Fresh Faces: Mason Welcomes Freshmen to Residence Halls This Week

Posted: August 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm, Last Updated: August 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre.

By Jamie Rogers

Family vehicles weighed down with dorm supplies made their way onto George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus today, move-in day for freshmen living in residence halls.

Some 3,228 freshmen from 44 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 39 counties are expected to attend George Mason this fall, bringing the number of undergraduate students to a little more than 21,000, according to Mason’s preliminary admissions data.

Jeremy Stokes Jr. of Chesterfield, Va. is one of the freshmen moving into Essex Hall today. Stokes says he’s planning to major in psychology, one of the top five intended majors selected by students. Biology is number one.

“I’m a little anxious, but I think we’ve done a pretty good job raising him,” says his  father Jeremy Stokes Sr. while helping his son get settled into campus life. According to Stokes Sr., his son is the eldest of six children and the first to attend college.

Stokes Jr.  visited several colleges, but Mason is the one where he felt most comfortable. Stokes Sr. likes the campus’ access to public transportation, such as the Fairfax CUE bus and the Mason shuttle system, which allows his son to take the Metro that connects him to Amtrak and a train home to Chesterfield, Strokes Sr. says.

Julia Goodman of Richmond, Va., moved her only child, 18-year-old Katiya Goodman into Essex and says she is happy her daughter chose Mason. “I get this warm, fuzzy feeling when I come on campus,” Julia Goodman says. “We feel very secure… My only worry is that I am going to miss her.”

Meanwhile, Mason freshman Keirnan Stamps was busy getting in some face time with her boyfriend who flew all the way from Australia to help her move into Essex.

Stamps, from Dumfries, Va.,  is one of 249 freshmen attending Mason this fall from Prince William County, one of the top five Virginia counties sending freshmen to Mason. Preliminary admission data show 930 freshmen hail from Fairfax, the number one Virginia county sending freshmen to Mason.

Stamps, Goodman and Stokes are just three of 2,375 Virginia freshmen attending Mason this fall.  Seventy-four percent of incoming freshmen are from Virginia. Maryland comes in second highest, followed by Pennsylvania. For more photos of Welcome Week and Move-in, please click here.

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre.

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre.

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in The Commons and Rappahannock Neighborhoods at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Craig Bisacre.

Freshman Move-In in Shenandoah Neighborhood at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in Shenandoah Neighborhood at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn.

Freshman Move-In in Shenandoah Neighborhood at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Freshman Move-In in Shenandoah Neighborhood at the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn.

Write to Jamie Rogers at jroger20@gmu.edu

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