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Spring Orientation

January 21-25 for New Spring 2022 Students

Students accepted for Fall 2022 will attend New Student Orientation tentatively beginning the Friday prior to the first day of fall classes (Wednesday, August 31, 2022). On May 2, additional information will be released!

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 both 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 new students. 

Due to the impending inclement weather, Spring Orientation Check-in will now be held Monday, January 24, 2022. Included during the Orientation check-in process is Residence Hall Check-in (as appropriate and at their selected appointment time) and the distribution of Tribe Student ID Cards. 

Take a look at the *updated* Spring Orientation Schedule for New Students & Families to familiarize yourself with all that is being planned. 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.

Registering for and attending events at William & Mary conveys a shared expectation of abiding by university policy, which is subject to change as conditions warrant. As of January 18, 2022, those requirements include appropriately masking indoors in shared spaces, except when actively eating or drinking in designated areas. Anyone not properly wearing masks indoors may be asked to leave. Masks outdoors are optional and encouraged in large gatherings. COVID-19 vaccination and boosters are required of all William & Mary students as of January 18, and are strongly encouraged for all employees and external visitors, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. We create these shared expectations of event participants in keeping with William & Mary’s core values of Belonging within this community and Respect for one another as individuals, and in recognition of the risks inherent to gathering amid pandemic.

Student Handbook

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 by selecting Student Links.

Placement Testing

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.