You and your "pre-major advisor" will work together from orientation until you declare a major. Our faculty advisors are very familiar with the academic landscape, and their knowledge will help you make informed decisions. They can also point you toward a variety of useful campus resources. A pre-major advisor will be assigned to you before Orientation.
Your pre-major advisor can:
- Help you plan your early academic choices so you're on track to get the most from your William & Mary degree.
- Guide you to courses and opportunities that can help you meet your goals.
- Serve as someone you can talk to when you need academic advice or assistance.
- Connect you with other faculty and staff who can provide more help and information.
- Help you plan and prepare for registration.
- Provide you with the *PIN number you need to register.
- Help you think through and decide on an academic major.
Meeting With Your Pre-major Advisor
Once you arrive on campus for orientation, you will be assigned a Pre-Major Advisor and they will email you to introduce themselves and schedule a time for your orientation advising meeting.
First-year meetings with your pre-major advisor will be about getting you off to a strong academic start at William & Mary. You will have meetings ahead of each registration window during your first academic year. You will typically have at least one meeting in your second year to make sure you're on the right track and to plan for your intended major.
Your pre-major advisor will also give you the *PIN number you will need to register for classes. This number is only shared after you have completed your advising meeting, so please be sure to schedule your advising meetings ahead of registration.
Questions About Your Pre-major Advisor Assignment
If for some reason you need a new pre-major advisor (if, for example, yours goes on research leave), you should complete this request form managed by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.