Greetings from George Mason University!
As students and families from outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are delighted to have you on campus! You are joining the ranks of incredible students that make this university one of the most diverse and innovative in the nation. As an out-of-state student, you make up over 20% of our undergraduate student body at Mason, and that number continues to grow. Students at Mason represent all 50 states and over 125 countries in the world.
Coming from out of state opens many doors for Mason students, including the opportunity to engage in our diverse community on campus, explore the nation’s capital, and learn in state-of-the-art classrooms with incredible faculty. And while coming from outside of Virginia holds lots of opportunity, it also can raise lots of questions about navigating life in a new place.
When I went to college many years ago, my family packed up my stuff and trekked from one end of the country to the other. I was incredibly excited about the new adventure that awaited me at college, but also apprehensive about leaving behind my family, friends, and support network. I was unsure of how I would take care of big things like travel home for holidays or getting a job, and I was equally concerned with the little things, like where I could find a good cup of coffee or how I would haul all my groceries home without a car. Don’t worry—I survived, I learned, I loved it, and I wouldn’t change a thing. (And I can tell you where to find a good cup of coffee!)
We hope this website, as well as the services and programs we provide for out-of-state students and families will provide you with many of the answers to questions you might have. We also believe it will get you excited for the opportunities ahead for you as an out-of-state student, from exclusive receptions at New Student Orientation to fun events during Family Weekend and throughout the year geared at introducing you to all the Mason and the surrounding community have to offer. Continue to use this site and our office as a resource throughout your Mason experience. And never hesitate to ask for help or support—we’re always just a click, email, call, or office drop-in away.
With Mason Pride,
Sally Sagen Lorentson, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean and Director of Orientation and Family Programs and Services