W&M at a Glance

Small, Smart & Historic

We're famous for our rigorous liberal arts curriculum and our dedicated, engaged professors. Our students are nothing short of exceptional; they're scholars, athletes, activists, musicians, world travelers and generous volunteers. Our campus, adjoining Colonial Williamsburg, is a masterwork of preservation and innovation.

Our History
  • Chartered on February 8, 1693, by King William III and Queen Mary II of England
  • The second oldest college in America, and the first to become a university
  • Severed formal ties with Britain in 1776
  • Became state-supported in 1906 and coeducational in 1918
  • Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's first academic Greek society, was founded here in 1776
  • We also have the nation's first Honor Code 
Our Campuses
Williamsburg (William & Mary main campus)
  • 1,200-acres—including scenic Lake Matoaka and College Woods—located in historic downtown Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Sir Christopher Wren Building (1700) is the oldest university building still in use in the U.S.
  • Historic Campus section is restored to 18th-century appearance
  • Improvements to building efficiency and new LEED certified facilities mean we've expanded campus while reducing our energy use
Washington, DC (Dupont Circle)
  • A suite of offices and meeting spaces in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Building, located steps from the Dupont Circle Metro station
  • Runs four academic programs for undergrads that enable W&M students to "Live, Study, and Work in Washington, DC"
  • Leased housing allows students to live in safe, affordable Arlington apartments, close to Downtown Washington.
  • Provides W&M students, alumni and administrators the opportunity to connect with the 16,000+ W&M alums in the DC area
Gloucester Point (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)
  • 42-acre campus at the mouth of the York River, a major tributary and passageway to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Chartered in 1940, VIMS is one of the leading marine research and education centers in the U.S.
  • VIMS is both an independent state agency and home to W&M's graduate School of Marine Science
  • Two satellite campuses on the Eastern Shore and Rappahannock River
  • Positioned across the York River from Yorktown, site of the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War
Outstanding, Diverse Students
  • From 49 states and the District of Columbia and 68 foreign countries
  • 6,301 undergraduates and 2,183 graduate students
  • 32 percent are students of color
  • 81 percent of freshmen who are ranked graduated in the top ten percent of their class (and 96 percent in the top twenty-five)
  • Mid-50th percentile on SAT: 1260-1460, higher than any other public university in Virginia
  • Earn doctorates at a higher rate than any other public university in the nation
  • Over 400 student clubs and organizations
  • Each year, 6,000 students participate in community service projects
  • More than 45 percent of students study abroad at some point in their undergraduate career, in more than 45 countries each year.
Professors Who Teach
  • 12:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 84 percent of courses have fewer than 40 students
  • 624 full-time faculty members across all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
  • W&M has more recipients of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award than any other college or university
  • Programs in Arts & Sciences and our four graduate/professional schools: Business, Education, Law and Marine Science
  • Over 40 undergraduate programs and over 20 graduate and professional degree programs
  • Degrees conferred: B.A., B.B.A., B.S., Ed.D., J.D., LL.M., M.A., M.A.C., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.P.P., M.S., Ph.D., Psy.D.
  • Earl Gregg Swem Library houses a collection of more than 2 million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents and films, and a state-of-the-art Special Collections Research Center, with electronic access to many of this from anywhere in the world.
  • Swem Library's Reeder Media Center boasts two innovative classrooms, a screening room, collaboration lab and eight acoustically isolating studios for media recording, production and mastering.
  • The Muscarelle Museum of Art has a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper.
  • The Integrated Science Center is a massive interdisciplinary research and teaching facility for chemistry, biology and psychology undergrads, graduate students and faculty.
  • The Commons—we call it "The Caf"—brings you comfort food, local seafood, and global flavors, all prepared right before your eyes. 
  • The Mason School of Business is housed in Alan B. Miller Hall which provides approximately 160,000 square feet of space consisting of state-of-the-art facilities for instruction, student activities, faculty offices, visiting scholars and research.
  • The School of Education is in a 112,000-square-foot facility that brings together all of the school's programs, classrooms and offices under one roof (with room to grow).
Our Alumni
  • 95,916 and counting
  • Three U.S. presidents—Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler—were educated at William & Mary (four if we include George Washington's surveyor's license).
  • Some of our graduates have included award-winning poets, the head of the FBI, NASA's chief scientist, a performer in the Blue Man Group, an international banker, a crazy number of Peace Corps volunteers and Fulbright scholars, and some dude named Jon Stewart.