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William and Mary Admissions Information

College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA (map)


Established in 1693, the College of William and Mary is the second oldest university in the United States. Located in the historic town of Williamsburg, Virginia, William and Mary is renowned for attracting exceptional students with a passion for learning and for providing them with a top-notch education. Voted #5 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and #12 for Happiest Students by the U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review respectively, the school’s engaged and committed professors inspire bright and highly talented students to explore new ideas. As a result, William and Mary boasts the highest Fulbright acceptance rate of all top research universities and sends its alumni to medical school at twice the national average. Among the college's notable alumni are 3 U.S. Presidents, 4 U.S. Supreme Court justices, and many U.S. senators.

Although students at William and Mary are focused and work hard academically, they also know how to have fun. With more than 400 campus clubs and organizations, there is something for everybody. In addition to serious organizations like Students for a Democratic Society and Amnesty International, there are clubs just for fun, such as Anime Society and the Seventh Grade Comedy Club. As the college that invented Greek life, students can also pledge to the existing 14 fraternities and 13 sororities.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Phone Number: (757) 221-4000  
Website: www.wm.edu  


Type of school: Public, university  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,898  
Percent out-of-state: 36%  
Percent international: 2.69%  
Female to Male ratio: 55:45  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra

Fun Facts

  • Voted #8 Best College Library
  • Voted #12 Happiest Students
  • Voted #8 Professors Get High Marks

Admissions Information

The College of William and Mary has a 32% acceptance rate. Frequently placed among the top public universities in the country and name one of the original eight Public Ivies, the college is very selective and admission is fiercely competitive.

Given the selectivity of the college, William and Mary closely examines a number of factors in determining which students to admit. College officials place a lot of weight on a student's academic GPA, the rigor of the secondary school record, class rank, standardized test scores, letters of recommendations, application essay, character, extracurricular activities, talent, volunteer and work experience, and state residency. Factors of lesser importance are a student's alumni relation, geographical residence, interview, racial status, and whether he or she is a first-generation college student. When putting together an application, students should present themselves as academically capable and passionate students who will contribute to the intellectual and social spheres of William and Mary.

Admissions address: PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Phone number: (757) 221-4223  
Fax number: (757) 221-1242  
Admissions Website: http://www.wm.edu/admission/index.php  
Email: admission@wm.edu  
Contact Person: Henry Broaddus  
Number of first-year applications received: 12,110  
Percent of applicants admitted: 32%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay(s)
Standardized test scores
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Interview (optional)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 5115  
ACT code: 4344  
Learn more about other Top Mid-Atlantic schools:
American University   George Washington   Georgetown  

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