Transfer Admissions Questions


What is the GAA?

Transfer students may qualify for admission in one of two ways:

1)  Regular admission and

2)  GAA admission.

Mason has established Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with several Virginia Community Colleges that enable qualified applicants to follow a specific advising pathway toward earning an AA, AA&S or AS degree and meeting other specific admission criteria, which are all detailed in the written agreements.


I think I’m eligible for a lower-level general education waiver, what do I need to do?

Lower-level general education waivers are awarded to transfer students who have been offered admission under one of the University’s Guaranteed Admission Agreements with Virginia Community Colleges.  GAA admission is noted on the transfer admission letter.  The waiver is a benefit applied only to those transfers who have met all requirements for GAA admission and have submitted a final transcript reflecting the degree and award date.  You may submit a Transfer Credit Inquiry Form to Enrollment Central to inquire about your status.


Who do I contact with questions about the transfer application process into Mason?

Prospective students who have not yet applied to Mason should submit an Information Request to the Office of Admissions.

Students who have initiated an application can log in to their Undergraduate Admission Application to see the status of their application. A Transfer Coordinator located in the Transfer Services Office in the lower-level of Sub I should be able to explain how that process works.


What courses should I take at my community college to transfer to George Mason?

George Mason advisors DO NOT advise transfer students on what courses to take at other colleges and universities. The Office of Admissions offers a general guide to prospective students on courses they should take at Virginia Community Colleges before coming:


I am a student interested in transferring to Mason where can I go?

Start at Enrollment Central, they will explains the process of transferring to Mason. Prospective students can also find many resources on our Prospective Student page or you can contact Mason’s Office of Admissions with questions.


I am a student interested in transferring to Mason where can I meet with an advisor?

You will be meeting with an advisor during Orientation. Some Departments will invite you to participate in a Pre-Orientation advising session.  Some departments will invite you to participate in a Pre-Orientation advising session. After you submit your intent to enroll and deposit at George Mason you will be assigned an advisor based on your department. Before your acceptance and enrollment into George Mason you should go to Enrollment Central to learn about the transfer process to get an idea of how your courses from your previous institution will transfer.

We also have a page for Newly Admitted Transfer Students with many additional resources and information. Use this after you submit your intent to enroll at Mason and before you attend orientation.


I am a current student at NVCC and I want to meet with an advisor to see if I am taking the correct courses to transfer to Mason under the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement (GAA).

You can look at the general guidelines for GAA here. Your NVCC advisors are the appropriate individuals to guide you through the correct courses to take at NVCC in order to transfer to George Mason. George Mason Advisors DO NOT advise transfer students on what courses to take at other colleges and universities.