As a new student, you'll be assigned a faculty advisor, referred to as a “pre-major advisor." Your pre-major advisor is trained to help you explore the liberal arts curriculum and curricular requirements at W&M and serves as your first resource for academic information until you declare a major.You will be able to identify your faculty advisor at the end of August when you are on campus for orientation. But remember, the first step begins with you! Take the initiative to schedule an appointment. If you do not meet with your advisor during Orientation, you will be BLOCKED from registering for a full course load for the following semester.
You'll be required to meet with your pre-major advisor at least two more times during your first year at W&M-- although we recommend that you touch base with them much more frequently than that and continue meeting regularly up until your declare your major.
Peer advisors are a group of student leaders who work with professional advisors in the Office of Academic Advising. A peer advisor is prepared to introduce you to all that William and Mary has to offer and assist you through the registration process. An email message will be sent to you by a peer advisor early in July and provide you with information prior to Orientation.
First year and transfer students
Meet with your faculty advisor at least 3 times during the academic year. Advising is a process that requires frequent exchange of information between advisors and advisees for optimal benefit and success!
When you declare your major, you'll choose a major advisor-- a faculty member in your specific department or program who is trained to guide you through major or minor requirements. Your major advisor will continue to advise you all the way up to graduation (and sometimes beyond!).
Sophomores and juniors
Sophomores, meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your progress and learn more about opportunities to gain skills and experience at the College of William & Mary.
If you are a sophomore, your advisor is the same one you were matched with during your first year. If you do not have a faculty advisor, please contact the Office of Academic Advising and we will match you with one! We recommend that you meet with your advisor at least three times during the year.
Identify faculty members who can provide additional information and advice on campus resources you need to enrich your education. Consider undergraduate research (available in any major...not just science), study abroad, volunteer organizations, and internships.
Juniors, declare your major and meet with your "in major" advisor to learn more about the curricular and co-curricular opportunities in your field of study.
Develop a network of faculty and administrators who can provide you with additional advice and information you need to better identify and develop your personal and professional goals.
Students with an interest in pre-professional programs, including medicine, engineering, law, business, education, and many others, have the additional opportunity to work with a pre-professional advisor.
Academic Advising Office advisors
Professional advisors in The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) work to cultivate the mentoring relationships between W&M faculty and pre-major undergraduates that are essential for helping students develop academic and life-long learning skills. The professional advisor provides expertise and knowledge in working with faculty, administrators, and undergraduate students to foster self-directed learning and achievement.