As a transfer student, you come to William & Mary with a lot of college experience under your belt. You've already earned many credits that count toward several degree requirements. You probably think you've got everything under control, and that you know what you're doing. You're probably right. But every university is different, and we have plans to help you transition smoothly into W&M academic life.
The Office of Academic Advising is available to help you connect with faculty advisors, identify academic opportunities and resources to enhance your educational experience.
Advising begins before you arrive on campus. A peer advisor will contact you before you arrive. Peer advisors are a fellow W&M students who can answer most of your questions about academic life here. A required mini-course, College Studies, will introduce you to the registration process and help you select your first classes at W&M.
One of the 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. This professor will will help you finalize your schedule and complete your first registration. They will also serve as your main source of academic and campus resource information until you declare your major. We encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor throughout the year.
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. When you do declare, 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.