Dates and Deadlines

We’re thrilled you are considering choosing Mason as the place where you want to learn and grow, becoming a skilled professional and leader.

As a student at Virginia’s most innovative university, you’ll be encouraged to take risks and freely share ideas that will spark cutting-edge exploration and research.

First, you’ll need to apply by various deadlines based on your application type. 

Please refer to the information below for important application dates and deadlines for freshman applications, including applications for Honors College, University Scholars and Merit-Based Scholarship considerations.

Freshman Application Deadlines

November 1, Nonbinding early action

Applying by this deadline ensures priority consideration for:

  • Honors College
  • University Scholars
  • Merit-based scholarship

February 1, Regular decision

Students applying by this deadline are considered for the Honors College on a space-available basis.

March 1, FAFSA Priority Deadline

Students should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to receive priority consideration for limited state and institutional grand funds.

October 1, Priority deadline (for students starting in the Spring semester)                            

International Freshman Application Deadlines

Spring Semester Applications (January start)

  • October 1 Spring Semester Priority Application Deadline
  • December 1 Spring Semester Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Fall Semester Applications (August start)

  • November 1 Non-Binding Early Action Deadline and Honors College Consideration
  • February 1 Regular Decision Deadline
  • June 1 Final deadline for Fall Semester