What is the First Year Experience?

The Office of First Year Experience is responsible for creating engaging transition experiences where students are empowered to optimally thrive at William & Mary. 

Orientation

A hallmark of the initial student transition experience is Orientation, a program that occurs before the fall and spring semesters. W&M's Orientation is run by one of the largest student volunteer staffs in the country and introduces new students to many aspects of the university community including student life, academic policies, and the honor code. The program's goal is to make our students feel right at home from the moment they set foot on campus.

Find Your Experience

Upon completion of Orientation, students are then encouraged to Find Your Experience through university-wide traditions and collaborative in-person and online programs that reinforce university values and available resources. New students are encouraged to participate in Directorate-sponsored initiatives focused on personal well-being and academic and co-curricular interests.

Form Your Experience

Students engage in the Form Your Experience program upon returning to campus following their first summer session/break. Through partnered community series focused on each student's personal growth, this transition pathway supports students during an overlooked, yet critical collegiate juncture. Areas of focus include leadership, wellness, values, identity, academics, and career development.

Focus Your Experience

Coming Fall 2022 . . . Stay Tuned!