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Summer Pre-Orientation Programs

For those who can't wait...

W&M's four (4) pre-Orientation programs are great way to learn more about yourself and our community the summer before you join us in August!

Pre-Orientation Program Descriptions
Preparing for Life as a University Student (PLUS)

2021 Dates: Sunday, July 11 - Friday, July 16 (online) with tentative in-person Fall Retreat
Program Cost: None. University-sponsored.
Application: Available May 1 (Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021)
Website: Preparing for Life as a University Student (PLUS)

PLUS provides a supportive (online) introduction to academic life at William & Mary, providing participants with the opportunity to interact with some of our most distinguished faculty members here at William & Mary. During the PLUS Program, students will engage in mock class sessions, while also gaining invaluable insight from professors and current students about being holistically successful at the University. Participants will also be provided the opportunity to become familiar with numerous campus resources, including the Dean of Students office, Academic Advising, and the D.C. Office.

Due to ongoing social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19, this program will shift from an in-person to a virtual program for summer 2021 with the hopes to have an in-person retreat in the Fall. We will engage in scheduled video conferences and presentations that will give students an opportunity to talk with relevant campus faculty and staff and get to know each other.

W&M Bridge

2021 Dates: On-Hold
Program Cost: None. University-sponsored.
Registration: TBD

The purpose of the W&M Bridge program is to provide incoming neurodivergent students, both freshman and transfers, the opportunity to acclimate themselves to William & Mary. Neurodiversity refers to the diversity of brains and minds, including autism, Tourette Syndrome, epilepsy, seizure disorder, ADHD, etc. At William & Mary, we seek to improve the college experiences of neurodivergent students. Through this program, participating students will have the chance to meet and socialize with other neurodivergent students and will be introduced to campus resources. 

Until further information is available regarding the fall semester, the program for summer 2021 is on-hold. We will provide incoming students and families with updates as decision are made.

7 Generations - Updated for 2021!

2021 Dates: August 23 - 26, 2021
Program Cost: $135 registration with $75 scholarships available; no cost for FGLI students 
Registration: Opens June 2, 2021; Closes July 23, 2021
Website: 7 Generations

7 Generations offers incoming students the opportunity to participate in hands-on service while learning about the local community and sustainability. In small teams, students volunteer with nonprofits committed to environmental, social, and economic sustainability including local parks, city government, and cultural organizations. Living and serving together during the program, teams build community as they volunteer, share their meals, explore Williamsburg, and learn about W&M from their upperclassmen team leaders. 7 Generations is hosted by the Office of Community Engagement (OCE).

W&M Pathways - Updated for 2021!

2021 Dates: 
 - Session 1: August 16 - 20, 2021
 - Session 2: August 23 - 27, 2021
Program Cost: $195 per participant
Registration:  Opens May 26, 2021; Closes July 1, 2021
Website: W&M Pathways

Planning is underway for Pathways 2021 utilizing the lessons learned from this past year's successful COVID-adapted Tribe Adventure Program (TAP)

Campus Recreation offers incoming students a unique and transformative pre-orientation experience. Participants share an extended outdoor adventure experience designed to assist students during this time of transition. No previous outdoor experience is necessary. During their adventures, students will develop a strong sense of self-efficacy while gaining valuable social and leadership skills. Lead by the TAP's student trip leaders, participants learn about W&M life, are welcomed into the Tribe community and become part of a W&M tradition.

For participants traveling to Williamsburg from farther distances, the university's Parking & Transportation Services Office has an Airport and Out of Town Travel page that is useful when coordinating such logistics. 

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Page Updated: 02 June 2021