Pre-Orientation Advising for New Freshmen

Welcome to Mason! As a new freshman student, orientation is an important first step in your transition to the university.  We created a set of virtual orientation modules that you can complete prior to beginning at Mason.


The virtual orientation content contains short videos and resources for many things related to your undergraduate experience (degree requirements, high school earned credits, registration information) that can be done at your own pace.  We request that you complete the virtual orientation modules before attending the live orientation session.  By doing so, we can have a more thoughtful conversation that addresses questions and concerns specific to your unique circumstances if you already have an understanding of your academic requirements.


How do I access virtual orientation?

Log into Blackboard with your Mason credentials and click on the "Organizations" tab at the top of the page.  You should see "Criminology, Law & Society Advising".  You can access virtual orientation by clicking "FRESHMAN STUDENT VIRTUAL ORIENTATION" on the left-hand side of the page.

If you log into Blackboard and do not see the Criminology, Law & Society Advising page listed, please contact your assigned advisor directly to access this content.  


Who is my assigned advisor?

CLS advisor assignments are based on the first letter of the student's last name as follows:


What else do I need to know?

  • What do I need to do before my orientation date? Please review the virtual orientation modules and submit an Incoming Credit Form to your orientation advisor no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled orientation session.  The Incoming Credit Form notifies your advisor of dual enrollment and test credits you may be bringing into Mason, and allows her to advise you appropriately for classes.
  • When will I register for classes?  You will register for classes on day two of your scheduled orientation session.  You are welcome to explore course offerings before orientation so you can discuss your planned courses with your orientation advisor.
  • I have more questions.  Who do I contact?  Many of your questions will be addressed by an advisor during your orientation session.  Upon completion of the two-day orientation, you can follow up with your assigned advisor to address any additional questions or concerns you may have.  Instructions for scheduling an advising appointment can be found here.