Founded by Royal Charter in 1693, William & Mary is the second-oldest institution of higher educations in the country. William & Mary has a long history of liberal arts education and a growing research and science curriculum that demonstrates a strong commitment to undergraduate research.
It is considered by many as a “Public Ivy,” a state-assisted institution that offers a superior education at a cost far below that of private, Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the country’s top-ranked universities, William & Mary enrolls approximately 8,700 full-time undergraduate and graduate students in five schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Law, and Marine Science. William & Mary’s faculty provide the university an 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio, among the lowest of public universities.
Known as “the alma mater of a nation,” William & Mary has graduated three U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler. It is the only institution of higher education in the United States that has a Royal Charter from the British Crown and is also the only one that carries the names of members of the Royal Family.
The university also claims several firsts, including the 1776 creation of Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s first academic honor society, the establishment of an honor code, and the first collegiate law school, established in 1779.
William & Mary’s music, theater and dance departments offer a wide variety of performances throughout the year, many of them free and open to the public. Information on admission as well as upcoming events, including athletics, may be found on the university’s website at www.wm.edu.