New Freshmen

Advising begins before you arrive at William & Mary. One of the first items to complete before orientation is the Personal Information Questionnaire. The information you provide on this form will help us match you to your pre-major advisor, the faculty member who will serve as your main source of academic and campus resource information once you get to campus.

You will then be contacted by a peer advisor — a fellow W&M student who can answer most of your questions about academic life at William & Mary. A required mini-course, College Studies, will introduce you to the registration process and help you select and pre-register for your first classes at William & Mary.

After you arrive on campus, during orientation, you will meet with your pre-major advisor who will help you finalize your schedule and complete your first registration.

Good to Know
  • It's always good to be thinking ahead about how you want to shape your college career. You can trust the W&M summer advising program to prepare you for the actual nuts and bolts of putting your plans into action.
  • Part of your planning should include the kinds of courses and credits you will transfer to W&M.
  • Pace yourself in the first semester and give yourself a chance to adjust to William and Mary academic expectations. A typical first-semester load will consist of four or five academic courses, and most range from 3-4 credits. A full-time load is 12-18 credits, with a typical first-semester load averaging 13-14 credits.