New Exploratory Students

If you are a newly admitted Exploratory student, we would like to invite you to meet with a success coach before you come to orientation! Meeting with an success coach before orientation allows you the opportunity to get answers to your questions, discuss degree options, and learn about important Mason policies and procedures. Pre-orientation advising also allows you the time to really think about what courses you want to sign up for before you choose classes at your orientation day.

If you have been admitted to Mason with a major, please use the Advisor Locator to inquire if your major department provides pre-orientation advising.

Students get a chance to unwind at resident hall block parties on campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University


  1. Sign up for orientation: If you have not yet signed up for an Orientation, please go to their website  to sign up. Orientation is mandatory and this is where you will register for your classes.
  2. Complete the Exploratory Profile: Profile Form
  3. Prepare for your pre-orientation appointment and your orientation date
  4. Please schedule your pre-orientation advising appointment using the email invitation sent to your new Masonlive email account. Directions for setting up/activating your Masonlive account are available online at If you live within 50 miles of our Fairfax Campus we expect you to come to our office for an in-person meeting; however, if you live more than 50 miles from campus, then please add “Webex Appointment Requested” to the comments when scheduling your advising appointment.

See you soon!

Students walking to the new student convocation. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University