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Academics

This "Public Ivy" in Williamsburg, Virginia is the nation's second-oldest college and one of the most selective public colleges in the nation. Due to the rigorous curriculum (Phi Beta Kappa was founded here), everyone who joins the campus community, nicknamed the Tribe, are "academic and quick and dynamic." Across campus all students "can identify a tangible way William & Mary [has] made them a better version of themselves." Because the student body is very intelligent, "there is a certain competitive culture on campus" in which students are "very driven and determined to do well, which makes classes challenging in a good way." William & Mary "does a great job networking their students with alumni," which include such past and present reputable names as "Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John Tyler, [and] Jon Stewart." The Cohen Career Center "does a great job placing students" at internships and full-time work, and the school has "a powerful reputation" that "allows employers and graduate schools to feel comfortable with W&M student's abilities to perform in a real job situation."

Professors "love teaching here" and "even in the very few 100+ classes at W&M… [they] still try their very best to know your name," even taking photos to help them remember. The much more prevalent small class sizes help students bounce their ideas and opinions off not just the professor, but also off each other, and "minute interactions with professors and other students inspire and encourage students." "Sure, anyone can learn information from a textbook, but my professors have brought information to life and made an effort to get to know me as a person," says a student. The academic experience here "is shaped by your interests and is not limited to class itself." The resources available to students are undeniable, and "no matter what you want to do (even if that is creating your very own professional career field)," professors and staff are available "to help you succeed and find meaning in your work."

Student Body

The community is "extremely close knit and supportive," and "everyone has something, usually obscure, that they're extremely passionate about," which everyone else "is really excited to hear about." Students can be "pretty nerdy," and the phrase TWAMP (Typical William & Mary Person) gets used "whenever someone does something nerdy like drop a Star Wars reference or talk about how long they've spent studying." These "quirky, fun" people are "inspiring in their choice to challenge themselves everyday" and help make the W&M experience all about "learning not just for grades or jobs but [for] developing and satisfying your curiosity." "When we stress 'One Tribe, One Family,' we aren't just doing it for the postcards," says one student.

Campus Life

William & Mary is a school where "you can map your interests across the board through multiple venues." Everyone stays pretty busy juggling academics, but most people are "pretty involved" with the more than 450 clubs on campus, which range from "the Quidditch team to the Exotic Cheese club." There is "always something going on," and campus life often involves guest speakers, who have in the past included the Dalai Lama and Condoleezza Rice. Students make their own fun during the day, from "frisbee with friends in the Sunken Gardens or [going] for a Cider Walk in Colonial Williamsburg." Then, at night, there are "tons of events" hosted by organizations, from Screen on the Green to "more interactive activities like Zombie Apocalypse during Halloween weekend where students volunteer to be zombies." Students are "constantly seen in neighboring Colonial Williamsburg at the famous Cheese Shop," as well as across the pond: Almost half of all students study abroad at some point in their academic careers.

Overview

Applicants
14,382
Acceptance Rate
37%
Average HS GPA
4.20

GPA Breakdown

93%
Over 3.75
5%
3.50 - 3.74
2%
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 720

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 760

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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


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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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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-Bachelor's certificate
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Thomas Jefferson
President of the United States

James Monroe
President of the United States

John Marshall
Chief Justice of the United States

Robert Gates
Former Secretary of Defense

Glenn Close
Academy Award Winning Actress

Jon Stewart
Former Host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show

Mike Tomlin
Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$92,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,300

Percent High Job Meaning
53%

Percent STEM
15%


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.

William & Mary's accessible size means that it can provide research opportunities for undergraduates that other schools fill with graduate students. As Dr. Lu Ann Homza, professor of history, attests, "This is perhaps the single thing which W&M does best: meaningful undergraduate student research with the intensive mentorship of faculty. Such experiences can occur at any time in a typical undergraduate career, from freshman through senior years." In fact, it's quite possible for undergraduates to leave as published authors in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to capstone experiences within many of the majors, about 10 percent of seniors undertake research projects though the Department Honors Program, which gives them the opportunity to complete an extended research project (over two semesters) under the mentorship of a faculty adviser. Students write up their findings in a thesis, which they orally defend at an annual Honors Colloquium at the end of the semester. There are summer research options as well. One student praises the prestigious James Monroe Scholar Program, through which Monroe Scholars can receive up to $3,000 in funding to conduct an in-depth summer research project.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,468

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,892

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,946

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
35%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,400

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,000

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
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,276
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

7.86%
Asian
7.06%
African-American
9.10%
Hispanic
59.10%
Caucasian
6.00%
Unknown
6.00%
International

58% female
42% male
30% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
73%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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
475
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
13
Number of Religious Organizations
26

26% join a fraternity
36% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tribe)
11 Sports

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

Basketball
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 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, advocacy, and assistance with various personal concerns and institutional issues faced by LGBT students http://www.wm.edu/offices/studentdiversity/index.php W&M's Campus Pride Index rating: W&M received 3.5/5 starts on the sexual orientation scale and 3.5/5 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 Center provides academic, social, and transition support for underserved and underrepresented students and promotes exchange and dialogue between individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities. 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.

83/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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
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
Sadler Center
Sunken Garden
Muscarelle Museum of Art is another favorite location on campus

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Colonial Williamsburg
Busch Gardens Amusement Park
Water Country USA
Jamestown Settlement
Outlet Shopping Centers/Pottery Factory
Richmond (state capital) and Virginia Beach are about one hour from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:30-5
757-221-4223

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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