William & Mary has the expectation that each new student will adhere to the requirements for enrollment as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students must submit medical health history and immunization history forms to the Student Health Center by June 1 or January 10, depending on the semester of enrollment. This necessary information is to be submitted online via your W&M credentials (to include uploading of supporting documentation). Additionally, William & Mary requires all students to have health insurance. New students will be enrolled in and billed for the university's Student Insurance Plan should they neither elect nor waive health insurance coverage by July 31 or January 10, depending on the semester of enrollment.
Students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first four semesters, although students who want to live with their families within a 30 mile radius of campus may apply to Residence Life for an exception. Additionally, all students who reside on-campus are required to select a meal plan. Only under special circumstances, and with prior written approval, are freshmen and sophomores allowed to have cars on campus.
The New Student Orientation program is required for all new students. Students will receive information regarding the dates of Orientation with their deposit confirmation and are expected to plan accordingly to attend. Failure to attend New Student Orientation and any required Essential Initiatives may lead to holds on a student’s account that would prevent course registration.
The College does not encourage new freshman students to enroll in summer school prior to the first semester of full-time enrollment. All freshmen are required to provide a final high school transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition, incoming new students should ensure that official IB, AP, Cambridge, and other test reports are sent directly to the College by July 15 for credit evaluation prior to fall semester. Transfer students must provide transcripts with final grades from the preceding semester. All transfer transcripts and test scores should be sent to the Office of the University Registrar as soon as they are available.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Undergraduate Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Housing Contract are documents which provide the framework for students’ rights, responsibilities, and requirements throughout the course of the undergraduate degree program. All new students, with the exception of those admitted as FlexTrack, are expected to be enrolled in classes full-time, i.e., no fewer than twelve credits per semester. Students may petition for exceptions in extraordinary circumstances. Students are also expected to read and respond to or abide by official university announcements; these are often sent to the email.wm.edu account that students are required to maintain during enrollment at the College. The College also sends official communication to a student’s assigned Campus Station Unit mailbox; students are responsible for all information that is sent via campus mail. Students should become familiar with the regulations, policies, and resources that will lead to their success while at the College.