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Campus Culture

There is a synergy at William & Mary where each facet of the university comes together to make a better than fabulous whole. Walk across campus and you'll see a love of tradition, a love of learning and a never-ending exchange of ideas and passions. Our students give thousands of hours to community service and study abroad at a rate higher than any other public university in the country. Sustainability is more moral imperative than trendy noun, and we don’t just pay lip service to diversity, we aggressively pursue it — in our students, our faculty and in our ideas.

  • current students welcome incoming students at Convocation

    The beginning of each academic year is marked by {{,Opening Convocation}}. Incoming students are greeted by current William & Mary students as the new arrivals walk through the Wren Building toward the Sunken Garden — the opposite path they will travel when they graduate.

  • Masked students inspect the cloth mural panel they created in "Photomania" class where they worked on cyanotypes

    One of William & Mary’s greatest strengths is our vibrant community. As we navigate the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community is finding creative and innovative ways to {{,stay healthy together}} and flourish this year.

  • William & Mary senior Mark Williamson and Rusty Plemons (leukemia survivor) met for the first time at Zable Stadium. Williamson donated his bone marrow to help save Plemons' life through W&M's annual "Be The Match" bone marrow drive, a tradition here since 1991.

  • Yusef Salaam sitting on stage speaking into a microphone to the audience at the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration

    {{,Yusef Salaam spoke}} at W&M's 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration before a crowd of faculty, staff, students and community members. This annual observance is one of many {{,Center for Student Diversity events}} that celebrate and educate the community about the many cultural experiences represented on our campus.

  • Students riding camels in the Wahiba Sands of Oman

    Nearly 60% of students {{,study abroad}} before graduation, in more than 50 countries each year. In a recent course nicknamed {{,Rock Music Oman}}, W&M students traveled with their professors to Oman for an interdisciplinary trip combining music and geology.

  • A person holding a VA is for all lovers sign

    Leaders with the Safe Zone Ally Program hosted an event to celebrate marriage equality in Virginia where they handed out cake and took photos. Building on a core value of {{,diversity}}, equity and inclusion are integral parts of all that we do.

  • Meet W&M's {{, Global Research Institute}}. They're a collaboration power house, bringing together students and faculty to tackle pressing global issues. This is a community of problem solvers, and it all started with two William & Mary students who challenged the status quo, and a group of faculty who helped them change it.

  • William & Mary is a vibrant, welcoming campus and community with a truly {{,global student body, faculty, staff and outlook}}. All in an historic campus in Williamsburg, Virginia. Wherever you are from or wherever you are going, you are welcome here.

  • Pamela Z

    Artist Pamela Z gave a talk and solo performance as part of the “Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities” symposium. The symposium was part of William & Mary's year-long commemoration of the {{,50th anniversary of African Americans in residence}} at the university.

  • W&M is know for its rich history and stellar academics. But we're also pretty intense when it comes to our Tribe pride. At the {{,William & Mary Athletics}} annual Gold Rush game, students come out in full force (and gold attire) to cheer on the men's basketball team as they near tournament season.

  • Tribe Truck

    The Tribe Truck Farm is a mobile garden in the bed of a pickup truck that runs on recycled vegetable oil. Started by students, the truck is used as a tool for educational outreach and to increase dialogue about {{, sustainability}} in the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities.

  • To kick off the holiday season, W&M lights a yule log and pays tribute to all the major religions represented on campus. After live music and ceremonial readings students pile into the Great Hall to toss ceremonial sprigs of holly into the Yule log fire for good luck.

  • squirrel jumping off of a tree

    According to W&M lore, there are more squirrels per capita in Williamsburg than any other city in the USA. But don't believe us. Ask the {{,W&M Squirrel}}.