For generation after generation, William & Mary people have helped push their communities, states and nation forward. Several presidents of the United States studied here — Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler — as did the great Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall. We have had a stunning progression of Chancellors, including our own Robert M. Gates. You can't buy a legacy of this sort. You have to live it.
William & Mary's deep roots in American history, coupled with its striking contemporary accomplishments and powerful forward momentum, make a dynamite combination. This is to say, when you mate being one of the very first colleges in North America, and having been present at the creation of our country, with the dynamism of vibrant success in our time, you get an institution of enormous power and promise. William & Mary really is quite something. It's iconic.