Location: Williamsburg, VA
Size: 6,2071 Undergraduate students
Percent Women: 55%
Tuition (one year): In-State -- $15,463 / Out-of-State -- $37,851
Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Business/Marketing, Biology, Psychology, English
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 33%
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Why Choose William & Mary?
"I chose W&M because after visiting the campus on Admitted Students' Day, I knew it was the place for me! What really convinced me were the people here. Everyone was super friendly and eager to offer their assistance. Even the random people that I spoke to while wandering around campus were very passionate about the school and happy to stop and talk to a prospective student."
"I liked the idea of a small school that was close to home but not too close. I also liked that although it was a small school it was still public, so I'd be getting a fantastic education for a pretty great price since I'm an in-state student. I'd always gone to small schools and really valued the close relationships I had with teachers so that was really important."
"It's a school with the perfect size, most incredible location, and the sweetest people. There was no doubt that it was the place for me."
"The beauty of the campus and its prestigious history."
"The size, dedication to students, and the amazing community that is W&M! It felt like home when I visited, and it has definitely become that for me."
"The St Andrews Programme"
"I enjoy the social environment the most. W&M is a place where you can walk to class and say "Hi" to many people on one day, or walk to class and see no one you know another day."
"I love that William & Mary is such a close-knit community. We're a little quirky, a little nerdy, but that's what makes it feel like home. Fitting in here was too easy because there are so many people with different interests and backgrounds that want to share their passions and expand their horizons, and you become friends no matter what your differences."
"I love the campus. It's easily one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. Besides that, I really like the student body at W&M. Everyone is passionate about something, from basketball to ballroom dancing to Harry Potter."
"I love the clubs. Research here is awesome. Some of the professors really make class worth your time."
"It may sound cheesy, but they are right when they say William and Mary is a community. You just feel like even if you don't know someone, they'd like to know you and be your friend. There's a lot of trust amongst the students and I think that makes for a tighter knit college environment."
"My favorite parts about W&M are the campus itself and the student organizations. The campus is beautiful, with plants that flower almost all year round and trees that look gorgeous in any season. It always relaxes me just to walk through the campus. Student organizations are how I spend most of my free time. Many of the student clubs form very tight-knit communities and can help you make friends with the people who will stick with you for all four years. For me, those people are the members of the Ballroom Dance Club!"
"The friends I have made without a doubt rank number one. Secondly would be professors, as well as all of the resources that are available. I truly believe everyone at W&M is there to help you succeed."
"Tryingt to find a study space during finals. It's impossible."
"Enrollment! It's such a stress."
"Housing and Dining could use some improvement."
"Balancing academics with other aspects of your life becomes extremely difficult, and in my four years I've found myself giving up on social opportunities and extracurriculars because of my workload."
"I've heard that the Student Health Center could use improvement. Also apparently parking isn't that great either."
"The limitation of only two things for your degree (in regards to multiple majors and minors)."
"The experience for out-of-state students in general: from acceptance, tuition prices, financial aid, travel accomodations, etc. You definitely feel the burden being an out-of-state student."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Freshman Orientation was the best first week of college I could ever imagine. You instantly become close friends with everyone on your Frehsman hall and get a heavily packed first couple of days at the College. You're constantly going from one workshop or presentation to another, and in your free time, your OA's most likely have "mixers" planned with other halls. Overall it was such a great experience!"
"Awkward speed dating mixer. The one thing I remember from freshman orientation..."
"To sum it all up, Freshman Orientation is the equivalent of going to summer camp."
"The College offers Freshman-only housing, in which most of the roommate selections are made randomly. Some times it works...and sometimes it doens't. Overall the Freshman dorms are really great quality and they vary from size and location. There really is a fit for everyone."
All About Academics
"Academic life is what you make of it, and it can be totally different depending on what classes you take. For many upper-level classes, the workload can be rough, but it can definitely be worth it! It's very easy to meet GERs. Many of the GERs are flexible enough that you can choose from many options to find a class that actually interests you."
"Some professors really make it worth your time to go to class. There are professors on the other aide of the spectrum though. The grading structure makes it hard to get good grades. The breakdown of grades varies between classes and there isnt a standardized system. Sometimes this works to your advantage (again, depending on your professor), and sometimes you get screwed over. General ed reqs are pretty easy to meet. There are a lot of options for classes and most of the time AP and transfer credits are accepted."
"Professors for the most part are helpful and genuinely care about their students. Grading and workload vary from class to class, but for the most part it is fairly reasonable. Fulfilling GER's is easy, I got mine done in a year and a half. You might not be able to take your first choice for each requirement, but it all works out."
"The classes are small but large enough to encompass a variety of people. The workload is doable but requires a good sense of time management. Professors want you to succeed and will to what they can to help you achieve the grade you want. Some of the GER classes seem a but unnecessary, but they are fulfill able."
