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Patriot Experience: Growth beyond the classroom

Did you know that students who become engaged with their campus community are more likely to be successful during their time at Mason? Mason offers thousands of programs and events on campus every year, which might seem overwhelming for students as they try to navigate all of the opportunities on campus. The Patriot Experience is here to help make the transition to campus much smoother for students and help them become successful Mason graduates!

By getting involved with the Patriot Experience, students will have the opportunity to maximize their experience at Mason. The Patriot Experience provides amazing opportunities for students to grow, become a well-rounded student outside of the classroom, and find their place within the Mason community and beyond.

Our program organizes the events, activities, leadership opportunities, and programs on campus by placing them into 4 pathways: Well-Being, Global and Multicultural Competency, Career Readiness, and Civic Learning and Community Engagement. These pathways are designed to provide a structured path for students to get involved in an area they are passionate about, develop crucial soft skills along the way, and take advantage of the events, programs, and organizations Mason has to offer.

There are 3 levels of the program and students receive incentives upon completion of each level, such as our Student Success Reward pack to Padfolios. Students will also receive a certificate of completion for each level completed. Your student can download a comprehensive involvement record at any point within the program to show all of their Mason experiences. This record can be used during job or graduate school interviews to showcase the many ways your student was engaged in the community throughout their Mason career.

To help your student sign up for the Patriot Experience, visit To stay updated on upcoming events, follow us at @masonpatriotexp on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions, please email

Adrienne Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Student Success
University Life