William & Mary
The College of William & Mary was founded in 1693, making it the second oldest college in the entire country. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the school is set in the suburbs on 1,200 acres of land. The school was actually established by King William III and Queen Mary II of England and is known for many notable firsts. It was the first school to establish an honor code for students, and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law was the country’s first law school (founded in 1779). The campus also houses the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which happens to be the oldest college building left in the U.S. William & Mary enrolls around 6,300 undergraduate and 2,200 postgraduate students a year. The school also offers opportunities for exchange programs with more than 15 schools overseas; around 12% of undergraduates take part in these programs.
There are more than 30 undergraduate programs and 10 graduate and professional degree programs on campus. Several of the well-known graduate schools include the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the School of Education, and the Mason School of Business. The school conducts a high level of research through their graduate programs, especially in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The most popular majors for undergraduates are social sciences; business, management, marketing, and related support services; biological and biomedical sciences; English language and literature/letters; and psychology. The student to faculty ratio is fairly low at 12 to 1 (the second lowest among all U.S. public institutions), and 62% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Most notably, nearly all undergraduate classes are taught by professors instead of graduate students or teaching assistants.
There are many opportunities for social activities outside the classroom. Student organizations are plentiful since the majority of students choose to live on campus. There is a significant Greek scene at William & Mary, as they were the first school to establish the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa in 1776. There are 18 fraternities and 12 sororities; about 25% of men belong to a fraternity and about 30% of women belong to a sorority. There are several other non-Greek social fraternities, including the Nu Kappa Epsilon music society and the Queens’ Guard.
Students can get involved in one of 11 a cappella groups, large musical ensembles (including a symphony orchestra, wind symphony, and choir), or groups like opera, string ensemble, or jazz combo. Students can also participate in the production of the official newspaper, The Flat Hat, or the conservative publication, The Virginia Informer; the campus even has their own monthly magazine, The DoG Street Journal. Students are constantly treated to concerts and special speakers as part of William & Mary’s Alma Mater Productions (AMP), which hosts events in the Kaplan Arena.
William and Mary athletes formerly competed as the Indians, but now they are named the Tribe. The teams participate in the NCAA Division I varsity sports like men and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, and swimming and diving. There are also teams for field hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball. William and Mary teams have also competed in the Colonial Athletic Association and the NCAA Division I-AA championships. Students interested in a public university with small class sizes and an active social scene should look into William and Mary’s programs.
Average GPA and Class Standing
SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
Number of 2016 applicants: 14,380
Acceptance rate: 35%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,676
Admitted off waitlist: 187
Acceptance rate: 11.2%
Average GPA: 4.19
Top 10% of High School: 81%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 630-730
SAT Math: 630-730
SAT Writing: 620-720
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 28-32
ACT English: 29-34
ACT Math: 27-32
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests considered if submitted
Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars
Salary After Attending
Score Card Information
4 years: 82%
6 years: 90%
Transfer out: 8%
Loan default rate: 0.6%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 0
Salary after attending: $55,000
Sex offenses: 3
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 1
Total Cost of Attendance and Average In State Net Cost
Average In State Net Price By Income
In-state tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $27,056
* Virginia residents are guaranteed the same annual tuition for four years.
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance
Net Cost (in-state)
By income: $0 to $30,000: $4,049 $30,001 to $48,000: $4,997 $48,001 to $75,000: $10,982 $75,001 to $110,000: $20,260 $110,001 and more: $27,946
Graduates with student debt: 37%
Average student debt at graduation: $26,017
The W&M Promise guarantees Virginia residents the same annual tuition for all four years of their undergraduate education.
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Student to Faculty Ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Undergraduate Class Sizes Under 20: 62% 20 to 39: 37% 40 to 99: 1% 100+: 0%
In State: 62%
Out of State: 30%
College of William and Mary
200 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 221-4000
This page was last updated in November 2016.