4.5 out of 5 Stars
Low student to professor ratio
Generally supportive, non-competitive environmentDowners
No entrepreneurial spirit
Overshadowed by big state schools and Ivy league schoolsComments
Go to William and Mary for a small college, liberal arts experience. Don't go here if you want have a crazy college experience.Would You Recommend
All of the above.Quality of Life
Common application with supplementary material.Level
7 General Education Requirements as well as Foreign Language Proficiency. Major or Double Major. 12:1 student faculty ration.Admissions
Common App with required supplement. There is a binding early decision option. Financial aid is mainly need based and goes directly through FAFSA. Interviews optional for rising seniors.Level
Common App + supplemental essay; early decision but no early action; interviews during the summer before your senior year that are HIGHLY optional and don't necessarily help or hurt you; Monroe Scholarship: considered for it by merit of applying, offered to the top 5-7% of the College's applicant pool, includes preferential housing and preferential registration first semester freshman year as well as up to $4,000 research money; Murray Scholarship: requires an additional essay (you're notified if you're being considered for it), top 20 come to Williamsburg in the spring to meed professors and other Murrays, 4-5 selected per year; offered a full ride of in-state tuition plus $10,000 research money and preferential housing (plus some smaller perks)Level
Academics are extremely challenging, but professors, librarians, and tutors are always available for help and extra explanation. A variety of GERs (General Education Requirements) make students aware of the many academic disciplines the school offers and make students questions what course of study best fits their individual interests. Students are generally very dedicated and willing to take initiative in their studies to achieve. Research opportunities abound for undergrads, a real hallmark of the WM experience; professors are willing to work with undergrads in many capacities and are generally friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to go out of their way to build relationships with students and to be helpful.Admissions
Common application accepted. Optional supplement, can be essay, creative project, etc. Early decision is a bit less selective because there is a smaller pool, but overall, W&M remains an extremely selective institution. Interview possible summer before senior year of high school, interviewer is a W&M rising senior. Particularly selective for out-of-state (non-Virginian) students. William and Mary admission officers honestly read their applications, know what they want in students, and selectively find those students who will excel here.Level
We have a strong academic program and pride ourselves on it. It really brings the students together. We have General Education Requirements, so we are required to take math, science, lab, history, philosophy/ethics, fine arts, cultural, religion, and social science classes. Our very large intro classes are between 150-200 people, but the vast majority of a student's classes will be closer to 30 or so people. The professors are always willing and eager to meet with students, and it is not difficult to get in touch with them at all. I am currently studying abroad, which is something that W&M really encourages its students to do.Quality of Life
Our campus always feels very safe. We are a very tight community. Campus housing ranges from good to bad, but even the worst on our campus is pretty good. The library is fantastic- it's huge and sectioned for quiet places and places for groups, etc. Students are generally studious and very involved with campus activities, and just quirky and happy. We love being in Colonial Williamsburg and sharing our campus.Admissions
I applied through the W&M application.Level
Must complete 7 GERs, around 120 credits total, around 30 to 40 credits in major, classes are typically small, everyone has an advisor, undergraduate research is highly available, almost everyone does study abroad, teachers are always available for helpQuality of Life
Safe, Williamsburg is not too exciting, but school's programming board AMP does a lot event to help make up for it.Admissions
Common Application with optional essay
General Educational Requirments that contain the liberal arts componet to the education. Academic Advising: Required meetings freshmen year
Study Abroad (7 continents)
Optional Interview Process
A Creative Essay Submission
Early Decision: Binding
The admission process at the College of William and Mary is unique in the sense that a student examined on multiple levels. Standardized testing scores, academic status and class course vigor are all important; however, extracurriculars hold a special place in the application process. Every student admitted to William and Mary is the quintessential well-rounded individual. Scholarship, service and leadership are three fields in which every William and Mary student has excelled.Level
Students must fulfill 7 General Education requirements across a broad range of disciplines. A GER will require between one and three courses, and the student chooses which courses, from any number of different departments, will be used to fulfill the requirement. These courses help undecided students get a feel for multiple departments, and expose students already committed to a course of study to the other programs that W&M has to offer.
Each department offers a major consisting of approximately 30-40 credits. Other school-designed interdisciplinary majors, like Film Studies and Black Studies, are also offered. Finally, students can self-design an interdisciplinary major, working with a faculty advisor to craft a unique program of study. Recent self-designed majors include Geography and Peace Studies. Students must declare a major by the middle of the second semester of their sophomore year.
All freshmen are assigned to an academic advisor based on the results of an academic interest survey taken before enrollment. Meetings with this advisor during freshman year are required, as only the advisor can hand out the PIN needed to access course registration for future semesters. When the student declares a major, he or she will choose a major advisor.
Each professor is required to hold office hours during the week, and all are accessible via email for the scheduling of individual appointments should their schedule not match with yours. Professors often encourage students to visit their office hours whether or not they have questions related to the course. Professors here really do take a personal interest in their students.Quality of Life
Students are guaranteed three years of on-campus housing for at least three years, though most students can be accommodated all four years.Admissions
W&M is on the common app, so the required essays and resume, etc., are pretty standard. However, the supplement is highly creative: the applicant is asked to submit something- anything- using a single piece of paper that will tell the admissions committee something unique about him/herself that did not come across in the traditional application. Why? Because the applicant is 'more than a piece of paper.'
A small number of students are able to interview with current students in the summer before their senior year. These interviews can 'only help' a student's application, and are fairly casual.
W&M offers early decision and, though the acceptance rate may be slightly higher at that point, you are by no means sealing your fate by waiting for regular decision. I applied regular decision and here I am.Level