College of William and Mary Admissions

What It Takes to Get In, Including SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Costs

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

The College of William & Mary is highly selective. The acceptance rate in 2016 was only 37 percent. 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. Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

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 to 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 (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 8,617 (6,276 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male / 58 percent female
  • 99 percent 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 (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 55 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 38 percent
    • Loans: 25 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,928
    • Loans: $8,338

Academic Programs

Graduation, Transfer and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 7 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 85 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

    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

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      Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics