College Of William And Mary

College Of William And Mary

The College of William and Mary (W&M) is a public university, located in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the second oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and is one of the original eight institutions known as the Public Ivies. The College was founded in 1693 by a Royal Charter issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, joint sovereigns of England, Scotland and Ireland. The campus sits on 1,200 acres.

W&M educated U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. Its alumni list also includes John Marshall, U.S. supreme court chief justice; Henry Clay, speaker of the house; William Barton Rogers, MIT founder; and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Academic life at William & Mary is spread across five schools and dozens of academic departments. It offers various undergraduate and graduate degree programs. W&M's sports teams are now known as the Tribe.

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Contacting William and Mary

College of William and Mary
Williamsburg , VA 23187-8795
General Phone: (757) 221-4000

William and Mary Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts754American studies, area studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, ...
Business and Management414business management, accounting
Science228biology, marine biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Law223law, legal professions
Therapy and Counseling164psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology
Education and Teaching128curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational admin and supervision, school counseling, secondary teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy56health and physical education
Computer Science and Engineering45computer and info science
Family and Social Work45public policy analysis
Art Studies32art studies
Religion and Philosophy31philosophy, religion
Drama and Performing Arts12drama

Number of programs and degrees for William and Mary in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,45429
Master's degree44019
Doctor's degree6010
First-professional degree2091
Post-master's certificate131

William and Mary Student Body

In 2007-2008, William and Mary had a total enrollment of 7,795 students (7,172 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 8%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 30%
20-21 35%
22-24 17%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey5%
New York4%
(International Students)2%
State unknown1%
North Carolina1%

William and Mary Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %
Part-Time 60 %

William and Mary Room and Board (2007)

William and Mary offers campus housing for 4,542 of its 7,172 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Williamsburg, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

William and Mary Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal630730
SAT Math620710
SAT Writing610720
ACT Verbal2734
ACT Math2632
ACT Composite2732

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT29%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

William and Mary Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,246
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 29,326
Room and board $ 7,910
Room charge $ 4,626
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,284
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,650

Financial Aid:
William and Mary participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 370500)

William and Mary Faculty

William and Mary has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year28$130,1577$106,429
Associate professorcalendar year9$89,8672*
Assistant professorcalendar year5$56,7001*
All faculty totalcalendar year42$112,77910$105,220

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year136$123,82648$105,255
Associate professoracademic year99$87,65774$80,691
Assistant professoracademic year82$69,51665$65,450
Instructoracademic year18$45,92817$44,682
Lectureracademic year4$58,7506$52,450
All faculty totalacademic year339$95,223210$77,866

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

William and Mary Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball Colonial Athletic Association
Baseball Colonial Athletic Association
Track Eastern College Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports29101130

William and Mary Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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