FAQs for New Students
Will I have any free time to get to know the people in my group?
Orientation is centered around getting to know the people the people in your hall or transfer group. You will have five straight days getting to know them, and many people form friendships in those first few days that persist throughout their time at the College (and beyond!).
What do I do if I don't like my roommate? Am I stuck with that person?
If the situation arises that you don't get along with your roommate (and this is a very rare occurrence), you have the option to meet with your Resident Assistant (RA) and discuss any possible changes. However, we recommend that you give them a chance and learn about someone who is completely different from you. On the Residence Life page, you can find more information about room changes.
How big are the dorm rooms? How much stuff should I plan to bring? I have a million questions about dorm life - What do I do?!
Don't worry! Residence Life has a great page to answer all of your questions about dorm life that should calm all of your worries before you arrive.
Can I bring my car with me?
Only Juniors and Seniors are allowed to bring their cars to campus. However, if you have specialized needs for your car, you may contact Parking Services in order to obtain special permission. The parking rules and regulations page has more information about what underclassmen can do for parking options.
I am on a sports team. What do I do if practice interferes with Orientation?
Your individual Orientation Aides (OAs) can provide you with more information upon arrival, however the coaches and the Office of the Dean of Students will work together to make sure you're not missing out on anything - Orientation events or practice.
I don't know if I want to go Greek. Will Orientation give me a chance to meet all of the fraternities/sororities?
There is an optional session during Orientation called "Meet the Greeks" which will give you the opportunity to meet with all of the different Greek organizations and find out more information about what it means to "go Greek."
Are laundry machines available on campus? How expensive are they?
Laundry machines are available in every dorm on campus, and are very reasonable at only $1.50 per load. Additionally, we have this service called eSuds so that you can track your laundry online and get text message alerts when the cycle is complete.
How much of Orientation is mandatory?
Other than some optional programming interspersed throughout the five days, Orientation is required for all new students. We feel that the information we supply you with is extremely helpful in transitioning you to the William and Mary culture and lifestyle and necessary for all students to go through together.
How long should my parents stay to help me get settled in?
Parents are welcome to stay for the first day of Orientation and take part in the Parent and Family Programs. However, they must also be aware that you will be busy with your group from 2:00pm on Friday, January 11th until the start of classes. It is recommended that you say goodbye to your parents before that time, however they are welcome to stay in town as long as they wish.
Are meals provided?
Meals are provided for all students throughout the five days of Orientation.
Will Orientation get in the way of registering me for classes?
Before attending Orientation, you should have registered up to 11 credits. During Orientation, your Orientation Aides (OAs) will help you set up a meeting with your academic advisor and walk you through registration. As a group, you will all register for classes together on Tuesday, January 15th; your OAs will be there to help in case you have any problems.
How do I get internet access once I move in?
Information Technology can provide you with more information about our wireless network.
Should we bring my siblings?
You may bring anyone you want, as this will be a very big day for you! However, it will most likely be very hot and there will be many more people on campus than usual, so younger siblings may be a bit overwhelmed. It is up to you and your family what you decide to do, but anyone that you call family is also a member of the Tribe. And of course, older siblings may be a big help in giving advice and helping move heavy items.
I'm from out of state - can I move in early?
Unfortunately, you may not. Information about move-in dates can be found here.
I'm 21 - is alcohol allowed in my fridge? What's the Residence Life policy on alcohol?
Alcohol is permitted only in residents' rooms who are 21 and only the 21 year old resident is allowed to own alcohol, but for more specifics you should check out Residence Life's policies on alcohol.