Pre-Orientation Advising for New Transfer Students

Welcome to Mason!  As a new transfer student, orientation is an important first step in your transition to the university.  Because a lot of information is covered in orientation and we want you to receive important academic information so you can plan out your upcoming semesters, the Criminology, Law & Society Department invites you to schedule a pre-orientation session.  This will be a one-on-one meeting with your assigned advisor where you will (1) review your transfer credits, (2) learn about your program requirements, (3) discuss a recommended course schedule for your first semester, and (4) learn about additional resources that will help you maximize your time at Mason.


Do I need to attend a pre-orientation appointment?

No, pre-orientation is optional.  You can meet with an advisor during the transfer orientation session you register to attend.  Pre-orientation allows you 30 minutes of uninterrupted time with your assigned advisor to thoroughly review your record and goals.  If you complete a pre-orientation session, you will only need to attend the morning events of your scheduled transfer orientation session.  This will help you get a head start with your academics and begin building a rapport with your assigned advisor.


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 a pre-orientation advising appointment?

Beginning November 15, pre-orientation appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00 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.  Make sure to note that you are coming in for “pre-orientation advising” in the comments section.

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?

  • What to Bring: Please print and bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended with you to your appointment.  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.  The transcript is important to ensure you are advised appropriately.
    • You can also 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.
  • Where to Go: You will check in for your appointment in Enterprise 354 on the Fairfax campus.  You can view a campus map here. If you do not yet have a parking pass, you can park in the visitor section of the Shenandoah Parking Deck (fees apply).
  • 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, a campus tour, and there is a panel presentation from current Mason students who came in as transfers, like yourself.