First Year Experience

The Office of First Year Experience supports the transition of students into and through their W&M community experience by providing services, outreach, and support encompassed within our New Student Orientation, Find Your Experience, and Form Your Experience programs. 

New Students Arriving Fall 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 university.

Step 1:  Go to the Tribe Guide

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

Step 2:  Make Note of the Orientation Dates

Orientation for new spring semester students will take place August 23-27. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for August 23-24. New students residing on campus will move into their residence hall room assignment the first day of orientation (August 23). 

Step 3:  Review the Fall Orientation Schedule

All students entering for the fall 2019 semester are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program. Working versions of the fall New Student & Family Orientation Schedules will be available in early June 2019.

New Students Arriving Spring 2020 . . . 

We look forward to welcoming you to campus very soon, and will provide you with more in-depth information following the undergraduate admission application deadline.


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!