William & Mary

First Year Experience

The Office of First Year Experience supports the transition of new students into the W&M community through programming and outreach services, including New Student Orientation.

New Students Arriving Spring 2016

Congratulations on your decision to attend William & Mary! We are excited to welcome you to the William & Mary family and to help you make the most of your time at W&M. A step-by-step program to help guide you through all of the required elements to start your journey is available through the Tribe Guide.

Step 1:  Go to the Tribe Guide

The Tribe Guide will lead you through everything that you need before arriving on campus in January.

Step 2:  Make Note of the Orientation Dates

All students entering for the spring 2016 semester are required to attend New Student Orientation, which will take place January 15-19, 2016. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for January 15, 2016.

Step 3:  Review the Spring Orientation Schedule

The New Student & Family Spring Orientation Schedule is available.

New Students Arriving Fall 2016

We look forward to welcoming you to the William & Mary family over the next several months and having you join us on-campus in August.  Your Tribe Guide, a step-by-step checklist to guide you through the list of W&M requirements, will be available Monday, May 2, 2016.

New Student Orientation, an enrollment requirement of all students entering the College, will take place August 19-23. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for August 19 & 20.


If you have any questions about the W&M first-year student transition or the orientation program, contact the Office First Year Experience.  We are here to help!