Williamsburg, VA
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$37,344 ($13,570)
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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.

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.

5 College Student

Academics: The academics are obviously the biggest draw to William & Mary. The professors are helpful and they truly care about your success. I find that the small class sizes are beneficial to my education, and make it harder for me to find distractions in class. The workload IS manageable. It's all about making the time to do your work.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of work is required with my major, and there is always a lot of competition trying to register for classes. The building for my major is bleak, and the teachers are old. Enough said.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Smartest Professors
  • 20th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 108th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 110th
    Best Course Variety
  • 244th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Vienna, VA
Grad Year
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Though William & Mary tends to get a lot of flack for being academically demanding and difficult, students have nothing but praise for its committed professors, relatively small class sizes, and diverse opportunities regarding academic majors. Depending on the type of class (introductory-level courses tend to attract many students), class size can vary, though most classes tend to accommodate about 30 students. Professors also tend to become very involved with their students and provide various means of easy communication between teacher and student. Though, unfortunately, there are some professors that are relatively cut-and-dry, most professors that students encounter are very knowledgeable and passionate, which makes for an inspiring and positive classroom experience at William & Mary. In this same vein, the small class sizes make group work and collaborating with fellow students exceedingly possible. 

While most students ascertain that some majors are less demanding than others, all students agree that William & Mary is very demanding academically, and that regardless of the class, it is important to understand how to allot enough time toward each subject. The workload has been described as "enormous", and the grading has been heralded as somewhat severe, but as long as you put forth the work and communicate with a professor when you have difficulty with the curriculum, your grades should reflect the effort made. Also, through the career center and well-rounded and experienced professors, students can get well acquainted with internships and programs that help lead them into the workforce. With dedicated professors, small class sizes, and top-ranked academic programs, William & Mary academics are essential to success, even if the workload and hard grading can become overwhelming at times.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 45%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • History, General: 3%
  • Law: 4%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Joint degree program with University of St. Andrews
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The Daily Grind
  • Miller Hall
  • Sadler Center terrace
  • Sunken Gardens
  • Swem Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't freak out if you don't get the classes you planned on during registration-no one does, and you may end up loving or majoring in a subject you never intended to take.
  • Don't stress out-find ways to balance out the tough academic workload with relaxing activities.
  • Don't take a huge course load-classes here are very demanding, and 14-15 credits is plenty.
  • Don't write papers the night before they're due.
  • Find a special place to study-whether it's your room, that corner of Swem, or the patch of grass under a tree. Find a place where you can concentrate and get work done.
  • Find an extracurricular niche, and explore the campus and its numerous opportunities. Classes are important, but they aren't everything.
  • Go to all of your classes every day and actually pay attention.
  • Go to your professor's office hours and ask for help.
  • Use the Writing Resource Center (WRC).
Did You Know?
  • At the time of its foundation, the College was contained in just one building-the Wren Building. Today, the Wren Building is the oldest building in America that is still in continual use on a college campus.
  • William & Mary contributed to the education of three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler.
  • William & Mary is the birthplace of the national Phi Beta Kappa honor society. William & Mary had the first honor code in the United States.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 32% Jon Stewart - "The Daily Show" host, comedian
  • 21% Thomas Jefferson
  • 11% John Tyler - member of Virginia House of Delegates
  • 11% Glenn Close - actress
  • 7% Mike Tomlin - NFL head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 4% Perry Ellis - fashion designer
  • 4% Bill Lawrence - TV writer
  • 4% B.W. Webb- NFL cornerback, Dallas Cowboys
  • 4% George Washington
  • 4% James Monroe

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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