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  • 07/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 out of 41 people found this review useful. 1 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Quirky, work hard yet play hard students who are always busy because they are the leaders and joiners of so many organizations. They want to make a difference in the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out the optional application submission and have fun with it!

    Bang for the buck

    For in state students, it is the best college deal in the entire country. For out of staters, being a public university has some down falls, but the tuition is still lower than private colleges.

    Am enjoying being here

    You will meet some of the nicest people in the world at William and Mary, and this carries over past just four years in Virginia.

    Am learning a lot

    You will find great professors at William and Mary, and not just in the upper level courses. There will always be the dud teachers, but most truly want to be there to teach, not just to do research. It the ideal place for them to do both and they are very passionate about students and involving them in their research.

  • 07/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 out of 32 people found this review useful. 2 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    William and Mary is a great school for anyone who wants a chance to take classes in a variety of departments. It is also growing increasingly diverse, both in terms of the upcoming classes as well as extracurricular opportunities. There are many activities to discover, including a rock climbing wall in the rec center and a colonial town within sight. The campus is perfect for history buffs, bird watchers, and even those wanting to get involved in Greek life. Seeing as it is a place of higher education, it is also a great place for students who have a passion for learning, where professors and peers will help you learn and get where you want to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective, I had been told of the sporadic weather that Williamsburg was blessed with, but I had not planned accordingly. The end of August was scorchingly hot, especially without an A/C unit in my room. The random downpours were also quite inconvenient for getting to class, as I had failed to bring both an umbrella and waterproof shoes. I ended up wearing flipflops in the rain and went to the study lounge whenever it got too hot. Just a thought: bring an umbrella and a fan/air conditioning unit.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying in-state tuition, I feel that I am definitely getting a bang for the buck. Even for those coming from out-of-state, tuition at WM is close to ten thousand less than tuition at a similar private school. The reason I would give WM 4/5 stars is due to the fact that it is a state school and cannot provide much financial aid beyond what the government is providing. Besides that, this is my greatest monetary investment, and that includes the rain boots I just bought.

    Am enjoying being here

    College life is overall, the best experience ever. There is always something going on on campus, whether it is a concert hosted by students activities or a school-wide activity hosted by Greek life. The people you meet at WM are generally smart and can mix work with play pretty well. Learning to do that is probably the hardest aspect of living on campus, and even that is enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at WM have what's called office hours, which is time dedicated to helping students who decide to visit. The average size of classes is small, so professors are able to spend time with you if you want to. For instance, I missed a class because I was ill, and my professor practically repeated his lecture for me. Mind you, professors have their own papers and research going on and are thus not always free, but if you have a will to learn and are having a little trouble, professors at WM are definitely willing to help.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 out of 25 people found this review useful. 3 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    William and Mary is highly residential, meaning the vast majority of students live on-campus, a few live very nearby, and only a handful commute. Thus the College is great for students who want a traditional on-campus college experience and/or for students who will not have a car in college. I literally can walk everywhere I need to, and bike only if I'm running late. For those interested specifically in a career in government or law, William and Mary's student body and location hold many possibilities. About two-thirds of the student body live in Virginia, and about half of those students live in northern Virginia, right outside of D.C. The W&M government department is huge, the W&M D.C. office coordinates more activities and internships every year, and chances are you will have at least one friend whose parent works for the government. That friend may or may not be allowed to know what exactly his/her parent does for the government! William and Mary has solid academic departments across the board, and so also would be great for students who, like me, had no clue what to study in college right out of high school. You can choose to study anything at W&M and get a quality education. I recently decided on a Film Studies major while also undertaking pre-medical classes, which is completely possible. William and Mary academics and busy campus lifestyle are not for the faint of heart or for those who want life to be easy. However, the work pays off immediately - life at William and Mary is immensely rewarding and ridiculously fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Complete an optional submission - it can be anything! I submitted a DVD of a short film that I had completed during my time at the 2007 Virginia Summer Governor's School for the Humanities. It required no extra effort on my part except burning another DVD. I know other people who submitted essays written for other college applications. This is your chance to stand out!

    Bang for the buck

    I am an in-state student, and chose William and Mary partly for the in-state rate, despite its shortage of financial aid. Still, W&M puts students first, and it shows! Not only is a W&M education top-notch, but there is someone on-campus to help you with any conceivable question, dream, problem, or idea - for free. Swem Library is phenomenal, and offers services that I never knew any school could provide, let alone in a library. The on-campus events, organizations, and activities are fantastic, and almost all the flyers advertising meetings or events or clubs usually promise free food.

    Am enjoying being here

    At William and Mary, work hard and play harder barely captures the atmosphere on campus. Academics come first, and everyone has that priority in common. Still, often the most difficult decision of the week is not how to come up with a thesis to answer a question for a paper, but what to do on a Friday night when four or five great possibilities all conflict! The students know how to have a good time, and most also have a good heart - volunteer work is common and constantly increasing.

    Am learning a lot

    William and Mary has blown my mind, and I love it. The classes are small and the professors are not only intelligent and talented but incredibly giving with their time, so personalized academic help is just a 5-minute walk or an email away. What surprised me, though, was how much I learned from my classmates! W&M is a tough school, and the intelligence, work ethic and dedication I see on a daily basis are positively humbling. Those same students are friendly, too, and often eager to share and listen to ideas. However the students are not competing with each other - the academic atmosphere both challenges and encourages students, and intellectual growth is almost inevitable, but not miserable and GPA-driven. W&M is also unique in its opportunities for undergraduate research. Professors who give so much time and effort to quality classes also often are conducting research, and they do not limit valuable research assistant positions to graduate students. Some friends of mine in a Biology lab discovered a new strain of bacteria phage - as freshmen! Few universities can offer both quality undergraduate classes and so many opportunities for both professor-led and independent undergraduate research.

  • 01/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 4 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    William and Mary is diverse: culturally, ethnically, economically, interests-wise. It is the perfect school for any student interested broadening his / her horizons and opening the doors to success. It is great for all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to William and Mary. Be Yourself. Study, but not too hard. Have Fun. William and Mary Tips: - VISIT THE SCHOOL!! - Enjoy the tour - Ask the tour guide many questions - Walk past the sunken gardens - Visit the Wren Building while on Campus - Take a picture with Thomas Jefferson Once You're at William and Mary: - take a class in the Wren Building - play frisbee in the sunken gardens - listen to your echo at the whispering wall - Throw a holly leaf into the fire - go to Convocation as a freshman and an upperclassmen - make your own memories and your mark on William and Mary

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, William and Mary is such a bargain! It was recognized by a national magazine as one of the leading public universities. It is even affordable for out-of-state students since it is a public school. Students have the opportunity to take large lecture classes or small classes (15 people or less). Students will be able to know their professors personally and can participate in research.

    Am enjoying being here

    William and Mary has the perfect environment. Not only is the campus absolutely beautiful, but the students and faculty are friendly. It has the perfect combination of a learning and social environment. Friends greet each other on their way to class and it is easy to meet new people daily. There is an area on the campus called the Terrace where students can sit and enjoy lunch, drink their morning coffee, or study and socialize. Since it is outside, and in the center of campus, it is impossible not to see friends and peers passing by. On a sunny day, it is the perfect place to lounge. Another great thing about William and Mary is that it has all four seasons. Students can experience the beauty of spring, the warm summer, leaves changing color in the fall, and snow in the winter. The night life is active and it is an all-around good time with endless activities.

    Am learning a lot

    Learning is a relative term- it is said that it is impossible to stop learning. This is especially true at William and Mary. Learning isn't limited to the classroom. Walking from one’s dorm room to the cafeteria, a William and Mary student can learn about the history of America by passing various colonial buildings. For example, the Brafferton Building, built in 1723 was one of the first Indian schools and it is right in the middle of William and Mary campus. Students are constantly in a learning environment - whether in an academic building or in a freshman dorm. Students learn how to become adults, to test their limits, and to grow intellectually.

  • 01/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 5 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The students at WM are a little quirky, they all have something interesting or different about themselves and are certainly not ones to just follow the heard. Students at William and Mary are driven and want to make a name for themselves on campus and after graduation, but there is no competitive air between students like you might see at other top-ranked schools. We form the best community to live and learn in!

