Whether you’re a student looking to get involved, get healthy or get your resume ready; a family member looking for important dates; or a faculty/staff member looking for resources, University Life is here to help. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that every Mason student is successful, inside the classroom and outside, from orientation through graduation.
- Academic Integrity
Student members of the George Mason University community pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, steal, and/or lie in matters related to academic work. The Office of Academic Integrity is responsible for resolving accusations of Honor Code violations. The office also provides educational resources for students, faculty and staff for promoting academic success through a commitment to integrity.
- Career Services
University Career Services provides resources, advice and expertise to help current students and alumni identify career interests and options. Career Services’ structure is unique among college and university career centers: staff is organized on teams based on where students are in their career decision-making, from early exploration to polishing and preparing for transitions after graduation. University Career Services is Mason’s primary conduit to employers.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Counseling and Psychological Services provides confidential personal and academic services to students. Individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, consultations to students, faculty and staff, and community education programs are offered. Additionally, Counseling and Psychological Services supports the Peer Empowerment Program, which provides trained peer support to Mason students through programs, mentoring, and direct advising.
- Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services assists students with disabilities in obtaining reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and support services. The office supports students with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments in order to provide students with equal access to university programs and services.
- Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education engages the Mason community in building awareness and exploration of the diversity of our campus community. With student support and advocacy as primary focal areas, the office also provides programming (including cultural heritage celebrations); services, like the Student Transition Empowerment Program; and resources, including bias incident interventions. The office pays particular attention to historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.
- Early Identification Program
The Early Identification Program provides access to educational resources for middle and high school students who will be the first in their families to attend a college or university. The Early Identification Program works with regional middle and high school districts to provide academic enrichment, personal and social development, civic engagement, and leadership opportunities for aspiring first-generation college students so they are better able to navigate the college preparation, application and transition processes.
- Graduate Student Life
The Office of Graduate Student Life is dedicated to supporting graduate students at Mason. The office is a hub for services, and advocates for graduate students’ unique needs. It helps students connect with other graduate students across the university, provides professional and personal development opportunities and campus resources. Whether you are a full time or part time graduate student, Graduate Student Life is here for you.
- Housing and Residence Life
More than 6000 students, faculty and staff call George Mason University home. The Office of Housing and Residence Life provides unique living opportunities in a variety of residential settings, from traditional residence halls to Living Learning Communities centered around academic or issue-oriented topics. Professional and student staff are available around the clock to ensure safe, engaging, and nurturing living environments for Mason’s resident students.
- International Programs and Services
The Office of International Programs and Services advises non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty, and staff at George Mason University on a range of issues vital to Mason’s international community. The office assists international students and scholars with processing key documents, provides educational cultural and social programs including the annual International Week held each April, and provides advising on a walk-in and appointment basis.
- Leadership Education and Development
The Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office believes that every student has the potential to be a leader. The LEAD Office helps students develop into effective, ethical leaders through a series of workshops, conferences, classes, speakers, dialogues, and retreats. Our programs are tailored to students at different levels of leadership development and provide opportunities to develop a strong sense of self, augment critical thinking and interpersonal skills, develop global and cultural competencies, and cultivate organizational skills for transition into the professional world.
- Learning Services
Learning Services, housed within the office of Counseling and Psychological Services, works with students and faculty to improve students’ academic and study skills. Learning Services offers the Academic Counseling Program, which teaches strategies that enable students to enhance their academic performance, and provides an opportunity for students to get support to help them stay on task; skills workshops; classroom assessments and other support for students with learning challenges.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Resources (LGBTQ)
George Mason University has been honored among the top 100 colleges and universities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, among other awards indicating the university’s welcoming and inclusive environment. The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Resources serves as a hub and central resource for the Mason community for accessing Mason’s LGBTQ services and information. LGBTQ Resources offers programs, workshops and presentations as well as providing a Safe Zone within the office and training for Safe Zones throughout the university.
- Living Learning Community Development
As a part of Housing and Residence Life, Living Learning Community Development is one way for students to connect with each other, faculty and staff through a shared academic interest. Small groups of 25-45 students interested in a particular topic live together on one floor in a residence hall. By taking one class with the people that they also live with LLC students enhance their understanding of their chosen topic, experience out of class programs and events, access additional resources, and build foundational relationships with others around their area of interest.
- Mason Recreation
Mason Recreation offers opportunities for members of the Mason and local community to develop lifelong involvement in recreational, fitness and wellness activities. Mason Recreation comprises the university’s six recreation and fitness facilities, as well as Mason’s club sports, intramural sports, fitness and aquatics programs and classes, as well as The EDGE, Mason’s hands-on experiential learning, teambuilding, and organizational development provider.
- Off-Campus Student Services
While 6000 Mason students live on campus, the majority of Mason students (the other 33,000) live off campus in the community. Off-Campus Student Programs and Services is a comprehensive resource center offering resources, academic support, and social opportunities to specifically meet the needs of students living off-campus and those transitioning to off-campus living. Off-Campus Student Services offers peer advising, events connecting students to other students, movie nights, study lounges, and the Mason Reads program, a common reading program for incoming, off-campus first-year students
- Orientation and Family Programs and Services
Orientation and Family Programs and Services helps incoming first-year and transfer students and their families transition into George Mason University. Transition support is vital to academic and personal success; Students and families who participate in Orientation are better able to navigate George Mason University, access available resources, and connect with other students, faculty and staff, much earlier in their Mason career.
