Tricks, Treats, and Applications Galore!

by Sarah Gallagher Dvorak, Director of Undergraduate Admissions 

Happy Halloween! The ghosts and goblins are out and about Mason’s campus today in full force – and scaring wimpy ole me at every turn! I went with my five-year-old son, Oliver, trick or treating around campus with his “Froggies” class this morning. He was one of three Jedi knights (he’s informed me that there are only “Jedi knights” or “Jedi masters” – no boring “Jedis”). Along with Oliver and his two Jedi buddies were dozens of clowns, Supermen, police officers, fire fighters, Harry Potters, princesses, and creatures that left me scratching my head in wonder.

Oliver as Obi Wan

It was an hour filled with sugar induced craziness and I left pleased that I chose the profession I did. Let’s just say, there’s a reason I didn’t become a pre-school teacher, but thank goodness for those patient men and women who did!

I left the organized chaos of 20 five-year-olds and entered a parallel world of organized chaos. You see, October 31 signifies more than just the scariest day of the year in our admissions office. Tomorrow is our first application deadline for fall 2012 freshmen. Students interested in applying “Early Action” to Mason must apply by tomorrow, November 1. It’s an exciting time – but a little crazy around here – as so far, we have more applications than ever before! And most students tend to submit their applications the day before the deadline, so it’s been fun!

For those of you have applied or plan to apply Early Action, our admissions counselors will begin evaluating applications over the next couple weeks. You will receive your decision in mid-December. Early Action is non-binding so you still have until May 1 to commit to Mason. To find out more about what is required as part of the application process at Mason, click here.

If the Halloween season got you a little sidetracked from completing the application process, you can still apply to Mason by December 1 (Honors College and scholarship consideration) or January 15 (regular admission consideration).

I wish you a day filled with tricks and treats, and I look forward to chatting with you in the future!

Happy Halloween from your Mason Admissions Staff!

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