    Tips for prospective students

    In applying to WM, be different! The admissions office is looking for a person who will surprise them, excite them, and pull at their heart strings. Write your essay about something that you know no one else in the country will write about and you will definitley distinguish yourself among the competitive applicant pool. And as always, just be yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    William and Mary is by far one of the best public schools in the nation. This means that the education surpasses most other universities, however the pricetag isn't painful to look at! Living in Williamsburg is relatively cheap, and the school offers so many free activities that I never feel compelled to spend a lot of money while I am on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The best word to describe William and Mary is Community, ask any other student and they will agree. We may not have the best football team in the country, but our students all come out to support the players and looking into the stands is a sea of yellow and green! No student at WM is the same, you will learn so much not only from your professors, but from the students as well and that is a great environment to spend 4 years in!

    Am learning a lot

    Being at the College of William and Mary is so much more than a classroom education! The professors know what the real world is like and relate all the material they teach the students to something that will truly pertain to life after college. The professors think out of the box and use methods, such as observations, research, and games that go beyond the traditional lecture hall style. William and Mary is without a doubt one of the country's best public Ivys!

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety is quite good. the college uses the blue light system, and the phone numbers for steer clear and campus escort (two nighttime services where a driver will come pick you up if you're on or close to campus) as well as campus police are on the backs of everyone's student id.

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, academic-minded, outgoing, friendly, and level-headed students will thrive here. people who know how to relax and play after working hard will also fit in well here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    some william & mary traditions include campus golf, celebrating charter day, wren ten's, completing the infamous triathlon, and walking through the doors of the wren building during orientation (and back out in the opposite direction when you graduate).

    Bang for the buck

    for in-state students this is a fantastic value. as an out-of-state student, i can say the cost of attending this school was lower than it would have been for a lot of the private schools i applied to, in terms of the cost of tuition before and after financial aid and scholarships. i do know a lot of people who were offered work-study who had trouble finding a job on-campus, though. overall, in my opinion, this school offers a better-quality education than a lot of more expensive schools, private and public.

    What to do for fun

    a little over a quarter of both female and male students join greek life, and (speaking from the outside) the greek community seems really tight-knit and is a good way to get to know a lot of people on campus really fast. there are a number of sports teams and clubs, including things like quidditch and fencing, and a bunch of other random organizations you'd expect on a college campus. a cappella singing is relatively popular here (there are eleven groups). there are a lot of open frat parties in the beginning of the year, but as the school year progresses most of the parties are either closed or are mixers. late-night events such as trivia are put on every so often by amp.

    Food and Dining

    the biggest selection of all-you-can-eat food is at the commons dining hall (also known as the caf), although this option is also offered at the sadler center dining hall. the food offered at these halls is usually simple but alright, and if all else fails, waffles, pizza, and salad are always options. the marketplace offers a different kind of swipe system, where you basically get one plate of food from any of the stations and a fountain drink and then swipe for that. there's also an einstein's bagels underneath sadler and a cafe in the library.

    Dorm Life

    most of the dorms here are alright (there are around twenty). they aren't renovated very often, but some of the nicer and newer dorms include barrett and dupont (both freshman dorms) and jamestown north and south (upperclassman dorms, both very new). there are also a number of apartments that are open to the housing lottery, as well as several small houses located in the middle of campus. halls are usually coed, with single-gender wings. most dorms don't have air-conditioning (although you can easily get a unit from the school if you get a doctor's note saying you have allergies) and you can find cockroaches in some of the older dorms every once in a while, especially while it's warmer.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here can be challenging, but i was surprised at how few concrete assignments were given in some of my classes. tests and papers often carry the weight of your grade, so studying independently is far and above the key to doing well academically (no coasting by on natural intelligence here!). many of the students here, however, are used to academic rigor, having taken ap and ib courses in high school, and may find that some courses are less or merely as demanding as their harder high school classes - overall, academics here are rigorous but definitely doable with the right work ethic.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should have good study skills and not be afraid of devoting time and energy to their schoolwork. william & mary also likes to see students with personality (the student body here seems to take pride in its collective dorkiness, ex. love of harry potter, lord of the rings, etc.) so try to do something creative for the application's optional supplement that captures who you are, or at least some of your better qualities.

    In three sentences

    william & mary is an excellent institution that will make you work for your prestigious degree in an academic environment. the focus here is clearly on academics, but greek life and various clubs and organizations guarantee something to do for everyone. it could take a while, but if you're willing to actively seek out your niche and what makes you tick, you shouldn't have a problem establishing a solid base of academics, extracurriculars, and friends.

  • 10/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Stereotypically W&M students are the nerdy, slightly offbeat type. We're into being a little bit crazy sometimes, and we show our enthusiasm. But there is still an active sorority and fraternity community, and a good football team. I've found all kinds of people here. It's a community of people who are interested in what they're doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    If it's at all possible, visit campus! I toured campus, hung out on the Sunken Gardens, and sat in on classes. Somewhere during that day, I fell in love. If you can't visit, don't be afraid to e-mail professors and just ask what they think about their program, and what their experiences have been like. All of the people in the admissions office, as well as all of the professors I e-mailed were more than willing to talk to me about the College.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to private universities that give similar educations, William & Mary is a great deal. Even though I'm from out-of-state, tuition for me is still much less than most of the other schools I was looking at. No matter what you're paying, you're getting a great education here, that I think is worth it. The only problem is that William & Mary gives very little merit-based financial aid. They have good need-based aid, but earning extra money from the College is difficult for freshman and its highly competitive. There are more scholarships and grants available for things like research and study abroad once you're accepted, though.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many clubs and organizations that are very involved on campus, as well as tons of different people from all sorts of backgrounds. I really like how accepting W&M is of all sorts of differences. The student-run group AMP (Alma Mater Productions) puts on lots of different events - they bring in musicians and speakers and comedy events. Clubs put on programs open to everyone, so there's always something to do. There's the normal college transition here, as well as everywhere, but so far I'm enjoying the experience.

    Am learning a lot

    While my academic course load here isn't completely overwhelming, I am learning a lot in class. Some classes are definitely more work than others (labs, for example), but my classes are definitely teaching me. All of the professors that I have are very accessible and knowledgeable about their subject. The classes are all taught by professors, not grad students, which is nice. First semester course load depends a lot on which freshman seminar you take, but as a whole, I'm learning quite a bit academically. Outside of school, there are a wide range of people here, so you have a chance to make friends in whatever environment you prefer - whether out socializing at nights, or hanging out in your dorm with friends. So, yes, I'm learning a lot both in and out of the classroom.

  • 12/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 8 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's not a party school by any means, but if you want to learn and are interested in community service, politics, or international relations- this is THE school for you! I read once that all Griffins are a little bit nerdy, but endearingly so... it couldn't be more true!

    Tips for prospective students

    WORK HARD. It's not an easy school to get into and they expect a lot out of you once you get here. But the opportunities at W&M, the connections you'll make, and the extraordinary growth as a student and as a person that you will experience is 1000% worth it. Apply early if you know that this is the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, tuition is great and there are a lot of aid options. Unfortunately, I am from out of state and received no financial aid. The education is well worth the $40,000 ticket price for out-of-state students, but it still hits the pocket pretty hard.

    Am enjoying being here

    Besides the academics, the best part of W&M is the sense of community. The honor code and general morale on campus makes the 5,000 students on campus feel like a much smaller number. There are so many rich traditions combined with passion and innovation that make W&M a very unique, very special place.

    Am learning a lot

    William and Mary has awesome faculty and a wide-range of course options. There are general ed requirements of course, where if you are already familiar with the topic may expect to be disappointed, but I was challenged even in courses I felt overly prepared for. Each class expanded my horizons and stretched me in ways I had not expected. The professors expect a lot of us but in return pour a lot of themselves back in to the students. That combination really maximizes how much each students learns and grows.

  • 03/16/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 9 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    TWAMPs! TWAMP is a Typical William And Mary Person, which is to say just about anyone who is smart, friendly, honest (we take the honor code seriously) and enthusiastic about using what they learn to make a positive impact on the world. W&M places a lot of emphasis on integrity. It isn't a party school, but most of the social activities are through student organizations. Community service activities and spring break service trips are a big deal here, so if you are interested in community service and a strong academic program, William and Mary might be a great fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out for confusion corner (where you cross the street from the Wren building end of campus to get to CW). Try to get at least one class in Wren (the oldest Academic building in continuous use in the US) before you graduate. Find a group to get involved in, particularly if you are looking at transferring and don't have a freshman hall, because it's easiest to make friends that way. My biggest tip for prospective students, no matter where you end up enrolling is not to enroll without visiting the campus. I did that last year and it was HORRIBLE. It ended well because now I'm at William and Mary, but freshman year is hard enough without going to a college you end up hating.

