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Career-Ready for Lifelong Success

William & Mary offers access to a vast array of resources and experiences to support lifelong career success. From the first internship to the last job, we will help ensure graduates are well prepared to excel in their chosen career.

  • 97 %

    Work in jobs that align well with career interests

    as reported by the Class of 2022

  • 93 %

    Employed or in Graduate School within six months of graduation

    as reported by the Class of 2022

  • 91 %

    Six-Year Graduation Rate

    for first-year students

Students and staff meeting in the Career Center lobby

#13 Best Career Placement

The Office of Career Development & Professional Engagement hosts over 175 workshops, panels, seminars and other events each year to mentor and teach students about resumes, interviews, networking and more. Multiple career and internship fairs are held each year with almost 500 employers in attendance. (#13 ranking from The Princeton Review.)

#1 Best Public School for Internships

W&M is committed to guaranteeing a funded internship to every undergraduate who seeks one. Since 2021, W&M has quadrupled the number of students who receive support for unpaid or underfunded internships, and funding to support students has tripled. More than 24,000 internships with 12,000 employers are posted each year. W&M is also ranked #1 for participation in study abroad among all public universities by the Institute of International Education. (#1 ranking from The Princeton Review.)

Career Readiness

Explore career development programs, services, connections and resources available to current students.


Career Connections

Thanks to a W&M connection, I had the opportunity to meet with two EY (formerly Ernst & Young) partners, who are also alumni. I completed an internship and plan to start my career in business consulting at EY next fall.”

— Adam Farris ’24, economics major from Massachusetts

Higher Earnings

  • $ 67,983

    Starting Salary

    As reported by the Class of 2022

    This overall full-time mean salary is 13% higher than the national mean starting salary of $60,028.

  • Top 10

    Salary Rankings

    The Wall Street Journal ranked W&M high in finance, management consulting and law salaries among national public universities.

  • 29 %

    Higher Mid-Career Salary

    15 years from graduation

    W&M graduates earn almost a third higher salary than the median Virginia public university bachelor’s degree holder at mid-career (according to SCHEV).

Reveley the Griffin at the 2024 career and internship fair

Top Employers Hire W&M Graduates

Every year, over 530 employers hire from the graduating class. Top employers like Accenture, Amazon, Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Capital One, Deloitte, EY, Grant Thornton, JP Morgan Chase & Co., KPMG, Teach for America, U.S. Army and William & Mary hire our students to work for competitive salaries around the world.

Distinguished Researchers and Scholars

W&M graduates have impressive rates of admission to law, medical and other graduate programs. They also compete successfully for the most prestigious scholarships and fellowships — Goldwater Scholars, Mitchell Scholars, Truman Scholars, Fulbright Awards, Marshall Scholars, Gaither Fellowships and many more. W&M has been a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for 15 consecutive years.

  • # 1

    Producer of alumni who earn Ph.D.s

    Washington Monthly

    among public universities

  • 35 %

    Matriculated into Graduate/Professional Programs

    of the undergraduate Class of 2022

  • 127

    Distinct Graduate/Professional Programs

    for the undergraduate Class of 2022

Network of 111,000+ Alumni Worldwide

William & Mary is consistently ranked a top 20 public school for alumni networks. Our graduates and their organizations post jobs and internship opportunities on TribeCareers, which includes over 45,000 postings. Alumni and students also have exclusive access to One Network, where W&M community members share industry insights and find networking and mentorship opportunities. One Network has members from over 40 countries, 47 states and Washington D.C. and 74% of members are willing to help fellow alumni.

Lifelong Engagement

W&M’s active Alumni Association keeps graduates connected to each other and the university. With 37 alumni regional networks worldwide and over 400 alumni events annually across the country, there are plenty of opportunities for lifelong growth, learning and leadership.

Here, the word Tribe is synonymous with community. It speaks to our shared commitment to each other and to our passion and pride that bring us together.

Innovators, Visionaries and Industry Leaders

From authors to Olympians, CEOs to renowned scientists, actors to presidents, and public servants to business owners, William & Mary boasts a long list of notable alumni in every field.

Medicine & Music

As a student, Dr. Mike Fitch ’93 participated in undergraduate research at W&M’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science and eventually joined his mentor, now-retired professor Lloyd Guth, to perform neuroscience research. He also co-founded the Gentlemen of the College, one of the university’s oldest a cappella groups.