Diversity at William & Mary means creating, sustaining and celebrating a vibrant academic and social community that represents the widest possible range of ideas and life experiences.
At W&M, we believe our differences are our greatest strength. By living, studying and forging lifelong friendships with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, we instinctively learn to think beyond our own narrow experience and approach challenges from a global perspective.
William & Mary students come from 50 states, the District of Columbia and 76 foreign countries. They graduate from public schools, private schools and home schools. Some have deep religious beliefs and others believe deeply in basketball. But for all that’s different about them, they have two things in common: a shared passion for learning and a proven ability to succeed.
To ensure the growing diversity of our campus, William & Mary actively recruits top high school students from every geographic, racial and economic background. Thirty-six percent of the class of 2020 are students of color, seven percent are international and eleven percent are first-generation college students.
Under the William & Mary Promise — the university's innovative financial model — a William & Mary education is more affordable than ever for Virginia families with financial need. Freshmen from Virginia families with a household income of less than $40,000 will receive financial aid that covers 100% of their need with grants, not loans.
The Center for Student Diversity and the Reves Center for International Studies celebrate the rich diversity of the W&M community through international arts and culture events, speaker series, film festivals and symposia.
Learn more about multicultural life and diversity at W&M through our Multicultural Recruitment Team.