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Fall Orientation

August will be here soon!

We look forward to welcoming you to campus in August! In accordance with public health guidelines, William & Mary may make decisions regarding the fall semester that require alterations to the new student move-in and blended orientation program. Look for updates via email and on our website so new students and families can adequately prepare for this exciting transition.


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 (dates TBD) via their designated move-in map route (available mid-July). 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 27 through Tuesday, August 31.
Check out the 2019 New Student Orientation Highlights and to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in a typical August. 
Transfer, Exchange and Joint Degree Programme Host Students
  • On-campus students should first move into their housing assignment at their selected appointment time (dated TBD) via their designated move-in map route (available mid-July) 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 27 through Tuesday, August 31.
Check out the 2019 New Student Orientation Highlights to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in typical August. 
Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation is a multi-day program that begins after you have settled your student into their residence hall. 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.

Check out the 2019 Parent & Family Orientation Schedule and to gain a better sense of how all of this comes together in a typical August. 
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 Student Transition Engagement Programs.