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 Spring 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 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 17-21. Parent & Family Orientation is scheduled for the afternoon of January 17. New students residing on campus will move into their residence hall room assignment the morning of the first day of orientation (January 17). 

Step 3:  Review the Spring Orientation Schedule

All students entering for the spring 2020 semester are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program. The Spring 2020 New Student & Family Orientation schedule is available for review.

New Students Arriving Fall 2020 . . . 

We look forward to welcoming you to campus very soon. Your New Student Orientation will held Friday, August 21 - Tuesday, August 25, immediately preceding the fall 2020 semester. More information will arrive in your W&M inbox on May 1, 2020!


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!