Mason Online Student Orientation


Welcome to George Mason University
! We know there are many ways that students can complete their college degrees, and we are pleased that you have chosen to continue your journey with Mason.The Mason Online Orientation process is designed to help transition new mason online (MOL) students to the institution and expose them to the broad educational opportunities at George Mason University.   

Note: Not to be confused with our Virtual Orientation program, built and retained for campus-based students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information are for our traditional distance learners.

All specific information surrounding the Orientation experience, gaining access to systems, and instructions on how to navigate those systems are reflected here and will be sent to students directly via e-mail upon registering.

General MOL Orientation Information

Mason Online Orientation is only available to students enrolled in the following online degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Cloud Computing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity Concentration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Health, Wellness, and Social Services Concentration
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology and Innovation Concentration
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Game Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business, Management Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Pathway)
  • Bachelor of Health, Fitness, and Recreational Resources, Sport Management Concentration
Because you are a MOL student, a special Orientation platform has been curated for you via Blackboard, Mason’s online course management tool, to assist in your transition. The course will appear in Blackboard like your other courses will and stay in your Course List to reference at any time during your Mason experience.

This online orientation is designed specifically for distance learners to provide you with all the information you need to start your Mason experience. Participating in the MOL Orientation Blackboard course will set you up for success as you begin your studies and will give you a good preview of online learning at Mason.

Upon successful completion of your orientation, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify your degree components;
  • Connect with your advisor;
  • Become familiar with the Blackboard learning environment;
  • Learn about University policies, resources and life at Mason;
  • Participate in online discussions.
Registering for MOL Orientation

Three to five business days after you have paid your enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions, you will be able to register for orientation. You can find your customized registration link in your Admissions Portal or on this website during registration time windows.

Because you are coded MOL in our systems, only the MOL Orientation option will populate.

Accessing Your MOL Orientation

Upon registering, you will receive access to complete your Mason Online Orientation based on the semester you will be starting courses at Mason: December  1st if you are beginning in the Spring semester & May 1st if you are beginning in the fall semester.

If you register before the date listed above, you will be added to your MOL Orientation Blackboard course on that day. If you register after that date, you will receive access 24-48 hours after registering.

To access your course, go to mymasonportal.gmu.edu, click on “Course List” in the website menu, and navigate to the Mason Online Orientation course listed.

Completing Your MOL Orientation

Once in the MOL Orientation Blackboard course, you will be asked to complete several Orientation modules. The course navigation menu will walk you through the course modules in the order they should be accessed. Be sure to review all content within each module:

  1. Mason Online 
  2. Essential First Steps
  3. College 101
  4. University Resources
  5. University Policies
  6. Life at Mason
  7. Next Steps

As you review the learning modules in this orientation course, you will need to take several quizzes and answer all the questions correctly in order to earn your Certificate of Completion.

Upon completion of the modules, click the “Certificate of Completion” link on your course menu. Once you have earned your certificate, you will be able to schedule an appointment with your advisor based on the instructions provided.

Students should expect it will take you approximately 4-6 hours to explore all the resources in this course and to earn your certificate of completion. You can choose to complete the online orientation at one time or you may come in and out of the Blackboard course as many times as you would like until you earn your Certificate of Completion.

Students can contact a course facilitator by emailing orientu@gmu.edu with any questions.

Optional Explore Mason Campus Visit Event

Explore Mason is an optional campus visit event offered by the office of New Student and Family Programs for students entering Mason in the upcoming Spring 2022 semester. This event is for students who have already registered for Online Orientation and desire a supplemental, in-person experience to aid in their transition into the Mason community. 

This event is not Orientation nor replaces the Online Orientation experience. 

Explore Mason will take place on Thursday, January 20th & Friday, January 21st, 2022. This event will have a welcome session, large group presentations,breakout sessions, a lunch, and select post-event opportunities such as a campus tour. Students and their guest will largely move through the program together. Check-in for this event will begin at 9am and the formal program will go until 2pm, with optional activities until 5pm EST.

For more information visit, orientation.gmu.edu/explore-mason.

Need Assistance?
 

Contact New Student and Family Programs by e-mailing orientu@gmu.edu or calling 703-993-2475.