Student Academic Affairs, Advising and Retention

Academic Advising

Academic advising at George Mason University occurs on the university, college and department levels, and is closely integrated with other academic student services in order to provide effective resources and programs to mentor, teach, and guide students in their decision-making as they develop their educational and career goals. Strong academic advising is part of George Mason University’s commitment to student success and retention.

The Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions supports faculty advising by advising undergraduate students who are undeclared (without a preference in a particular college or school), pre-health profession students, non-degree undergraduates, international exchange students in the Global Exchange Program, and students who wish to change their major.  It also assists new transfer students with any issues related to their transition to campus. Staff includes an advisor dedicated exclusively to pre-health professions advising. The Center also provides the following resources for faculty:

  • Program Planning sheets that outline curricular requirements for every major.
  • Exploring Major sheets that describe potential job opportunities for every major.
  • Advisor Training each fall and spring semester for new faculty advisors.

Additionally, the Student Academic Affairs Appeals Committee manages all requests for exceptions or appeals to university academic policies for undergraduate undeclared/no preference students, ELI students, non-degree, guest matriculant, and exchange students.

The Transition Resource Center is a resource and academic development center for undergraduate students. It offers courses, such as University 100: Freshman Transition, that assist students in thinking actively and critically about their engagement with the university, helping them become familiar with the services and resources available and develop the skills and judgment necessary for academic success.

Student Retention

Like academic advising, efforts to increase student retention and success are integrated throughout the university. The university carefully tracks and evaluates its retention efforts, and macro-level retention information is available on the Student Retention and Success website.