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College Studies

A handful of short activities designed to help students better navigate the William & Mary academic experience.

Your students are introduced to the excitement and rigor of university-level study over the summer, before they even set foot in a classroom. Our College Studies short course (managed through Blackboard) introduces them to the liberal arts and helps them begin planning how to shape their first two years. The course also prepares new students for course registration and introduces key concepts of information literacy, such as how to sift through information, figure out what's useful and reliable, and then responsibly shape that information to serve their goals.
We encourage your students to approach College Studies as an opportunity to take ownership and responsibility for their academic plans. On average, it takes them 5-7 hours to complete. They are expected to do this work independently, but they won’t be alone. Current W&M students who serve as peer advisors will be there to help them as they navigate the short course. Peer Advisors will reach out to new students through their university email address, on the opening day of the College Studies course.
While peer advisors work with your students over the summer, their faculty pre-major advisors will meet with them during Orientation to help finalize their fall schedules and will continue to work with them throughout the academic year. There are a variety of advising resources available to support students over the summer and throughout their time at William & Mary.

If you have any questions about advising resources available to students, contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at [[academicaffairs]].