Quill Camp FAQs

1. What is Quill Camp?

Quill Camp is an extended orientation program that allows incoming students to explore Mason, its vast opportunities, and the surrounding community based on their individual interests. At Quill Camp, you will:

  • Build friendships with people who have similar interests
  • Learn about yourself and how you can make the most of your time at Mason
  • Receive an immersive introduction to both Mason distinctives and the variety of experiences that the Fairfax and greater DC area offer!

2. What is the difference between Quill Camp and orientation?

Orientation at GMU gives incoming freshman a chance to get a feel for Mason’s campus, go through academic advising, choose their classes for the fall semester, and gain exposure to the departments at Mason that provide resources to help student transition.  

Quill Camp builds off of some of these aspects and offers an in-depth opportunity to set roots down at Mason. Quill Camp helps direct the student transition experience by creating a context in which students can explore Mason and its offerings in a theme of interest. It will also allow students to build connections with peers and faculty/staff, ask questions of their Quill Camp counselors (upper-classmen GMU students), and participate in activities that will introduce them to our surrounding Fairfax and DC communities. 

3. Can I participate in both Quill Camp programs?

No, you can only choose one Quill Camp program to attend.  Quill Camp: Vision and Quill Camp: Republic take place during the same dates, so it is only possible to attend one. There will, however, be some cross-over between the two so students will have a chance to get to know members of the other camp! 

4. When/where is Quill Camp?

Quill Camp takes place on Tuesday, July 23rd – Saturday, July 27th. Participants will stay on the George Mason Fairfax Campus overnight, but many activities will take place off-site in Fairfax and the DC-Metro area.

5. What are the housing accommodations like?

You will be staying in one of GMU’s suite-style residence halls on campus. Each room is a double, and you will have one roommate from your specific camp. The rooms include two beds, dressers, desks, and a bathroom shared between you and one other room. You will need to bring your own linens and towels.

6. Who can participate in Quill Camp?

Any incoming freshman can sign up, including spring admit students (those who are admitted for Spring 2020 can come to Quill Camp in Summer 2019). However, space is limited in each camp and will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.

7. Do I have to be a certain major to participate in themed camps?

All camps are open to all incoming freshmen, no matter what your major is.  For example, if you plan to major in engineering but have a passion for politics or service, we would love to have you!

8. How do I sign up for Quill Camp?

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can register on our website. Once all the spots are full, you may put your name on the waitlist if you’d like. 

9. How much does Quill Camp cost?

Quill Camp registration is $150.00 and includes all food, activity costs, housing, a t-shirt, and Quill Camp swag. 

10. Is there any financial aid available for Quill Camp?

Thanks to the support of the George Mason University Parents Fund, partial scholarships of $125 each are available for students with high financial need, as determined by George Mason’s financial aid department. Student are still responsible to pay $25. Scholarships are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in a Quill Camp Scholarship, please visit our scholarship page.

11. Why should I participate in Quill Camp?

Quill Camp will give you an extra edge in preparing you for success during your time at Mason. You’ll get the opportunity to stay on campus, experience some of the resources and programs Mason offers, and meet students and faculty who will help you along your journey as a Patriot! 

12. What are the differences between the two camps?

The activities of Quill Camp: Vision are centered on developing leadership and service.  Quill Camp: Republic is organized around activities pertaining to government and politics. 

13. How big will the camps be?

Each camp may have up to 40 people, but you will be placed in a cohort of about 15-20 people.

14. Do the camps ever see one another?

The daily programming of each camp is tailored to its specific interest group; therefore each camp will engage in different activities. However, all Quill Camp participants will be staying on the GMU Fairfax campus. Some meals and evening activities will also overlap. 

15. What do I need to bring for Quill Camp?

We will send you a full packing list, but you should be prepared to bring the following:

  • Toiletries/towels
  • Linens and pillow
  • Clothes and good walking shoes
  • Medications
  • Reusable water bottle
  • 1-2 business professional outfits 

16. What kind of special accommodations does Quill Camp offer?

We are committed to serving all individuals! Should you require any visual, physical, or other accommodations please contact us at qcamp@gmu.edu so we can be best prepared to serve you! 

? Have more questions? We would love to help! Contact us at qcamp@gmu.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible.