School Spotlight: College of William and Mary

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

Pop quiz. Is the College of William and Mary public or private? And do you think it’s a small, medium or large school? You may be surprised to learn that W&M (named after King William III and Queen Mary II of England) is a public liberal arts college with nearly 6,300 undergraduates. It’s often considered a “public Ivy” because it draws such high achieving students while charging thousands less than the sticker price of its Ivy League competitors. Tuition costs are guaranteed not to increase for in-state students, while qualifying out-of-state students can receive up to a quarter of their full cost of attendance in the form of merit-based scholarships. As the second oldest college in the nation (it was founded back in 1693, before the town of Williamsburg was even established!), W&M has graduated three U.S. Presidents. In addition to offering outstanding programs in government, psychology, and biology, the College also has a unique partnership with the University of St Andrews, whereby students can study for two years at each school and earn a single B.A. degree. While the College is steeped in history, its campus today noted for its vibrant, diverse, and innovative character… a definite gem!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.