Welcome New Members of the Tribe!
Orientation occurs before the each semester to introduce new students to many aspects of W&M 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, so we do everything we can to keep Orientation safe, informative, and fun.
The Tribe Guide
Each semester, a Tribe Guide is developed to guide new students through their initial W&M transition. The overarching checklist provides you with a succinct way to ensure all of your new student requirements are met in a timely and efficient manner.
New Student Orientation Program
Attending New Student Orientation is an enrollment requirement for all in-person, remote, and/or blended transfer, first-time-in-college freshmen, and exchange students, regardless of residential status.
Drafts of the 2021 New Student Orientation Schedule will be available by mid-December. In the meantime, take a quick look at last year's in-person Spring 2020 Orientation Schedule for New Students & Families to familiarize yourself with the content and activities traditionally held. During Orientation, you will get to know your roommate, hallmates and many other new W&M students. These are relationships that you will carry with you throughout your years at W&M.
Family Orientation Program
The transition to W&M collegiate life is often a major milestone for family members as well as the student. Further, we recognize that family members will have different questions and concerns. Family Spring Orientation is designed to answer those questions and will be held virtually. A draft of the 2021 schedule will be available by mid-December.
Take a look at the Student Handbook - the student guide to life at William & Mary. During the Orientation program, you will participate in sessions designed to increase your understanding of the Honor System, the Code of Conduct, and the Residence Life policy of Self-Determination—all of which are outlined in the Handbook. The Handbook is also available through myW&M under Student Links.
Placement and proficiency testing is offered in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Latin. Please contact the Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Russian) department or Classical Studies (Latin) to schedule a placement exam in your particular subject area. Contact the Theatre, Speech, and Dance department to schedule a dance placement test.