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Reviews 1148 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love this school so much because it is a great size and in a really pretty area. The reason I wouldn't give it 5 stars is because it is very challenging, and many students start to feel overwhelmed.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: William and Mary is a really hard and prestigious school but their Greek Life is not as prominent as I want.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My experience at William and Mary has overall been great. Like any college there are some fantastic professors and some professors that make you wonder how they got their job in the first place but the good have outweighed the bad so far. The food is a low point, but William and Mary has a beautiful campus, generally nice accommodations, and is the perfect size for me. The layout of the campus allows easy access to virtually everything.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall so far it's been a pretty good time. It's great to meet so many new people and get the academic opportunities at school I never would have had anywhere else.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like that William and Mary is a mid-sized school so I never have to worry about being too familiar with people or feeling like a number in the campus. I really like that it's outside of my comfort zone and that I am able to start fresh in a new area, in comparison to being from northern Virginia. I like that my school really is a big proponent of service and volunteering which makes it more community based. I also felt that everyone there was friendly and accepting, which portrayed how easy it is to fit in with others who are willing to walk the long journey with you. I wouldn't chose another school again because I know that William and Mary has the equal balance I need between complex and challenging school life and a fun and new environment.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the William and Mary community's open and relaxed atmosphere. It's very inclusive and academically rigorous without being competitive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Being right next to Colonial Williamsburg means there are a fair number of nice restaurants, but for a cheap meal/chain restaurants you have to go a bit out of your way (meaning a bit of a longer walk) to the tourist areas near hotels. But for a nice meal you have good options within walking distance.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: The honor code is a big deal at William and Mary--it's strictly adhered to.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It's not terrible, but after a while you get bored of it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There are a lot of on campus options, especially with special interest housing.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does not take over campus, and most groups attempt to include the whole campus in events. Panhellenic Council does a great job of connecting all sororities into one unit instead of separate cliques.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Students who do not want to go out are not pressured to do so. Students who choose not to drink or go out are respected for their decisions. There is a good balance between the social and academic atmospheres.

5 College Freshman

Academics: That's most of this school

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a lot of school spirit but oftentimes that does not show through the number of students that attend sporting events such as football games.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few good options that can be paid for with flex in walking distance from campus. However, other restaurants that take express can be hard or take a lot of time to get to if you do not have a car. A fair amount of places take express, but it would be nice for more places to take flex, such as Wawa.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is a large variety of food in the dining halls, and options such as pasta, pizza, cereal, and the salad bar are very reliable. Hot meals that change each day can be tasty, but sometimes fall flat. What the food lacks, the workers make up for in their work ethic and friendliness!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms are older, so it can be hard to live without AC or in an older, moldy room. However, living on campus is great because everything is very close and there are always many students around.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: though there are some people here that dress poorly, they don't dress so badly that you think of that very much since there are a lot of others who dress so well

4 College Freshman

Diversity: the diversity here is pretty good, but it keeps getting better each year.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a lot of okay parties if you are involved in those groups or have a lot of friends in different ones, but the parties are rarely great and a lot rarer outside of thursday-saturday nights

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Since W&M is a public school, there isn't much scholarship money to play with. The school is a good deal for those who live in VA, but for us out of state kids the rate is steep and financial aid is more difficult to get.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Honestly, no college campus has stellar food. Still, W&M's dining options are not awesome. All dining halls close at 8pm, and healthy options are lacking. If you make an effort to work with what you've got, then you'll be fine but it's a lot easier to eat badly. On the flip side, the dining dollar system is awesome and let's you take advantage of more off campus dining options. YOU DO NOT NEED MORE THAN 14 MEALS A WEEK. More flex is so worth the smaller meal plan, and honestly you don't even need 14. You'll use a lot fewer meals than you think you will TRUST ME.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is convenient, practical, and provides you with a community within your community, along with friendships and social opportunities. Freshman dorms are typically smaller, unless you end up in Jamestown or Hunt (like I did: HUGE rooms). You can either end up in a freshman dorm near Old campus (near CW, the Sunken Gardens, and the majority of academic buildings) or New Campus (near the Rec, Kaplan, the Caf, the Frats, and Swem). Hunt used to be an upperclassmen dorm but was added to the list of freshman dorms due to the necessity for more freshman buildings. I lived there my freshman year, and it may be smaller/quieter/farther away, but the rooms are SO nice, and lots of people in Hunt are people who wanted big social dorms but didn't get them, so a lot of us went out together. . Jamestown is definitely the best freshman dorm because the rooms are large, it's a very social building and it's generally clean. It's also the closest to the center of campus, as freshman housing goes. Monroe is also nice (big rooms and a great location--right next to Wawa so that's a huge plus), but the majority of people who end up in Monroe are part of the Monroe scholar program. Taliaferro is similar to Hunt and close to it too, but it's more centrally located. Botetourt and Green & Gold Village (more often called GGV or the Units) are both on the lower end of the freshman housing spectrum. The rooms are generally teeny and cockroaches are more prevalent on that side of campus (New campus). The advantage to Botetourt and GGV of course, is the location. These dorms are on the social side of campus but honestly, I lived on the opposite end of campus and still went out just as much since you can walk the length of our campus in under 15 minutes. It's a super close knit community and every dorm has its ups and downs, but based on the feedback I've gotten from friends and from my own experiences, the pros always outweigh the cons.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I could not get scholarships as a transfer student.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The best food on campus tends to be the least healthy food. Meat and veggies are not cooked well.

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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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