William & Mary

How to Apply

You've done your homework, you've visited campus and now you're ready to take the next step.

Tell us your story. We want to learn more about who you’ve been, who you are and who you’ll become in college. Numbers will inevitably be part of your story, but we’re also interested in your ambition, your drive and your hidden talents.

William & Mary practices holistic review; decisions are not based solely on one aspect of your application. Rather, we review your essays, letters of recommendation, extracurricular involvements, and yes, those numbers like GPAs and standardized test scores. Each application is read at least twice, including once by your regional dean. At the end of this process, our goal is to bring together a class of dynamic, diverse and academically engaged students.

This portion of our website is here to provide you with resources, from application checklists to info on financial aid and scholarships. If a question arises that you can’t find the answer to, feel free to contact us anytime.

The Common Application
William & Mary is an exclusive user of the Common Application for freshman and transfer applicants.  

For Freshman Applicants
A checklist of application items, plus info on topics like the early decision process, applying as an international, multicultural or home-schooled student, special degree programs and what to do after you've applied

For Transfer Applicants
Your application checklist, special visitation days just for prospective transfers, plus info for VCCS and Richard Bland students, business students, international applicants and what to do after you've applied

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
Information for concurrent high school students, visiting students, and post-baccalaureate students

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities
Learn about ways to finance your education.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. (Full non-discrimination notice available online at http://www.wm.edu/compliance/discrimination.)

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Information about campus safety and security may help you in your decision to apply.  The most recent Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for the College of William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is available on William & Mary’s website for review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus building or property owned or controlled by the university or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.  This report is available online at: http://www.wm.edu/clery/report or you may request a paper copy in person or to be mailed to you at no expense from the Office of Compliance & Equity, James Blair Hall, Suite 101, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, 757.221.3146.