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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 25End of add/drop period
September 1Registration Begins Late Start Fall Courses
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 (continuing students-tuition due January 5th)
October 27Last day to drop or withdraw from College w/out academic penalty
October 28Deadline 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 12 noon
November 23-26Thanksgiving Recess (college closed). Residence Halls reopen 9 a.m.
December 4Last Day of Classes
December 5-8Final Exams
December 11Grades submitted by noon. Winter Intersession Term begins
December 14Residence halls closed (5:00 p.m.)
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 9 a.m.
January 15College closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 16Classes Begin
January 22Last day to add/drop a course
February 3Deadline to apply for Spring & Summer graduation
February 17Summer Teacher Recertification Registration Begins
March 10Summer Registration begins
March 13-17Spring Recess. Residence Halls close March 11 at noon and reopen March 19 at 9 a.m.
March 19Last day to drop a class or withdraw from college without academic penalty
March 27Fall Advising/Registration Begins for continuing students
May 5Last Day of Classes
May 7 - 10Final exams
May 12Grades submitted by 8 a.m. Residence Halls close at noon
May 13Richard Bland College Commencement. Residence Halls close for Commencement participants at 3 p.m.
May 15Summer Classes Begin

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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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