First Year Experience

The Office of First Year Experience supports the transition of new students into the W&M community through programming and outreach services, including New Student Orientation. 

New Students Arriving Spring 2019

Congratulations on your decision to attend William & Mary! We are excited to welcome you to the Tribe and to help you make the most of your time at the College.

Step 1:  Go to the Tribe Guide

The Tribe Guide will lead you through everything that you need before arriving on campus in January.

Step 2:  Make Note of the Orientation Dates

Orientation for new spring semester students will take place January 11-15. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for January 11.

Step 3:  Review the Spring Orientation Schedule

All students entering for the spring 2019 semester are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program. Final versions of the New Student & Family Spring Orientation Schedule will be available mid-December 2018.

New Students Arriving Fall 2019

Welcome to the Tribe! We look forward to having you join us on-campus in August 2019.  Your step-by-step guide of requirements, otherwise known as the Tribe Guide, will be available May 1 at 12 Noon (Eastern). New Student Orientation, during which you will also move into your residence hall room assignment, will be held August 23-27,2019 and is required for all new fall 2019 students.


If you have any questions about the first-year transition or the orientation program, contact the Office First Year Experience.  We are here to help!