"The professors at William & Mary are second to none. I love that I feel like I could go to some of my professors any time and just talk about life. They're helpful and understanding, and they really do want us to succeed. The workload is definitely a challenge, but I think it's unreasonable to go to college and expect to do no work. I came here to learn, and I certainly feel that I've done that. The GERs are a great way to explore different departments, but it would be nice to have more classes available to meet these requirements."
Learn from the Best
"Professor Vinson has hands down been one of my favorite professors here at William & Mary. He specializes in Africana Studies. I took "Global Color Line" with him, which focused mainly on South African apartheid and the Civil Rights movement in the United States. His lectures are very interactive and he knows exactly what to teach to get the students most engaged in the material. Amazing professor!"
"If you're interested in Psychology, I highly reccommend Professor Porter. I had her for Intro to Natural Psych and she was by far the best professor I've had here at W&M. I'm a big fan of her organized lectures, but most of all her personality and sense of humor. She makes 80 minute classes fun...which is saying a lot."
"Dr. Hand in the Sociology department. Intimidating at first, but so awesome."
"I think whether or not a student goes to office hours is different for each person. For some, the professor might seem too scary to approach so they'll never once try going to office hours. Then there are the professors who you just want to grab a coffee (or drink) with and just talk for hours. The students who go to office hours practically every day are probably the ones who desperately want an A in the class. Otherwise, visits are mostly need-based."
Interests & Involvement
"Extracurricular life at W&M is very active. I'm pretty sure that everyone I know is involved in at least one extracurricular activity. I would recommend having one main activity and about one or two others that you are actively involved in. It can be very tempting for incoming students to want to try everything and be a part of a dozen clubs, but you don't want to over-commit yourself."
"All of my friends are involved in a club, greek organization or job somewhere in or around campus. The people here are so involved and passionate about what they do, and clubs give them a chance to find like-minded people. I really love the publications clubs; there's no journalism major-track here so having so many publications available to participate in has been a great way to get experience in journalism here on campus."
"There is definitely a Greek presence at W&M, but there is plenty to do outside of Greek life. There are numerous clubs that cover every interest and are always open and welcoming of new members."
"We have tons of clubs here, so there's definitely something for everyone. One great things is the many culture clubs that really make up for the diversity (food, festivals, etc) that the greater williamsburg community lacks. Clubs tend to be a social outlet and a good way to meet new people, which is what I like about them. I would say many people are in at least one or two clubs that become their 'thing.' But again, it runs the spectrum."
"Normally, I'd say that William & Mary isn't really known for its sports, but this year our football team was doing really well. I think we managed to win nearly all of our home games this semester. The games themselves are really fun to attend and you can definitely feel the sense of Tribe Pride when you're there."
"I'd say that the basketball games are a big deal here at William & Mary. The student section is always filled with highly enthusiastic fans (who hold giant posters of the players' faces) and the pep band is always on their A-game."
"This year, the school started a student tailgating program where student organizations can set up their own mini-tailgates before each football game. It was small this past season, but I think with time it'll grow and expand student engagement with the athletic department."
"IM sports are kind of a big deal here. The Rec Center offers a bunch of different sports (i.e. flag football, volley ball, soccer, etc.) and it's open to a wide variety of teams (i.e. dorm halls, greek chapters, student organizations, etc)."
"I definitely feel respected as a woman."
"I personally have always felt respected as a woman on campus, although I cannot speak for everyone. I have taken a couple women's studies courses on campus, and its a great space to discuss a multitude of gender issues. I took two of them to fulfill GER requirements so absolutely anyone can take them."
"I usually feel pretty good about being a woman on campus. I would say that W&M has a very strong awareness of gender issues. There are many resources on campus for gender issues, and they are very inviting and accessible. At W&M, it is easy to learn about and discuss gender issues in class."
"Life as a woman is good. I haven't really noticed a difference in the way women vs men are treated, so that's a good sign I suppose. Our campus tilts slightly to female majority, which can be frustrating when trying to meet boys (especially if you're not in greek life). I would say awareness of gender issues is the best of the Virginia schools.
"Fashion is a big deal on campus, especially for people who like to bum it in sweatpants. The girls tend to be well dressed/presentable at seemingly all times. Characteristic fashion on our campus would be boho/prep."
Food & Drink
"I think the dining options on campus have definitely improved with the renovations to Sadler. It has become a lot easier to eat healthier. In no way is campus food amazing, but it isn't bad either. Having a meal plan is convenient because making food is a pain. However, I can't imagine having more than the 14 meal plan because it allows for flexibility."
"The food and dining options are fine. The food is okay, the variety can be weak though."
