October 2021
Hello Class of 2025 Families!
William & Mary is bustling with activity! Thank you to all the families who celebrated Family Weekend on campus – it was an amazing weekend, and we were happy to connect with so many friends. If you weren’t able to join us, ask your student to text a quick picture of the changing foliage. Fall in Williamsburg is beautiful!

Three highlights this month include Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 7-10), Fall Break (Oct. 16-19), and the 10th anniversary of the TutorZone.

We hope you will tune into the TutorZone webinar on October 12th and learn about the fantastic resources offered to our students.

As always, please reach out with any questions and thank you for being part of our W&M community.
Sarah and Rick Altman P ’22, P ’25
Resources for You
Parent & Family Calendar
We are excited to share our Parent & Family Calendar for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! This calendar contains important academic dates, highlighted resources, and William & Mary

We hope you will use this calendar as a resource to connect with your student and support their W&M experience.
Parent & Family Resource Guide
The William & Mary Parent & Family Resource Guide is designed to be an interactive overview of frequently referenced resources.

The digital pdf will be updated once per year and posted for those who wish to print out our Resource Guide. For the most up-to-date information contained in this guide, revisit this website.
Family Webinar: TutorZone & Academic Enrichment Programs
Learn about the variety of resources available to your student through Academic Enrichment Programs. Our staff will give you an overview of the TutorZone, our Academic Coaching program, strategic learning and time management resources, and share tools for academic success. In addition, we will share insight into why W&M students struggle academically, and how you can help your student find academic support should they need it.

Join us on October 12th at 7PM!
Supporting Your Student - A William & Mary Parent & Family Blog
Check out previous blog posts from the semester! Be on the lookout for upcoming posts this month and throughout the remainder of the academic year.
Fall 2021 Care Packages Available for Pre-Sale!
This year's Fall Care Package includes a beanie, steel tumbler, phone pocket all packed into a backpack! Packages will cost $45,00 and include the option to add on an additional W&M umbrella for $15.00.

This is a pre-order. Care packages will be distributed in early December ahead of final exams.
Campus Announcements
An Opening Convocation for the Books
On Friday, September 10th, the weather was magnificent and the student energy was palpable as our community gathered to celebrate Opening Convocation in-person. This year's event gave four semesters of new students, including the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025, the opportunity to experience a magical spin on this quintessential W&M welcome. We encourage you to watch the recorded ceremony, available on the Convocation webpage.
W&M Moves Up in U.S. News, Ranks in Top 10 for Public Universities
William & Mary moved up in the latest national and public university rankings by U.S. News & World Report and maintains a higher alumni giving rate than any other public national university, according to a report released today.

In the 2022 edition of its “Best Colleges” publication, U.S. News ranked William & Mary 10th (tied) among the nation’s public universities, up one spot from a year ago.

Read more in the article below!
Indoor Mask Mandate Implemented Through End of Semester
Following discussions with the Public Health Advisory Team, William & Mary has extended the indoor masking policy to the end of the fall semester. The entire region and state remain at the highest levels of transmissibility yet, with some of the national models predicting cases will spike in late October or early November as we enter into the late fall and winter. Over the next couple of months, William & Mary will assess the extent to which evolving conditions will allow us to modify the masking policy for the spring 2022 semester.

Masks will not be required outdoors. They are recommended if you are in a large gathering outdoors. Vaccinated or not, if you feel a mask would afford you greater protection or help protect those around you, please do not hesitate to “mask up.” Please continue to consult our COVID-19 resource pages for any future updates and changes to our policies, as well as keeping an eye out for these updates.
Resources from Academic Enrichment
With midterm season just around the corner, Academic Enrichment has compiled a list of resources to help your student manage their academic work and help them get the most out of their experience at William & Mary.

From a midterm preparation guide to weekly time management schedules to general academic resources, be sure to check out all of the tools available for your student.
2022-2023 Housing Selection
Although we are not even midway through fall semester students are beginning to discuss 2022-2023 room selection. We will share out 2022-2023 room selection information beginning in December with information sessions for students and parents along with information shared online and via student email.

The 2022-2023 Housing Application & Contract will go live in January when students return from winter break. Reminder that social class 2025 will be required to live on campus for their second year.
Van Shuttle Service
Parking & Transportation operates van shuttle service to and from nearby airports for scheduled breaks in the academic year. Thanksgiving Airport Shuttle registration will open at 8 am on October 25th. Visit Airport and Out of Town Travel for more info.
Upcoming Course Withdrawal Deadline
We’re currently in the midterm grading period, which runs October 11 - October 31. The last day to withdraw from a full-term course is November 1.

