July 2020
We hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. July is here and we are getting ever nearer to your student's arrival in August. This month kicks off a series of welcome events , and we look forward to meeting you and your student at one of these events!

During the last month we learned of the Path Forward for Fall 2020. Details will continue to emerge throughout the summer so we encourage you to keep an eye on your email and the Path Forward website for updates.

Keep reading to learn more about July Tribe Guide deadlines, Orientation and Move In updates, and ways to stay connected as we approach the fall semester. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

S. Mark Sikes, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Student Success
William & Mary
Heather Deere, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
William & Mary
The Path Forward: Fall 2020
William & Mary is preparing for an early opening and an in-person semester in fall 2020, consistent with Virginia’s public health guidelines (pdf) for higher education.

W&M will offer three semesters – fall, spring and summer – to provide maximum flexibility for students. The fall 2020 semester will include a condensed schedule that begins a week early and ends before Thanksgiving. We will have no fall break. William & Mary is taking a phased approach to decision-making, and will continue to update the community as more information and details become available.

As we return to campus, our governing themes are flexibility, safety, wellness, equity, collaboration, innovation and service. A hallmark of the fall semester will be engaging the creativity of William & Mary in pragmatic solutions to support our communities under pandemic conditions.
Tribe Guide Checklist - July
Please note that the Tribe Guide Checklist's to-do dates have not shifted even with the academic semester changed start date. And please continue to check out the First Year Experience website for up-to-date information. This month student's should begin and review their progress on the following items:

  • Insurance Requirement Forms
  • eServices Authorized User Set-up
  • College Studies
  • TribeCareers
  • TribeLink Student Involvement

There's also a checklist just for you, families! Be sure to review your checklist for to-do's and resources.
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Residence Life Updates
New student housing assignments will be available in the housing portal by July 8, 2020, students will receive an email notification.

A phased move-in process is planned for August 2020. New student move in will take place August 12-14. In order for us to manage the number of people on campus and in buildings each resident will schedule a move-in appointment. Details regarding how and when to make appointments will be shared with residents by July 15, we will make arrangements for families with siblings.

We are excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus!
Orientation Updates
William & Mary will hold a hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual/remote Welcome Week and Orientation activities for new residential students beginning at their time of move-in through Tuesday, August 18.

New (approved) commuter students should plan to participate in Orientation activities beginning the evening of Friday, August 14 through Tuesday, August 18.

A tentative schedule will be released on the New Student Orientation website by July 17.
Meal Plan Updates
Meal plan registration for the Fall 2020 is now open. Residential undergraduate students must select a meal plan by July 8 at 5 pm or they will be automatically enrolled in the Gold 19 plan.

One allowable change will be permitted until the end of the add/drop period which is August 27. Additional changes will be assessed a $25 processing fee.
Academic Advising Support
Over the summer incoming students will begin the process to register for their fall classes. Your student will complete College Studies, an online short course, designed to prepare them for this process.

If you and your student have questions that are not addressed in College Studies, please contact the Office of Academic Advising at
Family Weekend 2020
For Fall 2020, use of space at William & Mary is dedicated to core mission activities and restricted to the immediate campus community. Based on these determinations and the most recent federal and state guidelines, Family Weekend 2020 will be re-imagined as a fully virtual event.

Please continue to save September 25-27, 2020, on your calendar and expect to receive more details regarding a schedule of virtual events via email, social media and our website as the summer progresses.
Tribe Pride & Digital Downloads
Road Trip Playlist
Help us create a playlist for your trip to William & Mary this fall by submitting songs that you're listening to right now! Please make sure to give the full title of the song as well as the artist or artists.

Use the google form below to let us know what songs you want to add to the #WMburgbound Family Road Trip Playlist!
Facebook Profile Frames
We know this is an exciting time for both you and your student - and you want to share this excitement with others! Let your community know your student is #WMburgbound this fall with our new Facebook frames.

Visit the link below to add a frame to your Facebook Profile photo.
Facebook Cover Photos
Another way to give your Facebook profile a William & Mary makeover is through our new #WMburgbound cover photos!

Visit the link below to view and download these cover photos. More digital items will be released throughout the summer - stay tuned!
2024 Family & Student Gear
To commemorate this exciting time, we are pleased to offer "Class of 2024" and "William & Mary Family" gear through our  online store . A portion of the proceeds from these sales will benefit the  HEART fund , which provides financial assistance to meet unexpected needs of W&M students for a wide range of emergency situations.

 A limited quantity is available while supplies last.
Did you know? You can view every webinar in our series on demand, anytime! Visit our website to review webinars you may have missed or need to re-watch.

The Parent & Family Programs Webinar Series is intended to be an interactive resource designed to help you connect with faculty, staff, and students, and to answer some of your questions about programs at William & Mary. Visit the link below to view the full schedule.
Learn More: Career Preparation at W&M
Tuesday July 14 - 12 PM ET
The Cohen Career Center offers career development programs, services, connections, and resources, empowering students to achieve their career goals. Join representatives from the Cohen Career Center as they discuss resources available to your student during the summer and their entire career at W&M.
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Learn More: Student Leadership & Development
Tuesday, July 21 - 12 PM ET
At William & Mary, we believe that student leadership development is a cornerstone in supporting our students to become engaged citizens. Student leadership involves cultivating a frame of mind for exploring self, others and community. Join representatives from Student Leadership & Development to learn more about how your student can begin the process of getting involved at W&M.
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Is your student interested in joining a fraternity or Sorority this fall? Want to learn about how recruitment and Membership Intake will occur this fall under the current guidelines for returning to campus?

Sign up here to receive emails about one or more council’s joining processes this fall. 
Discover W&M Health & Wellness
Incoming students and their families are invited to begin experiencing our Virtual Health & Wellness Classes!

You can meet the instructors and practitioners who provide services on campus and find the format that suits you best, right at home. Live FitWell Classes are offered daily and you can explore the archive at any time.
Like us on Facebook!
There are many ways to stay connected and up to date with William & Mary. One way is by connecting with our office on Facebook. "Like" our page to receive deadline updates, university news, event information, and more. By liking our page, you will have another way to stay connected to the Tribe!
Download the W&M Mobile App
William & Mary offers a convenient app that allows you to a ccess essential information anywhere, anytime on your mobile device – available for  iOS Android  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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