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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

October Announcements, Reminders, and Events

Happy October, everyone!


  1. Changing your Major to IT
    The first day you will be able to declare your major in BS AIT/INFT is as soon as your final grades have been posted for the fall 2016 semester.  In order to be eligible to declare, you must have a minimum 3.0 in all IT foundation and Core coursework as well as a minimum of C in IT 106. All foundation and core courses from the 2016-2017 catalog are included in the foundation and core GPA calculation, regardless of the catalog you are pursuing. If you meet these requirements, at the end of the semester, please schedule an advising appointment with Mrs. Howe, Ms. Genova, or Mrs. Sevilla at in order to declare.For more information, please visit:
  2. Selective Withdrawal Period
    October 3 – October 28 2016

    For more information regarding selective withdrawal, please visit

    For the full fall 2016 semester calendar, please visit the Registrar’s calendar.


  3. Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes is LIVE FOR VIEWING!
    To view registration priority and time tickets, please visit
    Your specific assigned date and time will be in your Patriotweb account under “Registration Status, Time Ticket, and Override Notification“Use the time between now and registration to develop a course plan following the current co-and pre-requisite requirements and [http://]meet with an advisor to make sure you are on track.  Spring 2017 registration will begin in early November.  Advising appointments will fill quickly. Remember to sign up for an Appointment Plus account using your email account.
  4. Career Fair THIS WEDNESDAY!
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Johnson Center Dewberry Hall, from 11am-4pm
    Science Technology, Engineering, Math focus
    For more information, visit University Career Services.
  5. NO CLASSES 10 October 2016 due to Columbus Day.
    Monday classes/labs meet Tuesday, 11 October. Tuesday classes do not meet that week.


  1. Study Abroad Opportunity
    Consider studying abroad in Barcelona this winter break while earning credit for IT 341!
    09-20 January 2017, led by Dr. Khondkar IslamYou must meet all pre- and co- requisites to be eligible to take IT 341 in the spring 2017 semester.

    Students can be co-registered for IT 341 study abroad and IT 300 in the spring 2017 semester.The grade for IT 341 study abroad will be withheld until after the final drop deadline for spring 2017. If any student still needing to take IT 300 is no longer registered for IT 300 in the spring, after the final drop date, they will receive an F in IT 341 and will have to retake it in a future semester.

    For more information, contact Denise Ellese-Mdahuar at, 703.993.2155, by visiting the Study Abroad website, or visiting

  2. Graduation Applications
    The deadline for submitting your graduation application for the fall 2016 semester has passed. If you missed this deadline, please submit a Late Graduation Application.If you are planning on graduating in the spring 2017 semester, please make sure you submit your graduation application by the deadline.

    More graduation information can be found here:

  3. Engineering Exit Assessment
    Open NOW, 26 September 2016- 28 October 2016.
    Graduating students:
    We value your thoughts and opinions about your education, and we are looking forward to reading your comments. Your survey responses are completely anonymous; your identity will not be connected with your responses.  However, we require that you print out the last page (without identifying information), sign, and submit to your department as verification of completion.Thank you! Your feedback is essential to our continuous improvement efforts.
    To access this assessment, please visit:


  4. Gowns for Grads

    Graduation regalia can be expensive! Bachelor’s regalia was priced at $62.98 and Master’s regalia at $107.98 this spring. Think of this as cost as an electricity bill, two trips to the grocery store, a new interview outfit, or 3 tanks of gas!

    Students in need can apply to borrow a free, gently used cap and gown for their ceremony that was kindly donated by a Mason alum. Students are selected to borrow regalia based on their need, so not just anyone gets a gown—only students expressing significant need! Last year, approximately 80 students borrowed regalia!

    Please consider posting the attached information about this helpful program in your office and/or sending it to your student listserv. You never know which students may be struggling financially!Read more about the program here.

    Please contact the program at with any questions about the program!
  5. Advising Appointments

    Even though the fall semester just started, registration for spring 2017 is just around the corner! Be prepared by scheduling an advising appointment with one of the IST Department full time academic advisors. Our faculty are also advisors, so utilize them for career and concentration advising.

    To view the spring 2017 priority dates and time tickets, please visit

    NOTEPlease do not schedule duplicate appointments–choose only ONE. If you cannot make an appointment for any reason, please cancel it, in advance, so you are not marked as a No Show and other students can schedule in your place. Two “No Shows” and you will be banned from scheduling an appointment via Appointment Plus for the remainder of the semester. Any appointments you make will be canceled and you will be directed to email for assistance.

  6. Tutoring

    Having trouble in a course? There are a number of resources that can help you succeed:

    1. First, and most importantly, stay in contact with the instructor of the course. They are there to help you.
    2. If there is a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) assigned to the course, reach out to them. They are also there to help you.
    3. Seek out a Peer Mentor from the VSE Peer Mentoring Center, which offers tutoring in a number of IT courses.
  1. Career Fair
    Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    Johnson Center Dewberry Hall, from 11am-4pm
    Science Technology, Engineering, Math focus
    For more information, visit University Career Services.
  2. The Clothesline Project
    TODAY, 03 Oct 2016
    The Clothesline Project is a global effort to raise awareness of sexual and intimate partner violence. Survivors and supports can view shirts, posted at various locations around the Fairfax campus, that honor victims and break the silence surrounding these crimes.
  3. Stomp out Stigma
    TODAY, 03 Oct 2016
    Southside Plaza, Fairfax Campus
    Active Minds will be having a table to raise awareness toward national day without stigma. We will be having people stomp on cans with words of stigma on it. We will also have cans that spell out the word hope.

  4. VSE events
  5. Today@Mason