New Student Orientation

Begins Friday, August 25

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 (available May 1 at 12 Noon Eastern) will lead you through your new student requirements, and over time we will provide specific move-in information and orientation schedules - for both new students and families.  

Mark your calendars to arrive on campus Friday, August 25 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
  • On-Campus Freshmen: both will be accomplished by arriving at their designated residence hall check-in location on Friday, August 25 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Off-Campus Freshmen: arrive at the Sadler Center on Friday, August 25 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m to check-in for Orientation
  • On-Campus Transfer, All Exchange and W&M St Andrews Host Students: between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, students should check-in at their designated residence hall location to move-in and then head to the Sadler Center for orientation check-in
  • Off-Campus Transfer, All Exchange, and W&M St Andrews Host Students: check-in for orientation in the Sadler Center on Friday, August 25 between 8:00 a.m. and 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.