    Bang for the buck

    For in state students it's reasonable, but for out of state students it's expensive. It is definitely worth it, but will probably mean a lot of student loans. The dining hall meals are also expensive (about $10 per meal swipe) and I don't always use all of them because it's pretty easy to get tired of dining hall food.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love William and Mary. I am in way too many student clubs and activities and there are still more that I really want to get involved with. They really do have a club for everything here, and if for some reason there isn't one already, you can start one. There isn't much to do off campus in the evenings, but there is always something happening on campus, and at such a small school, you know a lot of the students so chances are you will at least run into someone you know even if you don't plan to go with someone ahead of time.

    Academic Rigor

    I am learning a lot in most of my classes, although I transferred here and had trouble getting teachers to let me test out of classes (particularly where the classes are major requirements), so I'm stuck taking a class right now that is all review. Overall, though, I think most of the classes are pretty rigorous but are taught well so that the students come out actually understanding the material rather than memorizing a lot of stuff they will forget a week after the exam.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, outgoing liberal arts students with a passion for knowledge and fun. There's a place for everyone here EXCEPT for slackers.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will love the many traditions here, from serious ones like the Honor Code (which people do take seriously) to sillier ones like the Yule Log ceremony, where the president of the college reads Twas the Night Before Christmas to the student body. Practical tips: be sure to bring an air-conditioner, rain boots and an umbrella. Also, it's always cheaper to get the textbooks off Amazon.com than from Barnes and Noble. Finally, tight competition for classes means that freshman rarely get the ones they want, so use the website to keep track of which classes are full already and have several backups when registration comes.

    Bang for the buck

    I pay out-of-state tuition, which can be a real bummer, but I have enough financial aid, scholarships, etc. that it's not too much of a burden on my family. For in-state students, the education and experience here are insanely good for the price you're paying. Actually, that's true for me too!

    Am enjoying being here

    The students are friendly, intelligent, and motivated. The campus is gorgeous and absolutely OOZING with history and tradition- you get a sense of that from your first day of orientation. There are clubs for anything you could be interested in, and there's always something randomly fun going on. The Rec Center has great facilities, the food is decent, and everyone has a functioning sense of humor. The whole school experience here is a dream come true.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm not sure yet what I want to major in, so I've taken a variety of different classes here. They are all STELLAR, and I'm not just talking about the astronomy class I had last semester! The GER's force you to become well-rounded, and you'll be exposed to great teachers and subjects outside your main interest. All the teachers care passionately about their subjects, and most can even communicate that to the students. I've taken several classes that have really opened my mind.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students at William and Mary are called twamps (typical William and Mary person). I'm not entirely sure how to best describe what that means, but definitely intelligent and driven (as I mentioned before), but also pretty dorky (in the best way possible). I've met some of the funniest and smartest people here, but none of them take themselves too seriously. If you've got quirks and like to laugh, you should fit in fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    for people who are accepted: Attend Admitted Students Day . It was what convinced me about William and Mary- I hadn't been too impressed on the tours or other visits, but they had really good programs at their admitted students day and they gave me a much better understanding of what William and Mary is really like. for people who decide to go: Visit the Cohen Career Center your freshman year and definitely sign up for the various listservs that the Center offers. Make an appointment to get advice on your resume, or to look in to possible internship/ job opportunities, even if you aren't interested in applying for any yet. Make yourself known there and start that relationship with them, because they'll end up offering you opportunities you might not have known to even look for otherwise. Be thoughtful when answering the questions about the dorm you'll live in. Your freshman hall is really what makes the difference between a good freshman year and an invaluable freshman year. Buy a cider mug from the Bake Shop on dog (duke of Gloucester) street in January. For $11 you get free cider, soda, coffee, ice cream (possibly more...) for an entire year, so if you buy it in January you'll have it for two semesters instead of one. Orientation is not at all what college is actually like, but bear with the sleep deprivation and awkward mixers because it definitely keeps you from being homesick and will prove to have been a worthwhile experience by the end of the week.

    Bang for the buck

    I am out of state, so tuition is incredibly expensive and the college is pretty stingy when it comes to financial aid. I am certain that I could not get the experience I'm having at W&M for cheaper, though, and I know that the experience will eventually be worth the extra costs and work. For the time being though, the high price is a big worry, and one that I probably wouldn't have at most other universities in the country.

    Am enjoying being here

    As I mentioned, the community here is great. Students are competitive, but in a positive way that encourages you to work harder; I have not encountered anyone that tries to out-compete by sabotaging others' work. The campus is beautiful. That's all I really need to say about it.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at W&M are definitely great, some more so than others but you can find a phenomenal professor in any department, or for any type of class (if you take the time to look). In general, they make themselves very available outside of class time to talk, are engaging and passionate about their subject and are recognised experts in their field, outside of the university. In a lot of cases, you can even do research with the professors, even as an undergraduate. A few of my friends looked into it and had no problem finding a professor to work with, in a field they were interested in. This is especially true for science majors, because W&M has no graduate science program, so you aren't competing with grad students to do work with the professors. Learning comes from more than the professors though. W&M is a community of very intelligent and driven students. The other students impress you with your knowledge and challenge you to try harder. It's cliche, but you really do learn from your peers. W&M also provides ample opportunities to learn/ gain experience outside of the college. Study abroad is HIGHLY advertised and encouraged (and has very strong programs), and the career center is a fantastic resource for finding jobs/ internships while studying, during the summer, or after graduation.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe campus! very trusting, close-knit environment. we leave our keys/ids/wallets/phones on tables to reserve them at mealtimes, i've lost my id and had it returned twice, etc. etc. that said, our professors accuse us of being a bit too trusting and there have been some incidences with stealing in the past (bikes and textbooks especially for some reason). don't be an idiot but don't worry, basically.

    Greek Life

    about a third of people are in frats. it's not a big deal if you are/aren't; it's not really a huge status change if you are/aren't. people are very down-to-earth here. frats/sororities are a good way to meet a crap ton of people but at the same time rush/general events take a crap ton of time. there are also stereotypes associated with each one so just be aware--i don't really judge based on that, so whatever floats your boat!

    Clubs and Activities

    i am vp of club tennis and it is amazing and awesome and marvelous i've met some of my best friends through the club, and i know many people have similar experiences with other sports clubs. we got fourth place in sectionals and are going to nationals in april.

    Great for these types of students

    nerdy, quirky, funny, adventurous; must value education and positive friendship above all!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    colonial williamsburg events (during winter it looks adorable!) and wawa runs (for snacks).

    Bang for the buck

    sucks for out-of-state students, great deal for in-state...very high-quality school overall :)

    What to do for fun

    go to colonial williamsburg (cw)! (i'm an old/quiet soul so i like walking around/people watching/going to shops with friends/going to the williamsburg library...it's a very picturesque setting). fun really happens when you're hanging out with friends and someone says, hey! does anyone want to____? (fill in the blank with go see a shakespeare play, go stargazing at lake matoaka, go off campus and watch a movie, etc). i've been to some great college parties (implication?) hosted by upperclassmen friends (i don't drink but i have fun anyway and never feel pressured to drink...) the frats have dance parties, but i've heard it's rank nasty sometimes...i love dancing but i've never been to the frats. you'll just have to see for yourself, i guess!

    Food and Dining

    average--three and a half stars. sadler (central dining) is the best and sometimes they do a great job but the meats are iffy...salad bar/pizza is excellent. the caf is crap (i have maybe two friends that like it) and marketplace is pretty good (they have an excellent deli section/veggie burger...) wish they had organic options though...

    Dorm Life

    average dorms (mold, cockroaches in the summer, no ac in some) but the people there are amazing. if you want strong friendships for life then opt for a small dorm freshman year. the housing lottery sucks so maybe look at special housing one year!

    Academic Rigor

    w&m is no joke! make friends with your professors, do your work/reading, study ahead of time and you will be fine. better time management = more free time = less stress = more fun! you learn that in college ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    who are you down to your toes and that squishy part between your ribcage and gallbladder? for my application essay, i wrote about how i used to hate my name because it's different/cultural/ergo weird but how, through reading and writing and general growing-up, i came to love my name and all that it represents. what's your flavor? what do you dream about? in your applications show don't tell who you are with anecdotes/stories about things that make you tick, things that have changed you. be honest, funny and quirky.

