George Mason University

Visit Mason

Visit campus; it's worth the trip.

The best way for you to see if George Mason University is the right fit for you is to visit in person and experience the Mason Nation.

Because we are a diverse, inclusive community committed to the well-being and success of our students, you’ll never get lost in the shuffle—because there isn’t one. It doesn’t take long to go from feeling like a newbie to feeling like a true Patriot. We want every student to have an empowering, enriching college experience that will take them far both in their personal and professional lives.

Mason has something for everyone. But these facts alone don’t tell the whole story. You have to see it to believe it. Check out our various on-campus events and come visit us to experience the Mason Nation firsthand.

Join us for an information session and campus tour. Then, if you have the time, head into Washington, D.C., to experience everything the nation's capital has to offer. Whether you visit us in the spring and experience the National Cherry Blossom Festival, in the summer, when there are endless concerts and shows, or in the fall, when the Potomac River’s hiking trails can be seen at their most beautiful, you’ll have an incredible experience and leave with a great Mason memory.

Tours and Events

All tours listed are for the Fairfax Campus.

Whether just beginning your college search or making your final decision, visiting campus is a great way to get to know us better. Choose from our many visit options and come see what it’s like to be part of Mason Nation! Take a tour of campus, learn about the admissions process and more in an information session, sit in on a class, attend a performance, or cheer on the Patriots at an athletic event.

Prospective Freshmen

Information Sessions and Tours

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Saturdays: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Ongoing

Offered throughout the year for high school students interested in learning more about Mason. Your visit starts with a 30-minute information session led by one of our admissions counselors. Following the information session, a Mason Ambassador, who is a member of our student volunteer group, leads you on a fact-filled campus tour. The whole program generally lasts about one hour and 45 minutes.

Please check-in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of your session. Weekday tours are conducted out of the Mason Tour and Visitors Center on the ground floor of Alan and Sally Merten Hall (look for the green welcome sign).

Summer weekend tours are conducted out of the Mason Tour and Visitors Center on the ground floor of Alan and Sally Merten Hall (look for the green welcome sign). Most academic-year weekend tours are conducted out of the Johnson Center.

Select the date and time you'd like to visit on our tour calendar. Tours may be scheduled up to three months in advance.

Honors College Information Sessions

Most Fridays, 12:30 p.m., Ongoing

Interested in smaller class sizes, priority registration, and a more challenging  and innovative curriculum? The Honors College provides academically talented students in all majors with an enriched academic and social environment that enhances their college experience. Information sessions are offered most Fridays throughout the school year and provide students and parents with information on the honors curriculum, Living Learning Community, and the University Scholars program. You will also meet with an Honors College staff member and student.

The session lasts 30 minutes and begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. Please check in 10-15 minutes in advance at the Mason Tour and Visitors Center, located on the ground floor of Alan and Sally Merten Hall. A tour of campus is not part of this session and we recommend you also attend a general information session and tour.

Register for an upcoming session.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled Honors College information session or plan to visit over the summer, please contact the Honors College office at honors@gmu.edu for other visiting options.

Group Tours for Prospective Freshman

Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. (except Tuesdays), 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., By Request

Bring your whole class! If you would like to arrange a tour for groups of eight to 90 high school students, we can assist you. Group tour requests must be made at least one month in advance, and there are no guarantees that the date and time will be available. Group Tours are for an information session and campus tour only. If you would like to eat on campus during your visit, please contact the Dining Office at 703-993-3313.

If your request is approved, you will be contacted by email or phone, and receive a confirmation packet via email. If you have not received confirmation within a week of your requested group tour date, you are not registered. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation packet.

Register for a group tour.

For specific questions or concerns, please contact Pete Saenz, Admissions Counselor, at 703-993-2405 

Class Visits for High School Seniors

Class visits are available by request to high school seniors wishing to 'shadow' one of our Mason ambassadors – our current students who are experts on all things Mason!

Click here to register for a class visit!

Admitted Student Information Sessions

Designed exclusively for newly admitted students to Mason’s Class of 2020, our Admitted Student Information Sessions and Campus Tours provide a unique experience where students (and their families) will learn more about what it means to be a Mason Patriot!

Register for an Admitted Student Information Session.

Transfer Students

Transfer Tuesdays

Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., Ongoing

Information sessions and campus tours are offered throughout the year for those interested in transferring to Mason. Your visit starts with a half-hour transfer admissions information session led by our Transfer Coordinators. Following the information session, a Mason Ambassador, a member of our student volunteer group, leads you on a campus tour. The whole program generally lasts about two hours. You may schedule a tour up to three weeks in advance.

Please check in 10 to 15 minutes before the session begins in the Mason Tour and Visitors Center, located on the ground floor of Merten Hall (look for the green welcome sign).

To arrange a visit for a group of more than 10 transfer students, please contact Maria Perez-Brodeur, Admissions Coordinator, at mperezb2@gmu.edu.

Upcoming sessions

Patriot Prelude Transfer Open Houses

Patriot Prelude Transfer Open Houses are half-day events designed to provide you with detailed information about the application and admissions process, university life, and job and internship opportunities.

All event attendees should park in the Mason Pond Parking Deck and will have their parking validated at check-in. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation with further details.

Upcoming events

Visit the Transfer Center

Questions About Transferring to Mason?

The Office of Transfer Services is here to assist you. Please visit us in the lower level of Student Union Building I, where we offer walk-in appointments daily. Our staff looks forward to helping you transition to Mason.

More information about the Office of Transfer Services

Graduate Students

Graduate Information Sessions and Campus Tours

If you would like to learn more about general graduate admissions requirements, get an overview of the university and graduate life, or familiarize yourself with the Fairfax Campus, join us for a graduate information session and tour.

Sessions are posted on a rolling basis, generally for two month intervals. Reservations are required so that we can maintain small personalized sessions. If your session of choice is not available, please choose another, or check back at a later date for future sessions.

Graduate schools, colleges, and institutes at Mason offer program-specific information sessions and events throughout the year. To view all available information session dates, please visit our Graduate Event Calendar.

Register for an upcoming session.

K-8th Grade Students

K-8th Grade Outreach Experience

Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., By Request

Looking to create a meaningful experience to as many K-8th grade students as possible? Our team has created a new and efficient registration system that caters to schools and organizations looking to bring their students to campus. Our job is to teach students what it takes to get to college by giving them the opportunity to tour a college campus (sometimes their first), view presentations of the admissions, financial aid, college choice processes, and the opportunity to eat at one of Mason’s dining halls!

Requests must be made at least one month in advance, as there are no guarantees that the preferred date and time will be available. You will be contacted by phone or email if your request is approved, and you will receive a confirmation packet. If you have not received confirmation within a week of your requested group tour date, you are not registered. Do not make any travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation packet.

Register for a group tour.

Please contact Rachel Cleaver, Associate Director, K-12 Partnerships, at rcleave2@gmu.edu for specific questions or concerns.

Weather Notice

Inclement weather notices for Mason are posted on the Mason home page, and also on our information phone line at 703-993-1000. Information sessions and tours will be canceled if the university is closed, or if classes are canceled. Please make sure to check the website before traveling to see if weather may be a factor.