Welcome to Fairfax


Welcome, Mason Patriot!

On behalf of the division of University Life, I want to personally welcome you to the Mason Fairfax Campus! Your time in Fairfax will offer unique opportunities for you to engage fully with the George Mason University community. But don't just take it from me - check out our Mason Korea Transition to Fairfax Video to learn more about what to expect!

I strongly encourage you to explore the many ways you can get involved in Fairfax at Mason360. I encourage you to search for and join the University Life Korea group to stay up-to-date with events and opportunities on campus.

University Life is committed to student growth and success in everything students do. We work in partnership with the Office of the Provost, your advisors, and professors to ensure that your time in Fairfax will be rich with learning and fulfillment, both personally and academically. I encourage you to explore the many resources and services available through over 40 offices within University Life. You will find that the Mason Fairfax campus is bustling with activity – there is always something new for you to check out. 



Make the most of your time in Fairfax. Join a student organization that interests you, try a club sport or intramural activity through Mason Recreation or catch a Patriot’s Men or Women’s Basketball game. See a show at our Center for the Arts, join an off-campus excursion through International Programs and Services, and be sure to experience Mason Day!

Whatever it is you choose to do with your time on campus, be sure to stay involved, stay healthy and stay in touch. Your well-being is extremely important to us, and we know this is a very big transition! Each semester I look forward to welcoming incoming students from our Mason Korea campus and learning about your interests and passions. My colleagues and I are excited to have you in Fairfax and we are here to help you navigate our robust campus community. Do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at lcohen@gmu.edu if there is anything you need.

Welcome to the Mason Nation!


Lori Cohen Scher, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, University Life Regional Campuses

More about Dr. Lori Scher

Name: Lori Cohen Scher
Office: Fairfax Campus: Potomac Heights, F022
Office Phone+1-703-993-4495

From: City, Country Born in Edison, NJ, USA, Currently living in Fairfax, VA

What other international experience do you have? I have traveled fairly extensively through Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. I am looking forward to extending my travels in Asia during an upcoming visit to Mason Korea!

What is your favorite place in Fairfax and why? My favorite place in Fairfax is George Mason University, of course! I love the vibrancy of our diverse campus, and the many opportunities available for students, faculty, and staff.

What are your interests? I love to be in nature, especially any activity involving water. I also enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, seeing live music, cooking, and spending time with close friends.

What is your favorite place in the U.S. and why? Glacier National Park. This is by the most beautiful, peaceful place I have ever been – the mountains are breathtaking, the air is crisp, and the water is perfectly clear. Glacier is my idea of well-being. I am looking forward to going back soon for my third visit!

What do you miss about Korea? I had an amazing time visiting Korea in March 2019! I miss the food, the energy, the fantastic shopping, and mostly, our amazing Mason Korea students! I can’t wait to see many of you in Fairfax soon or during my next trip to Songdo!

Do you have any standout memories from your study abroad experience? I had an incredible time when teaching in the middle east and traveling all over the region. My visit to Istanbul that summer stands out as one of my most interesting and eclectic travel experiences – I was fortunate enough to find myself part of a private car tour of both the European and Asian sides of the city. I gained such great appreciation for this region, where east literally meets west, and learned so much about Turkey’s history, culture, and people.

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