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New Student Orientation

Begins Friday, August 22

We know you're excited for your time at W&M to begin!  Now you need to know what to do and where to go. No problem! The Tribe Guide will lead you through your new student requirements, and over time we will provide specific move-in information and final orientation schedules - for both new students and families.  In the meantime, mark your calendars to arrive on campus August 22 between 8 am - 12 pm.

Orientation occurs immediately prior to the fall semester to introduce new students to many aspects of William & Mary 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.  Check out the Sample New Student Orientation Schedule to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in August.

Campus & Orientation Check-In Locations
  • 2014 Move-In Map (pdf) - available August 1
  • On-Campus Freshmen: arrive at their designated residence hall check-in location on Friday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Off-Campus Freshmen: arrive at the Sadler Center on Friday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • New Transfer Students: arrive at the Sadler Center on Friday, August 22 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Local Lodging

If you need to make local lodging reservations, you should begin to make those plans as soon as possible.  Explore the resources found within the Parent & Family Program's travel planning website.

Placement Testing during Orientation

Placement and proficiency testing is offered in Arabic, Chinese, Dance, Italian, Japanese, and Latin and Russian. Testing will take place on Monday, August 25. More information will be available in late June.

Transfer Student Welcome Day

Attention all transfer students!  Watch for upcoming information about this special event for new transfer students. This is not a required activity, but is recommended as a great way to become familiar with the campus, make living arrangements, and meet faculty, staff and students.