Academic Advising

Academic advising at George Mason University is an integral part of the educational and developmental process that enhances student success by supporting, teaching, and connecting students to curricular and co-curricular experiences. Mason is committed to supporting holistic success across the student experience, connecting students to campus resources, and helping students set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester.

Please read the Academic Advising Policy below carefully before scheduling an appointment with your advisor.


Academic Advising Policy

1. Communicating with an Advisor

Students must use their official MasonLive email account when seeking advice through email. United States federal privacy law and Mason policy require that any communication with a student-related in any way to a student's status be conducted using secure Mason systems.

When e-mailing an advisor, please include (a) your first and last names, and (b) your G-number. Advisors can answer quick questions via email. If your questions require extensive advising assistance, the advisor may request that you schedule an appointment.

2. Scheduling an Advising Appointment

Appointments with advisors are scheduled for 30 minutes by default. If you expect to need more time, you should explicitly request extra time with the advisor when scheduling your appointment.

Click on “Find My Advisor” button below on this webpage to schedule a meeting with an advisor.

3. Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

  1. Write down questions that you have in advance, and bring the questions with you.
  2. Bring a pen and paper and be prepared to take notes as needed.
  3. Bring any other supportive or necessary documents relevant to your appointment.
  4. If preparing for course registration, review your major’s four-year plan and check course availability at Patriot Web, then draft a list of courses and bring the draft with you.

4. Rescheduling or Cancelling an Advising Appointment

Situations may arise that cause you to reschedule or cancel an appointment. If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify the advisor as soon as practicable prior to your appointment. The advisor will notify you as soon as practicable to cancel/reschedule your appointment.

5. Late Appointment Policy

If you are late to your advising appointment by 10 or more minutes and appear before the conclusion of your scheduled appointment, the advisor may, at his or her own discretion, choose to either advise you, or require you to reschedule your appointment.

6. “No-Show” Policy

If you do not arrive before the conclusion of your scheduled appointment and you did not provide notice to the advisor prior to your appointment, your absence will be marked as a “no-show.”

After two (2) “no-shows” during any point in a semester, you will not be able to schedule an appointment during all peak-advising periods of that same semester. Peak advising periods include the weeks immediately both prior to and after the start of a semester, and the final weeks of a semester. Your “no-show” counter will reset to zero (0) at the conclusion of the semester.

7. Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

What You Can Expect an Advisor to Do

  • Guide, mentor, and support as you make academic progress for your degree program.
  • Listen to questions, concerns, and assistance in the development of decision-making skills, self-evaluation skills, and educational plans.
  • Answer your questions in a timely manner.
  • Effectively communicate Mason’s policies, deadlines, and degree requirements.
  • Refer to appropriate campus resources, organizations, and faculty/staff members as needed to facilitate academic performance and enhance your college experience.
  • Uphold the values, policies, and procedures of their schools, departments, and the University.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records.
  • Maintain accurate online records of all advising contacts with students.

What You Are Expected to Do

  • Schedule and attend advising appointments at least once a semester.
  • Review your four-year plan and the courses you will need to register for the upcoming semester and bring the list with you when you come for advising.
  • Familiarize yourself with Mason’s policies, procedures, and major options.
  • Read both print and electronic university communication, and respond when needed.
  • Be responsible and reply to the advisor’s requests and comments through emails and phone in a timely manner.
  • Review your academic progress every semester using the Degree Works on Patriot Web.
  • Assume responsibility for all decisions and actions that may impact academic options.
  • Be aware of all-important dates and deadlines each semester.



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