Welcome to Mason and Family Orientation!

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 Fall 2022, family members and supporters will be able to experience Orientation components in two ways: Self-Paced and/or In-Person based on student population!

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 students:
Students are able to register guests for Family Orientation in their event registration portal. The Family Orientation program is curated to provide the most essential information for those supporting a Mason students and will run concurrently with the student program, meaning students and families will largely be separated for the bulk of the program.

For families of transfer students:
Students are able to register for one of our optional Explore Mason Campus Visit Events that will take place on July 8 or July 22, 2022 More information on Explore Mason be found at orientation.gmu.edu/explore-mason.

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.