Delivery Method Descriptions (Face-to-face/Online)

Posted: December 18, 2020 at 3:39 pm, Last Updated: December 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm

The delivery method of each class section can be categorized in one of three ways: completely face-to-face (F2F), completely online (100% Online), or a blend of those two, generally referred to as Hybrid. Classes can also be synchronous, meaning they meet at a set date and time, or asynchronous, meaning that while there is no […]

How does this change apply to classes that meet for less than a full semester?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm

The 22-day drop period applies only for classes that meet the full 15-week semester.  Deadlines for the last day to drop are listed in the semester calendar on the Student Accounts Office website.

How might this change affect a student’s financial aid?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Financial aid is based on student enrollment at midnight on the 22nd day of the semester. Students need to register for all courses by this date, even those with a late start. If a student withdraws from a course on day 23 or later, the W grade will appear on the transcript and it will […]

What are the implications of withdrawing from a class?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm, Last Updated: November 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

Grades of ‘W’ (Withdraw) are considered attempted hours, which means they are used to determine academic progress. Both the university’s standards for academic standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid are affected by these attempted hours. ‘W’ grades do not affect GPA and is not considered an attempt under the university’s course repeat policy […]

When can students withdraw from courses?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm, Last Updated: November 1, 2019 at 9:37 am

Beginning the 23rd day after and including the first day of classes of the semester, students may self-withdraw using Patriot Web. This unrestricted withdrawal period extends through the 5th week of classes, the beginning of the selective withdrawal period. Each withdrawn course regardless of the effective date will have a ‘W’ grade posted on the […]

What’s the deadline to drop a class?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Students will have 22 calendar days after and including the first day of classes to drop a class without the class appearing on their transcript. To give students more time to evaluate and drop classes, the university also is lengthening the drop period through day 22 of the semester. As Mason students are more likely to be successful […]

Why the new Add/Drop policy? What is it?

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 4:56 pm, Last Updated: October 31, 2019 at 4:57 pm

Mason is adjusting the deadline for dropping a full semester, 15-week course beginning fall 2018. The deadline for adding courses is not changing (8 days after semester start, excluding holidays). Dropped courses will disappear from a student’s academic record; as is the case now, withdrawn courses will be recorded with a “W” on the transcript.

Registration Guide

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm, Last Updated: July 7, 2023 at 1:40 pm

For specific registration dates, please select a semester from the Academic Calendar page. Below is a Step-By-Step guide to registering and dropping classes at George Mason University. Students have two methods of registering for classes: Registering and dropping classes directly from Patriot Web: Online Registration Guide If you need additional information, please go to the Registration […]

Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm, Last Updated: December 13, 2021 at 11:56 am

George Mason University is a cooperating member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  The Consortium’s cross-registration arrangement permits students enrolled in eligible degree programs at one member institution to take a course at another member institution. Eligibility Students must be currently enrolled at Mason and admitted to a degree program.  Non-degree […]

Special Registration (ZREG 200)

Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm, Last Updated: October 31, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Special Registration allows you to remain active in the Mason University System without being registered for a course. There is a $45 fee. The most common reason for needing a special registration is for students who must resolve an incomplete grade from a previous semester. Note to Graduate Students: This type of registration does not […]