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 2020

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 (available May 1 at 12 Noon Eastern) will lead you through everything that you need before arriving on campus in August. More information will arrive in your W&M G Suite email inbox on May 1, 2020!

Step 2:  Make Note of the Orientation Dates

Orientation for new fall semester students will take place Friday, August 21 - Tuesday, August 25. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, August 21 through mid-day Saturday, August 22. New students residing on campus will move into their residence hall room assignment the morning of the first day of orientation (Friday, August 21). 

Step 3:  Review the Fall Orientation Schedule

All students entering for the fall 2020 semester are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program. A draft of the Fall 2020 New Student & Family Orientation schedule will be available for review on May 1 at 12 Noon Eastern.


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!