William & Mary is one of the original eight "Public Ivies," state-assisted institutions offering a superior education at a cost far below that of the Ivy League. Based on its smaller size, commitment to undergraduate teaching and combination of contemporary excellence and historic preeminence, W&M is the quintessential public ivy.
The William & Mary Promise is an innovative operating model that enhances the quality of a William & Mary education while improving predictability and affordability for in-state undergraduate students at the Commonwealth's distinctive public ivy.
William & Mary is the place where your promise is met with our promise.
The W&M Promise:
- an excellent education rivaling the top universities in the world
- predictability through a tuition guarantee for incoming Virginia undergraduates
- increased affordability and reduced student debt for low- and middle-income Virginia families
Initially adopted in 2013, the William & Mary Promise was updated in 2019 to make it easier for families to compare higher education costs while maintaining the university’s commitment to excellence, affordability and predictability. The updated tuition model will go into effect in the fall of 2020 and affect incoming in-state freshmen and transfers. The Board of Visitors will set tuition in November. Current students will not be affected.