Information for VCCS Advisors

The purpose of this page is to provide our advising colleagues in the Virginia Community College System with the most important information they need to assist their students transferring to George Mason University. We invite our advising colleagues with a specific question for a Mason Advisor to email

Check out our Transfer Student Advising page for helpful resources as well as information about our Adult Degree Programs (BAS and BIS).


ADVANCE is a program specifically for NOVA students.


Guaranteed Admission Agreement

Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Transfer Guides

Major Exploration

If you are working with students who are undecided on a major, see our Majors and Minors page for information on career and major exploration. It includes tips on how to explore programs using the catalog, links to career resources, and insight on choosing a major for students with interests in pre-professional tracks.

Course Equivalencies

The Mason Core is Mason’s general education program. A majority of the Foundation and Exploration courses (two parts of the Mason Core) are taken during a student’s freshmen and sophomore years, so they are a good place for VCCS students to begin their academic planning. You can use the Mason Core-VCCS Equivalency page to see which courses will most likely transfer.

You can use the Transfer Credit Matrix for all currently approved course equivalencies (not just Mason Core).

Academic Planning

See the Academic Planning and Registration page for links to Four-Year plans. These plans can be used as a guide for students to get an overview of course progression through a major, but it is important to keep in mind that they are not prescriptive, and some majors have more flexibility than others.

Prospective transfer students can meet with major advisors prior to matriculation to discuss academic planning. Students can use the Advisor Locator to find contact information. Scheduling will need to be done through email since our appointment scheduler NavigateMason is only available to current Mason students.