As a transfer student, you come to The College of William & Mary with academic knowledge and many credits that apply toward the various degree requirements. In your remaining time on campus, we want you to take full advantage of the vast amount of resources and opportunities available at the College. The Office of Academic Advising is available to help you connect with faculty advisors, identify curricular and co-curricular opportunities, and appropriate advising resources to enhance your educational experience.
Advising begins before you arrive at William & Mary. One of the first items to complete before orientation is the Academic Advising 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.
When you declare your major, you will select a major advisor in your discipline. Your major advisor can provide you with depth of knowledge about your field of study and will work with you until you graduate. We encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor throughout the year.
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.
- If you transfered in with 54 or more credits, you can wait until the end of your first semester at the College to declare a major.