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College of William and Mary Overview

College of William and Mary is a public institution situated in Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is College of William and Mary Known For?

2,072 Undergraduate Awards
$48,490 Avg Cost After Aid
36% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at William & Mary is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at William & Mary is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, William & Mary bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $58,500 a year. That's about 43% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average William & Mary student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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College of William and Mary Rankings

William & Mary landed the #261 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #7 out of 54 schools in Virginia.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

William & Mary has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#134 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#265 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at William & Mary.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards William & Mary has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#11 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#31 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#64 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is College of William and Mary?

Location of College of William and Mary

Contact details for William & Mary are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Phone: 757-221-4000
Website: https://www.wm.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/williamandmary
Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamandmary

How Do I Get Into William & Mary?

You can apply to William & Mary online at: www.wm.edu/admission/

Admission Requirements for William & Mary

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into William & Mary?

36% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
73% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to William & Mary. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 36%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 32%.

Average Test Scores

About 73% of students accepted to William & Mary submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 660 and 740. Math scores were between 640 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for College of William and Mary  ( 660 to 740 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for College of William and Mary  ( 640 to 740 )
200
800
William & Mary received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 30 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 32. Composite scores were between 29 and 33.

ACT English Scores for College of William and Mary  ( 30 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for College of William and Mary  ( 27 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for College of William and Mary  ( 29 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford College of William and Mary?

$48,490 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of William & Mary is $48,490. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At William & Mary, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,654 a year. That adds up to $30,616 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at William & Mary is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

College of William and Mary Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,190 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,256 undergraduate students at William & Mary, with 6,190 being full-time and 66 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  William & Mary

There are also 2,517 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,190 full-time undergraduates at William & Mary, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  William & Mary

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of College of William and Mary students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of William & Mary Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 520
Black or African American 410
Hispanic or Latino 597
White 3,612
International Students 371
Other Races/Ethnicities 680

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at College of William and Mary. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 73 countries are represented at William & Mary. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at College of William and Mary

376 Took All Classes Online
394 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 394 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at William & Mary has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 19th most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of William & Mary majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 1%
Student Counseling 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at William & Mary ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at William & Mary.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teacher Education Grade Specific #356

College of William and Mary Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 219 0 306 0 525
Law 0 0 0 230 230
Political Science & Government 185 0 0 0 185
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 161 0 0 0 161
General Psychology 154 0 6 0 160
Economics 157 0 0 0 157
General Biology 124 0 8 0 132
Health & Physical Education 124 0 0 0 124
History 97 0 16 4 117
General English Literature 96 0 0 0 96
Accounting 0 0 85 0 85
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 76 0 76
International Relations & National Security 75 0 0 0 75
Area Studies 63 0 3 5 71
Mathematics 70 0 0 0 70
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 68 0 68
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 65 0 0 0 65
Educational Administration 0 0 34 29 63
Public Policy 48 0 13 0 61
Computer Science 60 0 0 0 60
Chemistry 52 0 7 0 59
Physics 36 0 6 14 56
Romance Languages 50 0 0 0 50
Sociology 38 0 0 0 38
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 36 0 36
Philosophy 35 0 0 0 35
Anthropology 25 0 4 4 33
Student Counseling 0 0 27 3 30
Geological & Earth Sciences 30 0 0 0 30
Fine & Studio Arts 29 0 0 0 29
Computer Information Systems 0 0 13 12 25
Classical Languages & Literature 20 1 0 0 21
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 9 11 20
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 7 13 0 20
Music 20 0 0 0 20
Religious Studies 18 0 0 0 18
Drama & Theater Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 7 3 10
Germanic Languages 8 0 0 0 8
Special Education 0 7 0 0 7
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 1 0 0 1
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2,072 16 737 315 3,140

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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