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College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

The College of William and Mary, founded in 1693, is a public institution. Since its founding in 1693, it has brought students and faculty together in an intimate setting to study the arts and sciences. The university's low student-faculty ratio and small class size educate exceptional graduates, who have won five Rhodes Scholarships and many other similar awards in the last ten years. On the graduate level, William and Mary offers a wide range of programs in the arts and sciences, law, business, education and marine science. Its 1,200-acre campus, includes a variety of colonial buildings and is located in Williamsburg, 15 miles northwest of Newport News.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students6,276
   Women3,612 (57.6%)
   Men2,664 (42.4%)
Graduate Students2,341


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate37% of 14,382 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.20 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math620-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading630-730 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing620-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $35,991
Out-of-state: $56,475
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $21,234
Out-of-state: $41,718
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met79%
Average Freshman Award$21,252
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class SizeNot reported


Williamsburg Population15,167
Nearest Metropolitan AreaRichmond
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 74% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities36% of women participate
Fraternities 26% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.4% Asian
7.5% Black/African-American
9.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
62.8% White
6.4% Unknown
International Students6.0% from 67 countries
First-Year Students Returning95.4%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.74 4.19 688 684 31
Low 1.00 2.50 440 530 22
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 36
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• William and Mary is the second oldest university in the country.

• Those attending W&M's traditional semester-ending Yule Log ceremony toss sprigs of holly into a fire to signify the casting away of old worries and cares.

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