Students are always welcome and encouraged to meet with the professional advisors in our office if they have questions or concerns.
Student Flu Shot Clinics
This year, more than ever, the importance of getting vaccinated cannot be overstated. All students enrolled in the United Healthcare Student Resources Insurance Plan MUST receive their flu shot at the Student Health Center.

For students not enrolled in the United Healthcare Student Resources Plan, flu shots will be available from 9am-3pm at Kaplan arena on the following dates (no appointment necessary):
  • Monday, October 11
  • Monday, October 25
  • Monday, November 1

You MUST bring:
  1. Your pharmacy benefits card with BIN
  2. Harris Teeter's Vaccination Consent Form
  3. Short sleeves (preferable)
W&M Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad Programs
Applications now open for W&M Summer Faculty-led study abroad programs. Join W&M faculty going to nearly 20 different locations this summer and receive W&M credits and fulfill COLL 300! Priority deadline December 1 for applications and scholarships. More information on our website.
Winter Externship Program
The Cohen Career Center is excited to once again offer externships (1-2 day shadowing experiences) over winter break. The opportunities will take place in January, span all industries, and take place in various geographic locations (and even virtually!). Apply to experience a day in the life in an industry of interest. Last year there were 25 host organizations, including Credit Suisse, CultureSync, Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law, Eye Physicians & Surgeons, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. All students who wish to apply for a Cohen Career Center externship must attend one of the information sessions.
Study in D.C. with the W&M Washington Center
Has your student wanted to spend live in a city during their collegiate years? Are they hoping to earn academic credit during winter or summer break? Does your student want to learn more about their professional interests and what life after W&M could look like? The Washington Center is the place for ALL students! At the Washington Center, we offer courses all year for students to explore different academic interests with professors from a variety of majors, get internship experience across dozens of industries, and explore D.C. while connecting with W&M alumni.

We are currently accepting student portfolios to participate in all our programs and scholarships are available so every student who wants to study in D.C. can. Learn more in the link below.
Hazing Prevention Coalition
The W&M Hazing Prevention Coalition recently recognized National Hazing Prevention Week. Recognition week activities were focused on what we can do to prevent hazing, things we should know and opportunities to become more active. The Hazing Prevention Coalition invites parents to review the resources that were promoted to all students during the recognition week.
Intelligent Lockers
Intelligent lockers will be delivered to the campus Post Office on October 11th. Intelligent lockers will allow students to pick up their mail without having to stand in line and after hours as well. Future parcel notifications will include a barcode with a unique code that opens each individual locker.
Did you know W&M does public history outside of Williamsburg?
William & Mary’s Highland is a historic site located outside Charlottesville, Virginia and most known as the home of W&M alumnus and 5th U.S. President, James Monroe. However, the site’s history does not begin or end with Monroe. Highland shares a multi-vocal narrative about the past, including the histories of marginalized communities, through its new exhibits, public education and community collaboration. In this work, Highland is proud to partner with a Council of Descendant Advisors, made up of individuals whose ancestors were enslaved at Highland. The site is open to the public daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers educational programs, history walking tours, and many other special events throughout the year. Admission to the site is free to W&M students, staff, and alumni. Interested in planning a visit or learning more about Highland? Visit our website and stay tuned for more announcements coming your way!
Auxiliary Services
W&M Dining
  • Parents, subscribe to The Scoop, the monthly dining newsletter created for students: https://tinyurl.com/auxnewsletters
  • Students can use Dining Dollars on game day at Athletics Concessions.
  • Follow @wmdining on social media for the latest updates
W&M Bookstore
  • The Spirit Trailer will be available at Zable Stadium during the Homecoming football game
  • Unity Hall in Campus Center will be open for merchandise and regalia on Saturday, October 9th from 10 am – 4 pm
  • Follow wmbookstore on social media for the latest updates
Transportation & Parking Services
  • Visitors parking on-campus from Monday at 7:00 am through Friday at 5:00 pm should park in designated visitor parking lots and use the Passport app to establish a pay-by-phone session:
  • Parking & Transportation operates van shuttle service to and from nearby airports for scheduled breaks in the academic year. Thanksgiving Airport Shuttle registration will open at 8 am on October 25th. Visit Airport and Out of Town Travel for more info.
Parents, subscribe to Campus Corner, the monthly Auxiliary Services newsletter created for students: https://tinyurl.com/auxnewsletters

Follow @wmauxiliaries on social media for the latest updates
The Parents Fund
Thanks to the generosity of Parents Fund donors, the TutorZone has been helping students achieve their academic goals for 10 years! Click here to listen to Joshua, one of the TutorZone’s amazing certified peer tutors, talk about the transformation he has seen take place as a result of tutoring opportunities.

A gift of $15 provides one tutoring session!

Wish the TutorZone a Happy 10th Anniversary and make a gift to the Parents Fund today!
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795