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William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate33%

William And Mary Admissions

It is extremely difficult to get into William & Mary. The acceptance rate at William & Mary is 34%. In 2023, just 6,059 out of the 18,087 students who applied were accepted.

If you are applying to William & Mary, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/1 and the application fee is $75.

Students who submit their applications to William & Mary for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

William & Mary Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of William & Mary's admissions stats.

William & Mary 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 77.04%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 52%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

William & Mary Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for William & Mary.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 1
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 1 April 1

Considering Applying Early to William & Mary?

William & Mary offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at William & Mary is 50%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 34%. In 2022, William & Mary admitted 620 of the 1247 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on William & Mary Admissions

Transferring to William & Mary

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to William & Mary

In 2022, William & Mary waitlisted 4,004 students and 2,042 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 4 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does William & Mary Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at William & Mary

What does William & Mary consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
State Residency Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Work Experience Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with William & Mary for more information on admission factors.

William & Mary 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to William & Mary, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with William & Mary's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 2 – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into William & Mary?

Students admitted to William & Mary have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At William & Mary 77.04% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 94.55% were in the top 25% and 98.83% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At William & Mary, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 87.69%
3.75 and 3.99 9.65%
3.50 and 3.74 2.03%
3.25 and 3.49 0.49%
3.00 and 3.24 0.14%
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to William & Mary directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

William & Mary is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 52% of William & Mary's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for William & Mary?

To be competitive with other William & Mary applicants, you should aim to score between 1375 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At William & Mary 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1375, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of William & Mary students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 695 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of William & Mary students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 695 or higher.

To be most competitive at William & Mary, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for William & Mary's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for William & Mary students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to William & Mary

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to William & Mary.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in William & Mary during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

William & Mary Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to William & Mary?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to William & Mary.

Does William & Mary accept transfer credits?

βœ… William & Mary accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. William & Mary accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does William & Mary accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… William & Mary accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to William & Mary?

❌ No, William & Mary is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is William & Mary's acceptance rate?

βœ… William & Mary has an acceptance rate of 34%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at William & Mary?

βœ… William & Mary's early decision acceptance rate was 50% in 2021.

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Admission Difficulty



How hard is it to get into William And Mary? William And Mary is a selective institution. The William And Mary acceptance rate is 33%. This means that the institution accepts 33 out of every 100 applicants.


William And Mary Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to William And Mary is Jan 1.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1375 - 1520


Math SAT Range

680 - 770


Reading SAT Range

695 - 750

William And Mary GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At William And Mary, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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