First Year Experience

The First Year Experience is a strategic approach to the educational and personal development of freshmen and transfer students at the College of William and Mary. The FYE endeavors to expose William and Mary students to resources, challenges, and experiences that support and encourage holistic development throughout their first year and increase potential for success and satisfaction throughout their lives.

Objectives and outcomes have been created as a guide for members of the faculty and staff throughout the campus who are creating first year programs and services. The FYE consists of intentional initiatives, including Orientation and Extended Orientation; Freshman Residence Life; Freshman and Transfer Advising; the Academic Intervention Program; a Multicultural Education Program; Wellness; the Sharpe Program; Career Exploration; College Scholars; the PLUS program; Monroe Scholars; Athletic Academy; Freshmen Seminars; and Campus Involvement.

The FYE Team, chaired by the Dean of Students, serves as a forum for identifying and responding to the needs of the first year student population and those who serve them. The Team is responsible for reviewing and supporting programs and services that comprehensively address the outcomes, communicating to the William and Mary community, assessing student outcomes, and evaluating programmatic efforts.