Your Pre-Major Advisor

You and your "pre-major advisor" will work together from orientation until you declare a major. Our faculty advisors are very familiar with the academic landscape, and their knowledge will help you make informed decisions. They can also point you toward a variety of useful campus resources. A pre-major advisor will be assigned to you before Orientation.

Your pre-major advisor can:

  • Help you plan your early academic choices so you're on track to get the most from your William & Mary degree.
  • Guide you to courses and opportunities that can help you meet your goals.
  • Serve as someone you can talk to when you need academic advice or assistance.
  • Connect you with other faculty and staff who can provide more help and information.
  • Sign off on processes for registration, changing courses, and so forth.
  • Help you think through and decide on an academic major.

First-year meetings with your pre-major advisor will be about getting you off to a strong academic start at William & Mary. You will have at least one meeting in your second year to make sure you're on the right track and to plan for your intended major.

Sound academic advice can enhance your education and make it more coherent and exciting. Take the initiative here, and make good use of your pre-major advisor.

Changing Your Pre-major Advisor

If for some reason you need a new pre-major advisor (if, for example, yours goes on research leave), you can either:

  • Contact the Office of Academic Advising and request that a new advisor be assigned to you.
  • Find a new advisor on your own, and complete the appropriate form [pdf].