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Rank: 45

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VAwww.wm.edu
The College of William & Mary, chartered in 1693, is the second-oldest college in the country, and with a campus that borders Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, it's easy to feel the history of the place. Today William & Mary remains one of the best public colleges in the nation -- one of only a few so-called "public Ivies." It's selective: Only about a third of applicants are admitted, and the majority of students who enroll rank in the top 10% of their class. And it's successful: William & Mary has a 92% six-year graduation rate, and recent grads report average annual earnings of $57,100, according to PayScale. The school prides itself on the quality of its undergraduate teaching. There are dozens of majors, among them Medieval and Renaissance studies, neuroscience, and anthropology. More than 80% of classes have fewer than 40 students. Greek life is an important part of the campus social scene, but there are more than 450 other organizations for students, including a cheese club and a blacksmithing guild. On the final day of classes, seniors line up to ring the ceremonial Wren Bell, and the entire student body celebrates the end of the year with the annual King & Queen Ball, a formal dance in the Sunken Garden at the center of campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$39,000
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,600
Average price for low-income students
$5,540
admissions
Acceptance rate
36%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1390/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
6,243
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$6,127
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,340
Average salary within 3 years
$57,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
39%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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