George Mason Family Programs

George Mason Family Programs

George Mason Family Programs supports families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. Housed within New Student and Family Programs.

George Mason Family Programs is housed within the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services (OFPS). We are dedicated to supporting Mason families by providing information and opportunities for involvement. The George Mason Family Association is dues-free and a great way to stay connected with the most up-to-date news about programs, events and activities! Every Tuesday at 9 a.m., we distribute the Mason Family Flash e-newsletter packed with important dates and deadlines, tips and resources. To sign up, visit

Mission: Supporting Mason families in their desire to stay informed and involved in their student's lives by providing valuable events, programs and services.

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Have you heard of the Mason Student Services Center? Learn how it will work and the types of services it will offer to #Mason students.

Beginning this fall, students at George Mason University will have access to enhanced services designed to meet the needs and expectations of the 21st-century student. Read more:

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Mason Housing

We're so excited for #Mason2023 to move into their new home at Mason, that's why starting on Monday, our Instagram story will be dedicated to showing you the various residence halls you can choose for housing! It all starts with a tour of Presidents Park, be sure to tune in!

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The George Mason University Board of Visitors today unanimously voted to appoint former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton as the university’s interim president. The appointment will take effect August 1 >>

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The first orientation for #Mason2023 is over, which means the countdown to Freshman Move-In is on! To welcome the incoming class, and make their move-in as easy as possible, we need your help #MasonNation. Apply to be a part of MoveCrew today! >>

Mason Student Government

Welcome to Mason, Class of 2023! We can’t wait to see what you do in your time here at Mason!

Freshman Session 1 Desserts with Deans & Directors raffle announcement!

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To all the Dads out there in the Mason Nation, thank you for your support, love, and guidance. Happy Father's Day! 💚💛

Mason Student Health

All newly admitted or readmitted students for summer/fall 2019 must turn in the Immunization Record Form by August 26 - the first day of classes for the semester. Requirement details at

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Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸 June 14th commemorates the date that the United States Continental Congress adopted the Flag of the United States of America. We are proud of our flag today and every day!

[06/13/19]   A message from President Ángel Cabrera:

"Today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elected me as the next president of Georgia Tech.

It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your president for the last seven years. I love what George Mason University stands for, its commitment to providing access to excellence, to serving our community and being a great university for the world. I love our students, our diversity of people and ideas, our culture of inclusion. I love our history of innovation, of never taking no for an answer. I will always have a profound respect and admiration for the faculty and staff, the supporters and friends, the elected officials and board members who have built this great institution over the past five decades.

As you may know, Georgia Tech has played a very special role in my life. Beth and I met there in graduate school and our son Alex just completed his undergraduate degree there as well. I have served on the president’s advisory board for the better part of the last decade. Much of my professional and personal life has been shaped by my experiences at Tech.

My new job will begin in early September. Until then I will be working with the Board of Visitors and the senior administration to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

I am proud of what we have accomplished together to make George Mason University the extraordinary institution it has become. I am deeply grateful for all the Mason community has done to support my family and me since we arrived. From the very first day, we knew we belonged here and would be Patriots for life.

While it is hard to leave this amazing community, I know that, thanks to all of you, the future of George Mason University is as bright as it has ever been."

GMU Corner Pocket is open for the summer! Is your #Mason student looking for somewhere to hang out? Encourage them to drop in. The air conditioning is cool ❄️, and the games are hot! 🔥

» What to Bring

We hear your questions about what your freshman student should pack for their overnight stay during [email protected], and we have answers! Mason Housing will have linen packets (pillow, twin XL sheets, and a light blanket) inside the residence hall rooms when students arrive. If your student is cold-natured or on the taller side, we recommend they bring their own blanket. What to Bring In order to have a successful orientation experience, it is critical you bring the following items: 1. Your G Number Make sure you have your Mason G# handy during orientation. Some students choose to keep it on paper, in an email, or on their phone. If you do not know your G#, contact....

» Parent and Family Council

Do you have a student who will be a freshman at George Mason University in the fall? Ask your student to add you as a guest to their [email protected] registration, so you receive information specifically for families and have an opportunity to meet members of the Parent and Family Council. They were all freshman parents once and will be present to answer your questions. Meet the Council ➡️ Parent and Family Council The Mason Parent and Family Council was established to provide opportunities for parents and families to become actively engaged, informed members of the George Mason community by serving as ambassadors for the university and prospective and current families. Members of thi...

