Williamsburg, VA
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$37,344 ($13,570)
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Reviews 1165 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade my college for any other!! You couldn't pay me enough to go anywhere else for college! I love William and Mary!!! I just love the people here, I rarely ever have problems with people as they are friendly, helpful and easy to talk to. I think this is the most personable college in the state.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live in Ludwell and consider that off campus so convenience is great! Of my friends who live off campus the only issue they have is getting back to campus sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: They're generally very reliable and I rarely have an issue with on campus computers in regards to network, printing, wireless access. I don't like the way to charge for printing though, I think they should automatically take it out of flex, William and Mary express.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the places there are to eat around Williamsburg! Great mix of fast food places and sit down restaurants! Movie theaters give student discounts

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They could do a better job of giving aid to those who really need it but generally they do a good job. The people in the Bursar's and Financial Aid office are friendly and want to help however they can.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: As a student, I would rate it higher because I love all the things that there are to do around Williamsburg but I gave it a average rating because I think I'd get tired of it eventually if I lived here.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's so hard to find good parking and unless you have a special/high ranking parking pass, which is probably expensive, parking is a hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I usually go to the Caf and Marketplace for pretty much all my meals unless I'm intentionally meeting up with a group of people, then I go to Sadler. But I love Marketplace and the Caf because of it has better variety and food quality than Sadler, by far. Both places have great breakfast and very solid meal stations. I would have given the rating a higher ranking if I were just evaluating the Caf and Marketplace but Sadler brings that rating down back to average

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: In my freshman dorm it seemed that almost everyone was drinking while I was not, however there are plenty of avenues where you can avoid being around that scene. It all depends on who you usually hang out with. If you want it, it is more than available but it is easy to avoid as well

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't drink or do anything crazy, which might contribute to my answer, but I feel like there's a lot of fun things to do at night and on the weekends. There's always AMP events, movie screenings, Homebrews, trivia, and plenty of off-campus options (restaurants, movie tavern, New Town, etc.)

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love going to basketball and football games, we're not the greatest teams but we really get behind our team. Sporting events are a great way to bond with friends and meet new people too. The athletic facilities are pretty good, however I wish they opened up the stadium to allow people to exercise by running on the track and running the stadium steps. Intramurals are so much fun and so many people get into them, each season/semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in Ludwell and I absolutely love it! It's equidistant from both dining halls and has an off campus feel despite it being a 5 minute walk from campus. I think Ludwell is the best place for social gatherings because of the apartment style housing. The only dorm I can speak to is Jefferson and as a freshman dorm it was one of the nicest dorms because the rooms were so big. I also spend a lot of time in DuPont since most of my friends lived there and that is a great place to meet friends. The housing process is kind of stressful to be honest, because of the lottery system. I like living on campus but I feel like there's so much money that we need to pay in the whole process.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: William and Mary is, in my mind, the prettiest campus in the country when the weather is sunny and rain-free. It's absolutely breathtaking during early fall and late spring/early summer in Williamsburg. However because Williamsburg is a swamp, it rains very frequently during the in between months and makes everyone want to stay inside because everything is incredibly wet. It really is a tale of extremes, when it's nice it's absolutely beautiful and when the weather is not nice, it looks bad.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt afraid to walk alone at night on campus. The pathways are usually well lit and I've never felt any dangerous presence.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I pretty much only use the bus system unless I need to get really far off campus. The extensive bus system is free to students and takes you pretty much anywhere in town. I get out of town, the transportation station is within walking distance with Greyhound, Amtrak, public bus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw plenty of great parties and fun philanthropic events. Sometimes though they can be a bit pretentious, or annoying. They are expensive. They are preppy.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I would say appearance wise our campus is not the best for both guys and girls, but definitely not bad either. Everyone's personalities are wonderfully nerdy. Each person is very smart and hardworking, and has his or her own adorable quirks. Meeting new people is always fun and always happening. You'll see all styles of dress: greek preppy, athletic, asian cute, dark goth, sexy, skanky, tomboy, androgynous, drag, wizards.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are plenty of places for students who want to try it, to try it out. It's almost always in very safe environments. However, there is little to no real peer pressure for those who choose not to take part in it. Plenty of students attend parties and enjoy themselves without being under the influence.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus has a very encouraging atmosphere to try new things, but learn to do it in a safe manner. They try to allow students to enjoy the full experimentation aspect of college. They are strict for things they should be reasonably strict in, to help keep the students safe and teach them to be responsible in the future.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go off campus too often, so I can't speak too bad about it. There are some good restaurants, and there are a lot of pancake houses. Maybe too many

4 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are top notch, with professors having years of personal research under their belts. The biggest problem is that William and Mary is small so there is not as much variety of classes, curriculum, professors, majors as I would like. My major is a concentration within a concentration. Global Studies is the overarching umbrella, which gets defined as Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Concentration, and then further defined as the East Asian studies track.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The people are lovely and since it is a tourist town, Colonial Williamsburg, there are plenty of fun activities and shopping to enjoy. It's less of a party town though because it is filled with old people, who are lovely and fun to talk to. Must be careful though. Some people that roam around the cheaper areas of town might be a little creepier. Don't travel very far off campus by yourself.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The bars are within walking distance, even for drunk people. I am underage though so on campus parties are wonderful. Can easily find a good frat party however I tend to party with CSO or KASA or BBoy. Many clubs have thriving party personalities. These are parties anyone can choose to go to or opt out without any judgement. Plenty of people go to parties without drinking as well. For people who need help getting home, there is both campus escort and steer clear. They are very reliable sources of transportation. Police do patrol the campus and surrounding areas, but are not too strict, as long as everyone is safe. For off campus parties they will either give warnings for noise complaints or simply break up the party. Probably won't get written up for underage drinking. This may or may not be reserved for frat parties though. They tend to be more lenient towards those.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some dorms are great and some are awful. The better ones tend to be much more expensive, but they include bigger beds, kitchen, bath, plentiful lounges. People are often very nice and friendly. Best options are Tribe Square, Ho house, jamestown, and the Lodges. All are upperclassmen housing. Worst options are Units (GGV) and Botetourt Complex. Both are freshmen housing. Freshmen get the worst housing right now. The other more unfortunate housing are Hunt, Brown, and Talliaferro just because they are a bit far compared to other on campus housing. Ludwell is the same but it's popular because it's apartment style with your own kitchen, bath, rooms, and living room.

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Computers: I never use computers on campus besides my own personal laptop. The school requires that every student buy one. It does not, however provide free ones to students. IT can be tricky because many students have many different types of laptops.


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Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Vienna, VA
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Something that is nearly tangible upon arrival at William & Mary is the love students share for their campus, their dedicated teachers, and their fellow student colleagues. The strong sense of community is what appeals to so many students who come from all over the United States (and some other countries, as well—there's a growing British population!) to feel like they have found their home away from home.

When asked if they would choose William & Mary again for their college experience if given a second chance, most students eagerly reply with a "Yes!" The College, though relatively tame and quiet, truly embodies the collegiate experience. It has a gorgeous campus with gardens equipped for lazy, Frisbee-throwing afternoons. It has devoted professors and staff who truly want students to succeed. Most importantly, it has students who have an overarching sense of pride for their school, their friends, and the young men and women William & Mary has helped them become.

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