- Special Diversity Initiatives
The Special Diversity Initiatives unit focuses on diversity related initiatives and helps create a safe and inclusive campus environment for Mason’s community of scholars (i.e. students, faculty and staff). Activities include coordinating The Campus Climate Committee, Bias Incident Reporting Process, and “Free Speech and Citizenship rights” education activities; developing division and institutional resources supporting diversity and inclusive educational initiatives, student advocacy and dialogues involving contested issues, training and instruction. For additional information contact Dr. Dennis W. Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Student Centers
The Johnson Center. The Hub. Sub I. They aren’t called “Student Centers” without good reason. Every day of the week, early morning to late at night, you will find students and other members of the Mason community working, talking, studying, laughing and learning in Mason’s student centers. The centers provide food service, meeting rooms, advertising kiosks, information desks, entertainment and gaming opportunities, gathering spaces, event support, televisions and many offices and services that support the Mason experience.
- Student Conduct
Did you know that George Mason University’s conduct code includes alcohol, drug and behavioral expectations for all George Mason students? The University Conduct System is designed to foster a supportive climate by protecting the community from conduct that is disruptive to the community and by encouraging conduct that is supportive of the teaching and learning environment. The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for resolving allegations of misconduct and provides outreach, information, and resources to the Mason community about expected student conduct and the processes for adjudication.
- Student Health Services
Student Health Services provides high quality health care, counseling, health education and prevention services to George Mason University students. From diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, to women’s and men’s health, to immunizations and prescriptions, Student Health Services is available to all Mason students with clinics at Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses.
- Student Involvement
300+ student organizations including 37+ sororities and fraternities. Weekly blockbuster and independent film screenings. Student Government. Welcome Week. Homecoming. Patriots Weekend. Comedy shows and concerts. What do all these activities have in common? The Office of Student Involvement, which advises and coordinates student involvement activities at Mason. Students who are involved in at least one out-of-classroom organization create networks, improve time management, build workplace and leadership skills, and fully engage in the Mason community.
- Student Media
Do you have an interest in writing, cutting-edge video, reporting, radio, poetry, or photography? The Office of Student Media is the home of Mason’s student print, radio, television and digital organizations and provides opportunities to enhance those interests, develop your skills and build your resume, all while connecting with other students and professional staff who share your passions.
- Student Success
The Student Success unit helps undergraduate students with their transition to the university and provides support to students during their time at Mason. The Student Success team sets the goals and outcomes for student success programs, implements a broad spectrum of program initiatives, and conducts outcomes assessment for University Life. This unit oversees the Patriot Experience Co-Curricular program, and the Peer Student Success Coaches, among other initiatives.
- Student Support and Advocacy Center
SSAC believes that students are most successful when they are healthy and happy and we strive to help students find that balance for themselves. SSAC staff offer students one-on-one support, interactive programming and on and off campus resources. Some of the topic areas we address are healthy relationships, stress management, nutrition, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, drug and alcohol use and sexual health.
- University Life Advancement
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends, University Life has been able to help students when they need it most. University Life Advancement initiatives ensure that Mason students continue to have access to exceptional programs and services to prepare them for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. To make a gift to University Life, please visit giving.gmu.edu, select “Give” from the top navigation bar, and designate your gift to University Life.
- University Life Arlington
University Life Arlington serves as a non-academic resource for all students on campus. We support every student at Mason’s Arlington Campus, from orientation through graduation. We coordinate with a variety of offices throughout Mason to ensure that Arlington students receive the support they need. University Life Arlington creates engaging programs focused on success and well-being in life and career. We aim to connect our programs with topics relevant to the interests of Arlington Campus graduate and professional students. We serve as a resource for student organizations and a hub for campus leadership activity.
- University Life Assessment
University Life Assessment focuses on data-driven work to ensure that the division of University Life is serving the Mason community in measurable ways. These efforts enable the division to continuously improve its work and have a greater impact on student’s personal, academic, and professional development.
- University Life Loudoun
University Life Loudoun provides a wide range of non-academic services and activities designed to support the Mason community at the Loudoun campus. University Life Loudoun produces a number of events each semester for the Loudoun campus community, brings services to the Loudoun campus on a regular basis, and creates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to interact outside the classroom at the Loudoun campus. University Life Loudoun also operates a computer resource center for students’ use.
- University Life at Science and Technology Campus
University Life Prince William provides a wide range of non-academic services and activities designed to support the Mason community at the Prince William campus. University Life Prince William staff ensures that students’ health, professional and career development, and out-of-classroom needs are met. University Life Prince William supports and advises a number of student organizations, hosts community building events, and operates the Patriot Zone and Beacon Hall. University Life Prince William staff are dedicated to supporting the student community at Prince William.
- Women and Gender Studies Center
Women and Gender Studies Center links with academic programs, University Life units, and the Northern Virginia community to provide learning experiences that educate Mason students and staff about gender issues and issues of special importance to women; to provide a safe psychological and physical space for all women and gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender populations; and to support related academic programs by providing co- and extra-curricular programming opportunities. The Women and Gender Studies Center includes a rich library and study lounge.