    In three sentences

    the college of william and mary is: quirky. i have met some of the most amazing, down-to-earth people here; kindness and humor is emphasized, and academic passion is a must. college is what you make of it but w&m will be more than happy to meet you half way!!! :)

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The honor code in place at the school is very important to a lot of students. I regularly leave my laptop out while I'm at the library if I want to go get coffee or go to the bathroom. People are respectful, if you lose an ID, for example, you'll get a call or e-mail letting you know someone has found it. Williamsburg is a small town and pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    11 sororities and around 18 fraternities, around 30% of the student body is in a Greek organization. A great way to meet people, greek organizations have special housing and lots of events. New fraternity houses will open in fall 2013.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 clubs and activities, from Greek Life to AMP (which brings concerts, comedy, and events to students). There are so many ways to get involved in the school and the greater Williamsburg community.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious and academics focused, people looking for classes taught by faculty, people who want to be involved in a large number of extracurriculars,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school is based on traditions, from Opening Convocation for new students at the end of the first week of classes to Yule Log right before Winter Break to the Candlelight Ceremony right before Commencement. These traditions are as old as the school (over 300 years) in some cases, but all meaningful in their own way. Two lesser known ceremonies that are very emotional and powerful are the Ceremony of Remembrance (commemorating alumni who have passed away in the past year during Homecoming) and the Olde Guarde Ceremony (celebrating the class that graduated 50 years ago).

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a great deal for in-state students and not too bad for out-of-state students compared to the cost of a private school (comparable education). However, because it is a state school, financial aid is not always great. Becoming an RA and getting a job are the easiest ways to save money if financial aid doesn't come through.

    What to do for fun

    Wandering through Colonial Williamsburg at all hours of the day and night is always fun. I love taking my refillable mug to grab drinks (their cider is delicious) with friends. It's a nice stroll. The Movie Tavern is super cheap for students and always fun to go see a movie. During school, though, you're most likely to find people just laying out on the Sunken Gardens getting some sun and chatting with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not very good, but the dining halls are great because you literally will run into everyone you know. I have spent hours just hanging out there with friends, but the meals are expensive if you aren't on the meal plan, so I recommend the market place and the other places that take dining dollars which you purchase along with a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The community created on freshman halls is unique. During freshman orientation, the orientation aides try to create a group of friends and many people I know remained BEST friends with their freshman hallmates all four years. Some of the dorms are not air conditioned, but getting a doctor's note is pretty easy to get a window unit.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is centered around academics. Students from William & Mary leave prepared for grad school and used to working hard. The school is not necessarily conducive to people who are looking to get through College with a fantastic GPA, but employers familiar with the school know the quality of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take all the AP exams you can, because intro/survey level courses are tough and GPA busters. Come visit the school for a weekend so you can get the feel of the atmosphere (try to observe a class or two on Friday, get a feel for student life during the weekend.

    In three sentences

    This school has a great mixture of the benefits of a private school (size, classes taught by faculty, conveniences), but also the benefits of a public school (in-state tuition is a steal)! People are friendly and passionate, more devoted students cannot be found anywhere, but they also are interesting and engaging. The school has an environment that fosters academics, but the community enables people to make friendships that last a lifetime.

  • 05/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Science and Art majors, anyone interested in Pre-Med, and of course, the people that were considered over-achievers in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely fill out the optional submission section, it makes you stand out much more. Also, be sure that you have really good SAT scores, and GPA, your chances of being excepted with a 3.0 GPA and a 1,600 combined SAT score on all sections are slim to none.

    Bang for the buck

    Slightly more expensive than other public colleges in Virginia, but it's worth it. However, it is certainly one of the best deals for in-state students.

    Will enjoy being here

    At the Day for Admitted Students (DFAS), I was shocked by how nice the current students were. Students who weren't even helping out with DFAS would randomly strike up a conversation with you, and they were all very pleasant. Plus, everyone was willing to help out the thousands of admitted students who were wandering the campus with know clue where they were going.

    Will learn a lot

    The College of William and Mary was my first-choice college, mainly because of the quality of it's education and it has an AMAZING Pre-Medical program. The students are passionate about learning, and the professors are all very knowledgeable. I can't wait to start this August! On a side note, W&M is one of the original Public Ivies

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent, somewhat shy, interested in learning for the sake of knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be creative in your supplement, but be forewarned that lots of people submit collages and things like that. Also, make sure you bring rainboots and an umbrella, because the 'burg is a bit of a swamp at times.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition is going up due to state cuts, W&M is still an incredible value when you consider all of the opportunities. The science departments in particular concentrate heavily on undergraduate research, and the tuition exchange for study abroad students is an exceptional value for in-state students. It also has a lovely campus and atmosphere that makes William and Mary feel like home.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body is great - they're kind of nerdy and awkward, but chances are if you chose W&M you have a side like that too. Sometimes things get really stressful, of course, but everyone gets the feeling of being stressed out together and people are generally helpful.

    Am learning a lot

    William and Mary professors are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met. The course material is challenging but not impossible, and professors are always willing to help. W&M offers classes on an incredibly wide variety of topics, and though the required GERs are not always everyone's favorites you really do learn about a lot of things you might not have otherwise.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Determined students who may not have the best social skills. Down to Earth students who are willing to learn about different cultures, try new things and make the most out of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. You will make great friends and there is a club for everyone. Take advantage of on campus events, they're actually cool. The saying on campus is One Tribe, One Family and it is the absolute truth.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great deal for in-state students. For out-of-state students it is expensive but for the education you are going to get, worth it. William and Mary is also really great about giving financial aid to those who need it.

    Am enjoying being here

    William and Mary is the school for those kids in high school who performed well academically but maybe a little socially awkward. At W&M we all embrace our inner nerds and have fun. I've met some of the best people and had so much fun exploring Williamsburg and the campus itself.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much about so many different subjects. I always have the upper hand in trivia games. But seriously you learn so much from passionate professors.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing but old people, golfers, and tourists in addition to students, if you can outrun a baby or retiree, you are fine.

    Greek Life

    Our Greeks are way nicer than others at bigger schools. You will never not be welcomed into a frat party for not knowing enough brothers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots to do from the typical ethnic groups to things like jiu jitsu and scuba diving.

    Great for these types of students

    Quirky, funny, nice and not worried about conventionality.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have lots...we are a old school and have tons of traditions. The most famous and I guess the most popular are Blow Out and Triathlon. Blow out is the last day of school where everyone or most people drink and go to class or during class. Its just a fun way to celebrate the end of the year. There is also moon bounces and lots of other celebrations around in case you aren't a drinker or just want to watch others. Triathlon is when we jump the governor's palace wall, streak the sunken gardens then swim the crim dell.

    Bang for the buck

    Incredible value for top quality school.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, parties, bars (not many), hiking, whatever you want.

    Food and Dining

    Food has become much better over the years, there has also been more vegan and vegetarian options available now compared to before.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is very quirky and can be somewhat awkward but its hard to find bad people on this campus. The passion people have for life is incredible. You will not find as many cookie cutter types here who just do what they do to get by.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will challenge you and push you to think in new ways, those are the best classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of your time and enjoy the gorgeous historic campus! Be sure to keep in mind that while college is about an education, it is also about personal and emotional growth. Don't forget to have fun and study! Its about a balance.

    In three sentences

    While this is no doubt an academically challenging university, it also has a warm environment and supportive community to help students with personal growth. The sense of community here is hard to miss and has provided me with the best friends, professors, peers, opportunities and the best four years of my life! I am grateful to have been able to develop myself in so many different channels while at William and Mary, and incredibly grateful for my time there.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 78

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    Great for these types of students

    I am not quite sure what the student body is like at William and Mary quite yet but I know that the students are very involved with their coursework and their prospective careers. If you are smart and bold and love a genuine college atmosphere then why not apply!

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out all that is asked for on the application. NOT just what is required. If you really want to attend, you can even respond to the joint degree program application that William and Mary offers in conjunction with St. Andrews University in Scotland. The program looks great and with a three thousand word essay you can definitely tell the admissions staff much more about you than they can read from a five hundred word essay. I did just that and even though my class rank and my GPA was much lower than the average I was still admitted and I honestly believe it was because of the heart and soul I poured into my essays.

    Bang for the buck

    Because William and Mary is a public university it isn't as expensive as most other schools. Although it still isn't cheap, William and Mary is consistently ranked among the best schools for the cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus definitely has a college feel to it. Its so historic and genuine. This is the college that set the precedent for what a college is supposed to be like.

    Will learn a lot

    The learning atmosphere is absolutely amazing at William and Mary, the brick buildings and historic landscape make the campus truly a place for academia.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very quiet area and the towns people are very kind. Not much to be afraid of or worry about but you can never be too sure of any area so precaution anywhere is always a must.

    Greek Life

    Honestly, don't know about the system but my friends tell me its great. I have 3 friends in the Greek life and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Honestly, they are everywhere. They're interactive and the students are very helpful.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love to learn will love it here. People who like anything Sci-Fi.. love it here. People who have a brain will love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lake Matoka- best place to chill and be one with nature. If you're feeling stressed from classes or people, go to the lake and kayak or ride a canoe. It's one of the best non-secret but could be secret places.

