Transfer students should make it a priority to become familiar with the policies and academic planning tools of George Mason University, as they may be quite different from those of your previous institution(s). Please review the following areas:
The university's minimum standard for satisfactory academic achievement is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale. Students with at least 7 attempted credits and a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 fall into one of three categories: warning, probation, and suspension. All notations of academic standing are included in a student's permanent record. The cumulative GPA range that defines each of the categories varies according to the credit level, as noted below:
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Transfer students in their first semester of study at Mason will receive probation as the strongest academic sanction. GPA retention levels, as stated above, will apply in all subsequent semesters. Students in this category should be on notice that they must make up ground in order to avoid suspension in future semesters; in particular they should consult their advisors and consider repeating courses in order to achieve academic good standing.
Your advisor is the most important resource you have to ensure timely graduation. Although it is ultimately up to the student to ensure they stay on track, advisors are extremely helpful in explaining program requirements and university and college policies and procedures.
Transfer students should meet with their advisor during their first semester here at Mason to confirm how courses transferred in and what is left to complete for your degree plan. At this first meeting, you can also discuss differences between your previous institution and Mason and inquire about research, internship and study abroad opportunities.
One of the most important tools that students have to make sure they stay on track here at Mason (other than their advisor) is the degree evaluation. This tool is an audit that evaluates all transferred and resident credits towards one's declared degree program. Students should use this to determine what classes to take from semester to semester and to help them identify what they have left to graduate.
Students can learn how to run a degree evaluation through PatriotWeb from their advisor or on their own. A detailed explanation on how to run a degree audit can be found on the Registrar's website or at the bottom of this page under "Transfer Student Resources" and "Degree Evaluation Directions."
Early on in your time here at Mason, you should carefully review your Transfer Equivalency Worksheet. The worksheet will show you which of your transfer courses have been accepted for Mason credit and you will be able to determine what courses came in as equivalent Mason courses or as general or major electives. The Transfer Equivalency Worksheet can be found in Patriot Web under “Student Records”, then “Transcript.” Choose the “Display Transfer Evaluation” button to view the record.
You should look at the Transfer Equivalency Worksheet to identify:
Transfer students should be aware of Mason's repeat policy.
Some courses are annotated in the catalog as "repeatable for credit." These are courses in which students receive additional credit for more than one taking of the same course, up to a maximum number of credits specified in the catalog. Special topics and independent study courses are examples. For all other courses, the following conditions apply:
Transfer students should keep this in mind with courses that have transferred from another university. If the equivalent course is taken at Mason it will exclude the transfer course, so students should make sure they know exactly how their credit has been transferred.