Students Say

Students at the College of William & Mary are extraordinarily happy with their overall experience and with their academics in particular. One student sums up the school’s vibe by saying, “William & Mary achieves a remarkable balance between the dynamic, progressive academics of a liberal arts college and the strong sense of history and tradition one would expect from America’s second-oldest school.”

Overview

Applicants
14,552
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average HS GPA
4.16

GPA Breakdown

90%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
State Residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Students at the College of William & Mary are extraordinarily happy with their overall experience and with their academics in particular. One student sums up the school’s vibe by saying, “William & Mary achieves a remarkable balance between the dynamic, progressive academics of a liberal arts college and the strong sense of history and tradition one would expect from America’s second-oldest school.” “There are endless and amazing” opportunities here, with an emphasis on undergraduate research that makes W&M unique among small liberal arts schools. “Professors will engage you outside of the classroom and give you the opportunity to conduct your own research project, even in a non-science curriculum.” Many “are often in newspapers and magazines and have relevant and copious work experience in the subjects they’re teaching.” Across the board, “professors are one of the best things about W&M.” They “are always accessible for extra help,” and “they also really take the time to get to know their students outside of the classroom.” In the classroom, “William & Mary professors truly know how to balance lecture with discussion. Especially in traditionally lecture-based subjects, like history, professors devote a lot of class time to discussion to understand what students think.” Slackers take note: “Professors expect a lot of work outside of class,” and “classes usually require a good amount of reading, especially for the humanities.” All this hard work is very rewarding, though, with many upperclassmen and graduating seniors expressing how well-prepared they feel for the “real-world,” and one student says that the professors “have upended the way I thought about their subject, opening completely new veins of inquiry.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Banking and Financial Support Services
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Thomas Jefferson
President of the United States

James Monroe
President of the United States

John Marshall
Chief Justice of the United States

David Brown
Columbia Space Shuttle Astronaut

Glenn Close
Actress

Jon Stewart
Host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show

Mike Tomlin
Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

The Cohen Career Center begins educating students about their opportunities in the early days of freshman and sophomore year with Compass, a “menu” of events for underclassmen, like Majors, Milk?and Cookies that demystifies the major selection process. The Center hosts a fair number of recruiting events on campus including the Fall Recruiting consortium which gives students the chance to apply for?an interview with various companies all in one location. Tribe pride is fierce at William & Mary, and students are encouraged to speed network or seek one-on-one mentorship through the Tribe Partners Program, made up of alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Grads who visited Payscale.com report an average starting salary of $44,500, and 47 percent believe their work holds a high level of meaning.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$93,300

Alumni with High Job Meaning
47%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
93

Dates

Application Deadlines

Bottom Line

William & Mary is truly a steal for Virginia residents. The cost of in-state tuition, room and board, and fees is about $25,800 per year. Students from outside Virginia pay about double that amount. Financial aid is ample with 75 percent of student need met on average.

Bang For Your Buck

William & Mary does a stellar job of meeting the financial need of its students: 100 percent of demonstrated financial need is met for Virginian residents, and approximately 80 percent of demonstrated need is met for nonresidents. In addition, the William & Mary Promise guarantees in-state tuition will remain the same for all four years for each incoming class. In addition to need-based aid, William & Mary offers merit-based scholarships. The 1693 Scholarship provides the equivalent of in-state tuition and general fees, room and board, and a $5,000 stipend for research. In addition, the William & Mary Scholar Award is presented each year to a select group of students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or would add to the diversity of the campus community. This award provides the equivalent of in-state tuition and general fees. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers support through “Mentored Research Experiences” where students receive real-world experience.

Financial Aid Statistics


Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,667

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 


Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Students are quick to note that there’s a generalization that the “T.W.A.M.P., or Typical William & Mary Person…is the person [who] does all their reading, shows up to class every day, and is a nerd,” but most are equally quick to cast this stereotype aside. The real T.W.A.M.P., they tell us, is “open-minded, outgoing, charismatic, driven, dedicated, caring, and unique.” The school is full of “well-rounded people who are in touch with their inner nerd,” and “intellectual people who care about the world find the zaniest ways to have fun.” “Students fit in many social circles,” and students credit the close bonding that happens in freshmen dorms for this inclusivity. “You will often see the members of the football team in the library as much as any other student,” and “everyone is involved with at least one other thing outside of class, and often…about ten other things.” “Students are an eclectic bunch united by our thirst for knowledge and overwhelming Tribe Pride.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,299
Out of State
30%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

8.41%
Asian
7.77%
African-American
9.59%
Hispanic
62.42%
Caucasian
6.88%
Unknown
5.76%
International

56% female
44% male
30% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

When students describe campus life at W&M, the word community comes up—a lot. And this community “is made up of incredibly involved, dedicated, and supportive students who have big dreams and big fun,” who say: “We study hard, but we know how to have fun, too.” Alma Mater Productions (AMP), the college programming board, “sponsors a lot of different events that are well-attended, including…comedians, music artists, movies, etc.” Student organizations are also very strong, from intramural sports, some form of which “almost everyone plays,” to arts organizations such as “the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra, three university choirs, the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, an Early Music Ensemble, an Appalachian string band, a small chamber orchestra, eleven a cappella groups and…two all-student theater companies.” “On the weekends, there is always a party to go to” and “the Greek community is very inclusive.” Off campus, students enjoy the charms of Colonial Williamsburg, theme park Busch Gardens, Jamestown Beach on the James River, and “great outlet shopping!” Despite a few gripes about parking (which are common on a small campus), students are generally happy with their facilities, with the library and the business school receiving special mention.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Lisa Calligan

