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ADVANCE: Nothing should come between you and a four-year degree.

Why should I consider ADVANCE vs. just applying as a transfer student?

ADVANCE offers:

  • Streamlined admissions process, no transfer application required, and access to a dedicated Success Coach
  • Aligned curricular pathways maximizing credits and tuition, so students can earn both an associates and a bachelor’s degree
  • Access to NOVA and Mason resources, student life, and ADVANCE-affinity events

What does "no more than 30 credit hours of applicable credit completed at time of declaration into ADVANCE" mean?

ADVANCE is designed for students with one year or less of completed coursework toward their intended curricular pathway. Please note that developmental coursework (ESL, ENF, and MTT) do not count towards this credit total. Credits earned at another college/university including international credits that can be transferred toward your curricular pathway will count towards this total. Official transcripts will be requested at time of review.

I have international college/university credit. May I still join ADVANCE?

Yes. Please note that international credit will be reviewed and may possibly count toward the 30 credit hours of applicable credit at time of declaration into ADVANCE. An official evaluation of international credit must be completed by an international transcript evaluation agency (e.g. AACRAO or WES) prior to ADVANCE eligibility review.

What happens if I am not selected to join the ADVANCE program? Can I still transfer to George Mason University? 

Absolutely! Mason enrolls more transfer students annually than all other colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you are not selected for ADVANCE because you have more than 30 earned hours or a grade point average below 2.00, you are encouraged to visit our Office of Transfer Services to discuss your options for either GAA or regular transfer admission. Please see HERE for more information regarding Mason transfer admission requirements, deadlines, and contact information for Mason’s Office of Transfer Services.

I don't see my intended major at MASON on the programs list, can I still join ADVANCE?

No. You may apply for regular transfer admission or GAA (if applicable) to your intended major at Mason. Please note that some majors at Mason have selective admissions requirements. NOVA and Mason are collaborating to add more curricular pathways each academic year. 

For more information, visit the Mason ADVANCE page.