Take a Tour
A variety of campus tours are available based on your needs and interests.
To get a real feel for what it's like to live, work, and study at Mason, come to our campuses and take a look around.
You’ll find the most diverse university in Virginia, an inclusive community that welcomes everyone.
Visiting one of our campuses allows you to:
- Check out the bulletin boards. You'll find organizations seeking members, announcements about study-abroad opportunities, notices of upcoming events, groups seeking volunteers, and items for sale. The boards can be a snapshot of life on campus.
- Browse through the bookstores. In addition to textbooks and school supplies, find Mason-themed clothing, cups, key chains, and more, as well as a selection of bestselling books.
- Pick up a copy of the student newspaper. Student journalists at the Fourth Estate are active and dedicated to reporting on campus issues.
- Explore downtown Washington, D.C. (Fairfax, Manassas, Arlington) The nation's capital is filled with opportunities, both historic and entertaining. There's always something new to see and do.
When you visit, do more than take the tour. Find out about all the opportunities you'll have when you become a member of Mason Nation.
If the weather is questionable, check the Mason home page for inclement weather notices, or call our information phone line (703-993-1000). Sessions and tours will be canceled if the university is closed or if classes are canceled.
- Have a meal. The campus has more than 30 dining options, including dining halls and restaurants.
- Explore the residence halls. If you want to get a preview of your home away from home, contact the Housing Office (703-993-2720), and they'll show you around. Most tours for prospective freshmen also include a look at a freshman residence hall.
- Attend an athletic event. Mason Athletics features basketball, rowing, swimming and diving, lacrosse, volleyball, golf, soccer, track and field ... you get the idea.
- Take a run through our recreation facilities. The Fairfax Campus has both recreation and aquatic centers.
- Visit Fairfax. The city offers shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as the opportunity to step into history.
Select the Tour That's Best for You
Mason offers a variety of tours of the 677-acre Fairfax Campus, and you can select one that’s structured for you.
Tours, which are held throughout the year, start at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during the week, and at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
The visit starts with a 30-minute information session with an admissions counselor. You'll then meet with a Mason ambassador, a member of our student volunteer group who'll lead you on a campus tour that lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.
- Most academic-year weekend tours are conducted out of the Johnson Center in the middle of campus.
- Weekday and summer weekend tours start at the Mason Tour and Visitors Center on the ground floor of Merten Hall. Look for the green welcome sign.
Please review your pre-visit communication before you arrive, as we must sometimes change the session location. You'll need to check in 10 to 15 minutes before the session starts.
Select the date and time you'd like to visit on our tour calendar. Tours may be scheduled up to two months in advance. Contact us if you have a question or problem.
Mason can set up an information session and tour for schools and organizations with groups of eight or more through our high school tour program. We give priority to schools and groups representing underserved populations.
Group tour requests must be made at least one month in advance through our calendar and sign-up form. If we can accommodate you, we'll contact you by email or phone to confirm the tour. Please don't make travel plans until you receive a confirmation email.
If you'd like to eat on campus during your visit, note that on the registration form. We'll accommodate dining requests based on availability.
If you have questions or need more information, contact Admissions Counselor Carla Goodwin.
These 30-minute informational sessions are available most Fridays at 12:30 p.m. throughout the school year.
The Honors College provides academically talented students in all majors with an enriched academic and social environment that enhances their college experience. Sessions provide information on the curriculum, the Living Learning Community, and the University Scholars Program. You will also meet with an Honors College staff member and student.
You can register using our session calendar. Check in 10 to 15 minutes in advance at the Mason Tour and Visitors Center, located on the ground floor of Merten Hall. (These sessions do not include a campus tour; we recommend you also attend a general information session and tour.)
If you can't attend an information session but want to learn more, contact Assistant Director for Honors College Admissions Eva Bramesco.
These two-hour sessions are held throughout the year on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
The visit starts with a 30-minute information session with a transfer coordinator. A Mason ambassador, a member of our student volunteer group, then leads you on a campus tour.
You can schedule a tour up to three weeks in advance. To arrange a visit for a group of 10 or more students, contact Associate Director of K12 Partnerships Rachel Cleaver.
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.
The Office of Transfer Services, in Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1) on the lower level, also offers walk-in appointments daily.
General graduate information sessions and tours are scheduled on a rolling basis, generally in two-month intervals. Graduate schools, colleges, and institutes also offer program-specific information sessions and events throughout the year.
These sessions, held by request, are conducted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We can help you create a meaningful campus experience for K-8th grade students. Our team will inspire students to attend college by giving them a tour of campus, and presenting information on admissions, financial aid, and the college choice processes. The group can also have lunch in one of Mason’s dining halls.
Requests must be made one semester in advance; we can't guarantee that the preferred date and time will be available. We'll contact you by phone or email if your request is approved, and provide details aboaut the visit. If you have not received confirmation within a week of your requested group tour date, you are not registered. Please don't make travel arrangements until you have received a confirmation email.
Due to overwhelming interest, the K-8th grade tour request form for the Fall 2019 semester is closed until August. We have limited availability to host K-8th grade groups per semester. However, we do make exceptions to assist schools and organizations that support and invite first-generation and underrepresented student populations that otherwise may not have an opportunity to visit colleges and universities. Sign up for a group tour.
For more information, contact Cristian Pineda, Admissions Coordinator of K-12 Partnerships.
Classes at this campus focus on graduate and professional programs. They include:
- Schar School of Policy and Government. Attend a sample class, sit in on scheduled classes, and connect with a student ambassador. You can also schedule an informational appointment with a member of the graduate admissions team.
- Antonin Scalia Law School. Register for a scheduled tour and to sit in on a class. You can also schedule an Application Q&A session, which includes a walk-through of the application process; this is the best opportunity to get questions answered in person. Call the Admissions Office (703-993-8010) for more information.
- School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Attend one of our in-person graduate information sessions at the Arlington Campus or online via WebEx. You can also schedule a time to sit in on a class.
Science and Technology Campus (Manassas)
In addition to classrooms and labs, the site is also home to the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, which is not only open to students, but also to the community.
The Science and Technology Campus provides housing to graduate students at Beacon Hall. Prospective students can tour the building, and sometimes, apartments are open for viewing. Contact Beacon Hall and let them know you'd like to look around.
Prospective students and families can schedule a campus tour or counseling session by contacting the Office of Admissions and Enrollment at +82-32-626-5021. Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 6 p.m. (local time) Monday through Friday. (Korea is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.) The address is:
Suite G405, 119 Songdomunhwa-ro