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Academic Planning Resources

The Office of Academic Advising does more than advise students through course selection. We are also here to provide on-going support for students during times of academic transition and reflection. Here are some great resources to help students be proactive in their approach to their academic courses here at William & Mary:

Academic Planning
  • The Guide to Academic Planning summarizes the curriculum requirements and gives advice on how to fulfill them.
  • The academic planner [pdf] is a fantastic tool that can help students map out their Proficiency Requirements, GERs, and Major/Minor requirements. It's also great for planning out course loads in advance. (To use the editable plan, download and save the PDF first, then fill it out and re-save!)
  • You are responsible for fulfilling the degree requirements detailed in the Undergraduate Catalog published in the year you enter the College.
  • You are responsible for fulfilling the major requirements spelled out in the Undergraduate Catalog published in the year you declare your major.
  • The pre-professional advising program is available for students who plan a career in medicine, law, engineering, veterinary science, or business.
  • You should complete a degree evaluation when you are planning to register for your next courses. Degree Evaluations show the requirements for your degree and whether or not they appear in Banner as "met." You can also complete a "what if" degree evaluation to test drive different plans.
  • You can receive one copy of your unofficial transcript every year. Checking over your transcript can show you how other universities or employers will see your academic record. 
  • The Registrar's Office manages Registration. Questions about holds, overrides, restrictions and other registration issues should be directed there.
  • If you complete a course at another institution, you will need to transfer those credits. Transfer credits are also managed by the Registrar's Office.
Time Management
  • The Semester at a Glance (pdf) worksheet can be used as a universal document to record all of your course assignments to help you better visualize a timeline of assignment due dates.
  • The Syllabus Mapping (pdf) tool allows you to map out your syllabus for one class at a time, track your grades, and have all important information for the class in one, easy location.
  • You can use the Weekly Balance Worksheet (pdf) in tandem with the Weekly Time Table to better visualize where you are allocating your time both in class and outside of class.
  • The Weekly Time Table (pdf) can help you map out potential courses for future registration opportunities and determine how your time will be allocated during the week.
GPA Calculators
Other Resources
  • Take a look at the Apps for Academics (pdf) for a list of Apps you can download on your phone, tablet, or computer to help you with time management, audio recording, notetaking, and improving your academic success.
  • Academic Advising isn't the only place to go for advice. If you have questions of a non-academic nature, there's a whole network of people there to help.