Throughout its storied history, the College of William & Mary has not compromised proven fundamentals of learning. Small class sizes, one-on-one partnerships between faculty and students, and the nation’s oldest student honor code define the William & Mary experience. Yet innovation thrives here. Faculty members are working with students to produce biofuel from algae growing naturally in Chesapeake Bay. College faculty took the lead in forming AidData, the first-ever comprehensive resource that tracks international development funding. The STEM Alliance works with school districts to encourage middle school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
William & Mary is a truly unique public university, however state assistance covers less than 13 percent of its operating budget. Private support is essential to William & Mary's ability to attract and retain the best faculty, to provide scholarships and financial assistance for students, and to meet operating expenses and pursue new opportunities. Private support enables William & Mary to be outstanding, and helps make an exceptional university even better.