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We promise academic distinction.

As a "Public Ivy," William & Mary fills a critical niche, offering the intensive educational experience of the leading private institutions at significantly less cost to Virginians. A W&M education produces graduates who think rigorously and synthesize knowledge from various fields, work creatively to solve problems, communicate effectively and make a difference in existing and emerging fields, making W&M a vital resource for Virginia and the world.

We promise to connect you with world-class faculty.
  • W&M is consistently ranked among the top public universities for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report.
  • At 11 students per professor, W&M has the lowest student-faculty ratio of any top-ranked public university. More than half of our classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • More faculty at W&M have earned the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award, the state's highest teaching honor, than faculty at any other university.
We promise the opportunity to do great things with great people.
  • Diversity at W&M means celebrating a vibrant academic and social community that represents the widest possible range of ideas, backgrounds and experiences.
  • W&M is among the top 20 universities in the country for community service engagement, being LGBTQ-friendly, having the best science lab facilities and offering the best career services. It's also listed second among schools with the greatest interaction between people of different races and classes, according to the Princeton Review in 2019.
  • The impact of W&M research spans the local to the international. For instance, scientists in geology and at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, as well as our law students, are working on the vital matter of sea level rise through mapping, policy and other initiatives, some federally funded.
  • With more than 450 campus clubs and organizations, 23 varsity sports, 44 club sports, 11 intramural activities and more than 50 wellness and fitness classes per week, staying active and engaged at W&M isn't an afterthought; it's a way of life.
We promise you can achieve your dreams.
  • W&M is the only Virginia institution featured as a "Colleges That Create Futures," according to the Princeton Review.
  • W&M is one of the top public universities for percentage of alumni who go on to earn doctoral degrees, according to National Science Foundation data.
  • W&M has the highest percentage of students studying abroad of any public university in the U.S., as ranked by the Institute of International Education.
  • William & Mary is ranked the top public university in Virginia and among the top 20 in the nation for commitment to access and affordability for low- and middle-income students, according to the New York Times.

We promise a legacy of distinction.
  • Just take a look at former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart '84, Academy-Award-nominated actress Glenn Close '74, former Head Coach of the 2015 and 2019 World Cup champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Jill Ellis '88 and Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin '95, the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
  • Ellen Stofan '83, a geology major and recent NASA chief scientist, is current director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. Hulu co-founder Beth Comstock '82, a biology major, is a former vice chair at General Electric and one of Fortune's "most powerful women in business." Jen Psaki '00, a sociology major, is a former White House communications director.
  • Robert Gates '65, L.H.D. '98 is the only person to have served as Secretary of Defense for two U.S. presidents from different political parties. Gates currently serves as W&M's Chancellor.
  • Three U.S. presidents – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler – went to William & Mary, while George Washington received his surveyor's license from W&M and was its first American Chancellor.