smooth transition to Mason for you and your student. Family Orientation is an important part of this transition.

For Spring 2023, family members and supporters will be able to experience Orientation components in two ways: Self-Paced and/or In-Person based on your student’s population status: Freshmen, Transfer, International, or Mason Online.

For all:
Our Self-Paced Family Orientation materials are web-based and can be found on this website. Families and supporters are encouraged to browse our resource library and view content of interest in a way that works best for your schedules! Click on the Virtual Family Orientation Resources button at the bottom of this page.

For families of Freshmen or Transfer students:
The Family Orientation program is curated to provide the most essential information for those supporting a Mason student and will run concurrently with the student program, meaning students and families will largely be separated for the bulk of the program.

If your email was designated on your student’s admission application to GMU, you will receive an email to register for on-campus Family Orientation through Mason Family Connection. If you have not received an email about Orientation, please go to Mason Family Connection to set-up your profile and register directly on the website.

For families of International or Mason Online students:
See Self-Paced Family Orientation materials. There are no in-person programs based on nuances of these populations.

Dr. Gregory Washington, our university President, and Rose Pascarell, our Vice President for University Life are active in the Mason community and invested in supporting all Mason students and families. Let them be the first to welcome you to the Mason community.


Click on the button below to start your self-paced Family Orientation experience and gain access to useful campus resources for new members of the Mason community!

Visit orientation.gmu.edu for information about your student’s Orientation program.