Diversity at William & Mary means creating, sustaining and celebrating a vibrant academic and social community that represents the widest possible range of ideas and life experiences.
At W&M, we believe our differences are our greatest strength. By living, studying and forging lifelong friendships with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, we instinctively learn to think beyond our own narrow experience and approach challenges from a global perspective.
William & Mary students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and more than 60 foreign countries. They graduate from public schools, private schools and home schools. Some have deep religious beliefs and others believe deeply in basketball. But for all that’s different about them, they have two things in common: a shared passion for learning and a proven ability to succeed.
To ensure the growing diversity of our campus, William & Mary actively recruits top high school students from every geographic, racial and economic background. Thirty-three percent of the Class of 2026 are students of color, five percent are international and nine percent are first-generation college students.
A William & Mary education is more affordable than ever for Virginia families with financial need. Freshmen from Virginia families with a household income at or below $110,000 will pay and borrow less on average to attend W&M than they would for any other four-year public university in the Commonwealth.
The Center for Student Diversity and the Reves Center for International Studies celebrate the rich diversity of the W&M community through international arts and culture events, speaker series, film festivals and symposia.
Learn more about multicultural life and diversity at W&M through our Diversity & Access Team.