For Students

At the College of William & Mary, academic advising is considered a natural extension of teaching. Every student at William & Mary has a faculty advisor. Our advisors have deep understanding of what makes a person liberally educated, and use this knowledge to help students make informed decisions. Advisors address questions about course selection and guide students to campus resources. 

Here are some things you should be doing to get the most out of your time at William & Mary:

  1. Develop a relationship with your faculty advisor. Understand what's expected of both you and your advisor. Your pre-major advisor will help you understand requirements and introduce you to campus resources. When you are ready to declare a major, you'll find a major advisor who will guide you to a course of study that meets your professional goals.
  2. Interact with other faculty.  Discussing academic and global matters with faculty is the hallmark of a quality education at  William & Mary. All faculty have office hours. Make a point to meet with those teaching courses or researching topics that interest you.
  3. Organize and monitor your academic progress.  There are many tools available to help you stay organized and keep track of your academic work.  The academic planner [pdf] is an important one. The planner helps you make intentional decisions about your academic, extra-curricular and co-curricular experiences.  The degree evaluation allows you to keep track of your academic progress.
  4. Explore. Take a course in an unfamiliar discipline. Visit the Career Center and take a self-assessment test or look for an internship. Participate in a research project. Study abroad
  5. Research major and career options. Choosing a major is a process that leads you on a journey of self-discovery. Quality resources make informed, intentional decisions possible. Career Center counselors and Swem librarians can introduce you to current resources.
  6. Network.   A network of faculty, administrators, staff, and peers can connect you to local and global opportunities. Participation in extra- and co-curricular activities build skills desirable to employers and professional school. 
  7. Utilize campus resources.  In addition to your academic advisors, offices across campus are available to support you along the way.