Campus Strictness

Williamsburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$37,344 ($13,570)
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1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Strict about the wrong issues, ie. parking.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police are mostly fine and just enforce noise violations. Parking enforcement is not afraid to hand out tickets to anyone violating any parking rules. Honor code is a big deal here, essentially a zero-tolerance policy on lying, cheating, and stealing. Drinking in freshman dorms is more greatly enforced than in upperclassmen dorms, but if you are quiet about it, people usually get away with it anywhere.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The campus has its rules but the school does enforce individual responsibility. They encourage students to take an active part in setting the guidelines for anything not already specified by the state or the college.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Policies are strict regarding academic integrity, but they allow students to make their own choices regarding social activities and expect fellow students to look out for their classmates (which they do).

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The administration is pretty chill about alcohol use, meaning they don't go out of their way to get you in trouble, but they will take action if you're just being stupid and obvious about it and you're underage. The opposite is true of illegal drug use, which can get you expelled on your first offense, no matter how minor. Visitation is the most lenient here that I've ever seen at a college campus, you literally can just bring in your guest without having to sign paperwork, let your RA know, or really do anything, it's great. The honor code is a real thing here, people take great pride in it and it's taken very seriously by other students and the administration, so don't plan on lying, cheating or stealing your way through four years here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1213rd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1284th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gabriela Rivera-Morales
Vienna, VA
Grad Year
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Overall, students tend to agree that the school and the Williamsburg police are fairly intolerant toward underage drinking and indiscretions of that sort. In 2010, the school passed a rule banning any surfaces suitable for drinking games (that includes pretty much any semblance of a pong table in the fraternity units or on-campus housing). Such excessive action is to be expected, considering Williamsburg is a sleepy and somewhat conservative town. Along with the intolerance toward any sort of underage drinking is the strict and traditional adherence to the honor pledge that students are required to take during orientation at the historic Wren Building. The pledge stipulates that students not cheat, lie, or steal. Violations of the pledge are taken before the student-run honor council, and in the case of more serious offenses, taken before the Dean of Students, who is known for being a stickler. 

It's best to take the honor pledge seriously, and to be responsible and appropriate regarding drinking. Police will stop students if they suspect any sort of intoxication, no matter how insignificant. Students at W&M are pegged with a citation and asked to appear before court in such cases of underage drinking, though they usually get off with community service hours. Still, it's best to be smart about alcohol consumption and to stay off the streets when intoxicated. RAs are now exempt from having to visit the sorority and fraternity units, so any underage activity is usually unreported there, but freshman dorms and other on-campus housing have RAs that tend to be on-the-ball about such violations.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being drunk in public
  • Cheating
  • Committing parking violations
  • Having alcohol in the dorm
  • Streaking the Sunken Gardens
Visitation Policies
Guests are expected to abide by all rules and regulations of the College, Residence Life, and individual building's community agreements. The resident is responsible for the behavior of his or her guests, including reimbursing the school for damage to College facilities.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 72 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 78 responses

  • 5% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 58% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 29% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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