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.
- Campus Life Ensembles
Formed in 2006, the Green Machine Ensembles creates impactful, diverse, unique, and innovative performances for a variety of venues and occasions. The ensembles bring George Mason University’s values to life, including the Pep Band, Indoor Drumline, Winter Guard, Fife and Drum Corps, Spirit Drumline, Civil War Band, and others yet to be imagined!
- Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) is to catalyze human well-being by promoting the science and practices that lead to a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. As an interdisciplinary center at George Mason University, we are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive in a world of complexity and uncertainty.
- Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment
The Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment leverages programs and services focused on advocacy and direct student support to strengthen equity and inclusion at George Mason University. Our advising fosters opportunities for identity development, cross-cultural engagement, and inclusive learning communities, affirming the indivisible aspects of all our identities.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning+ Resources (LGBTQ+ Resources)
The LGBTQ+ Resources team provides direct services and support to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff; including advising, advocacy, referral, education and training, group and workshop facilitation, and leadership development. We offer a safe, open, welcoming space for all people interested in understanding LGBTQ+ issues.
- Student Access and Equity
The SAE team supports campus and student engagement for students who are historically underrepresented in higher education and their allies while specifically centering college students who identify as first generation and students who are undocumented or who are Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This team in particular works to enhance the collegiate experience through services, programs, policy awareness, and educating the campus community.
- Student Engagement for Racial Justice
The SERJ team directly supports and serves communities of color who have been historically marginalized in higher education. SERJ is charged with raising awareness and visibility of racial and ethnic identity through educational programs, cultural celebration and ceremonies, and promoting equitable practices in the university setting.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning+ Resources (LGBTQ+ Resources)
- Coalition Building and Diversity Education
Through collective and collaborative work with campus and community partners, The Office for Coalition Building and Diversity Education will support, build and enhance the understanding of interpersonal identities to respond to systemic inequities, through engagement, advocacy, and education.
- Contemporary Student Services
With the changing student population, Contemporary Student Services advocates for and serves the needs of the modern college students, including adult learners, transfer students, students who are parenting, off-campus students, veterans, foster care alumni, and more. Contemporary Student Services offers resources, peer support, and social opportunities to specifically meet the needs of contemporary students and those transitioning to off-campus living.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mason Care Network
The Mason Care Network unit serves as the hub for success coaching at Mason. Success Coaches work with students to guide and encourage the growth and development of each student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs about their ability succeed in higher education as well as within their chosen field. Coaching conversations include topics such as navigating university life at Mason, transitioning to college, learning about Mason resources, major fit, and career exploration. Students can make an appointment with their Success Coach through Navigate Mason or the MCN website, mcn.gmu.edu.
- 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, team building, and organizational development provider.
- New Student and Family Programs
New Student and Family Programs 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.
- Operations and Planning
UL Divisional Operations and Planning was created in order to enable greater efficiency in our University Life operations. This organization brings the following UL core functions together under one umbrella: Assessment, Communications and Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Project and Process Management and Technology Services. The resulting organization is UL Divisional Operations and Planning. For much of our work in the division, the coordination of these functions is critical to the success of our initiatives. To better leverage both our unit and divisional staff resources, we are developing a “shared services” model. This model seeks to bring divisional strategy and leadership to these core functions while also addressing the unique needs of our individual units. Our objective is to provide more robust and coordinated services across the entire division.
- 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 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 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.
- 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 Communications and Marketing
University Life Communications and Marketing furthers the University Life mission by communicating accurate information in a clear, engaging, and timely manner to students, faculty, and staff. We consult with units on all communication channels, including print media, web sites, social media, email marketing, and more. We aid in both one-time design projects and in the development of multi-platform marketing campaigns. We also plan strategic communication initiatives at the division level.
- University Life Finance
University Life’s offices of Finance and Human Resources supports all University Life units through operational and administrative assistance for budgets, financial analysis, planning, strategic advice, and liaising to Mason’s budget, fiscal services, and human resources offices.
- University Life Human Resources
- 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 Project and Process Management
UL Project and Process management contributes to the UL mission by:
- Managing university-wide and divisional projects
- Consulting and assisting on unit projects
- Providing business process documentation, analysis and improvement
- Conducting student/staff experience analysis and usability testing
- Training units in design thinking, service design and process improvement
- Providing Salesforce support
- University Life at Science and Technology Campus
University Life SciTech provides a wide range of non-academic services and activities designed to support the Mason community at the SciTech campus. University Life SciTech staff ensures that students’ well-being, professional and career development, and out-of-classroom needs are met. University Life SciTech advises student organizations, hosts community-building events, and operates The Source, SciTech’s student lounge, study, meeting and activity space (KJH 122).
- University Life Technology Services
University Life Information Technology Services is a department to help with your technology needs. UL Technology Services can assist you with navigating processes with ITS and can offer recommendations for your department or unit for desktop purchases as well as help guide you through processes with Central ITS.
- 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.