July 2022
It's hard to believe that we're almost halfway through the summer! It has been wonderful to meet so many of you this month during Welcome Events, and I look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall.

As a reminder, fall course registration will open during the second half of July. You can review our Academic Advising & Course Registration webinar from June 13 for additional information. Also, make sure to register for our Parent & Family Orientation, which will take place from August 26-27. This will be an exciting and informational weekend where you can explore campus and foster connections as your student begins their William & Mary journey!

If we haven't met yet, I look forward to seeing you in July and August.

S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success
Register for Parent & Family Orientation
August 26 - August 27
Welcome to the family! This is an exciting time and we are preparing now for your arrival in August. William & Mary views our relationship with you and your student as a partnership. Through this partnership, we seek to create the optimal support system for every student. Our relationship begins at Parent & Family Orientation where you will gain helpful information to support your student during the critical first year.
Upcoming Tribe Guide Deadlines
July 15: Deadline to send in official IB, AP, Cambridge, and other test reports to to the Office of the University Registrar
July 18: Early Fall registration opens
July 22: Registration for 7 Generations closes
July 27: Deadline: Upload Tribe Card Photo
Webinar Family Friday: “Meet the Deans”: The Dean of Students Office and Preparing for College
July 15, 2022 | 4-5 PM EST
Join us on Friday, July 15 at 4:00 PM for an informal interactive conversation focused on preparing you and your student for their transition to college. Bring your questions for our new Dean of Students Stacey Harris and her leadership team – Vice Dean Mark Sikes, Senior Associate Dean Dave Gilbert, and Associate Dean Wilmarie Rodriguez – as they discuss resources available in the Dean of Students Office and ways you can support your student through this next step in their journey.
Follow Parent & Family Programs on Social Media
Follow us on instagram @wm_families and our Facebook page: W&M Parent and Family Programs to stay up to date on important deadlines, learn about volunteer opportunities, and see on-campus and off-campus resources!

We want parents and families to have all of the resources necessary for their William & Mary experience to be as enriching and rewarding as possible.
Live Workshop Series for Students
Stepping Stones is a series of live workshop sessions. Each of the sessions explores questions asked by students via the New Student Inventory--like, "How do I best manage my time?" and "What's the classroom like?" Sessions occur on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8 PM (Eastern).

The next Stepping Stone is on Tuesday, July 19th.
New Student Course Registration Opens July 18
From July 18 to July 28, new students will be able to register for up to 8 credits. Your student should have received more information regarding their course registration via their email, and for more resources visit the academic registration page.

We recommend that students learn the basic structure of the undergraduate curriculum and other degree requirements. What are COLL requirements? How do all the credits come together to form a major and an undergraduate degree? This overall picture will help students plan their first semester and first year of study. 
The Tribe Guide is Live!
The Tribe Guide is your student's one-stop online source for information about what they need to do before they arrive in Williamsburg this fall. From advising and registration to housing and meal plans, the Tribe Guide is here to help your student make a smooth transition to college life.

Please note that it is your student's responsibility to complete all questionnaires, educational modules, applications, etc. in the student checklist. Check out the Parent & Family Checklist for your own to-do's!
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Show Your W&M Pride!

To commemorate this exciting time, we are pleased to offer "Class of 2026" gear through our online store.

This includes student t-shirts, backpacks, hats, and gear for the family too!

 A limited quantity is available while supplies still last.
Download the W&M Mobile App
William & Mary offers a convenient app that allows you to access essential information anywhere, anytime on your mobile device – available for iOSAndroid and mobile web. W&M Mobile provides a variety of campus information and services for the university community. The W&M mobile app will also prove extremely helpful for you and your student when they arrive on campus this fall, with quick links to access their course schedule, grades, and emergency notifications.
Parent & Family Council
The Parent & Family Council (PFC) is a community of parent donors and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to increasing parent engagement and philanthropy, promoting William & Mary, and strengthening the Tribe family. PFC families enhance student life and student success initiatives by giving and raising vital funds for the Parents Fund and programs across the university. As parent ambassadors, PFC members welcome new Tribe families and help them navigate life with a college student. Members also meet faculty and administrators, provide parent perspectives to William & Mary’s senior leadership, and learn about university initiatives and priorities.
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Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795