    Bang for the buck

    Tip: Go to every class. You or your parents are paying for tuition so you skipping class is you giving away free money. This school is great but the reputation from the name is even better.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and sight seeing. I am an outdoors person so the scenery here is great. If you're into sports and not an athlete they have great clubs for that. William and Mary basically has a club for everything so you'll always have something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food here is generally healthy and available. My favorite part of dining are dining dollars, basically free money you can use to purchase Domino's Pizza and other cool things at school.

    Dorm Life

    Everything at this school is what you make of it. If you start off being awkward and very pessimistic, you will not have a good dorm life. You have to remember that not everyone in your dorm knows each other; everyone's new too! After you conquer that phase, you'll really feel like you're going home every day.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what type of person you are, the academics here are doable. If you tend to procrastinate, you might want to procrastinate less because the work load is heavy but definitely spread apart. I also recommend you don't stress over everything too much because you will drive yourself crazy; yes, you might not get an A all the time but that is not a life or death matter. Enjoy you're college career and be responsible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join, join, and join. Join as much clubs that interest you. I say this because they will help you to get to know new people and will also provide you with something to put on your resume.

    In three sentences

    The College of William and Mary provides a very peaceful, scenic, area in which students can relax and complete assignments. The people here, faculty and students, are very warm-hearted and welcome all to their community. I love that the faculty are willing to meet with a student at reasonable times to help them.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You never feel unsafe on campus. Needless to say, you should always be cautious, but safety is not an issue here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for EVERYONE here.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not a huge fan of the food here, but they're making improvements. Unfortunately, starting with my class (2015) they're requiring we have meal plans all 4 years. This sucks, but they're promising to use our money to make necessary improvements. As a vegetarian, there aren't many options for me here, but I make it through.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Jefferson this past year, and it was really nice. My hall was full of awesome girls and we all became extremely close. Most dorms are decent. The worst freshman dorms are in the Botetourt complex and the worst upperclassmen dorms are called the Units. In the Botetourt complex, however, everyone becomes friends with each other and manages to make it enjoyable. At least, that's what I've heard. Upperclassmen dorms are less tight knit. But because Williamsburg is not a booming city and there isn't much of a night life, you learn how to have fun hanging out in your dorm and visiting your friends in theirs.

    Academic Rigor

    With proper time management, you will not have too many problems at this school. It can be distracting being surrounded by friends 24/7, and there will be times when you just have to tell your friends you can't hang out for a couple of days. But contrary to popular belief, we do NOT spend all of our days in the library! Most people I know don't even like going to the library. We're a smart bunch, but we have social lives, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Buy textbooks, do not rent. You spend much less in the long-run. -Before registration, pick 3 or 4 back-ups for each class. It's annoying, but necessary. You're probably not going to get every class you want. -BRING RAINBOOTS! When it rains in Williamsburg, it floods. -In most cases it's best to go random when picking roommates. Most people end up becoming very close to their roommates and the ones who roomed with people they already know are more likely to butt heads and have problems.

    In three sentences

    This place is amazing because you CAN make a name for yourself here and the staff truly cares. Not just the professors or the College President, but everyone down to the kind people that work at the cafeterias. The sense of community here is outstanding.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The biggest threat to our school this year was a student who spanked another student. If that doesn't scream safe, I don't know what does.

    Greek Life

    Lots of different organizations. Range from the preppy to the nerdy to the stoners. Can normally find what your looking for. VERY gossipy in the upper tiered srats and frats

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities. Anything your heart desires.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are a little quirky and want to study in a more intimate environment

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Triathalon- Swim in Crim Dell, Jump Governor's Wall, Streak Sunken Garden. Sing to the President during Orientation. We all know the Alma Mater. Acapella groups are really popular.

    Bang for the buck

    This depends... In-State: Great. Out-of-State: Not so great.

    What to do for fun

    If your into the partying scene, Greek life or sports teams generally have the most parties. Otherwise you can join any club or just talk to people in your classes and you will find others who share your interests outside of the party scene.

    Food and Dining

    Not great. One step above prison food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm living is dorm living. Its never going to be perfect, but it certainly is not the worst I have seen at a college.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of difficult work, but if you do it, it is manageable.

    In three sentences

    William & Mary is a school large enough to have a great number of opportunities, but small enough that you can truly make an impact. Whether you enjoy academics, sports, or social activities, you will find an organization that fits your needs and allows you to flourish. That being said, it is also important that all incoming students have a strong academic focus.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Very good, The Greeks seem like they have a lot of fun and there are many options that one could join.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are ready for the academic rigor and those who are very friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Triathlon is something students here do. You have to jump the Governor's Wall in Colonial Williamsburg, streak the Sunken Gardens and lastly, swim the Crim Dell, which is a pond that is not very clean.

    What to do for fun

    There are not very many dance parties for those that are not involved in Greek Life here at the College. It seems that most of the parties are geared towards the Greeks. But different organizations have parties sometimes and there are always cultural events here that are fun to go to.

    Tips for prospective students

    William and Mary is very good at helping its prospective students. They have students and faculty tell the students just how vigorous the college can be and how to handle it.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is a very rigorous college, but it provides the assistance that the students may need. William and Mary also has a very strong and diverse community. All feel at home when they come to William and Mary.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe and secure campus. The William & Mary police do a great job making sure the campus remains a safe place.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, activities and other ways to get involved that you will only have yourself to blame if you leave William & Mary without having done from awesome things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition is blowout; on the last day of classes, most of the student body will go to the Sunken Gardens and have a huge party.

    Bang for the buck

    It's William & Mary: you get a great bang for your buck. A degree from the College of William & Mary means that you had the ability to put in tons of effort to earn that degree. Degrees at William & Mary are earned, not given.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I recommend joining a club or some other on campus organization. These are great ways to meet people who have similar interests as you. Doing this will make your experience at William & Mary much more enjoyable. Also, Colonial Williamsburg is right across the street from the College and if you want you go in and enjoy everything CW has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at the College of William & Mary is just like dining at almost every other University in the country: adequate. The food is straight up cafeteria food, which leaves a lot to be desired. However, the college deli's and WaWa are right across from Zable Stadium and offer a refreshing break from the cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    When it comes to dorm living, your experience will be defined by where you live. The freshmen dorms leave something to be desired. The Botetourt Complex consists of some of the oldest dorms on campus and they are showing their age. Furthermore, Yates Hall is also showing its age, but it is a step up from the Botetourt Complex. However, Barrett, Brown, Jefferson, Hunt, and Dupont are all decent dorms freshmen can be assigned to. The other dorms range from great (Jamestown, Randolph Complex, Tribe Square) to decent (Ludwell, Chandler, Landrum) to sketchy (the Units). All in all, dorm life can be a great experience at the College and if you live in one of the older dorms; it can be a very interesting experience.

    Academic Rigor

    As most people discover, college academics typically are harder then high school academics. William & Mary is no exception; the College prides itself on giving out massive quantities of homework and other assignments. Essentially, William & Mary is one of the most challenging College's in the nation when it comes to work in and out of the classroom. However, it does pay off because a degree from William & Mary is worth more than degrees from many other universities. Basically, be prepared to work because William & Mary loves making the students do massive quantities of work.

    In three sentences

    The College of William & Mary is a great college with an incredible student atmosphere. The College offers a plethora of clubs and other opportunities to meet people and do fun things. Finally, the College is filled with many traditions and history stretching back all the way to 1693.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Except for the deer and crazy squirrels, there is not much to worry about as far as safety goes at W&M.

    Clubs and Activities

    W&M has lots and lots of opportunities to get involved on campus. The great number and range of clubs and activities at school are a great chance to find a passion outside of school work which is practically necessary to being fulfilled by the academics. Academics separated from the true cares of the students limits what they offer. For students that are strong academically but not sure what they are passionate about, W&M is great for that self-discovery.

    Great for these types of students

    William and Mary is first and foremost great for the academically oriented. Among the academically oriented, W&M is perfect for those looking for a fairly small and tight-knit school. Anonymity is hard to find at William and Mary, and those that are pushed by their being visible will do well at W&M.

    Bang for the buck

    The academic strength, the physical environment and the resources provided at W&M all make it a great place well worth the money. As an in-state public school attending student, William and Mary is a bargain. Most institutions of a comparable caliber would be much higher priced. Virginia residents are lucky to have William and Mary as an in-state option.

