William & Mary

Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation for new spring 2016 students is January 15-16, 2016.  Fall Orientation for incoming fall 2016 students will be August 19-23 with information available May 2.

Welcome new members of the Tribe!

Orientation occurs before the each 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.

The Tribe Guide

Each semester, a Tribe Guide is developed to guide new students through their initial W&M transition.  The overarching checklist provides you with a succint way to ensure all of your new student requirements are met in a timely and efficient manner.

New Student Orientation Program

Attending New Student Orientation is an enrollment requirement for all new students.  Spring Orientation check-in will be held in the Campus Center on Friday, January 15 from 8 am - 11 am. Review the Spring Orientation Schedule for New Students & Families now.  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.

Family Orientation Program

The transition to W&M collegiate life is often a major milestone for family members as well as the student.  Further, we recognize that family members will have different questions and concerns.  Family Spring Orientation is designed to answer those questions and will be held on Friday from 12 noon to 6 pm.  If you plan on attending the Spring Orientation for parents and families, please take a moment and register yourself, and any other participating guests, so we can prepare for your arrival.  

Student Handbook

Take a look at the Student Handbook - the student 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.

Placement Testing

Placement and proficiency testing is offered in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Latin. 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.