Pre-Orientation Checklist

1. Set Up Your Patriot Pass and Mason Email

To login to PatriotWeb and view financial aid packages, transfer credits, and course registration system, you will need to follow the steps that will help you set up your Patriot Pass account. For new Patriot Pass users, the PIN is emailed to you. Once you have set up your Patriot Pass, you will use that password to set up for Mason email address.

2. Register for 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.

Currently, all freshmen are charged a $350 New Student Fee and all transfer are charged a $275 New Student Fee upon registering for their first semester of courses.

3. Complete REQUIRED Pre-Orientation Virtual Content 

Freshmen Students:

Complete Patriot Preview “Before Orientation” module, prior to your orientation date. Patriot Preview gives you essential information about Mason to help inform your Orientation experience. You will need your Mason Net ID and password (Patriot Pass login information you used to create your email) to gain access.  

Transfer Students, International Students, & Freshmen attending the Virtual session:

Students will gain access to their Virtual Orientation portal in a system called Blackboard 24 – 48 hours after they register for their desired Virtual Orientation date. Students should review several sections, as well as watch a series of REQUIRED Orientation Presentations on topics ranging from the academic experience to essential campus information such as financial aid. These are vital pieces of information to know prior to the live program.

Students should set aside approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete this task. Each presentation will have a small quiz at the end to test a students’ knowledge of the content shared in the video and signify completion. Students can complete this in one-sitting or several, as long as they are completed before their live Virtual Orientation program.

More information on the Virtual Orientation system and REQUIRED pre-orientation work can be found on each student population’s respective Orientation page on the menu bar.

4. Submit Final Transcripts and Scores

Be sure to submit official transcripts, AP and IB scores, and any other necessary documentation to Admissions. Select your student type on the side bar for specific directions.

5. Access Financial Aid

Using step 1 in the checklist, access PatriotWeb to accept/decline your financial aid package. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

6. Complete Immunization Records

Student Health Services must receive your immunization records by August 1st. Failure to turn in your Immunization Records before the deadline will result in a late fee charge and hold on your account, which will prevent you from registering for the next semester’s classes.

In order to avoid registration delays, download and submit a copy of the Immunization Record form to Student Health Services.

7. Review Placement Exam Requirements

Math placement exam can now be taken virtually or in-person in advance of your Orientation session. All students who need to take the math placement test are strongly encouraged to sign up for a testing appointment ASAP upon committing to Mason. 

Students should also review requirements for foreign language placement exam in preparation for advising and course registration. 

8. Prepare to Register for Classes

We want to make sure you know how to navigate the registration system before you enroll in classes. Prior to your orientation, view the Registration Web Tutorial for a smooth registration process.

9. Submit Mason ID Photo

Make sure your Mason ID photo looks great! The Mason Card Office offers online photo submissions, which will save you time and guarantee that you like your photo. If a suitable photo is uploaded and approved, your ID card will be waiting for you once you arrive on-campus for the semester. Your Mason ID provides access to your residence hall, Mason Money for dining, library access, free entry to athletic games, and more!

To submit your photo, follow the instructions here. 

10. Connect with Mason and Download the Mason 360 App

Connect with us on social media using #Welcome2Mason and follow our Instagram (@MasonNSFP) and Facebook (Orientation@Mason)! We will be sharing useful tips about Mason and the student’s first year

Download Mason360, the new student engagement app – available on iOS and Android! Use this app to access additional resources for new students, meet fellow Patriots, discover events, and get involved in the #MasonNation.