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Fall Orientation

August is here!

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.

Table outlining Orientation Check-In Locations
Class of 2025 Freshmen
  • On-campus freshmen should arrive at the designated residence hall check-in location at their selected appointment time on either Thursday, August 26 or Friday, August 27 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 on Friday, August 27 between 4-4:45 pm at the Sadler Center to meet their Orientation Aides and begin participating in new student orientation. Commuting new students should plan to participate in required orientation activities through Tuesday, August 31.
Check out the 2021 New Student Orientation Highlights to gain a better sense of what can be expected 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 on either Thursday, August 26 or Friday, August 27 via their designated move-in map route. Check-in for both your residence hall - and - new student orientation will be accomplished at this time. At 5:30 pm all Transfer, Exchange and Joint Degree Programme Host Students will convene in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium.
  • Off-campus students should report directly to the Sadler Center on Friday, August 27 between 5:00-5:30 pm to meet their Orientation Aides and begin participating in orientation. At 5:30 pm all Transfer, Exchange and Joint Degree Programme Host Students will convene in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium. Commuting new students should plan to participate in required orientation activities through Tuesday, August 31
Check out the 2021 Transfer & More Orientation Highlights to gain a better sense of what can be expected in August.

Parent & Family Orientation

2021 Parent & Family Orientation will be held on Saturday, August 28 - after you have settled your student into their new Williamsburg home.

The goal of our program is to provide you with the tools necessary to help support your student’s success at William & Mary. More details, including program dates and a schedule of events, will be shared via email, social media and our website as the summer progresses.

Mobile Orientation & Move-In Info

Download the W&M Mobile app and 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 Student Transition Engagement Programs.