College of William and Mary

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PO Box 8795

Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

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Phone: (757) 221-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
$15,464
in-state
$37,852
out-of-state
Students
6,171
enrolled
45%
male /
55%
female
Admissions
Jan. 1
application deadline
32.2%
accepted

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#32 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. National Universities

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Summary

College of William and Mary is a public institution that was founded in 1693. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,171, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of William and Mary's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 32. Its in-state tuition and fees are $15,464 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $37,852 (2013-14).

The College of William and Mary is second oldest college in the country. It was founded by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. The school’s NCAA Division I varsity sports teams, known as the "Tribe," participate in the Colonial Athletic Association. Students are involved with the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity, the nation’s first academic Greek society, as well as other fraternities and sororities on campus. All freshmen are required to live on campus and the majority of upperclassmen live on campus as well. The school is located in historic downtown Williamsburg, Va. 

The school has more than 30 undergraduate programs and more than 10 graduate programs and professional degree programs. Its highly ranked graduate schools include the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the School of Education and the Mason School of Business. William and Mary was the first school to create a student honor code, and its Marshall-Wythe School of Law is nation’s first law school. The school is also steeped in traditions, including the ringing of the Wren bell by graduating seniors in the Sir Christopher Wren Building, the oldest college building in the nation. Notable alumni include three U.S. presidents - Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, actress Glenn Close and comedians Jon Stewart and Patton Oswalt.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded by Royal Charter in 1693, the College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in the country. It has a long history of liberal arts education and a growing research and science curriculum that demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate research. The College is dedicated to a philosophy of personalized education exemplified through small class size and extensive student-faculty collaboration. In recognition, the media have included William & Mary among the nation's prestigious "Public Ivies." Known as "the alma mater of a nation," William & Mary has educated three American Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler, and claims several firsts, including the 1776 creation of Phi Beta Kappa, the country's first academic honor society, and the first collegiate law school, established in 1779.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1693
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $644,233,330

Applying

When applying to College of William and Mary, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 24. The application fee at College of William and Mary is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 32.2 percent.

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Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 32.2%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 24

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of William and Mary is 12:1, and the school has 48.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of William and Mary include: Social Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 83%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 23%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
English Language and Literature/Letters 8%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

College of William and Mary has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,171, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. College of William and Mary is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,258
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

College of William and Mary offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. College of William and Mary also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of William and Mary, 31 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of William and Mary.

Students who have cars on campus 31%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At College of William and Mary, 32.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,261.

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In-state tuition and fees $15,464 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $37,852 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,816 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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