Fall Orientation

August will be here soon!

Orientation, an enrollment requirement, occurs immediately prior to the fall semester to introduce all new students to the many aspects of William & Mary including student life, academic policies, and the honor code. The goal of each orientation program is to make our students feel right at home from the moment they set foot on campus. 

For Fall 2020, Welcome Week and Orientation activities will begin the first day of new student move-in (Wednesday, August 12) and continue through Tuesday, August 18!

Table outlining Orientation Check-In Locations
Class of 2024 Freshmen
  • On-campus freshmen should arrive at the designated residence hall check-in location at their selected appointment time (between Wednesday, August 12 - Friday, August 14) via their designated move-in map route. Check-in for both your residence hall - and - new student orientation will be accomplished at this time.
  • Off-campus freshmen should arrive at the Sadler Center. Commuting new students should plan to participate in required orientation activities beginning the evening of Friday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 18.
Check out the 2019 New Student Orientation Highlights to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in August. 
Transfer, Exchange and Joint Degree Programme Host Students
  • On-campus students should first move into their housing assignment at their selected appointment time (between Wednesday, August 12 - Friday, August 14) via their designated move-in map route and residence hall check-in location. You will then need to report to the Sadler Center to check-in for new student orientation.
  • Off-campus students should report directly to the Sadler Center. Commuting new students should plan to participate in required orientation activities beginning the evening of Friday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 18.
Check out the 2019 New Student Orientation Highlights to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in August. 
Parents & Family Members
  • Once your new student is checked into their residence hall and/or orientation, head to one of our Parent & Family Welcome Stations. Family Orientation will be held virtually the afternoon of Sunday, August 16 due to limited campus access for parents and families during the move-in process. We also recognize that our out-of-state families may need additional time to travel back home. All presentations will be recorded and posted on the Parent & Family Programs website for those unable to join us live.
Mobile Orientation & Move-In Info
Download the W&M Mobile app! Then in late July, select the New Students & Families experience to access orientation information including move-in maps and schedules, review key app features including Tribe Card, Transit and Academic Tools, and receive important notifications and updates from the First Year Experience office.