    What to do for fun

    William and Mary's location next to Colonial Williamsburg and in the wilderness creates provides lots of space to take a break from work and have some fun. The Crim Dell is a beautiful location for relaxing and enjoying nature; it provides a peace that is greatly welcomed after the myriad of stresses that one experiences in college. There are also great art students at William and Mary whose work is a great resource to go to let out emotion and be fulfilled by culture.

    Food and Dining

    William and Mary's food is not great, but this is the case at many colleges. The quantities being produced limit the quality of each individual meal. Nevertheless, the food is not terrible, and while one might get tired or bored of it the level of disgust will most likely not be reached. Students will find themselves missing their mother's home cooking, but that's a caliber of food that is hard to reach when a cafeteria is producing for thousands. Apart from meals purchased with plans, Williamsburg offers many options for dining that can help break up the monotony of cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    William and Mary's dorm life is close and well-connected. In the case of freshman dorms, the halls harbored close relationships and strong support systems which were ideal for individuals away from home for their first time. Independence can be freeing and scary, but the dorms helped the students through their transition. The dorms provide a situation in which meaningful and lasting relationships can be developed and cultivated. These are the relationships that will help students get through the stresses, ups and downs of their college experience as well as the relationships that will allow for the fullest enjoyment of the good times. Being around other driven students in the dorms fosters a place of academic prowess which diffuses into the individual students that enter into the environment. The dorms push their residents to do well academically and provide the place for students to enjoy their breaks from work to the fullest.

    Academic Rigor

    W&M's academics are certainly challenging, and the student population is there to study. This creates an environment very academically focused and a compelling reason for individual students' lives to be academically centered. This strength of focus upon academics drives the whole character of the school. There is a perpetual sense of energy derived from the concentration exuded by the W&M population. This energy can sweep up students and bring them along with it. The pressure can be high, which is a great thing for those up for a challenge. There can be a lot of stress that comes from the pressure, but it's well-rewarded. During mid-terms or finals, these stress levels are evident across campus, but its a stress resulted from responsibility and it feels full, rather than a meaningless stress derived from confusion. W&M is a place to work, to strive and to develop; it takes strength and drive to do so there.

    Tips for prospective students

    When deciding to attend W&M a student should evaluate their desire and drive to work and learn. Having purpose, as in any situation, will help allow for a full and rich experience. Uncertainty is okay, as long as a student is willing to commit to a struggle to learn and find themselves. W&M provides the environment; the student brings the desire to learn.

    In three sentences

    The College of William and Mary is an ideal location for academic challenge as well as personal and social growth. The caliber of the students is a positive influence on the whole population, compelling every individual to push themselves. W&M is a great place for challenge and discovery.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 78

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Maybe one incident a year. You will be so safe.

    Greek Life

    Fantastic. Very casual, more a congregation and method by which the people who enjoy partying can find each other and do so together. This means that while it's not an overwhelming system, almost everyone who enjoys stereotypical college party life winds up joining eventually. In a bit of a battle with the administration, but seems like every school's Greek Life is nowadays. Brand new fraternity housing to be finished in about a year, the plans of which look fantastic. Events consist of: fraternity-hosted open parties, weekly themed sorority/fraternity mixers at nearby bars, (often drunken) philanthropy events, fall/spring formals, date parties throughout the semester, week-long occasion of Homecoming (when a fraternity/sorority pair to build a float/party together for a week). I believe the Council is trying to start a Greek Week as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally anything you can imagine, and the relatively small student size makes it easy to join or lead an organization, or start one if you find it necessary.

    Great for these types of students

    The College has a great range, which means almost anyone can find a home; you get your smattering of smart and characteristically nerdy kids, but you also have a solid group of huge partiers, who generally are found to be equally intelligent-and who also tend to congregate within Greek life. I've learned to stop being surprised when I find that the kid who sells drugs on the weekend and is found stumbling around the frat party has a near-perfect gpa. People who hate living anywhere but cities, though, stay away. It's definitely a college town, not a city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has a triathlon that involves streaking across the Sunken Gardens, swimming (and often skinny-dip swimming) the Crim Dell, and jumping the Governor's Palace wall in the colonial part of Williamsburg. Lots of historical locations scattered around the city, if you're interested in that. Beach on the Jamestown River about 5 minute drive from campus, where students congregate to get their tan on when the weather is nice. Sunken gardens is another big tanning, frisbee-playing, outdoor-studying area.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state, can't do better for your money. Out-of-state, it's a lot pricier.

    What to do for fun

    Innumerable clubs and organizations, every level of sports from dreadful to varsity, and then there's Greek life. Most of the larger parties are hosted by Greek organizations, but nearly every club/activity you want to join will host date parties or mixers. Five bars across from campus, three of which are primarily undergraduate, two of which are new and 18+. Not ideal bar scene, but it's improving.

    Food and Dining

    Not awful, not fantastic. Most freshman love it, and on-campus dining areas can be a great place to socialize.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorm life is fantastic-I still miss my freshman dorm and I met many of my best friends through my building. After freshman year, however, most people try to move off-campus as soon as possible. Why pay for an on-campus dorm when you can have a whole house with your friends for the same price?

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that you can't slide by in most classes, but that if you put a bit of effort in you'll find the classes not only manageable but VERY rewarding. It's a very intellectual school. Hard, but worth it, and a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you think you'd be even slightly interested, check out Greek life in the fall-most students who were apprehensive and so don't rush wind up realizing next year that all their friends did, and they join a year late. Also, off-campus housing is HUGE.

    In three sentences

    The academic education is everything you could hope for: challenging, encouraging, and in a small classroom setting which supports student-teacher interaction. The Greek life is strong, and very positive both for members and within the community. Town nightlife leaves something to be desired, but is improving.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Yule Log was the best. President Reveley dresses up as Santa Claus, reads us How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we eat hot cider and cookies, and throw sprigs of holly into a fire.

    What to do for fun

    Play frisbee with friends on the Sunken Garden. Go canoeing on Lake Matoka. Explore Williamsburg and enjoy the peanut samples at the one shop in Merchant's Square.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining areas: the Caf, Sadler, and the Marketplace. The Caf has a whole bunch of variety but Sadler offers a lot of flavor. The Marketplace is sorta like a food court and my favorite places there are Chick-fil-A and AFC Sushi.

    Dorm Life

    I'd say it varies from hall to hall and year to year. I had a good experience and many of my friends did, too. I loved my freshman hall. If you ever wanted to go chill with a friend, all you had to do was walk a few steps and knock on a door.

    Academic Rigor

    4.5/5 Students push each other to excel and are serious about knowledge acquisition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and laugh often. Oh, and pack your rain boots.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is a campus of beauty, history, academic rigor, dedicated students, and enthusiastic professors. Quaint tradition weaves itself into the college life and inspires us to seize the future. Truly a dynamite college.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, easy to find help with the blue light system and friendly people.

    Greek Life

    Pretty prevalent on campus, I myself a, in a fraternity and i have a great time. Always something to do on the weekends, usually 3 nights a week. Many huge campus charity events are run on campus by greek life. it's honestly a great time, not really much else to say about it

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally a club for everything. Anything you can image, its like rule 34 but with clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Definitely for students who enjoy an academic challenge. However, that is not to say that if you are into a social scene you won't find it. We aren't all bookworms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a triathlon that every student will attempt to complete before they graduate involving interesting activities to say the least. You will hear all about it if you plan on attending the school

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive out of state, but the opportunities are endless. With a name like William and Mary behind you, you will have a distinct advantage over other competitors. This is a really good school if you want to be able to fulfill any career goals while being able to have a full social life

    What to do for fun

    Lots of stuff, There are club teams for most major sports. About 30% of the campus is involved in greek life, which incedentally is also where 90% of the parites stem from. Mainly house parties although now the bar scene is definitely improving. Tons of clubs ranging from surfing, to martial arts, to massage club(kinda wierd but if you're into it I won't knock it) Its easy to hang out on campus, the large quad , the sunken gardens, is a great place to chill, maybe toss the ball around. The gym has available indoor soccer courts and it is easy to rent tennis rackets or even hockey sticks to play with on campus. There are running trails and bike paths. the ollege sports teams...not too great, get hammered and its a blast.