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychological or neuropsychological report.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
470
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
26

27% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Tribe)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tribe)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Safe Zone: http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/safezone Counseling Center: Individual and group counseling may address identity-related issues and/or other concerns related to LGBTQ status. Outreach programs and group therapy for specific identity groups may be offered as the need arises. http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/students/studentservices/index.php Lambda Alliance (student organization): http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/lambdaalliance Spectrum (student organization): http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentleadershipdevelopment/clubsandorganizations/directory/interestgroups/spectrum.php William & Larry (student organization): http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentleadershipdevelopment/clubsandorganizations/directory/interestgroups/williamandlarry.php Mason Alliance (student organization): http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentleadershipdevelopment/clubsandorganizations/directory/interestgroups/mason.php Center for Student Diversity: The CSD's work includes particular attention to the needs of LGBTQ students. The Center provides support and assistance with various personal concerns and institutional issues faced by LGBT students (e.g., requesting gender-neutral housing). (The CSD's website does not reflect the work the staff does with LGBT students; the site is expected to be overhauled in the not-too-distant future.) http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentdiversity/index.php W&M's Campus Pride Index rating: W&M received 5/5 starts on the sexual orientation scale and 4/5 stars on the gender identity/gender expression scale of Campus Pride's 2014 LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. This page indicates the array of services and policies in place to support LGBT students. http://www.campusprideindex.org/details/premium.aspx?ID=627

Minority Support Groups: Center for Student Diversity: The CSD offers an array of programs and services for traditionally underrepresented and underserved students. http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentdiversity/index.php PLUS Program: The PLUS Program is a summer transition program intended to support students who may benefit socially and/or academically from a more gradual introduction to life at William & Mary. http://www.wm.edu/sites/plus/ Counseling Center: Individual and group counseling may address identity-related issues and/or other concerns related to minority status. Outreach programs and group therapy for specific identity groups may be offered as the need arises. http://www.wm.edu/offices/wellness/counselingcenter/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Hark the Green! At The College of William & Mary, student research and institutional initiatives toward sustainability go hand in hand. A group of physics students is designing and testing solar cells on the roof of the building that houses their department. Participants from the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Eco-House (a dorm in which sustainability-focused students live and share their interests), and the Sharpe Community Scholars Program (which supports select first-years in academics and community engagement) recently came together to build green roof test plots. These activities are made possible by the recently initiated Student Green Fee, which aims to create a “green endowment” and to provide grants and funding for sustainability projects on campus. Part of this funding goes toward four summer research internships. Recent student summer research has resulted in an innovative in-house carbon credit program. The college’s dining services team has also recently hired three student interns to coordinate local and sustainable food initiatives and implement 100 percent composting of organic wastes. William & Mary is entirely transparent about its sustainability efforts (not surprising when it has so much to brag about); the Committee on Sustainability includes a Sustainability Fellow who regularly blogs about the school’s progress and writes press releases to let the media know about W&M’s green progress. New campus buildings are required to achieve LEED Silver or better, and Miller Hall, the new home of the business school has received LEED Gold. William & Mary is also pleased to announce a recent partnership with the Virginia Sea Grant to explore the feasibility of a community-supported fishery. In turn, this will hopefully help promote the consumption of locally harvested fish and shellfish.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
5%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell and academic pricing

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tim Wolfe
Interim Dean of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Phone
757-221-4223

Email
admission@wm.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wren Building (oldest academic building)
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Lake Matoaka/College Woods
Crim Dell Bridge
Sunken Garden

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Colonial Williamsburg
Busch Gardens Amusement Park
Water Country USA
Jamestown Settlement
Outlet Shopping Centers/Pottery Factory

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:00AM, 2:30PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Several airports serve the Williamsburg area: Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News is a 30-minute drive from campus; Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk is a 60-minute drive from campus; Byrd International Airport in Richmond is a 60-minute drive from campus. Amtrak train service is also available to Williamsburg.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Richmond Airport and points west: Take Interstate 64 East; Exit 234 to the right (199 East); Travel 8 miles, then turn left onto Jamestown Road for another 1.7 miles and Undergraduate Admission Office is located on right side of street. From Norfolk Airport, Newport News Airport, and other points east: Take Interstate 64 West; Use Exit 242-A (199 West); Travel 5.2 miles and turn right onto Jamestown Road for another 1.7 miles.

Local Accommodations
William & Mary is adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg. The town's restoration organization runs a number of lodging facilities, all of which are within 5 minutes of William and Mary. Colonial Williamsburg has a variety of lodging options with various price ranges (www.history.org; 1-800-HISTORY). Of these, the least expensive is the Governor's Inn (506 N. Henry St.). There are several bed-and-breakfasts near campus, which can be previewed at: www.bandbwilliamsburg.com. The closest hotel to campus is the Williamsburg Hospitality House (757-229-4020). There are many places to stay in the Williamsburg area. You can view a complete listing of lodging options from the Williamsburg Hotel and Motel Association (www.gowilliamsburg.com).
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Key Stats

14,552
Applicants
6,299
Size
33%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists