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William & Mary Data & Information Overview

449 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
37% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is William & Mary Ranked?

#111 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in VA
Business Administration & Management Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

William & Mary was awarded 449 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration & management.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, William & Mary is ranked #111 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when William & Mary held the #113 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

William & Mary also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into William & Mary?

37% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
51% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

William & Mary has an acceptance rate of 37%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for William & Mary.

Average Test Scores

About 51% of students accepted to William & Mary submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 750. Math scores were between 670 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for William & Mary  ( 690 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for William & Mary  ( 670 to 770 )
William & Mary received ACT scores from 19% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for William & Mary  ( 31 to 34 )

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William & Mary Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
81% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At William & Mary, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at William & Mary is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at William & Mary

93% Freshmen Retention
85% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 93% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like William & Mary enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At William & Mary the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 85%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at William & Mary.

William & Mary Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,131 Full-Time Undergraduates
31.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,236 undergraduates at William & Mary with 6,131 being full-time and 105 being part-time.

How Much Does William & Mary Cost?

$19,593 Net Price
23% Take Out Loans
$39,648 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of William & Mary is $19,593. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for William & Mary

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,972 $7,507 $10,995 $19,472 $34,020

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of William & Mary, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At William & Mary, approximately 23% of students took out student loans averaging $9,912 a year. That adds up to $39,648 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at William & Mary is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do William & Mary Graduates Make?

$64,723 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from William & Mary make about $64,723 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future William & Mary graduates since it is 52% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at William & Mary make the most money.

Location of William & Mary

Virginia State
6,131 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
William & Mary is a public institution located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for William & Mary are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Phone: 757-221-4000

William & Mary Majors

45 Majors With Completions
1,983 Undergraduate Degrees
984 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 45 majors graduated from William & Mary. Of these students, 1,983 received undergraduate degrees and 984 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 190 $66,977
Political Science & Government 170 $43,630
General Psychology 164 $25,989
General Biology 133 NA
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 129 $37,436
Economics 127 $54,979
Health & Physical Education 125 $27,366
History 112 $26,414
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 89 $29,407
Computer Science 78 $71,208

Learn more about the majors offered at William & Mary along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at William & Mary

25% Take At Least One Class Online
11% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,411 students took at least one online class at William & Mary. This is a decrease from the 8,363 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,411 1,052
2019-2020 8,363 3,150
2018-2019 432 414
2017-2018 394 376
2016-2017 371 338

Learn more about online learning at William & Mary.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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