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New Student Registration

Starting on Your Path

Congratulations on your admission to the Honors College. Follow the 5 steps below to register for your courses and prepare for your first semester as an Honors College student.

Step 1: Consult a Sample Schedule

Select an appropriate Honors College sample schedule for your major. If there is no Honors College sample schedule for your major, contact honors@gmu.edu. If you plan to double major, consult all appropriate Honors College sample schedules. There are Honors College sample schedules for undecided majors.

Step 2: Make a Schedule

Scheduling Your Classes

Use your sample schedule to select the appropriate courses for Fall. Students should not take more than 17 credits per semester. Use the Schedule of Classes to make sure your classes do not meet at conflicting times, making sure to write down the course name, five-digit course registration numbers (CRNs), course number, section number, and number of credits for each class you select.  For instance, write down: "Intro Research Methods I - 76060 - HNRS 108 - 001 (3 credits)." 

Need help with scheduling your classes?  Check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for incoming students.

AP/IB, Dual Enrollment, and Transfer Credit

You will take into consideration any anticipated AP/IB, Dual Enrollment, or transfer credit you expect to receive; however, you will not be able to register for classes that require that credit as a pre-requisite until your scores have arrived. While you are waiting for a score, make sure to register for the class that you would need if you do not do well on your AP/IB test.  Honors College students receive the same AP/IB, Dual Enrollment, or transfer credit as all other Mason students; some of this credit may be applied to the Honors Core.

Math and Computer Science

If your sample schedule recommends a math course, check the Math Section of the Honors College Curriculum Overview to understand which placement test level is required to register for that course; also note that some non-math classes, such as CS112, will also require the math placement test. If you expect to have transfer, AP or IB math credits, you should read about what to do when your AP/IB test scores arrive, but register for the class for which you already have the necessary pre-requistes without these tests. You can always change your selection when the scores come in.

Step 3: Get Approval

In order to the get approval to register, you’ll need to complete and submit the first-semester Schedule Approval form. Once you submit your schedule, someone from the Honors College will contact you within three business days. You will not be able to register until your schedule is approved.

Don't worry if you think you might want to change this schedule later: once your schedule is approved, you will be free to change it without penalty until the end of the Add-Drop period in Fall.  It is always a good idea to check-in with an advisor about changes you are making.

Step 4: Register for Classes

Once your schedule has been approved, you will receive an email letting you know your registration hold has been lifted.

If you haven’t already, you must first sign up for a Patriot Password using the claim code you received in your acceptance packet. If you need help with this, contact Information Technology Services Support Center at (703) 993-8870. You will use Patriot Web to register

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Once you have registered for your courses, you will be able to see your completed schedule in Patriot Web. You will find your schedule in Patriot Web under the Student Services tab, when you select Registration and then Student Schedule. This is your complete course schedule. If a class isn’t listed, you are not registered for it. Wait listed courses will appear as 0 credit courses. If you decide to change your schedule later, you will use Patriot Web to add/drop classes.

Step 5: What's Next?

Orientation

If you have not done so already, please register for orientation. If you are unable to attend the Honors College orientation (June 26-27th), please contact the Honors College a week before your scheduled orientation to set up an appointment with an Honors College advisor.

Taking the Math Placement Exam

If you are able to come to Mason before your orientation, you are encouraged to take the placement test as soon as possible. See the Mason Math Placement Test website for exam days and times or for information about preparing for the test. The placement test can be taken during orientation. You may only take the Math Placement Test twice per year, so studying is advised. 

When you test, be sure to take the test for MATH 113 no matter what MATH course you plan to take. Lower-numbered math courses have a lower passing score on the test. You can only take the placement test twice in one year.

You have to pass the Math Placement Test at the appropriate level to register for the following classes: CS 112, MATH 104, MATH 105, MATH 108, MATH 113, MATH 123, MATH 125.

Students who have transfer credit, Mason credit with a C or higher, AP, or IB credit may be able to register for math classes without taking the math placement test. If you are waiting for an AP/IB test score, you may prefer taking and passing the placement test so that you can register for these courses right away.  However, if you plan on using AP/IB credits as pre-requisites, please talk with your advisor to determine whether or not you have the pre-requisite knowledge needed to succeed in the more advanced math classes.

AP/IB Scores and Dual-Enrollment

In order to receive credit for AP/IB or dual-enrollment courses you will need to have your scores or transcript sent directly to Mason Admissions.  You may also want to see what to do when these scores arrive, if you need Math, Computer Science, or Chemistry scores as pre-requisites for classes you intend to take in Fall.

Foreign Language Placement Exam

Many students come to college with a background in a language other than English. If you are considering pursuing a language you have previously studied, it is probably a good idea to take the foreign language placement exam, either before or during orientation.

Purchasing Books

Once you have registered for your courses, you can view the books required for your classes through the Mason Bookstore. Keep in mind that some required books may not be reported to the bookstore until the end of Summer.