"It was my great good fortune, and what probably fixed the destinies of my life, that Dr. William Small of Scotland was then professor of mathematics [at the College of William & Mary], a man profound in most of the useful branches of science, with a happy talent of communications, correct and gentlemanly manners, and an enlarged and liberal mind."
~Thomas Jefferson, Class of 1762
"William & Mary understands the value of service to others. Over the past 302 years, you've worked to instill the students here with those same values, and the Class of 1995 is no exception ... For each of you, William & Mary has been a place of possibilities—a place where you have developed your potential and prepared for the future."
~George H. W. Bush, Former President of the United States
"A tradition that lives on at this premier 'Public Ivy' is a commitment to old-fashioned academic excellence."
~Fiske Guide to Colleges
"...one cannot hold this office [Chancellor of the College of William & Mary] without feeling an affinity with those giants of the past who were associated with this College, and whose leadership helped to found this great country."
~Margaret, The Lady Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Twenty-first Chancellor of the College of William & Mary
"William & Mary can make a good case for being the most selective public college in America. Its size ... is ideal, the envy of a good many prestigious private colleges. Its setting and its own lush campus ... provide the stuff calendars are made of. Its academic program ... is no nonsense, followed by impressive placement in graduate schools and jobs."
~Richard Moll, author of The Public Ivys: A Guide to America's Best Public Undergraduate Colleges and Universities
“What William & Mary gave me, above all else, was a calling to serve—a sense of duty to community and country that this college has sought to instill in each generation of students for more than 300 years. It is a calling rooted in the history and traditions of this institution.”
~Robert M. Gates '65, Chancellor of the College and Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
"The traditions of William & Mary that count are ones many schools take for granted—like being a school where professors still teach, and teach freshmen as well as upper-class students; where professors keep their office hours; where your teachers know your names, and they care enough to hold you to high standards. Those are the traditions upon which a solid education is developed."
~L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia
"Together we have much to be proud of. Let us therefore be proud of this great culture, let us nurture it, and above all, let us open it up to as many people as possible. That is a process with which this College has been closely involved for three centuries."
~His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, Heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom
"I have felt in the years since I graduated an indestructible, visceral connection to this place—a connection which is vital and real and which has sustained me through good times and bad."
~Actress Glenn Close '74
"Harvard is a pretty good school, too, but you've got to go a long way to find a school as good as this one."
~Warren E. Burger, Former Chief Justice of the United States and Twentieth Chancellor of the College of William & Mary