William and Mary

Spring Orientation

Welcome new members of the Tribe!

Orientation occurs before the Spring (January 16 - 20, 2015) semester to introduce new students to many aspects of W&M including student life, academic policies, and the honor code. The goal of each orientation program is to make our students feel right at home from the moment they set foot on campus, so we do everything we can to keep Orientation both informative and fun. During Orientation, you will get to know your roommate, hallmates and many other new W&M students. These are relationships that you'll carry with you throughout your years at W&M.

New Student Orientation Program

Orientation check-in for all new students will be in the Campus Center on Friday, January 16th from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Review the Spring Student & Family Orientation Schedule (.pdf)!

Family Orientation Program

The transition to college life is often a major milestone for family members as well as the student. We recognize that family members have questions and concerns and the Family Orientation Program is designed to answer those questions.  

Parent and family programming will be available on Friday from Noon to 6 p.m.  Review the Spring Student & Family Orientation Schedule (.pdf)!

If you need to make reservations for your family in local motels or hotels, you should begin to make those plans as soon as possible. Find a variety of accommodation options in and around Williamsburg including hotels, bed and breakfasts and other vacation rentals.

Student Handbook

Take a look at this guide to life at William & Mary. During the Orientation Program, you will participate in sessions designed to increase your understanding of the Honor System, the Code of Conduct, and the Residence Life policy of Self-Determination—all of which are outlined in the Handbook. The Handbook is also available through myWM under Student Links.

MLK Social Justice & Service Program

As the College of W&M will be closed in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, new students are invited to participate in the Office of Community Engagement's MLK Social Justice & Service Program on Monday, January 19th from 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM.  Sign-up to begin the spring semester and your time at W&M by honoring the legacy of Dr. King and serving in the Williamsburg community. 

Placement Testing during Orientation

Placement and proficiency testing is offered in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Latin. These tests will take place during Orientation. Please contact the Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian) department or Classical Studies (Latin) to schedule a placement exam in your particular subject area. Contact the Theatre, Speech, and Dance department to schedule a dance placement test.