Self-Guided Tour

If you or a traveling companion have some free time, why not take in the historic campus of William & Mary.

A little background

The College of William & Mary in Virginia, founded in 1693, is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Over the past three centuries the College has distinguished itself as the "Alma Mater of a Nation," producing four Presidents, sixteen members of the Continental Congress, four signers of the Declaration of Independence, and four justices of the Supreme Court.

Originally the College consisted of three buildings: the Main, or Sir Christopher Wren, Building (shown in an aerial view); the Brafferton; and the President's House. These structures, which form a triangle in the College yard, have been restored to their original 18th-century appearance through the combined efforts of the College, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Today the College is a moderately-sized, residential, state university. Considered a "Public Ivy," it is among the most selective public universities in the United States. William & Mary draws two-thirds of its 5,700 undergraduates from the Commonwealth of Virginia, although all 50 states and 72 foreign countries are also represented in the student body. The highly regarded Schools of Law, Business, Education, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science augment the College's offerings and enroll an additional 2,000 graduate students.