Standards of Excellence

Orientation Mission Statement

The purpose of the new student orientation program is to assist new students with the transition to the College of William & Mary by addressing in an intentional way their academic, personal and social needs in this new environment. 

Orientation Goals/Objectives
  • Assist new students to gain an insight of the purpose of higher education and the mission of William & Mary
  • Encourage a positive transition to the College and the Williamsburg Community
  • Expose new students to the academic expectations of the institution
  • Introduce new students to the rich history and traditions of William & Mary
  • Provide opportunities for new students to learn more about the co-curricular opportunities
  • Share information that will encourage new students to make informed choices regarding sensitive issues like safety, substance abuse, diversity and healthy lifestyles
  • Share information and resources with family members so that they become another resource for their students' positive transition to William & Mary
Standards of Excellence Purpose Statement

The Orientation Standards of Excellence document was drafted to create a sense of pride among the orientation staff and to develop a clear and unifying Orientation Aide philosophy.

Orientation Aide Philosophy and Values Statement

As Orientation Aides we have the distinct opportunity to welcome new students and their families to the William & Mary community. We must have a positive recognition of our influence in shaping the new student and family college experience. With that in mind, we believe it is important to exemplify the following values:

  • "Once an OA, Always an OA"- An Orientation Aide's role does not end after Orientation, rather it continues throughout and beyond the college experience.
  • A Strong Belief in Holistic Student Development- Each student is treated as a unique individual whose development involves all aspects of their person.
  • A Passion for and Knowledge of All Aspects of the William & Mary Experience- Orientation Aides provide an energetic and informed resource for new students. This includes knowledge of student involvement opportunities, academic resources, and other support services on campus.
  • A Concerted Effort to Build and Maintain Relationships with All Members of the Orientation Process- Orientation Aides reach out to and build relationships with new students, Orientation Aides, Resident Assistants, and other campus departments. These relationships are built upon mutual respect and strong communication. Orientation Aides should be open to building other campus relationships that assist them in their role.
  • A Clear Commitment to William & Mary Community Values, Building Student Learning Opportunities, and Advancing Student Well-being.
William & Mary Community Values
  • Tribe Pride- Orientation Aides support pride and encouragement for the College's athletic, academic and co-curricular programs.
  • Community of Trust- Orientation Aides embrace and uphold the honor and judicial codes in order to maintain the integrity of our community.
  • Empowering Students to Achieve- Orientation Aides assist new students in recognizing their own ability to succeed.
  • Spirit of Service- Orientation Aides promote and encourage a commitment to service and community.
  • Respect for Diversity- Orientation Aides are open to new ideas, inclusive of all individuals, thoughtful in their language, and knowledgeable about multicultural opportunities.
Student Learning and Involvement
  • Encourage Student Involvement
    Orientation Aides promote student involvement as a means to compliment the curricular experience.
  • Promote all Opportunities Equally
    Orientation Aides present the full spectrum of opportunities on campus, keeping in mind that diverse interests are an integral part of the William and Mary experience. Orientation Aides are encouraged to present their interests and activities as a model of student involvement.
  • Promote Self Initiative
    Orientation Aides encourage new students to proactively seek activities that meet their interests and foster their growth.
  • Promote Faculty/Staff Relationships
    Orientation Aides encourage new students to see faculty and staff as partners in learning.
  • Encourage Students to Embrace Learning
    Orientation Aides promote the value of learning for the sake of learning in and out of the classroom.
  • Provide Informed Advice
    Orientation Aides are knowledgeable about the William and Mary academic experience and appropriate resources.
Student Well-Being
  • Empathetic Awareness of Student Needs
    Orientation Aides reflect upon their own first year experience and apply this understanding in being an effective listener and a source of information and support.
  • Knowledge of Campus Resources
    Orientation Aides familiarize students with and help them feel comfortable utilizing campus and community resources that promote student health and well-being.
  • Balancing Challenge and Support
    Orientation Aides encourage student growth and independence by supporting new students as they face new and different experiences.
  • Reach Out to All New Students
    Orientation Aides actively engage all new students so they feel like essential and valued members of the William and Mary community.