College of William and Mary Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

College of William & Mary
College of William & Mary. Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The College of William & Mary is selective--the acceptance rate was only 34% in 2015. Students will need grades and standardized test scores well above average to be considered for admittance. Students interested in William & Mary can apply using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Both applications will require applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores, high school transcripts, an essay, and details about extracurricular activities, work experiences, and honors.

Strong grades in challenging AP, IB, and/or Honors courses will be an important piece of a winning application.

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Admissions Data (2015):

College of William & Mary Description:

The College of William & Mary typically ranks among the best public universities in the country, and its relatively small size sets it apart from other highly ranked public universities.

The college has well-respected programs in business, law, accounting, international relations and history. Academics are supported by a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Founded in 1693, the College of William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the country. The campus is located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and the school educated three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, John Tyler and James Monroe.

The college not only has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, but the honor society originated there. In athletics, the College of William & Mary Tribe competes in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,484 (6,301 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $21,234 (in-state); $42,274 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,350 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,382
  • Other Expenses: $2,025
  • Total Cost: $35,991 (in-state); $57,031 (out-of-state)

William & Mary Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 54%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 36%
    • Loans: 28%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,179
    • Loans: $7,134

Academic Programs:

Graduation, Transfer and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 8%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 82%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country, Gymnastics
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Swimming, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Gymnastics

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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