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Parent & Family Programs
University Registrar
Arts & Sciences
W&M a Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers
With 21 alumni currently volunteering in countries across the globe, William & Mary is ranked 12th among medium-size colleges and universities, which includes schools with 5,000 to 15,000 undergraduates. Last year, the university was ranked 22nd.
Discounted Colonial Williamsburg Passes for Parents

Colonial Williamsburg offers a myriad of programs and special events for you to enjoy while visiting your student at William & Mary. Enhance your visit by purchasing a Collegiate Pass which grants admission to Colonial Williamsburg for a full year but is only half the price of a regular Colonial Williamsburg Annual Pass.

Tarpey, Thornton propel W&M past Towson 65-50
Terry Tarpey scored a career-high 24 points and Marcus Thornton became William & Mary's career scoring leader as the Tribe coasted to a 65-50 win over Towson last week.
Psaki '00 named White House Communications Director
Jen Psaki '00 has been selected as the next White House communications director... Psaki is currently the spokesperson for the Department of State and will assume her new role April 1, replacing Jennifer Palmieri.
Class of 2017

March 2015

Sophomore Parent Newsletter
Dear Parents,

Spring is just around the corner and next week our students will be traveling home, serving our community, or taking a needed break from classes. This issue of the Parent Newsletter provides information on W&M and the Peace Corps, internship tips, service opportunities and more. We hope this information is useful and finds you well!

If you have any questions about the Parent & Family Council, please email us at


Michael and Trisha Nelson

Chairs of the Parent & Family Council

Parents of Cooper '16 & Shafer '19

Regional Alternative Break Works with Warriors in Transition

A Branch Out Regional alternative break trip will bring students from all classes to work alongside soldiers and volunteers at Ft Bragg, NC on a tranquility garden. Participants will contribute to this space which is a "safe haven" for soldiers who are healing from injury and illness, and their caregivers, by building up raised beds and assisting with an Easter egg hunt for children of Soldiers. In the process, they will learn about issues soldiers and veterans face in healing and recovery.
Spend the Summer with William & Mary - In DC!
W&M's Washington Office offers a broad selection of summer courses for students spending summer 2015 in DC.
  • Take 1-3 credit courses taught by W&M professors
  • Fulfill GERs and major/minor requirements
  • Attend class in late afternoons and evenings at our Dupont Circle office
  • NEW THIS YEAR - two evening classes will be held at the NOVA Arlington Center in Ballston! 
  • Open to current/newly admitted undergraduates, alumni, visiting students, and NVCC students
  • Tuition starts at $350/credit hour!

First Year Experience

2014-2015 Orientation Area Directors Selected

Ten of the university's premier student leaders were selected by the Office of First Year Experience (FYE) to serve as Area Directors for the Fall 2015 New Student Orientation program.  The Orientation Area Director team is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising Orientation Aides (returning and new) and assist with the planning and implementation of the fall New Student Orientation Program.  As FYE student representatives, the OADs will also participate in W&M's upcoming New Student & Family Receptions alongside Parent & Family Programs, Parent & Family Giving, and the Alumni Association. 

Finding a Summer Internship
Although it's later in the process to be looking for a summer internship, there is still time for your student to identify potential opportunities. Scheduling an appointment with a career advisor will help a student identify and become familiar with resources such as Tribe Careers and UCAN. Networking strategies, including LinkedIn, and self-created internships can also be discussed during the appointment.
Fall and Academic Year 2015 Study Abroad Deadlines
Is your student planning to study abroad next year? Applications for W&M Exchange and Sponsored Semester Programs (Fall 2015, Academic Year 2015-2016) are due on Monday, March 16th.  Students can earn credit toward graduation with our partner universities all over the world. Have questions? Study Abroad workshops are held daily, and the Global Education Office has walk-in hours 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
Residence Life
The W&M Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is pleased to announce its newest inductees for Spring 2015. Membership is restricted to the top 1% of campus leaders and members are considered the top 1% of residence hall leaders across the nation. Congratulations to:
  • Julia Zuercher
  • Samantha Bass
  • Zack Manley
  • Lauren Dybel
  • Anna Iglesias
  • Madison Kozoyed
  • Brad Meirs (Honorary Member)
We Want to Hear From You!
You and your students are important to us. How can we better serve you? Please let us know if there's information you need or topics you'd like to see addressed.
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Student Philanthropy at the College aims to educate all students about the importance of giving and the impact of their gifts on the College. Student Philanthropy involves all students in the process of building a culture of philanthropy by empowering them to serve as ambassadors and advocates for the College. 


To date, 16% of sophomore parents have made a gift this year as compared to 11% of sophomore students.  As a parent your support set the stage for your student's participation. Please support the Tribe today, and encourage your student to do the same!

Support the Parents Fund today! 


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