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Tribe Guide

Welcome new spring semester students!

The William & Mary Tribe Guide is your one-stop online source for information about what you need to do before you arrive in Williamsburg this January for Spring Orientation. From advising and registration to housing and meal plans, the Tribe Guide Checklist is here to help you make a smooth transition to life at W&M.

Grounding Statements
As a community grounded in seven Core Values, William & Mary respects our region's complex history and the university's place in that narrative. Take a few moments to read and consider our Land Acknowledgement and Statement on Slavery and its Legacies before you even begin your Tribe Guide Checklist.
Get Started!

Have you activated your account? If not, activate your W&M Account now. You will need to create a secure, personalized password. You will use your W&M account to complete most of your Tribe Guide Checklist items.

Duo Two-Factor Authentication

Duo is William & Mary's two-factor authentication service which helps protect your account against increasingly sophisticated security threats. Students are required to use Duo to access most W&M systems, including email and Blackboard. Enroll in Duo now at


William & Mary is in process of transitioning mail and calendar services from Google to Microsoft O365. You will start by using Gmail. Accounts are created 24-48 hours after the enrollment deposit is processed. The standard format for student email addresses is

Your mailbox will be converted to O365 at some point in late January 2022. The standard format for student email addresses in O365 is Make sure to check it frequently for important updates. Even after the change, you will retain access to Google Workspace apps (like Google Docs, and Google Drive).

Student Tribe Card

This is your official form of university identification. It serves as your meal plan card, library card, and facility access card to residence halls, recreational facilities, the Student Health Center, some academic buildings, campus bus transportation, as well as access to athletic events.


You'll use myW&M to access a variety of core services such as Banner for financial aid awards and class registration, and your G Suite email. Go ahead and visit myW&M to take a look.

New Students Arriving Fall 2022

Congratulations on your decision to join us at William & Mary! Information regarding your transition into the university will be available beginning May 1, 2022. Until then, make a tentative note that new students will move into their residence hall assignments and begin your required New Student Orientation the Friday preceding the first day of fall classes (Wednesday, August 31, 2022).


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William & Mary administrative offices will be closed from 5:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. ET Monday, January 3, 2022.