William & Mary is an academic powerhouse. Our undergraduate and graduate students know they'll work hard, and that their uncommon efforts will be personally, academically and professionally rewarding. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields and passionately engaged educators. They understand that first-hand knowledge, original research and a first-person cross-cultural perspective have the power to turn an ordinary class into an unforgettable experience. Academic life at William & Mary is spread across Arts & Sciences and four schools, and dozens of academic departments. If you're seeking to be challenged, engaged, inspired—to be educated—you belong at William & Mary.
Campus life at William & Mary is as varied and engaging as the remarkable students who go here. We're athletes, artists, activists, hikers, singers, researchers and adventurers, and W&M knows how to make us happy. Let's start with our student clubs and organizations—over 400 at last count—where we do our a cappella thing, review movies for the campus newspaper and organize medical outreach trips to Africa. We believe in W&M's mission to make the world a better place, so we dive headfirst into service. Not just in Virginia, but across the globe. We promote sustainability through faculty/student research, student internships, innovative community partnerships and widespread volunteerism. W&M is producing leaders who understand both the challenge and the opportunity in a sustainable future. Nothing gets us going like some friendly competition, and W&M's incredible sports and recreation program has the top-notch facilities and endless choices—ultimate Frisbee, surfing, ballroom dance—to mash our inner couch potato. When it's time to relax and hang with friends, we kick back in our comfy campus apartments and residence halls or meet up at "the Caf" (think dining hall of your dreams) for some Moroccan chicken and fresh-baked cookies. On the weekends, we hit Williamsburg for a movie, live music at Aroma's or to sample the great pub food at legendary delis right across the street from campus.
When students describe campus life at W&M, the word community comes up—a lot. And this community “is made up of incredibly involved, dedicated, and supportive students who have big dreams and big fun,” who say: “We study hard, but we know how to have fun, too.” Students at the College of William & Mary are extraordinarily happy with their overall experience and with their academics in particular. “There are endless and amazing” opportunities here, with an emphasis on undergraduate research that makes W&M unique among small liberal arts schools. Across the board, “professors are one of the best things about W&M.” They “are always accessible for extra help,” and “they also really take the time to get to know their students outside of the classroom.” All this hard work is very rewarding, though, with many upperclassmen and graduating seniors expressing how well-prepared they feel for the “real-world,” and one student says that the professors “have upended the way I thought about their subject, opening completely new veins of inquiry.”