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What is the average GPA for an incoming W&M student?
Are there any required courses to apply to W&M?
Is Foreign Language required?
Does American Sign Language count as a foreign language?
Should I take AP or Dual Enrollment?
Should I graduate early from high school?
Will I get credit for AP or IB courses?
Is there a limit to how many credits I can bring to W&M?
Does W&M accept dual enrollment?

What is the average GPA for an incoming W&M student?

There is no average GPA for incoming W&M students. Academic potential is evaluated from a combination of GPA, choice of curriculum, and curriculum rigor. We evaluate an applicant's academic achievement within the context of his/her high school. Grades are weighted differently within each school system. Therefore, we do not recalculate GPAs to a 4.0 scale. Likewise, rigor of curriculum is based on what is offered at that particular high school. Class rank, if provided, can be helpful in determining a student's academic potential; approximately 80% of admitted students are in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.
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Are there any required courses to apply to W&M?

There are no required courses to apply to W&M. We recommend that students take four math courses culminating in Calculus, regardless of prospective major. Calculus is preferred over Statistics. We recommend taking four science courses (regardless of prospective major) culminating in Physics, and four years of single foreign language as ways of demonstrating a challenging, well-rounded curriculum. However, these classes are not required, nor are they the only way to demonstrate a challenging curriculum.
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Is foreign language required?

There is no foreign language requirement for applicants. However, W&M requires its graduates to be proficient through four semesters of a foreign language. If a prospective student has taken four years of a single foreign language, he/she is automatically exempt from the foreign language requirement at W&M. Therefore, we recommend four years of a foreign language, but it is not required.
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Does American Sign Language count as a foreign language?

American Sign Language does not satisfy William & Mary's foreign language requirement.
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Should I take AP or dual enrollment?

Dual Enrollment courses are college-level courses taught through a local college as part of the high school curriculum. We prefer a student take full advantage of his/her most challenging curriculum at the high school. Whatever curriculum your high school deems most rigorous, that is what we prefer.
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Should I graduate early from high school?

Graduating early is discouraged by the Admission Committee. Most students who graduate early from high school have not exhausted their high school's curriculum and will be held to the same standards as students who apply with four years of high school. Students are encouraged to take the most rigorous curriculum possible, and to rise to the highest leadership positions in their extracurricular activities. Therefore, most students who graduate early do not look very competitive in the context of their high school.
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Will I get credit for AP or IB courses?

W&M awards credit for AP tests. Usually, a 4 or a 5 is required. W&M awards credit for Higher Level IB tests only. View a list of AP and IB credit given.
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Is there a limit to how many credits I can bring to W&M?

There is no limit to the amount of credit one can earn through IB and/or AP tests.
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Does W&M accept credits earned through dual enrollment?

W&M accepts most credits earned through dual enrollment—assuming that there is a comparable course offered at W&M to the one taken dual enrollment. A grade of a C or better earns a student credit at William and Mary.

Note: freshmen who enter with an associate's degree earned primarily through dual enrollment credit will not be granted automatic junior status or general education requirement exemption like transfer students who enter with an associate's degree.  They will however receive credit for courses as noted in the "Transfer Credit" section of the course catalog (page 54).

Like AP and IB credit, there is no limit to the amount of dual enrollment credit one can enter with.
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