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Rank: 31

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VAhttps://www.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 91% six-year graduation rate, and recent grads report average annual earnings of $53,300, 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Courses began online, and the college plans to shift to in-person instruction in September. The fall semester is set to end before Thanksgiving.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$40,100
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,300
Average price for low-income students
$1,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
37%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1400/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,350
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
81%
% of students who get merit* grants
5%
Average merit grant
$7,410
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$18,330
Average salary within 5 years
$53,300
% earning more than $28,000
87%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Courses began online, and the college plans to shift to in-person instruction in September. The fall semester is set to end before Thanksgiving.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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