Financial Aid | George Mason

Did you know? The deadline for Virginia students to apply for 2018-19 federal financial aid is rapidly approaching. Each year, June 30 is the last day students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Questions? Encourage your #Mason student to check with their Financial Aid Counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid. With 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars.

New Student and Family Programs takes pride in the diversity of our student leaders, so we are showcasing one of our incredible Patriot Leaders every day. Follow [email protected] to keep up with our updates and see if you recognize any of the faces we post! 🤩

It’s #NationalDonutDay, #MasonFamilies! Some of our staff members celebrated by going to Dunkin' Donuts on the Fairfax campus for a FREE donut with any beverage purchase. 🍩

Tickets | Celebrate Fairfax!

George Mason University will be at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival this weekend (tomorrow, Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9) on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center! Encourage your student to stop by our tent and visit the #Mason team. Mason students, alumni, faculty, and staff save $2 on admission with the promo code MASON. Northern Virginia's Celebrate Fairfax! Festival will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the Fairfax County Government Center. Tickets are on sale now!

Orientation season is upon us! Make sure you and your incoming #Mason student know what to bring to [email protected]. Visit and click on Transfer Student or Freshman Student for an Orientation checklist. Be sure to check out the Family & Guests page, too! #MasonFamilies #Welcome2Mason

Yum! 😋 Tell your student to catch Mason Dining every Wednesday this summer at the Globe for BBQ Wednesdays starting tomorrow, June 5. 🍗🌽🍖🍔

Make sure you don’t miss us tomorrow for BBQ Wednesday!

Are you in the market to purchase technology for your new #Mason student? The George Mason Bookstore and Patriot Tech are offering a promotion for incoming students! During the Freshman [email protected] sessions on Tuesday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 25, you can get a discount ranging from $50-$200 on an iPad Pro, Mac, and Apple Watch! For more information, contact [email protected] or (703) 993-4100.

Has your George Mason University student received an email from Student Financial Aid with their specific federal education loan information? If not, tell them to be on lookout for it because an update will be sent in June. To understand more about their federal loan status, encourage them to visit the following sites:

1) National Student Loan Data System -
Students can login to see their personal loan profile, including loan amounts, loan status, loan type, etc. Students will use their FSA ID to log into NSLDS. This will be the same FSA ID they use to complete their FAFSA.

2) Office of Student Financial Aid -

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Mason joins the nation in celebrating Pride Month in June. As the most diverse university in Virginia, Mason takes pride in:
• A campus LGBTQ support center
• LGBTQ scholarship resources
• Gender-inclusive housing
• LGBTQ clubs, organizations, and events.
• Membership in the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
🏳️‍🌈 More information: 🏳️‍🌈

Campus Maps and Directions – University Information

Visiting campus any time soon? Updated campus maps are now available at! The new maps include building name changes that officially go into effect on July 1 (Bull Run Hall to Katherine G. Johnson Hall at SciTech and Founders Hall to Van Metre Hall at Arlington). The website also includes local driving directions and public transportation options to #Mason locations. Check it out! August 8, 2018 Janae Johnson Campus Maps and Directions Campus Maps Directions Advisory: For construction updates visit To download a campus map for one of Mason’s locations, click an option below. Campus Maps should be printed through Print Services for groups, faculty, staff an...

Spring 2019 Family Survey

Do you want an opportunity to enter your name for a chance to win $50 of #MasonMoney for your George Mason University student? Complete our brief survey by Monday, June 17! Your feedback on how we serve #MasonFamilies is important to us. Click the link below to take the survey!

We are only a few weeks away from our first [email protected]! The 2019 Patriot Leader Team has been working hard to prepare to welcome new students and #MasonFamilies. Are you attending an Orientation session with your student this summer? Be on the lookout for these incredible student leaders! #Welcome2Mason

Its that time of year again! New Student and Family Programs presents... *drum roll* the 2019 Patriot Leader Team! We take pride in the diversity of our student leaders, so why not show them off! As orientation draws near, every day we will showcase our incredible Patriot Leaders. A team consisting of international students, in-state & out of state students, transfer students, first-generation students, various majors, those students living in LLCs, and those a part of the honor college.

