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George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College Dual Admission Compact for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The MASON-NOVA Dual Admission Compact for Mechanical Engineering is designed to outline your path to success from the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Who is Eligible?

The Dual Admission Compact is designed for students who:

  • Plan to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from Northern Virginia Community College
  • Plan to pursue the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering within one year of completing the A.S. degree
  • Have earned 18 or fewer transferable college credits at NOVA at the time of application
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 with a grade of C or better in CHM 111, MTH 173, MTH 174, PHYS 231, PHYS 232, EGR 120, EGR 240, EGR 245, EGR 246 and EGR 248

What are the Advantages of the Compact?

  • Coordinated Academic Advising—While completing the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, Compact students receive personalized academic advising from both NOVA and MASON Engineering advisors to ensure that participants are successfully completing the correct sequence of courses leading to completion of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Dual enrollment admission—While completing the A.S. degree at NOVA, a Compact student may enroll in up to 2 engineering courses offered through the BSME program at Mason.  A Compact student can only take a Mason course if the desired course is not available at NOVA.
  • Library Access—Compact students have access to the vast resources of Mason’s Fenwick Library.
  • Programming—Compact students will participate fully in Volgenau School of Engineering Day events in additon to specific programs sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Student Outreach-- Student organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Engineers for International Development (EFID), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
  • Internships and Co-operative education--Compact students will have full access to VSE resources supporting these crucial opportunities
  • Smooth Transition—Compact students enjoy a smooth transition to Mason. They will have met regularly with Mason Volgenau School faculty and staff while attending NOVA and will become familiar with Mason’s academic policies and know which upper-level courses they will need to complete for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering upon entry to Mason.

Why You Should Participate

Beginning your college education at NOVA is a convenient and affordable way to accomplish your educational goals. Academic advisors from both NOVA and MASON will help ensure that your credits are applicable to the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. NOVA students may transfer up to 75 credits toward the BSME program.

How to participate in the Compact?

  • Apply Now for non-degree admission.
  • Send your official high school or GED and NOVA transcripts to the Office of Admissions after you submit your application. NOVA transcripts must be sent via NOVAConnect. Do not send a paper transcript.

Ready to Transfer to Mason?

  • Maintain contact with your advisors each semester to make sure you are on track to graduate with the Associate of Science degree.
  • Attend a Patriot Prelude Transfer Open House to learn more about the Guaranteed Admission Agreement, campus life and financial aid.
  • Meet the application deadline and requirements for transfer admission via the MASON-VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreement.

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