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INTO George Mason pre-arrival guide


For All Programs: August 14-18, 2023

Pre-Arrival Checklist!

It’s almost time to board a plane and start your new journey at George Mason University! We have a lot of resources to help you along the way. This is a simple checklist to help you stay on track and prepare for your arrival. If you need help or get stuck on any of the checklist items, email us at You can review the INTO Mason Welcome Guide to learn more about Mason, living in Virginia, what to pack and much more.

Now that you have confirmed your place, complete these important steps!

Activate your Mason Net ID

After you confirm your offer, you will receive an email from with your unique university record number. Once you have this number, go HERE for instructions on how to activate your Mason Net ID.

Apply for your F-1 visa

Apply for your F-1 visa right away. To start the process, you will need to use the Form I-20 that will be sent to you by

We offer a variety of visa support services through PASS, our Pre-Arrival Student Success Program.

How can PASS help you?

  1. Attend one of our information and preparatory workshops. We offer different types of virtual webinars and workshops about the F-1 visa process. Check out our events page

  2. Register for one-on-one visa interview prep with a PASS advisor

  3. Read more about the steps to applying for a US F-1 Visa

Finalize your housing

Living on campus? If you are required or choose to live on campus, make sure you pay your deposit. You can do this through INTO Pay, your unique link on your offer letter, or you can go here.

Want to know your residence hall assignment? In order to get your housing assignment details you need to submit your flight details through the arrivals portal (step 6 on this checklist). Your residence hall assignment will be sent to you in an email confirming your arrival details.

Living off campus? If you are not living on campus, you can search the Mason off-campus housing website. You’ll need your Mason Net ID to login (step 1 on this checklist).

Upload your proof of immunization through the Mason Patient Portal.

  1. Click the link to learn how to submit your immunizations online.

  2. To access the George Mason Patient Portal, please click on this link and select George Mason University from the drop-down menu. You will need your active student account (Mason Net ID and Password) to log in.

  3. Finally, upload or submit this form online on the INTO Patient Portal. You may also bring the completed immunization form with you to Orientation if you are unable to submit it online before departure. All immunization records MUST be in English.

Pay your full tuition before arrival. For online payment and wire information, please refer to the links on your offer letter, or go here.

So that we can support your arrival, we need your flight and arrival details. Please go to the arrivals portal to submit your flight details. Here you will also be able to indicate if you would like us to provide you with an airport transfer to campus. This is available to you at no cost.

Arriving early? If you are arriving early and would like to book a hotel, the following link is a list of recommended hotels close to the Mason campus.

You will receive an email from with more information about how to log in and attend a webinar.

You will take their Math Placement test through Mason's Mathematical Sciences Testing Center during your Fall Orientation experience.

During your travels, if your flight changes or if you have any issues, please contact us on our emergency phone that is available during the approved arrival period. The number is +1 571 325 6540 or email