Keep up with our updates and see if you recognize any of the faces we post!

» Family Weekend 2019: Save the date + Where to stay

Save the date for Family Weekend 2019 - November 8-10! #MasonFW19 is a time for families to come back to campus, meet other George Mason University families and spend time with your #Mason student. Registration opens on August 12 at Access passes are $5 for #MasonFamilies with the option to add special event tickets. Questions about the weekend? Email [email protected] or call (703) 993-2475. Family Weekend 2019: Save the date + Where to stay May 28, 2019 | Filed under: Mason Family Flash Now that we have wrapped up the spring semester and Commencement celebrations, we are gearing up for this year’s Family Weekend, which will take place November 8-10, 2019! Family Weekend is a long-sta...

Thank you to the brave individuals who gave it all for our freedom. We honor and remember your sacrifice not only today but every day! #MemorialDay2019


Did you know that Mason Student Health makes health insurance available to eligible students through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources? The Student Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period is now through Saturday, June 15! For more information, visit George Mason University makes health insurance available to eligible students through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. The Student Health Insurance Plan has been developed especially for Mason students, however, individual students might benefit from other policies. The plan provides coverage for....

#MasonAlert: A Tornado Warning has been issued for the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. Urge your student to seek shelter if necessary.

George Mason University will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of #MemorialDay. We wish your #MasonFamily a wonderful holiday weekend! Please take a moment to thank a veteran for their service. 🇺🇸

Is your #Mason2023 student planning to live on campus in the fall? Check out these 10 helpful steps from Mason Housing!

‪#Mason2023, There’s still a long way to go until freshman move-in day, but it’s never too early to start preparing to live on campus 🏠🤗‬

#MasonAlert: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for the George Mason University Arlington Campus. Encourage your #Mason student to seek shelter if necessary or hazardous conditions exist.
•Locate and take shelter in hardened structure immediately.
•Move to an interior room or hallway without windows on the lower floors of the building.
•Stay away from large loose objects such as bookcases, cabinets, or shelves.
•Do not use elevators or glass enclosed stairwells.
•If you are outdoors and unable to reach a building return to your vehicle or find a low lying area and protect your head with your hands, bag, or other items.
•Remain in the shelter area until the severe weather has passed.

Involved Parents Get Their Own College Guides

The Chronicle of Higher Education released an article that shares our philosophy on the importance of parent and family involvement — "they’re our No. 1 influencers over our students," Swank says. At #Mason, we accept a student and their entire support structure (e.g. parents, stepparents, siblings, grandparents, guardians, and friends). We recognize that family members encourage students to refrain from risky behaviors and keep them on track with their studies. Check it out! Directors of family programs make the transition to college smoother for the people who make up students’ support systems.

Spring 2019 Family Survey

We want to hear from YOU, #MasonFamilies! Please take a few moments to give us your feedback. We will utilize the results to improve our programs and services for parents and families. Click the picture below to take the survey!

» Where To Stay

Attending an [email protected] session this summer? #MasonFamilies and guests traveling long distances have the option to stay on campus in Mason Housing's Mason Global Center, or book a room with one of our partner hotels. Click the link below and select your #Mason student's summer Orientation date for a list of options. #Welcome2Mason Where To Stay Throughout the year, we offer a variety of discounts at local hotels for families. We encourage you to take advantage of these special rates as you plan to visit Mason. Mason families can receive discounted rates by staying in our room blocks at Marriott partner properties during signa...

[05/20/19]   #MasonAlert Update: Local Police and the George Mason University Police Department are no longer searching for a person near the Fairfax Campus. He was last seen traveling away from campus.

The George Mason University Police Department is assisting local law enforcement in locating a person who has escaped from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. An update on this situation will be sent as soon as possible and when information is available. If your student needs to move about the Fairfax Campus, contact University Police to arrange an escort.


Donald Bernard Lewis was arrested in Washington, DC at 9:20 a.m. Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputies along with members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force made the arrest without incident. Lewis is now in custody.


At approximately 1930 hours a detainee at Fairfax County's Adult Detention Center walked away from the facility without permission. He is described as a black male wearing a yellow button up shirt and tan pats, approximately 5'11 and 210lbs. If you see him or anyone matching his description, please call the Fairfax County Police at (703-691-2131)

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