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Section I: Introduction

General Statement of Policy

Richard Bland College of William & Mary is an equal educational opportunity institution. In keeping with this policy, the College makes no distinction in the admission of students, or in any other of its official activities, on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, political affiliation, handicap, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. All standards and policies governing student employment, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, and support programs are applied accordingly.

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Special Notice to Students

The Richard Bland College Catalog is intended to describe the work of the College and to be a digest of its regulations. Although the courses announced and the regulations given are usually continuous from year to year, none of them is valid beyond the publication of a new Catalog, which will supersede all previous Catalogs.

Ordinarily, students may complete a degree in accordance with the degree requirements in force when they were admitted to the College or in any subsequent Catalog published while they are students. Students who have not been enrolled at Richard Bland College for a period of five years or more must fulfill the degree requirements in effect at the time of their readmission.

Students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution are urged to study carefully the degree requirements of the institutions to which they will apply in order to plan appropriate programs of study at Richard Bland College.

NOTE: This Catalog provides announcements for the 2014-16 calendar years. Because programs and policies change from time to time, Richard Bland College reserves the right to withdraw or change any requirements or provisions in this Catalog at any time.

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Academic Calendar

The Calendar is subject to change as necessary to fulfill the College’s educational objectives.


August 4Tuition due by 5 p.m.
August 6-18Late Registration/Class Changes for Fall. Payment (with 10% late fee, $100 maximum) due the day of registration.
August 10Start of faculty contracts
August 10-11Faculty development
August 11Move-in Day (residence halls open 9 am)
August 11-13New Student Orientation
August 14Fall Classes begin
August 18End of add/drop period
September 4Labor Day - No Classes
September 8Fall 2017 Late Start Registration Begins at Registrar’s Office only (no self-service registration)
October 7-10Fall Recess—administrative offices open
October 11Late Start Classes Begin
October 23Spring Registration begins for currently enrolled students (tuition due January 5th)
October 27Last day to drop or withdraw from College w/out academic penalty.Last day to submit outstanding work from an incomplete for Spring 2017 or Summer 2017. Deadline to apply for December graduation.
October 30Last day to drop/audit or withdraw without academic penalty for late start courses
November 6Admissions Priority Deadline for Spring 2018 (new students)
November 22No Classes. Residence Halls close at 5:00PM.
November 23-26College closed for Thanksgiving Recess
November 26Residence Halls reopen at 9:00AM
November 27Classes resume after Thanksgiving Recess (8:00am)
December 4Last Day of Classes
December 5-8Final Exams
December 9Residence Halls close for Winter Break at 12 Noon
December 11Grades submitted by noon. Winter Intersession Term begins
December 23College closed for winter break


January 2College reopens following winter break
January 5Tuition due by 5 p.m.
January 6-22Late Registration/Class Changes for Spring. Payment (with 10% late fee, $100 maximum) due the day of registration.
January 12New Student Orientation; Faculty Development.
January 14Winter Intersession Term ends. Residence Halls open for all students at 9:00 a.m.
January 15College closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 16Classes Begin
January 22Last day to add/drop a course
February 2Deadline to apply for Spring & Summer graduation
February 16Summer Teacher Recertification Registration Begins
March 9Summer Registration begins
March 12Residence Halls close for Spring Recess at 12 Noon
March 12-16Spring Recess
March 18Residence Halls reopen at 9:00AM
March 26Fall Advising/Registration Begins for continuing students
March 30Last day to drop a class or withdraw from college without academic penalty
May 4Last Day of Classes
May 7 - 10Final exams
May 11Grades submitted by 8 a.m. Residence Halls close at 12 noon
May 12 (Saturday)Richard Bland College Commencement at 4 p.m. Residence Halls close for Commencement participants at 4:00 p.m.
May 14Summer Classes Begin
July 4College closed for Independence Day

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Richard Bland College Vision

As an extension of William & Mary, Richard Bland College is in the vanguard of learning-outcomes based liberal arts education for university transfer and a model for testing and applying outcomes-driven solutions in higher education.

Richard Bland College Mission

To prepare students for university transfer through academically rigorous programs grounded in the liberal arts tradition of William & Mary and to expand access to college credentials through strategic partnerships, specialized programming, and scalable innovation.


  • Integrity & Honesty
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Student & Faculty Engagement
  • Diversity & Openness
  • Student Engagement and Success


Shared Responsibility for Student Success

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College Catalog 2017 – 2018

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