Location
Williamsburg, VA
Undergrads
6,097
Tuition (in-state)
$37,344 ($13,570)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 1152 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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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.

College Freshman

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.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people on this campus generally care more about academics than beauty contests, but with the growing greek life, more and more students are dressing very preppy.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As a business major, you have to apply to the business school, but as long as you work hard and get decent grades, it is not a stressful process.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Mason School of business give students amazing opportunities that are not available at almost any other business school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school and the academics are fantastic. The location is a little remote, but it is worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is a relatively small campus, but you can usually find a party every weekend if you want to.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus feels very safe. Crime is rare and always thoroughly addressed.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: As a business major, the Mason School of Business does its best to help you succeed.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is heavy, but the classes teach you a lot and professors are very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really nice restaurants in colonial Williamsburg, but they are pretty expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are shuttles to the airports around the breaks, and the Amtrak station is easy to walk to.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you like the small town feel, Williamsburg will satisfy that. It can be hard to find ways to entertain yourself if you do not have a car.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Printing costs 7 cents a page, which is ridiculous when you are paying $50,000 a year to be here.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As an out-of-state student, it is very difficult to get any aid.

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Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Hometown
Vienna, VA
Major
English
Grad Year
2012
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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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