Pre-Orientation Advising for New Transfer Students

Check back in late October for Spring 2022 pre-orientation information.  Appointments for newly admitted students will not begin until mid-November.


Welcome to Mason!  As a new transfer 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, transfer credits, registration information) that can be done at your own pace. We request that you complete the transfer student virtual orientation modules before attending orientation or scheduling an appointment with your assigned academic advisor.  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 "TRANSFER 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:


How do I schedule an advising appointment?

After completing the virtual orientation modules in Blackboard, you can schedule an advising appointment with your assigned advisor.  You can use this time to address any questions or concerns you have about your Mason degree requirements or transfer credits, discuss your anticipated classes, and identify resources and opportunities that will help you maximize your time at Mason.

Appointments are available Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  You must first activate your Masonlive email account to access the appointment scheduling system.  Instructions for setting up your email can be found on the ITS website here.

Once your email is active, please visit and reserve your appointment.  Step-by-step appointment scheduling instructions can be found here

  • Select the "Pre-Orientation Advising" service when scheduling the appointment. Use the comments field to indicate anything else you wish to discuss during the session.
  • Check your Mason email address for additional instructions from your advisor before your appointment.


Make sure to also complete the pre-orientation form on the Admissions website so the posting of your transfer credits will be expedited.


What else do I need to know?

  • Transfer Credits: If you are enrolled in courses at your current institution, or recently completed courses since you last submitted your transcript, we will not have a record of those.  When you speak with your advisor, make sure to have unofficial transcripts from your current/previous institutions available so you can be accurately advised.
    • We encourage you to send screenshots of these transcripts to your assigned advisor by email for her to review before your appointment, if time allows.  A course by course evaluation will not be provided prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Do I still need to attend orientation? Yes!  Pre-orientation advising will only cover your academic requirements.  Transfer orientation offers many important sessions such as finances, transitioning to the university, housing, and there is a panel presentation from current Mason students who came in as transfers, like yourself.