Welcome Letter from Dean Thomas

To our Newest Members of the Tribe:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to William & Mary and congratulate you on your acceptance to one of the most prestigious universities in the nation!

As the Dean of Students, I am committed to the academic and personal development of our undergraduate and graduate students. We have a wonderful expert team that assist students with transition and available campus and community resources in an effort to make sure you accomplish your goals.

The Idea of Tribe?

The goal of this office is to provide programs and services that develop students intellectually, socially, and ethically. We are certain that over the next four years at William & Mary you will find great opportunities for personal development and achievement. Always keep in mind that at William & Mary we are a Tribe. We are a family. We are here for one another and we encourage you to reach out to our office for help when you need it. The sole purpose of our office is to assist you in reaching your full personal and academic potential. Whether it is through advocacy or support, our focus is to help you as you develop into a perceptive scholar.


William & Mary is as unique as it is historic. We boast of a 325+ year legacy that is filled with much character. I encourage you to spend some time to get to know this incredible institution and all that it has to offer. Whether you decide to join a social organization, intramural sports team, or start a new club, getting involved and staying healthy makes for a much more fulfilling collegiate experience. Take time for sleeping, eating, and getting to know your neighbors.

Here at William & Mary there is something for everyone. Whether it be engaging in Harry Potter debates, enjoying the nightlife with friends, or listening to music on the steps of your residence hall, William & Mary is proud of its diverse students and their interests. Take time and explore it all! You never know what you may find.

 Giving Back:

As you may know, William & Mary is known for its rigor and outstanding academics, and though we are aware that the intellectual life is integral to the experience at William & Mary, we are committed to the idea that learning continues outside of the conventional classroom. The Dean of Students Office encourages you to engage with your community, your peers, and yourself throughout your journey!

Like the students before you, we know that you will go on and do incredible things. You will go and change the world for the better. We are proud to have you. Welcome to the Tribe!

Warmest Regards,

Dean Marjorie Thomas