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Dear College of Science Student,
>Welcome back for another spectacular school year at George Mason University!
>The first several days of school are always exciting as you meet your professors and find out what you°¶re going to learn in the coming semester. Our weather will soon be cooling down and the leaves will begin to change, giving you scenic walks to class. Hopefully, the possibilities for your year feel endless and you are ready to tackle your studies with zeal. Let the new year of educational discovery and research begin!
>While our Physics majors may tell you that time is relative, we do have a few solid deadlines we°¶d like to bring to your attention:
>Tuesday, September 4th: Last day to add classes to your schedule. Is this a hard and fast deadline? Pretty much. After this point, you°¶ll have a hard time catching up. You would need official permission to join the class
>from a lot of people after this point (and these folks might say no).
>Save yourself a headache and make sure you°¶re enrolled in the correct
>courses before this date.
>Monday, September 10th: Final Drop Deadline °V this is the last day you can drop a class from your schedule without a tuition penalty. Is this a hard and fast deadline? YES! Don°¶t want this class on your transcript? Don°¶t want to pay for it? Drop it before September 10th!
>Tuesday, September 11th through Sunday, September 30th:
>Web Withdrawal Period °V this is a new policy this year. During this
>time, you can withdraw from coursework on your own by submitting
>an electronic form on the Registrar°¶s website (registrar.gmu.edu). A
>°•W°¶ will appear on your transcript and you will be responsible for
>100% of the course tuition. You might think the tuition liability is a
>bummer, but at least the grade for your withdrawn course won°¶t
>calculate into your cumulative GPA. As always, if you need to be a
>full-time student to receive aid of some sort, make sure that
>withdrawing from a class won°¶t put you in part-time status. Talk to
>your advisor before you make any big decisions.
>We encourage our students to see their advisor at least once a semester. They have the inside secrets°K for instance, they may know that the last class you°¶ll need to graduate is only offered every other year and you°¶ll need to plan ahead. They know where the best internships are to be found. They may even have ideas for your future that you didn°¶t know were a possibility. In short, if you want the insider-knowledge, make an appointment with your advisor. If you are unsure who your advisor is, visit Mason°¶s Advisor Locator at the link below to find the contact information to make an appointment.
>Finally°K Need a break from that Calculus homework? Join us for our open house!
>Wednesday, September 5th: Welcome Back Event!
>Located in Exploratory Hall from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
>Join us for food, games, prizes, and a chance to network with your
>peers and professors!
>If you°¶re reading this and you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our office. We are located in 1450 Exploratory Hall. We conduct most business in writing, so reach out to us at email@example.com. You can also reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read about COS academic policy on our website, .
>Go forth and become innovative Patriots! We wish you a fantastic year at Mason!
>All the best,
>College of Science
>1450 Exploratory Hall