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Discover the opportunities to maximize your Mason experience

As a student in the College of Science you are positioned to benefit from internships, cooperative work experience, and other personalized training options that will enhance your education and potential. Our research centers, science labs, and location close to the nation’s capital allow our students to explore more with internships and careers right outside our doors.

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Big changes are coming to FAFSA for the 2024-25 aid year

While the new application will be streamlined and easier to complete, it will also bring significant changes to the calculation of federal Pell Grant awards and include changes to some financial aid terminology.

As more news about the updated FAFSA becomes available, The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will provide updates so our Mason students, families, and our campus community remain ready for the new process. 

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ASSIP application now open

The nationally known Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) provides transformative research opportunities for high school and undergraduate students. Selected participants work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology across many disciplines. 

The 2024 ASSIP application is now open through Feb. 11, 2024. Click here to apply. 

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Spring 2024 New Courses and Special Topic Offerings

Want to understand emerging fields like planetary health, paleoclimatology, or quantum computing? Or would you rather explore the Gateway to a Medical Career or take a seminar series to quickly expand the knowledge of your field?  

Consider taking one or more of the 20+ exciting new and special topics courses in Spring 2024.

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Get Your Free Basketball Student Tickets on Mason360

For the 2023-24 men’s and women’s basketball season, Mason students can claim their free tickets exclusively on Mason360. This system replaces the old Mason Patriots ticket app and aims to make the ticket process simpler and more efficient for Mason students. Remember, tickets to all men's and women's basketball games are free for Mason students.

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Get the support you need while at Mason

The Office of Undergraduate Student and Academic Affairs

In need of academic or advising assistance? The Office of Undergraduate Student and Academic Affairs supports the development of undergraduates in the college by serving as a resource for students, staff, and faculty on all things related to student and academic affairs. The office works jointly with other members of the university to make certain a positive and fulfilling learning and collaborative environment is present within the college and at the university. Access important policies, forms, and advising information here

College of Science Testing and Tutoring Center

The Testing and Tutoring Center (TTC) mission is to provide a secure environment for testing involving primarily the use of technology to provide the material tested. 

The testing center is located in Planetary Hall room 2 and is open about 50 hours per week including some hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Using the Testing Center:

  • Send any requests for using the facility to the TTC Supervisor Mario Gliozzi
  • Schedule the test/quiz in TTC in consultation with TTC supervisor.

STEM Accelerator Program

The STEM accelerator program focuses on the success of undergraduate students and provides opportunities for internships and scholarships as well as camps and other learning opportunities for science students during their time at Mason. 

Mason Student Services Center

The Mason Student Services Center (MSSC) on the ground floor in SUB 1 is the first stop for any questions related to: Registration and Academic Records; Enrollment; Financial Aid; or Billing and Student Accounts. The MSSC serves all students at Mason: undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree. Services are also provided via email and later this fall, through a central phone line/phone banking system to support students learning across Mason’s locations and modalities. 

Graduate Student Resources

The Graduate Student Life website hosts information dedicated to supporting the success of Mason graduate students. Find out everything you need to know from housing and dining, to upcoming events and professional development opportunities. 

Students in any doctorate program should review the PhD Student/Faculty Handbook. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For all matters relating to equity, diversity, access, respect and inclusiveness, visit the Office of Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics. 

Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a wide range of free and confidential services to enrolled students. CAPS offers crisis, counseling, and psychiatric services virtually, and limited services in person. Their individual and group counseling, workshops, and community education programs are designed to enhance students’ personal experience and academic performance.

Learning Services

Learning Services, located in SUB I, Suite 3600,  provides a variety of free, experience-based learning opportunities for the Mason Community through one-on-one academic coaching, academic success workshops, and online resources.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free writing support to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide consulting services and deliver workshops. The center works with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing. 

TimleyCare - a virtual health and well-being platform

As part of George Mason’s partnership with TimelyMD, students have access to services in TimelyCare, including:

• TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand emotional support to talk about anything, including anxiety, relationships, depression, and school-related stressors.

• Scheduled Counseling: Choose the day, time, and mental health provider that best works for you.

• Health Coaching: Develop healthy lifestyle behaviors, including nutrition, sleep habits, time management, and mindfulness.

• Psychiatry: Appointments are available through referrals.

• Self-Care Content: Visit the “Explore” page within TimelyCare for guided self-care content, including yoga and meditation sessions, as well as group conversations with our providers on a variety of health and well-being topics.

Students have access to TimelyCare services 365 days a year. That means you have access during breaks, after-hours, and any time you need support! Visit to get started.

Career Services

University Career Services is George Mason University’s nationally recognized centralized career center. They are specialists taking an industry-focused approach to serving our students and employers. Learn about upcoming career fairs, resume workshops, and more. 

Mason Alert

Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system that is used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community via text, email, telephone call, and digital signage. 

Review the resources on the Mason Ready Student page to learn more about the programs and services EHS-Emergency Management provides to students at George Mason University. Need an emergency management study buddy? Contact Environmental Health & Safety if you have any questions about emergency preparedness.

New Student Guide 2023-2024

The College of Science welcomes all of our new students for the 2023-2024 school year. Review the New Student Guide to best prepare yourself for this new and exciting chapter in your life. 

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