    Food and Dining

    The food is mediocre most of the year. You'll find that when there are events or visiting days quality definitely increases. However, this year the food quality is supposed to increase along with the new renovations to the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty solid, met a lot of good friends there, they're dorms sooo they aren't large rooms. But it is comfortable living with clean common areas and a good environment to meet with people from other dorms as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, i never studied in highschool, never did my homework and ended up with above a 4.0. Here i study my butt off, at least 12 hours a week. The classes are manageable, but here you definitely have to put i a lot of work to get anything out of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to meet new people be proactive. STUDY, this is not a warning that should be blown off. Also, look around for interesting classes, the biggest mistake you can make is isolating yourself while there are a multitude of options;

    In three sentences

    Excellent academic environment, with a relatively prevalent Greek life. There is a place for everyone, the only requirement is that you do well in school; other than that the world is your oyster.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 78

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Not crucial at all. But try it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. Everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated Open-minded Funky

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yule Log ceremony, where the dean dresses up as Santa Claus and reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' is such a great night. Everyone's together and appreciating our college and the holidays.

    Bang for the buck

    William and Mary is a prestigious university and I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. We'll see when I'm looking for a job!

    What to do for fun

    There's always new people, parties, clubs, and activities going on. I'm never bored.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorm experience is an important one. I met some of my best friends in my hall, and the most of the dorms are beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging, but the professors are so helpful and interesting, it hardly ever seems to be a burden.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Move of campus 2. Rush, even if you don't see yourself as greek 3. Treat school like a full time job, you'll have plenty of time for fun

    In three sentences

    This College is beautiful, diverse, and challenging. The professors and students are willing to help and accommodate for any hardships. I can't see myself anywhere else.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Ask for help. Have a goal. Focus.

    In three sentences

    Historic. Beautiful. Rigorous.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 78

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    What to do for fun

    Williamsburg isn't the most exciting place on the planet, but campus groups are always bringing events to the school and there's always shopping or busch gardens. Let's also not forget when a bunch of kids get together it's not hard to make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ok. I was spoiled with excellent food growing up (my dad can cook something amazing) and I also have a sensitive stomach so it wasnt my favorite, but there are lots of options, and most people are perfectly happy with it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies greatly from dorm to dorm on this campus. Some are really old with no a/c and cockroaches and others are brand new and each roommate gets their own room with a view.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. Not all classes, but William and Mary definitely comes with a high academic standard. However, the great majority of professors really are there for you and will make themselves available as much as possible. Take advantage of office hours and communicate with other students and professors and you will be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get out of the campus bubble. It's easy to get absorbed into campus life, but don't forget that the campus community is just one small part of the city and there are other places and ways to be involved and gain experience.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is an academically excellent school. It is definitely challenging, but you will meet incredible people and do incredible things as long as you are open and willing to experience it all. Every college has pros and cons, but WM is a great choice.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 78

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt danger while on campus

    Greek Life

    A little different than most schools, as the fraternities are in the 'units.' Get used to seeing more or less the same people every weekend if you're in a fraternity/sorority--something that could either be good or bad. As someone who would rather hang out with 10-20 good friends (as opposed to 100 acquaintances) and go to parties of 40-80 (compared to 150+) people, it works for me. I enjoy getting to know people and people getting to know me much more than constantly introducing myself each weekend. For those that like meeting new people, rush is the perfect time.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people like to streak the Sunken Gardens and jump in the Crim Dell, but I haven't done those.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student, W&M offers one of the best degrees for the price paid.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, sports (intramural), working out (rec center), delis

    Food and Dining

    Charging roughly $10 a meal, the food should be better. I haven't been on the meal plan since Freshman year, as I would rather go to Chipotle, Moe's, or other places and eat better food for the same price. However, the convenience of being able to eat on campus should be considered.

    Dorm Life

    I had a great time on my Freshman hall, meeting friends that I live with now (3 years later). I probably spent more time hanging out in other people's rooms than mine--the camaraderie was great.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging to get an A in most classes, though if you go to class, pay attention, and study you shouldn't get lower than a C.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Rec Center early and often--it helps establish a weekly routine so things don't become monotonous, while at the same time giving you a workout and plenty of chances to meet/hang out with people.

    In three sentences

    Small, tight-knit community. You'll most likely run into the same people when you go out. Some people like this; others don't.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe, even late at night. We have campus escort for late-night escorts for safety. We are always striving to increase safety and security.

    Greek Life

    About a third of the student body is greek- but it's not really exclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have an interest? We have a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love a strong sense of community and belonging- this is the place for you! We have some of the most unique collection of students. Seriously- there are all kinds of people with all sorts of interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Colonial Williamsburg or DoG Street is incredible to walk down for an old-town experience and shopping. Aromas is a cool cafe near campus for late-night music and coffee/tea/baked goods. Wawa is famous for 24/7 snacking! Blowout is the last day of classes, where students go CRAZY in celebrating! There are all sorts of fun activities going on. Throughout the year, we have tons of fairs/fun activities hosted on the Sunken Gardens.

    Bang for the buck

    For the great in-state price, it's definitely worth it! Everyone is guaranteed to find a way to fit in and have fun. You're guaranteed to learn with some of the best professors and students in the country, as well as have a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    Go outside! Williamsburg is beautiful and there are awesome trails for outdoorsy people. Also, Colonial Williamsburg is beautiful and fun to walk down and shop. Several beaches are nearby if you find a ride. Several campus organizations also host cool events open to students.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not the best, especially if you have dietary constraints. However, there are a variety of different options available near campus.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes it seems as if there's not much to do. But if you make the right friends and check what's going on in student activities- you'll find yourself something fun to do. The dorms themselves aren't the best, but when you're surrounded by great company, it doesn't even matter.

    Academic Rigor

    It's tough. You cannot breeze through all of your classes and get As. You have to work hard and learn to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be surrounded by people just like you: motivated in academics and passionate about their studies. However, every student brings their own uniqueness and quirkiness to the community. Don't expect to be the smartest student. But do expect to find a great and loving community.

    In three sentences

    Though the College has a small campus, that sometimes may seem like a bubble, the community it holds is full of pride and spirit. The beautiful campus is full of bright, motivated students.The academics are rough and stressful, but the support of the student body and the friends you will certainly make will help you get through it!

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is fairly priced considering the prestige of the school and the great opportunities offered here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though it seems like a cliche, the campus really is beautiful here and everyone is super nice and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at this school are super friendly, and actually interested in how well you do. Never hesitate to e-mail your professor to ask them questions or set up office hours. They will be happy to accommodate you.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're the compulsive kind who needs to know when information about your admission will come out, be warned. WM only gives out multi-week time frames at best. Somewhat frustrating.

  • 10/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    The campus and the town of Williamsburg is absolutely amazing!

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who don't like big schools, are shy, and want to be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dual-enroll as much as you can to get the universal requirements out of the way; because of the way registration is set up, it's unlikely you'll get them all done before your junior year at the earliest. Have fun with the essay, don't make it dry and boring.

    Bang for the buck

    Again, difficult classes, but it's so worth it. The only classes taught by TAs are the labs, so it's not a graduate student with zero teaching experience giving the lectures.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely like it a lot more than I thought it would. The orientation groups are the people on your hall, not just a bunch of random strangers, so you get to know the people you're living with pretty well. Everyone I've met is really nice. The biggest downside is the extremely limited amount of washers/dryers - about 2 of each per 80 freshmen.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are extremely difficult, but the professors are more than willing to help.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Public ivy, best price for the best education.

    Will enjoy being here

    All the time

    Will learn a lot

    Amazing

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent

    Greek Life

    Great, if interested check it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many diverse groups

    Great for these types of students

    Studious

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The triathalon you will find out when you get here.

    Bang for the buck

    We're awesome

    What to do for fun

    Colonial Williamsburg, the outlets, thrifting, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Cooking for yourself isn't a bad option, the dinning is sub-par at times.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman Dorms leave a lot to be desired.

    Academic Rigor

    We take pride in being a public ivy

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are into tradition, making bonds, and committed to academic excellence this school is for you.

    In three sentences

    William & Mary is prided on tradition. The college takes great joy in academic excellence. The college is a tight knit family.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love to study and who is determined to do well.

    Bang for the buck

    When registering for classes, you have to be quick or someone else will get the very last spot available. This is especially true for freshmen.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizatons that provide opportunities as well as fun.

    Food and Dining

    Not very good. I hope they increase food varieties and lower the prices.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone's friendly. You will feel you belong to this big family.

    Academic Rigor

    5 star difficulty. Most tests and quizzes are not multiple choice questions, so that means more works to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention in class. Complete homeworks. Ask professors questions.

    In three sentences

    William &Mary fufills one's potential. William &Mary provides a diversed campus environment. William &Mary helps students achieve their dreams.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun can be found anywhere. Don't let the colonial setting fool you.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious, and offers plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the perfect breeding ground for bonding and thrilling hijinks. It is like living with hundreds of your brothers and sisters. Anthing can happen!

