George Mason University

INTO Mason Pre-Arrival Information

To help you have a smooth transition to campus, we recommend you take advantage of our pre-arrival resources and information provided by the INTO Mason Student Experience team. 

INTO Mason Summer Orientation begins on May 13, 2020 at the Global Center. Check back soon for more information.

Orientation

INTO Mason's week-long orientation guides you through the first steps of your academic, cultural, and social journey here.

During the mandatory orientation, you will:  

  • Take the Versant English language placement exam. 
  • Get a Mason ID card.
  • Open your university email account.
  • Open a bank and/or cell phone account. 
  • Turn in required health vaccination records and documents.
  • Submit transcripts and test scores.
  • Register for courses.
  • Take a campus tour. 
  • Meet new students. 

Our INTO Mason Welcome Guide has information on preparing for your arrival to the Fairfax Campus, including: 

  • What to pack.
  • Money and banking.
  • Transportation. 
  • Campus safety. 
  • Health immunizations and information. 
  • Frequently asked questions. 

INTO Mason's Summer Orientation begins on May 13, 2020 in the Mason Global Center. 

Students who do not arrive by May 13 will be charged a $250 late-arrival fee. If you cannot arrive by that date, contact the INTO Mason team as soon as possible. 

Airport Transfer Service

Members of the INTO Mason team will greet you at the airport and bring you to campus.

We offer pick-up and transfer service at Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) during the weekend before orientation.

If you want to schedule a pickup, submit your travel details online at least 72 hours before your arrival time. You must provide:

  • Application ID.
  • Personal contact details.
  • Flight number.
  • Arrival date and time.
  • Where you will be traveling (for example, campus, hotel, etc.)

We will send a detailed confirmation email, then meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation.

If you're an F-1 or J-1 student, you're allowed to enter the United States up to 30 days (but no sooner) before the start date on your I-20. If you arrive after the I-20 start date, you may be denied entry. 

The airport transfer service is offered on the following days, depending on your program start date: 

  • Fall Semester (August): Saturday and Sunday before orientation 
  • Spring Semester (January): Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before orientation 
  • Summer Semester (May): Monday and Tuesday before orientation  

If you arrive before you're able to move into on-campus housing, you have the option of staying in an area hotel. 

If you have an emergency during your travel to the United States, you can reach the INTO Mason Student Experience team at +1 571 325 6540

Health Insurance and Immunizations

We want you to stay healthy while you study here, which is why we require you to be able to get the care you need.

Insurance

INTO Mason students with F-1 and J-1 visa status are required to have Mason’s UnitedHealthcare insurance. You will automatically be enrolled in the university-selected health insurance plan managed by UnitedHealthcare. Health insurance fees are paid to INTO Mason. 

We encourage you to download your health insurance cards after arriving at INTO Mason. You can also access your card online through UnitedHealthcare

Student Health Services can provide specific information about your UnitedHealthCare insurance plan and coverage.

If you have a U.S. health insurance plan and believe you qualify for a health insurance waiver, check the waiver exemptions policies. 

Immunizations 

All immunization forms and documents must have English translations. 

You'll receive an Immunization Record form that must be completed in English and signed by a doctor before you arrive on campus. Submit your completed immunizations form to INTO Mason

You can receive required vaccinations from your local doctor or hospital before you leave your country. If you do not have proof of immunizations when you arrive, we will schedule an appointment for you at Student Health Services.

All required vaccinations are free if you're enrolled in the university-selected health insurance plan.

Student Health Services requires all newly admitted students or newly re-admitted students to submit immunization records to INTO Mason by close of business on the deadline date.

All students must fill out parts 1 through 4 (part 2, if applicable) of the Immunization Record Form.

Students born after December 31, 1956, must provide documented proof that they have been immunized against certain communicable diseases. The document must be translated into English.

A health care professional must complete parts 5 through 8 of the form. Accepted proof of immunization must be submitted for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, and rubella, tetanus/diphtheria, meningococcal, and tuberculosis.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and George Mason University Policy #6004 mandate immunization requirements. Student Health Services is responsible for collecting and maintaining students’ immunization records.

If you have an emergency during your travel to the United States, call the INTO Mason Student Experience Team at +1 571 325 6540