W&M at a Glance
Small, Smart & Historic
We're famous for our rigorous liberal arts curriculum and our dedicated, engaged professors. Our students are nothing short of exceptional; they're scholars, athletes, activists, musicians, world travelers and generous volunteers. Our campus, adjoining Colonial Williamsburg, is a masterwork of preservation and innovation. Find out more about W&M:
- Chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England
- The second oldest college in America
- Severed formal ties with Britain in 1776
- Became state-supported in 1906 and coeducational in 1918
- Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's first academic Greek society, was founded here in 1776
- We also have the nation's first Honor Code
- Williamsburg (William & Mary main campus)
- 1,200-acres—including scenic Lake Matoaka and College Woods—located in historic downtown Williamsburg, Virginia
- Named one of Intel's 50 "Most Unwired College Campuses" for our campus-wide wireless network
- Sir Christopher Wren Building (1700) is the oldest college building in the U.S.
- Colonial Campus section is restored to 18th-century appearance
- Gloucester Point (Virginia Institute of Marine Science campus)
- 40-acre campus in Gloucester Point at the mouth of the York River, a major tributary and passageway to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean
- Two satellite campuses on the Eastern Shore and Rappahannock River
- Gloucester Point was a strategic location in the American Revolution and Civil War
- Positioned across the York river from Yorktown, site of the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War
- Washington, DC (Dupont Circle)
- A suite of offices and meeting spaces in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Building, located steps from the Dupont Circle Metro station
- Runs three academic programs that enable 250+ W&M students a year to "Live, Study, and Work in Washington, DC"
- Leased housing allows Program faculty to live in the heart of DC and students to live in luxury Arlington apartments
- Provides W&M faculty, administrators and students the ability to reach the 15,000 W&M alums in the DC area
Outstanding, Diverse Students
- From 49 states and the District of Columbia and 53 foreign countries
- 6,171 undergraduates and 2,087 graduate students
- 29 percent are students of color
- 79 percent of freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their class (and 97 percent in the top quarter)
- Middle 50th percentile on SAT: 1250-1460, higher than any other public university in Virginia
- Over 400 student clubs and organizations
- 75 percent of students participate in community service projects
- More than 40% of students study abroad at some point in their undergraduate career, in more than 40 countries each year.
Professors Who Teach
- 12:1 student-faculty ratio
- 84 percent of courses have fewer than 40 students
- 595 full-time faculty members across all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
- W&M has more recipients of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award than any other college or university
- Five undergraduate and graduate schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law and Marine Science
- Over 30 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and professional degree programs in Business, Education, Law and Marine Science
- Degrees conferred: B.A., B.B.A., B.S., Ed.D., J.D., LL.M., M.A., M.A.C., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.P.P., M.S., Ph.D., Psy.D.
- Earl Gregg Swem Library houses a million-plus books and hundreds of thousands of periodicals, journals and electronic database.
- Swem Library's Media Center boasts nine cutting-edge digital video and audio editing suites and a state-of-the-art Special Collections Research Center.
- The Muscarelle Museum of Art has a permanent collection of 3,700 paintings, sculptures and works on paper.
- The Integrated Science Center is a massive interdisciplinary research and teaching facility for chemistry, biology and psychology undergrads, graduate students and faculty.
- The Fresh Food Company—we call it "The Caf," where healthy entrées are made right before your eyes—is more like a hip, international restaurant than a college cafeteria.
- The Mason School of Business is housed in Alan B. Miller Hall which provides approximately 160,000 square feet of space consisting of state-of-the-art facilities for instruction, student activities, faculty offices, visiting scholars and research.
- The School of Education recently moved into a new 112,000-square-foot facility that, for the first time in 20 years, brings together all of the school's programs, classrooms and offices under one roof (with room to grow).
- 90,958 and counting
- Three U.S. presidents—Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler—were educated at William & Mary (four if we include George Washington's surveyor's license)
- Some of our graduates include award-winning poets, a senior State Department official, a performer in the Blue Man Group, an international banker, a crazy number of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright scholars, and some dude named Jon Stewart