George Mason University
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George Mason University

First Year Experience

Mason students walking in front of Robinson Hall

You've Never Been to a School Like This

From your first day in the Honors College at Mason, you'll meet new classmates and instructors and engage with them in meaningful ways. Thoughtful discussion, deep research, and informed reason replace rote memorization and repetition. You'll be an active participant in your education, charting your own path, while pursing your interests and passions in collaboration with your advisor. Your compressed general education will prepare you for advancement early in your college career. 

All activities in the Honors College are built to enrich your experience at Mason and build on your passion for learning.  The Honors College introduces you to the comprehensive learning environment offered here with activities such as:

  • Conducting a service project at Women Giving Back, a local charity
  • Expressing interest in Mason student organizations and events
  • Interacting with a local improv theater company
  • Networking with Honors College leaders

In the Honors College, your education expands beyond the classroom walls. The college plans weekly seminars and workshops designed to enrich your experience and broaden your horizons. If you choose to reside in the immersive Honors College Living Learning Community, evening activities and weekend excursions build a well-rounded real-world component into your time at Mason.