George Mason University

FAQs for Admitted Transfer Students

Deposit FAQs

What is Mason’s enrollment deposit deadline for Fall 2020 incoming transfer students? Has this been extended due to COVID-19?

Our enrollment deposit deadline is June 15, 2020. We will continue to enroll transfer students throughout the summer. For applications submitted after June 15, please reach out to your Admissions Counselor to discuss how best to complete your application as quickly as possible.

COVID-19 and/or other financial concerns are making it difficult to pay my deposit. I'd like to attend Mason this fall. What should I do?

Please reach out to us at 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 this fall! 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 complete 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 must submit the Immunization Record form by August 1, 2020. 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: 703-993-2353 

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. 

Fall Semester FAQs

Will Orientation be held on Campus?

Orientation will be held in a virtual environment for the Summer of 2020.

Session dates are available in June and July.

Registration for orientation opened March 23, 2020. You may access the registration form via your admissions portal.

*Before you register, you must complete your enrollment deposit and activate your Patriot Pass account.*

"What are Mason's plans regarding fall semester and the ongoing global pandemic?

On June 25, 2020, George Mason University published a Safe Return to Campus website with more information about the plans to academics and campus life for the fall 2020 semester.  Please monitor your emails and stay up-to-date on university announcements on Mason's Coronavirus Information page

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.

Housing FAQs

Will I be able to live on-campus this fall?

It is our goal to house 4,500 total residents on-campus this fall. Decisions about housing are changing rapidly and for the most up-to-date information, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website.

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 or one year.

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

Merit Scholarships and deferment: How will I be affected?

If you are deferring from the Fall 2020 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. 

I previously deferred my admission to Mason to a future term and I am now worried about starting at Mason this fall due to COVID-19. Am I able to defer again?

George Mason University has altered its deferral policy in response to COVID-19.
Students who were admitted to begin studies in either the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 term, and who subsequently requested and were approved for a deferral or reconsideration of their application by the appropriate deadline, will be permitted to request an additional deferral or reconsideration.

Deferral and reconsideration requests are made through the online application portal or contact your Admissions Counselor for assistance.

As a reminder, when you have deferred your admission, you are not permitted to take coursework at another institution.

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. 

I have been admitted for fall but want to begin my enrollment in the summer term. How do I proceed?

All summer sessions are 100% online.  New transfers for fall may enroll for summer.  Summer term courses begin on June 1. 

Contact your academic advisor to discuss your schedule before registration.

Can I keep taking classes at my current institution this summer?

If you would like to continue taking classes at your current institution during the summer, please email Admissions to discuss your plans.

You are required to submit additional transcripts showing course registrations and grades. 

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.

I have been admitted for fall 2020 but want to begin my enrollment in the summer 2020 term. How do I proceed?

All summer sessions are 100% online.  New transfer students for fall may enroll for summer.  Summer term courses begin on June 1.

Contact the Office of the University Registrar in order for a class registration time ticket to be created. 

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

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

New Student Life FAQs

Are transfer students able to live on campus?

Yes. Mason welcomes transfer students to our residential community. Be sure to complete the transfer housing application directly after admission. Transfer housing is limited and assignments are offered on a space-available basis.

How can I take advantage of added free time while staying home as a result of COVID-19?
  • Prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Visit and interact with the Mason Virtual Experience, where you can take a virtual tour of campus, watch some amazing videos and learn more about choosing Mason.
  • Stay in contact with us throughout your college decision process. Our team will continue to work with students and families, and we love to hear from you! You can always reach out to your Admissions Counselor so we can continue to assist you on your journey to become a Patriot.
  • Please use our online resources including our course catalog for more information about degree requirements and course offerings for your specific major.
  • For more details related to COVID-19 and updates from Mason, please visit the university's Coronavirus information page.
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