Student Academic Affairs
Students need confidence in their path to be successful. Mason is proud to provide students crucial support as they make academic decisions that impact their lives and careers.
StAAART --Student Academic Affairs - Advising, Retention, and Transition , and CAART-- the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions provide students with tools and guidance to help achieve their academic and personal goals. StAAART serves as the central source of information for current academic policies and procedures.
No matter the school, college, or program, each student at George Mason University has access to academic advising. Academic advisors teach, support, and connect students to campus resources through regular one-on-one meetings. Students gain purpose and direction in their education through Mason's developmental approach to advising. As a critical hub in a student's academic journey, Mason's commitment to strong academic advising provides students the tools needed to be successful.
The Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions
Professional academic advisors in the CAART advise undergraduate students who have not yet declared a major. CAART advisors also counsel pre-health profession students, non-degree undergraduates, high school guest matriculants, international exchange students in the Global Exchange Program, and students who wish to change their major.
CAART provides the following resources for students and academic advisors:
- Major requirement planning sheets for every major offered at Mason
- Four-year academic plans - for students focused on a particular degree path from day one
- Advisor Locator to help students find their advisor
- Guides that highlight skills and experiences related to different fields of study to help students explore possible careers
- Lists of minors and requirements
- A landing page for Virginia Community College System counselors to assemble in one place the tools they need to guide prospective transfer students.
Retention and Student Success
The Retention and Student Success aspect of our work supports degree completion for all students by improving policies, expanding funding opportunities, and developing resources.
The university carefully tracks and evaluates its retention efforts, and general information is available on the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website. More advanced details regarding enrollment and retention are available by request to this office.
As an iPASS (Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success) campus, we continue to improve academic advising on campus by:
- Leveraging technology (using, for example, the Student Success Collaborative–Campus platform),
- Promoting early interventions with Patriot Success (in collaboration with University Life) and outreach based on decreased engagement in Blackboard,
- Coordinating advisor outreach to students based on midterm grades and registration status, and
- Supporting degree planning.
CAART facilitates a full schedule of UNIV courses through the UNIV Courses and Programs directorate. UNIV 100–496 are focused on students in transition, academic success, career education, student leadership, and research. The keystone of this program is University 100: Introduction to Mason.
This one-credit course prompts students to:
- think actively and critically about their engagement with the university
- learn about available services and resources
- help develop the skills and judgment for academic success
Project Peak offers incoming students a distinctive transition experience focused on resourcefulness, confidence-building, and teamwork.