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#449 of 14,131 In the World
#166 of 2,597 In North America
#145 of 2,496 In the United States
#5 of 63 In Virginia
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Acceptance rate
37%
Average SAT
1440
Average ACT
33
Aid receiving
58%
Undergraduates
6,543
Graduates
2,974
Male:Female Ratio
41:59
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
wm.edu

College of William and Mary Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

College of William and Mary has an acceptance rate of 37% and is among the top 9% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 37% 42% 33%
Applicants 17,475 6,630 10,845
Admissions 6,386 2,766 3,620
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,682 715 967
Freshmen enrolled part time 2 1 1

1,359 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,052 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
861 or 51%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1360
or below

75% of them
had 1520
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in the College of William and Mary are 1360-1520 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
324 or 19%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 31
or below

75% of them
had 34
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in the College of William and Mary are 31-34 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
TOEFL Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 5774 (61%)
Asian 833 (9%)
Hispanic 752 (8%)
Black or African American 668 (7%)
Nonresident Alien 591 (6%)
Two or more races 509 (5%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 362 (4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 11 (0.1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 9 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Average aid awarded
$21,700
Students receiving aid
58%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $17,434$10,516
Tuition in-state $17,434$10,516
Tuition out-of-state $40,089$28,305
Fee in-district $6,378$6,102
Fee in-state $6,378$6,102
Fee out-of-state $6,949$6,673

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 4,755
Combined charge for room and board $13,736
Room charge $8,490
Meal charge $5,246

College of William and Mary majors

College of William and Mary has granted 1,561 bachelor's degrees across 36 programs, 744 master's across 19 programs, and 240 doctorate degrees across 10 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at College of William and Mary.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Business Administration and Management, General 177 329
Law 180
Psychology, General 135 12
Political Science and Government, General 139
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 127 8
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education & Fitness, General 113
Management Science 108
History, General 82 16 2
Economics, General 92
Neuroscience 86
Computer Science 75
Accounting 71
International Relations and Affairs 66
Curriculum and Instruction 62
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 61
Chemistry, General 50 3
English Language and Literature, General 46
Public Policy Analysis, General 37 3
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 37
Mathematics, General 37
Physics, General 25 6 6
Sociology, General 37
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services 24 5
Geology & Earth Science, General 27
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 26
Computer and Information Sciences, General 13 11
Anthropology, General 16 4 2
American & United States Studies & Civilization 5 5 7
Philosophy 17
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 16
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 7 9
Area Studies, Other 15
Linguistics 11
Spanish Language and Literature 11
Art & Art Studies, General 10
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 10
Educational Psychology 9
Chinese Studies 7
Music, General 7
Data Science, General 6
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 6
French Language and Literature 6
Religion & Religious Studies 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 5
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Japanese Language and Literature 4
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 2
German Language and Literature 2
Grand Total 1,561 744 240

College of William and Mary has a graduation rate of 91%, which is among the 4% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 91% 89% 93%
  • Full-time retention rate - 93%
  • Part-time retention rate - 100%

Publications & Citations

College of William and Mary is a world-class research university with 22,860 scientific papers published and 551,351 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Political Science, Chemistry, Quantum and Particle physics, and Law.

Publications
22,860
Citations
551,351

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
12,788 / 259,593
Engineering
9,699 / 272,635
Environmental Science
9,574 / 279,667
Physics
9,449 / 273,215
Biology
8,826 / 260,828
Computer Science
7,654 / 180,345
Political Science
7,503 / 124,330
Chemistry
7,344 / 229,287
Quantum and Particle physics
6,990 / 202,201
Law
6,957 / 120,678
Philosophy
5,889 / 107,705
Sociology
5,744 / 120,299
Geography and Cartography
5,515 / 155,738
Geology
5,354 / 190,358
Medicine
5,069 / 131,755
Ecology
5,059 / 190,333
History
4,685 / 87,345
Mathematics
4,647 / 119,687
Psychology
4,526 / 112,090
Business
4,076 / 81,477
Economics
3,691 / 69,702
Materials Science
3,537 / 91,019
Organic Chemistry
3,522 / 126,598
Archaeology
3,506 / 81,912
Paleontology
3,145 / 107,685
Statistics
2,820 / 81,195
Genetics
2,814 / 77,504
Biochemistry
2,702 / 73,918
Oceanography
2,651 / 122,716
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
2,647 / 62,280
Optical Engineering
2,513 / 81,465
Linguistics
2,500 / 49,170
Art & Design
2,426 / 35,607
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation
2,324 / 95,447
Nuclear Physics
2,146 / 71,177
Social Psychology
2,105 / 62,720
Astrophysics and Astronomy
1,688 / 64,657
Finance
1,666 / 29,194
Electrical Engineering
1,643 / 42,733
Botany
1,556 / 52,892

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 281 1825
1991 257 1945
1992 260 2053
1993 270 2121
1994 306 2446
1995 300 2520
1996 318 2860
1997 353 3149
1998 354 3381
1999 348 3511
2000 414 4041
2001 435 4687
2002 483 5535
2003 436 6600
2004 479 7472
2005 519 8576
2006 594 10068
2007 688 12034
2008 678 13390
2009 695 15928
2010 720 17193
2011 816 19098
2012 811 22300
2013 811 26666
2014 923 28579
2015 958 29179
2016 935 29936
2017 899 32104
2018 886 32353
2019 907 36109
2020 925 41181
2021 1025 48402
2022 788 40217
Academic rankings

College of William and Mary alumni

  1. Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    Born in
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    Years
    1743-1826 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    politiciancryptographerdiplomatwriterjurist
    Biography

    Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Among the Committee of Five charged by the Second Continental Congress with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was the document's primary author. Following the American Revolutionary War and prior to becoming president in 1801, Jefferson was the first U.S. Secretary of State under George Washington and then the nation's second vice president under John Adams.

  2. Glenn Close

    Glenn Close
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    voice actorfilm producerfilm actorscreenwritertelevision actor
    Biography

    Glenn Close is an American actress. Throughout her career spanning over four decades, Close has garnered numerous accolades, including two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and three Tony Awards. Additionally, she has been nominated eight times for an Academy Award, holding the record for the most nominations in an acting category without a win. In 2016, she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, and in 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

  3. Patton Oswalt

    Patton Oswalt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 54)
    Enrolled in the College of William and Mary
    In 1991 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in English studies
    Occupations
    television producerwritervoice actorfilm producerfilm actor
    Biography

    Patton Peter Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian and actor. His acting roles include Spence Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and narrating the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–2023) as adult Adam F. Goldberg. After making his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch", he has appeared in a variety of television series, such as Parks and Recreation, Community, Two and a Half Men, Drunk History, Reno 911!, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Archer, Veep, Justified, Kim Possible, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, portraying Principal Ralph Durbin in A.P. Bio (2018–2021) and Matthew the Raven in the TV series The Sandman (2022–present).

  4. James Comey

    James Comey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1960-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    lawyeruniversity teacherpoliticianjurist
    Biography

    James Brien Comey Jr. is an American lawyer who was the seventh director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2013 until his dismissal in May 2017. Comey was a registered Republican for most of his adult life; however, in 2016, he described himself as unaffiliated.

All 100 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names William & Mary
W&M
Founded 1693
Colors green, gold, silver
Academic calendar August to August (August - December; January-May; May-August)
Total FTE staff 2,463
Carnegie classification Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity

Location and contacts

Address 200 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23187-8795
United States
City population 15,000
Phone 7572214000

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