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Warning! Deadlines are closer than they appear!

Posted: October 24, 2014, Last Updated: October 24, 2014

Andrew BuntingBy: Andrew Bunting, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Believe it or not, many deadlines for your college applications are coming up faster than you may think. Here at George Mason University, our priority deadline to be considered for merit-based scholarships and The Honors College, as well as non-binding early action consideration, is coming up on November 1.  That’s right! Only a few days left in order to submit your application to be given priority admissions review to join the Mason Class of 2019.

I know, I know. Senior year has had you pretty busy already with football games, some of the toughest classes you’ve taken in high school, and your search for the perfect college.  Busy as you may be, though, I urge you to take a quick trip to admissions.gmu.edu/applynow to complete your online application to Mason (It’ll only have you about 15 minutes to do, plus however long it takes to write your essay). The Mason Nation, with more than 80 undergraduate programs from which to choose, 300+ student clubs and organizations, 22 Division I sports, unparalleled research and internship opportunities, and an unstoppable school spirit is waiting for you!

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Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Make sure that you submit your online application to Mason before the November 1 deadline.  Remember, the application is only found online on our website at admissions.gmu.edu/appynow, and you should request that your high school transcripts and letters of recommendation be sent to Mason from your high school guidance counselor.  Standardized test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency.  By submitting your application before this deadline you’ll be qualified to receive:

– Priority consideration for merit-based scholarships from the Office of Admissions

– Consideration for the Honors College/ University Scholars Program for students who have submitted the additional 750-word essay

– A non-binding admissions decision in mid-December, months before you hear from other schoolstest

Best of luck as you apply to Mason’s Class of 2019

I know I speak for the entire admissions committee when I say that I am looking forward to reviewing your application. If you have any questions or concerns about this deadline or the application process please feel free to contact us at admissions@gmu.edu.

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Becoming A Part Of Something Bigger

Posted: October 3, 2014

LoganBy Logan, a Patriot Blogger

Everyone wants to be a part of something. It’s just human nature. When you’re a part of something bigger than yourself it makes you feel proud. That’s why I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come to GMU, and become a part of something bigger than I ever imagined joining.

Here at Mason, there’s a place for everyone. This is one of the few places I’ve ever been to where I can walk out of class to go get lunch and hear 3 different languages being spoken. The diversity of the campus makes it feel magical, because it’s like a huge melting pot. People from all over the world, with extremely different cultures and backgrounds come here.

I’ve already found my place in this magical melting pot, and it’s with something I never thought I would do in a million years. I joined the co-ed professional film fraternity Delta Kappa Alpha. Before starting college, I was very against Greek life. I was close-minded and thought there was only a social aspect to these organizations. After some representatives from the fraternity visited my FAVS 100 class, talking about how they were a professional fraternity and they did multiple projects a year my excitement was unreal. I never knew about this side of Greek life and I am SO happy I found out about it. Rushing with them this past week was a blur, but it was so much fun. Once I found out I got a bid, I was ecstatic because I knew I was going to be able to be around people as passionate about film as I am.

College is all about finding out who you really are, and I think George Mason is really going to help me with my journey. In the past 3 weeks my mind has been opened up to numerous new ideas, and it’s liberating and terrifying all at the same time. The key is to stay open-minded and try new things! I cannot stress that enough.

So, get out there and try something you never thought that you would like! You might just surprise yourself.

The Delta Kappa Alpha Pledge Class!

The Delta Kappa Alpha Pledge Class!

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It’s Time to Begin Your Next Chapter

Posted: August 25, 2014

MattBoyceBy Matt, Interim Director of Undergraduate Admissions

So it begins, the first day of the 2014-2015 Mason school year. Classes resume today for many and kick off a new chapter for our freshman. I recently did the math and realized today is my 23rd first day of school. Unlike the incredible Class of 2018 beginning their 13th year of school, I am entering the third year of a PhD program here at Mason. Whether it is your first day of college classes, or you are old like me, the butterflies remain. You wait to see if the professor really lives up to the RateMyProfessor rating or just as hilarious as your friend told you. You flip through the syllabus hoping to see if break falls during a class day, or you are short one meeting because your professor is away at some conference presenting groundbreaking research. You look around the room sizing up which of your classmates will know all the answers and who will most likely find every excuse in the world to miss class as many times as possible and still manage a passing grade.

 

With all of this evaluation of the classes, we sometimes forget to slow down and realize how much can be learned in this short 15 weeks of class. I cannot help but think about the first two points made by Mason’s President Dr. Cabrera at this past Friday’s New Student Convocation: keep an open mind and pick the brains of your outstanding faculty. My hope as we begin this new school year together is that we keep these words in mind. Every class, every semester at this great university brings new opportunities and a fresh chance to learn from both the fantastic classmates that you may be meeting for the first time and the professors who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through research and practice – along with the desire to teach us all, you and me. I encourage you, and am reminding myself, to truly value and make the most of the next 15 weeks. 15 weeks can change your life, can open new doors, forge new connections and relationships, and can change your mind and perspective.

 

It starts today.

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