New Freshman/Transfer Student Transition

New Freshman Transition

University 100 offers a unique opportunity to participate in a program to help adjust to the George Mason Community.

University 100, is a small, discussion-based one-credit course offered to assist first year students with their transition to college. This course helps students adjust academically, build a community on campus, and learn more about resources and opportunities for involvement at Mason.

Space is limited and the openings go quickly, so enroll during summer orientation!


Objectives of the program include:

  • Assisting you with your academic, social, and cultural transition to college
  • Developing a sense of community and school spirit
  • Familiarizing you with the most commonly used technology at Mason
  • Developing sound decision-making skills
  • Improving interpersonal relationships
  • Learning about the services and opportunities for involvement
  • Supporting academic and personal growth
  • Enhancing your critical thinking skills

You Should Know That…

  • More than 40 University 100 sections are offered in the fall, including General Sections, Living Learning Communities, Project Peak, and Invitation Only sections.
  • More than 90 percent of University 100 students have encouraged fellow classmates to take the course.
  • Students indicate that they feel their instructors are interested in their success.
  • Students who take University 100 are more likely to have a successful overall experience.
  • The GPAs of students enrolled in University 100 are higher than those of students not enrolled.

New Transfer Transition

Transfer Transitions

University 300 is a 1 credit course for transfer students in their first or second semester at Mason. This course is dedicated to helping students successfully transition to the university by gaining knowledge of degree requirements, policies and procedures as well as learning about resources and opportunities on campus. University 300 also focuses on helping students refine their academic and career goals. Developing resumes and job search strategies are also emphasized.

Additional resources for admitted transfer students can be obtained from visiting the Center for Academic Advising, Retention and Transitions located in Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1), suite 3600. Interested transfer students who have not yet been admitted to Mason should visit the Office of Admissions before seeking an appointment with Academic Advising.


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