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William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate37%
Acceptance Rate37%

About William And Mary

William & Mary Overview

William & Mary is a public, state school in the small town setting of Williamsburg, Virginia. William And Mary was founded in 1693 and the school enrolls around 9,517 students a year, which includes 6,543 undergrad students. William And Mary ensures housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to William And Mary for Fall 2023 is January 2. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

Student Involvement at William And Mary

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of William And Mary's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? William And Mary students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? William And Mary has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? William And Mary has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at William And Mary on the Student Life page.

2022 William And Mary Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 37%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 49%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 51%
In-State Tuition $17,434
Out-of-State $40,089
Percent of Need Met 81%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $25,855

Is William And Mary a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better sense of what William And Mary offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

William And Mary Acceptance Rate 2022

William And Mary is extremely difficult to get into. In 2022, William And Mary accepted just 37% of all applicants. Out of 17,475 applications received in 2022, 6,386 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at William And Mary

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 93% of students who start at William And Mary return for their second year of college. Around 91% of students who started at William And Mary earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for William And Mary Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 52% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent William And Mary grads is $61,183 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

William And Mary's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of William & Mary's endowment was $1.278 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $14,773 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at William And Mary

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

William And Mary meets 81% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $25,855 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $24,745 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at William And Mary.

Based on this information, does William And Mary seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is William And Mary a good school for you?

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Where is William & Mary Located?

William And Mary is located in the small town setting of Williamsburg, Virginia, less than an hour from Richmond.

If you are interested in seeing William And Mary for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 64 to Williamsburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Newport News/Williamsburg International (PHF).

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what William And Mary and Williamsburg are like without leaving home.

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College Info

PO Box 8795 Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Campus Setting: Small Town

William And Mary Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to William And Mary is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to William And Mary is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

William And Mary ACT Scores


ACT Range

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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William And Mary SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1520


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

William And Mary Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at William And Mary is like? There are approximately 9,517 students enrolled at William And Mary, including 6,543 undergraduate students and 2,974 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 69% percent are from VA and 31% percent of students are from other states.


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