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William & Mary

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

William And Mary Admissions

If you are applying to William And Mary, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 2 and the application fee costs $75.

Students who apply to William And Mary for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

William And Mary Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

William And Mary 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 82%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
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 2 February 1
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Want to Apply Early to William And Mary?

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

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 2. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at William And Mary is 49%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 37%. Last year, William And Mary admitted 581 of the 1184 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college 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 demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on William & Mary Admissions

Is William And Mary Challenging To Get Into?

Getting into William And Mary is extremely difficult. William And Mary evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, William And Mary accepted 37% of all applicants, approximately 6,386 from 17,475 applicants.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like William And Mary, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

Transferring to William & Mary

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to William And Mary

William And Mary has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does William And Mary Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at William And Mary

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

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

William And Mary Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
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 And Mary?

William And Mary has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 39% submitted a class rank. At William And Mary 82% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 97% were in the top 25% and 99% 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 85.84%
3.75 and 3.99 10.42%
3.50 and 3.74 2.94%
3.25 and 3.49 0.73%
3.00 and 3.24 0.07%
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 And Mary directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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 And Mary looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 51% of William And Mary's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for William And Mary?

To be competitive with other William And Mary applicants, you should aim to score between 1360 and 1520 (or higher!) on the SAT. At William And Mary 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1520 and 25% of scored lower than 1360, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of William And Mary students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 690 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of William And Mary students scored 750 or higher, and 75% scored a 690 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for William And Mary?

To be most competitive at William And Mary, you should strive to earn between 31 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for William And 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 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for William And Mary students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to William & Mary

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to William And 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 And Mary during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

William And Mary Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to William And Mary?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to William And Mary.

Does William And Mary accept transfer credits?

✅ William And Mary accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. William And Mary accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ William And Mary accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

❌ No, William And Mary is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is William And Mary's acceptance rate?

✅ William And Mary's acceptance rate is 37%.

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

✅ William And Mary's early decision acceptance rate was 49% 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 37%. This means that the institution accepts 36 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1360 - 1520


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

690 - 750

William And Mary GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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