Welcome to
University Studies!

Our Mission

 University Studies facilitates the holistic development of undergraduate students through academics, career exploration, self-discovery, and meaningful community engagement as they transition to, through, and beyond college.

University Studies (UNIV) Courses Include:

UNIV 100:        Introduction to Mason 

Classes are small, discussion-based courses consisting of approximately 20 students. This 1-credit “Intro to Mason” course is designed for first year students to take in their first semester.

               UNIV 101:                  Making Your Impact 

“Making Your Impact” is taken during the spring semester of a student’s first-year experience. In this class, students will apply what they learned in either UNIV 100 or other opportunities experienced during their first semester at Mason.

          UNIV 200 – 400:              Career Education 
These courses help students make decisions pivotal to their education and career path, from exploration to internship readiness to transitioning from college into a career or a graduate school.
UNIV 300:        Introduction to Mason 
 This course is designed to help new transfer students get quickly up and running and connected with the Mason community.

First-Years: For our Spring 2022 Course Offerings, please click below!

GMU Fairfax Campus in the Spring with Cherry Blossoms

UNIV 100 Testimonials


I’m glad I took it! It helped me learn more about GMU and tips to help on my path to success.

The class was beneficial, and I would suggest all incoming freshman to register for it.


I love helping first year students find their path at Mason.

Transitioning to college can be so difficult/scary/exciting! Being able to serve as a resource, help students build community, and share “all things Mason” is so fun and rewarding! There is truly nothing like it. I say that as a former student, Peer Advisor, and now faculty.


Teaching UNIV 100 has been the highlight of the semester! I love the process of developing lesson plans with my PA, getting to know the students, and seeing our students engage and grow in and out of the class.

I absolutely adored this course. Every class, I would come in excited to do a new activity or discussion. I also feel as if the class helped me connect to my hallmates and the community at GMU as a whole.

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