"There are 3 dining halls and lots of options. All of the dining halls have good and bad days. When those bad days come, I like to go to Qdoba, Chipotle, Firehouse Subs, and Wawa. I think the meal plans are fair and there are many options, but they are very expensive and give you a lot of unnecessary flex. I know a lot of people who don't get meal plans because they think it is cheaper to cook for themselves or eat off campus."
"There are 3 major dining halls on campus. The food is good enough for the most part. If I ever feel like getting away from dining hall food there are a ton of off campus choices near by."
"Living and eating at W&M is pretty affordable, although the meal plans that are mandatory for underclassmen are a little over-priced. If you can get off meal plan or get a smaller meal plan, it is easy to eat much more affordably."
"Since williamsburg is a tourist town, food is kinda expensive, which isn't good. Luckily, every dorm has at least 1 kitchen (most oftem more than that), so you can cook for yourself. It comes with the typicall problems of a shared space, but hey it's an option. Also, we have a great farmers market, so we have some sustainable options."
"There's a farmer's market every Saturday morning. It's the best! There are tons of options from local bakeries and farms. Even if you're not there to buy anything, just the experience alone is worth trying."
"If you're looking for somewhere to go for drinks, there are a handful of bars to check out - Paul's, Green Leafe, and College Delly."
"Honestly, the social scene is what you make of it. If you want to party, there are places (usually off-campus, but within walking distance) for you. If you want a fun non-alcoholic option, AMP usually has an event every weekend (they really are a lot of fun and unique. Like laser tag, trivia challenges, human chess, etc). And if you want to hang out with your friends and watch movies, there is literally zero shame in that. Our campus is generally safe and we have escort services if you ever feel unsafe walking somewhere. Greek life is pretty big on campus, but they have events for the whole campus and people who are in greek life do other things too. I have a lot of friends who are in sororities/fraternities. There's a lot of social mixing."
"I'm Greek and have loved every minute of it, but I didn't rush until sophomore year. When I wasn't a part of Greek life I still had an enjoyable social life. Also I haven't ever felt real pressure to drink or use drugs. I would say people tend to have friends in many different groups and socialize amongst them."
"Pretty much a "weekend only" school as far as partying goes, which I appreciate. I get the time to buckle down and focus with little to no distractions and can relax at the end of the week."
"The social scene is average. It is very common to party on the weekends, but there are also many nights where nothing is going on. I don't ever feel pressured to drink or do drugs. On weekends people typically go to house/frat parties and then to the bars. There is a good amount of Greek presence. People typically stick to their same group of friends, but I know some people who branch out and are friends with different groups. I always feel safe getting around at night and almost everything is in walking distance."
"One word: Blowout."
"I feel that it is generally pretty easy and safe to get around at night on or around campus. W&M has resources such as Steer Clear who you can call to come pick you up and drive you to somewhere else on or around campus at night. In addition, I have found that W&M students are very good about walking people home and taking care of each other. In addition to partying on the weekend, there are many other options as well. Many student organization host all sorts of events including movie nights, activities, or travelling. AMP often has fun events going on. And then of course, there's always the option of staying in your dorm for a quiet night in."
"Freshman dorms are a great way to meet people. Most people feel really close to their freshman hall because of orientation and the number of bonding activities that take place in the first couple weeks of being on campus. I didn't know anyone coming to W&M, and that was definitely a little scary. However, I made great friends very quickly and they are still some of my closest friends today."
"Freshman dorms are pretty typical. Hall's can get really close here. Most people live on campus (being able to walk everywhere on campus makes it a desireable option), but there is a meal plan requirement if you do that, which is sending more people off campus. Dorms are decently secure, you need a key card."
"The housing situation varies greatly from dorm to dorm. Some dorms are hall-style, while some are suite-style. I believe that right now, most of the Freshman dorms are hall-style. I lived in hall-style dorms for my first two years and actually enjoyed it.Many people choose their roommates, but freshman often get randomly assigned, based on a survey that they fill out over the summer. Freshman dorms do lots of bonding activities and mixers."
"In regards to Freshman housing, each hall has its own personality. What you get depends on whether or not you want a large or small dorm. Either way, you'll get super close with your Frehsman hall."
"The majority of my craziest college stories come from my Freshman hall. Best experience by far!"
"If you go to William & Mary, you're not only signing up for the school, but also for the Colonial Williamsburg experience. CW is literally right across the street from campus and highly accessible to our students. Before you graduate you'll most likely have done a ghost tour, gone on numerous cider runs, and jumped the Governor's wall."
"Colonial Williamsburg is definitely a perk of going to William & Mary. The scenery is gorgeous and it's a constant reminder of our nation's history."
"I'm pretty sure the students of the College make up about 50% of Williamsburg's total population."
"Sometimes Williamsburg can be a little boring...especially on a weekend night."
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