Getting Ready for Orientation

1. Set Up Your Patriot Pass and MasonLive 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 MasonLive email address. First time login instructions are available at This is the email George Mason University will communicate with you after orientation.

2. Register for Orientation

 Three to five business days after you have paid your enrollment deposit, you can register for orientation

Students who attend a daytime transfer orientation will have the option of registering family and guests with their date reservations. Guests are assessed a $30 fee that covers the cost of the daytime family orientation program including meals and materials. Guest fees are processed through our online reservation system.

Please note that we do not offer a family program for transfer evening orientations due to space restrictions.

All transfer students are charged a $225 New Student Fee upon registering for courses.

3. Complete Patriot Preview

Complete Patriot Preview, the online component to Orientation that will prepare you to maximize your in-person experience. Students are required to complete the “Before Orientation” section at least 1 week prior to your orientation session date. You can access Patriot Preview at any time online from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. As information is customized to your student profile, including major and special programs, you will need your G number in order to access the system. Set up a login using your G number and personally generated password.

4. Reserve Accommodations for Guests

If your family or guests are traveling long distances, you can make reservations for overnight accommodations. For more information on our suggested local hotels, visit the Where To Stay page.

Sample schedules for transfer students as well as families joining us for the daytime orientation are available.

5. Submit Final Transcripts and Scores

Make sure you send your final transcripts, AP and IB scores, and any other necessary documentation to Admissions as soon as possible. You can bring a print out of your Transfer Credit Evaluation or unofficial transcripts with you to orientation for reference when meeting with an academic advisor.


6. Access Financial Aid

Access PatriotWeb to accept/decline your financial aid package. Financial Aid uses Mason email address for all official communication to students. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.


7. Upload Your Mason ID Photo

Now you can make sure your Mason ID photo looks great! Mason Card Office is providing online photo submissions. If a suitable photo is uploaded and approved, your ID card will be waiting for you at the end of your orientation. This will save you time and guarantee your photo is one that you like. Mason’s ID card provides access to your residence hall, Mason Money for dining, library access, free entry to athletic games, and more! Instructions can be found here.


8. Submit Immunization Records

In order to avoid registration delays, download a copy of the Immunization Record form. Student Health Services must receive immunization records on the first day of classes. If possible, please bring completed copies with you to your orientation session. Failure to turn in your Immunization Records before the deadline will result in a hold being placed on your account and an inability to register for the next semester’s classes.

9. Math Placement Testing

Some mathematics and foreign languages courses require placement testing. While you do not have to take placement testing before orientation, you can find all available information online regarding Mason’s placement testing.


10. Prepare to Register for classes

Make sure you are look over the Registration Readiness guide for a smooth registration process during orientation. Feel free to bring any questions to your orientation session.

Pre-advising is available to transfer students signed up for Orientation at through the College/School they are interested in majoring in between November 15 and January 9, if available. Each department will have discretion whether they will provide pre-advising outside of Orientation due to capacity. Click here for a a list of majors and their respective College/School. If you are interested in being advised prior to Orientation, visit the Transfer Pre-Advising Contact page on the CAART website for more information on how to contact the department directly. Students who are pre-advised prior to Orientation are still required to attend an in-person Orientation session.


11. Don’t Forget To Bring These Items

In order to have a successful orientation experience, it is critical you the items listed in our What To Bring section.

12. Connect with Mason

Show us your Patriot Pride at Orientation@Mason on Facebook or tweet us at @MasonOrientU. You can also check out the Mason Admitted Students Facebook page to start connecting with other admitted students.