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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. 

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall! In accordance with public health guidelines, William & Mary has made decisions regarding the fall semester that require alterations to the new student move-in and orientation program. Look for updates via email and on our website so new students and families can adequately prepare for this exciting transition.

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 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 shortly after.

Step 2:  Make Note of the Orientation Dates

A blend of in-person and virtual/remote Orientation and Welcome Week activities for new residential students will begin at their time of move-in through Tuesday, August 18. Commuting new students should plan to participate in required orientation activities beginning the evening of Friday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 18. New students residing on campus will move into their residence hall room assignment by appointment between Wednesday, August 12 - Friday, August 14.

Step 3:  Review the Fall Orientation Schedule

All students entering for the fall 2020 semester are required to attend the New Student Orientation Program. The Fall 2019 schedules are currently available for your reference. Drafts of the Fall 2020 New Student & Family Orientation schedule will be available for review by July 17.


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!