FAQs for Admitted Transfer Students

Connect with Admissions FAQs

What visit options are the Office of Admissions offering?

Admissions is offering on-campus and virtual information sessions and tours. Virtual one-on-one meetings with an Admissions Counselor are available by request. Register for a session or to connect with a counselor. The virtual campus tour is accessible online at any time. We are monitoring health conditions in the region and safety guidance from local, state, and federal officials. Please check our Visit Mason website often as more opportunities will continue to be added. When on-campus visits are offered, registration is first come, first served, and we have implemented safety protocols for all visitors including required face coverings, social distancing, and successful completion of the Mason COVID Health Check.  

How do I request a virtual meeting with Mason Admissions?

Virtual meeting appointments are available now for propsective and admitted transfer students seeking advice or information about the application process, next steps for admitted students, academic and experiential learning opportunities, or student and community life at Mason. Please visit our website to sign up for a virtual appointment. Appointments will be made available on a weekly basis, so please check back in if you do not see a time slot that works for you.  

Deposit FAQs

What is Mason’s enrollment deposit deadline for incoming transfer students?

Admitted transfer students are required to confirm their enrollment by submitting an enrollment deposit by June 15 for fall entrance, or December 1 for spring entrance.

Financial concerns are making it difficult to pay my deposit. I'd like to attend Mason. What should I do?

Please reach out to us at admissions@gmu.edu and we would be happy to assist you.

I've paid my enrollment deposit, what comes next?

Congratulations! We look forward to welcoming you to Mason! You can find the Next Steps for Admitted Students in your application decision portal or on the Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students page. 

Records FAQs

When are updated and final transcripts due?

We are exercising as much flexibility as possible during this time.

If you’re having trouble getting updated and final transcripts to us before you start your first semester at Mason, please reach out to your Admissions Counselor for assistance. 

Will I still be eligible for GAA if my school changed to a pass/fail grading policy due to COVID-19? Will my course credits still transfer?

George Mason University has amended the University transfer policy to accept transfer courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis for courses completed during the Spring and Summer 2020 terms.

Courses designated as equivalent to a C grade or better will be considered for transfer credit.

RBC and VCCS students who present P+ grades will meet this requirement.

Consistent with transfer policy, grades of C minus or lower will not be considered for transfer.

P+ or Pass grades equivalent to a C or better earned in Spring or Summer 2020 will satisfy the requirement for selective admission majors in the Volgenau School of Engineering. 

Nursing Student: "How will my pass/fail credits transfer?"

The School of Nursing will consider P+ grades to meet the requirements in pre-requisite courses for Pre-Nursing Traditional Pathway admission.

Students who completed classes on the Pass/Fail grading scale for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 are still eligible for regular or GAA admission provided they meet all other applicable requirements.

If you have any questions about this, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

Engineering Selective Admission: "How will my pass/fail credits transfer?"

P+ or Pass grades equivalent to a C or better earned in Spring or Summer 2020 will satisfy the requirement for selective admission majors in the Volgenau School of Engineering. 

When will transfer credit evaluations be completed?

Final transcripts must be submitted before Admissions can complete your evaluation of credits.

Following your admission decision, you will receive a notification via email that your initial credit evaluation is available.

The email will provide instructions on how to access your evaluation. Credits are awarded from official transcripts and test scores.

If you are admitted to Mason while enrolled and studying elsewhere, such as a community college or another university, your credit evaluation will not be complete until your final transcript with your final grades is submitted. 

If you are having trouble providing official transcripts and/or test scores, please reach out to your Admissions Counselor for assistance.

If you have questions regarding the transfer of specific credits or the credit evaluation process please email our credit evaluations team.

What is the deadline to submit my Immunization Record form?

All incoming students for the Fall 2021 semester must submit the Immunization Record form, including proof of COVID-19 vaccination by August 1, 2021. The Student Health Services Immunization Page can tell you more about the immunization requirements and frequently asked questions. 

FAFSA and Financial Aid FAQs

My family has been financially impacted by COVID-19 but I have not submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Can Mason help?

If you have not submitted a FAFSA and have been impacted financially by COVID-19, please contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.

I submitted my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). My family has now been financially impacted by COVID-19. Can Mason help?

If your family has been financially impacted by COVID-19, our financial aid counselors would be happy to talk with you regarding your situation and to see what might be possible to assist you.

Please contact Mason's Office of Financial Aid:

Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 703-993-2000 

Or send an email

Where can I find online information from the Financial Aid Office?

For general financial aid information, please visit the financial aid section of this website

For financial aid information specific to COVID-19, please visit the Financial Aid COVID-19 information page. 

Deferment FAQs

How will the University handle deferrals due to COVID-19?

Students wishing to defer admission to George Mason University may submit a deferral request.

You may request to defer for one semester.

To do so, please remit your enrollment deposit to reserve your spot for the term you wish to start at Mason.

How will deferment affect merit scholarships?

If you are deferring from the Fall 2021 semester due to the global pandemic, George Mason University will honor your merit scholarship package, if you received one. You will, however, need to re-file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor for assistance. Please remember that during a deferral period you are not permitted to take classes at another college or university. 

Academics FAQs

When can I meet with my academic advisor?

Students meet initially with academic advisors during their Orientation session; however, if you choose the “Transfer Pre-Orientation Advising” option on the Orientation website, you may be able to meet with your advisor earlier. 

Find your advisor and schedule an appointment. 

How do I change my major or sign up for a minor?

You can complete and submit the Change/Declaration of Academic Program through the Office of the University Registrar with your academic advisor.

Some programs have selective requirements in order to join and may require additional classes or a different application process. A minor declaration will follow the same process.

When do I take math placement exams or foreign language proficiency exams?

The Office of New Student and Family Programs will provide math and foreign language placement exam information as part of your transfer orientation. 

Placement exams are not required of all transfer students.

After I complete Orientation, how can I contact my academic advisor?

Academic advisor contact information is available on the Academic Advising website.

What are the plans for Fall 2021 and future semesters regarding COVID-19?

George Mason University is moving in a positive direction to resuming full capacity and normal operations, with classes being offered in a hybrid modality of online and in-person instruction. It is our intention to bring more of these classes to an in-person modality in the coming semesters. Please refer to our Safe Return to Campus page, where you can find the latest COVID-19 and campus health updates. 

Where can I find online information from the Student Accounts Office?

For information about payments, refunds, and other student accounts activities please visit the frequently asked questions section of the Student Accounts Office website.

Where can I find information about Orientation?

Orientation Registration is NOW OPEN! Student and Family Orientation programs for Summer 2021 will be virtual. The Office of New Student and Family Programs website has more information about Orientation. Please visit their website or contact their office with your questions at orientu@gmu.edu or 703-993-2475.

New Student Life FAQs

Will I be able to live on-campus for the Fall 2021 semester?

We expect fall housing to return as close to normal capacity as possible. However, decisions and information about on-campus housing are changing frequently. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website.

How can I best connect with current Mason students?

Our current Mason students would love to connect with you! One way to connect is through the Mason Admissions’ social media accounts; we are active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The Mason Admissions’ YouTube channel features vlogs made by current Mason students and creators, Anika and Nick. These videos provide an inside look at Mason’s campus community, academic life, and student life and can be found here. We also offer the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor, and in that meeting, you can also meet with a current Mason student. Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor to schedule your virtual one-on-one, and request to have a current student be part of that meeting.

What is student life like at Mason?

There are many ways to get involved and opportunities to participate in free programs and events that Mason has to offer. We currently have over 500 student clubs and organizations to choose from! You can start browsing these options on the student engagement platform, Mason 360