Getting Prepared

Before Orientation
Step 1: Provide Your Final Transcript
Step 2: Complete the New Student Inventory (due January 4)

Complete the new student inventory by January 4. This will ensure that you are matched with a pre-major advisor and peer advisor, who will assist you with advising and the registration process.

Step 3: Learn about W&M's majors and degree requirements
Step 4: Review an online mini course (Opens January 3)

All students review an online mini-course known as College Studies (opens January 3). You will be enrolled in one of these courses according to your social class and a peer advisor will help you with the activities. The course orients you to the academic life of William & Mary and prepares you to register for your first semester courses.

Step 5: Review the Registration Videos (Due Jan 10)

Step 6: Check Your Transfer Credit Totals

To check your transfer credits, review your Degree Audit in Degree Works. Transfer credit evaluations will begin once official transcripts have been received and will be ongoing. You may be asked to supply course descriptions and syllabi which may delay some postings. If no transfer credit has been posted to your record by January 5, please contact the Transfer Credit Coordinator, [[grace,Grace Fend]], (757) 221-2823.

***NOTE: Bring copies of your transcripts with you when you come to orientation. Transcripts from your other school and AP/IB scores will help us provide you with better advice on course selection and registration.

During Orientation
Step 7: Attend Academic Advising Sessions
  • January 12: Attend an advising presentation with the Academic Deans.
  • January 12: Register for courses (up to 11 credits) in a group advising session with a Peer Advisor.
  • January 12: Identify your academic advisor & your advisors office location. Send an email message to your advisor to discover how to schedule your first advising appointment. A Peer Advisor will be on hand to help you with the process.
  • January 13: Attend an advising information session with Academic Advising. Find out important information about the advising process and ask questions.

Pre-Professional Advising for other Specific Professions. Some entering students are fairly certain they want to pursue a pre-professional track leading to a specific profession. If this is the case with you, it is especially important that you choose courses carefully to satisfy these additional requirements. We recommend that in addition to meeting with your pre-major advisor you also make an appointment with the appropriate pre-professional faculty advisor.

Step 8: Meeting with Your Faculty Advisor.

January 16: Your pre-major advisor will meet with you during orientation to review courses you selected during the pre-registration period and discuss the remaining courses you need to complete a full time schedule (typically 12-16 credits per semester). A PIN number will be given to you by your advisor so you can complete registration. You are responsible for signing up for an advising appointment during orientation.

Step 9: Register for a full time schedule.

January 16: You will complete the registration process and finalize your classes for your first semester. You will need a PIN number to register for a full time schedule. Your advisor will give you the PIN during orientation at your first advising appointment on January 16.

Step 10: Seek advice from the Academic Advising office if you need additional information.

January 16: Professional Academic Advisors are available during an afternoon orientation session to assist you in registering for a full-time schedule of classes. See the orientation program for time and location of this advising session.

Academic advisors and staff are available to answer your questions about W&M academics, campus resources and academic support options. Stop by our office in Swem Library, call 757-221-2476, or email your questions to [[advising]].