    Academic Rigor

    I sat in on lectures and have spoken to many students and professors. W&M is one of the best academically challenging schools in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    When they say be yourself, do it! This college seriously appreciates genuine people with a natural thirst for knowledge and fun.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing five star college with so much to offer. Every time I visit the campus, I fall in love with it over and over!

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Exists.

    What to do for fun

    Take a tour of Colonial Williamsburg! Or go to the beach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check reviews on dorms and meal plans.

    In three sentences

    Great place to be! Lifestyle is mostly quaint and slowly paced. Classes are hard, but that just makes you learn.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a pretty safe campus considering we are surrounded by old people.

    Greek Life

    Not for everyone but the right choice for me I had a blast.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Triathlon...Jump The Wall/Streak Sunken Gardens/Swim Crim Dell

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with my sorority, participate in philanthropy events. Concerts, parties, movies. There's alot to do if you put yourself out there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty hit or miss, depending on the day and if a special event is happening. But the workers are really nice and friendly people. If you make friends with them they will make you special dishes.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you live it can be the best or worst experience. This school is all what you make of it.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is challenging and tough, but it prepares you for real life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club and get involved.

    In three sentences

    It's been hands down one of the best experiences of my life. I love this school because of the community it's created.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's hard to feel unsafe in sweet and sunny Williamsburg, but campus and Williamsburg police are always attentive and present whenever the occasional security slip does happen. I have never felt scared walking home from the library or home from a party late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at William and Mary comprises about 30 percent of the student body. It is there for those that want it, but it does not dominate campus life. Greek Life is fairly laid back here compared to other southern schools. Most chapters understand that academics come first, and Greek Life serves as a nice and comfortable social network and social life on the weekends.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 300 student organizations, getting involved in exciting and interesting organizations is not a problem on this campus. Most students complain of over-involvement, an easy trap to fall into when students are so enthusiastic about many different causes and hobbies. If you are looking for something, there is probably a club for you, and, if not, it is fairly easy to start your own organization.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that love learning and are extremely passionate about academics, students with plenty of school pride, and a love of history and tradition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    William and Mary is full of traditions, from ringing the Wren bell on the last day of classes as a senior to throwing holly in the fire in the Great Hall of the Wren building for good luck on finals. One of the many traditions students must complete before graduation is the triathlon - a three part test of strength, endurance, and stealth. The triathlon includes streaking the Sunken Gardens, jumping the Governor's Palace Wall, and swimming through the murky Crim Dell. All in one night? Bonus points. The Crim Dell bridge and the Wren building are the two classic images of William and Mary's campus. The Crim Dell bridge boasts a legend that if you walk across with someone, you will be with them forever, but if you walk across alone you are destined to live the rest of your life alone. The only way to reverse the Crim Dell bridge magic is to throw the person over the side if you no longer want to spend the rest of your life with them. The Wren building is the first building on William and Mary's campus, and still serves as our main historic landmark.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is absolutely phenomenal if you are an in-state student. If you are out-of-state, the price is similar to that of a private liberal arts college of the same academic caliber.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Student clubs and organizations host events every weekend. AMP - Alma Mater Productions - is divided into committees that provide entertainment to students year round from comedy performances to concerts to glow in the dark frisbee tournaments. In warmer months, a weekend trip to Jamestown or Yorktown Beach will satisfy your sun craving, or, if you don't want to drive, take a blanket out to the Sunken Gardens to soak up some collegiate rays. If you're looking for a nightlife, Williamsburg's five main bars right off campus meet the need, and the fraternity houses, or units, also provide fun after dark for the student body.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not five star, but they are livable once you learn to avoid the mystery meat and make the salad bar a staple in your daily diet. There are three main dining halls on campus, with some additional restaurants where you can use FLEX points (dining dollars). The three main dining halls are the Caf by the gym which has the biggest selection of food every day and the best brunch on the weekends, the Sadler Center located in the heart of campus but with the least delicious food in my opinion, and the Marketplace which is set by the Colonial Williamsburg side of campus and has a food court feel. In addition, there is an Eisten Bagels underneath the Sadler Center and a Cafe at the Business School where you can use more of your meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is entertaining, fun, and convenient on this campus. Most students live on campus three out of four years because the off campus housing just isn't as convenient or nice. RAs are friendly and plan programming for your dorm throughout the year. Some dorms don't have AC, but as long as you have allergies you will be fine in the humid months of Williamsburg.

    Academic Rigor

    This college is extremely rigorous academically. It will challenge you in the best way, forcing you to realize your potential as a student. It is fairly easy to double major and complete general education requirements, so don't just pick one thing, explore all of your academic interests while you are here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students, don't think the next four years are going to be an easy ride. William and Mary is extremely academically challenging, so be prepared, but also be prepared to learn more and stretch your brain farther than you ever thought it could go. Take advantage of opportunities on campus, they are all around you, from student organizations, to clubs, to sports, to opportunities in academic departments, to activities on the weekends. Don't stop looking, William and Mary has something for everyone, and it has a million opportunities if you just take the time to look for them.

    In three sentences

    The College of William and Mary is a warm bubble of creativity, scholarship, and personal advancement. The school offers rigorous academics with nurturing professors, a beautiful red-brick campus that dates back to the beginning of the United States, and a vibrant community intellectually curious and self-motivated students. Set to the backdrop of Colonial Williamsburg, William and Mary is a place for you to grow, explore, and push yourself as a student.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel relatively safe on campus, but don't count on campus escort being available. It's student run, doesn't start until 9p.m., and didn't answer their phones the one time I needed them. You'd do better relying on friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Geeks! There's LARPing, a Doctor Who club, a nerf gun club, a Magic: the Gathering club, a Science Fiction club...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They do have a weird superstition about the Crim Dell bridge, but it doesn't bother me since it has to do with being with that person forever (or being alone, if you cross it alone).

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and organizations on campus, it'd be hard to not have something interesting to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is meh. Not bad, not great. They have new dining services now though, and I don't know how they are.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoyed my dorm. I got placed in Botetourt for my freshman semester, but it's not as bad as everyone claims. The only real downside for me was the long walk across campus to the Sunken Gardens.

    Academic Rigor

    It wasn't as hard as I was expecting at first, but be aware that if you don't keep on top of your schoolwork it will creep up on you and you will be quickly overwhelmed. That said, the Dean's office was very helpful when that happened to me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about not being placed in the dorm of your dreams. Don't get freaked out during registration � I was several minutes behind every other freshman registering, both semesters, and still managed to get almost every class I wanted.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, if you're a big city person you probably won't enjoy the location but if you're not there's plenty around to see and do.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I ALWAYS FEEL SAFE! People tell you not to walk alone but if you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO you shouldn't be TOO WORRIED ABOUT IT. Campus police and campus escorts are always around to make you feel safer as well.

    Greek Life

    Frat parties are quite crazy but end pretty early. Rush week is at the beginning of the school year, and while I didn't rush it was a pretty big thing on campus especially amongst freshmen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is anything and everything you can imagine here: http://www.wm.edu/campuslife/clubsandorgs/index.php and even if there's something you are looking for but can't find, it's EXTREMELY easy to start your own club and activity.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing students, loving, caring, open-minded, helpful, courageous, even mildly shy, different, abnormal, creative, goal-oriented, change-making.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Crim Dell Induction Ceremony Assassin Serenading the President ORIENTATION WEEK!! Academic Building Climbing The triathalon

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out-of-state student with pretty good financial aid. While I'm paying more then I'd essentially pay for a(n) NY school, my parents and I decided that it's worth the sacrifice. Within a month I managed to find job on campus, and make friends I'd never thought I'd make. If you're looking for a place where your academic needs are met this is also the place for you. The professors go out of their way to help you, and I find that I am never left dissatisfied on campus (unless I'm looking for somewhere like NYC to go to on the weekends, lol).

    What to do for fun

    CLUB ACTIVITIES! Parties Sports Colonial Williamsburg The shopping centers New town!! Hang out on the Sunken Gardens

    Food and Dining

    There are many options on campus for you to get your food from. I live by the Cafe and eat there almost every day- the food isn't too bad. My favorite station is the Comfort station which is often times very pleasing. The dining halls make it a big priority to cater to the dietary needs of all students, so those of you with specific eating patterns or habits have almost nothing to worry about...unless you want something REALLY SPECIFIC that we just may not have. Plus, the dining halls are always asking for feedback and ways to improve their options and meals on campus. Have fun texting those in!

    Dorm Life

    Orientation week does a really good job at hall bonding for freshmen. I get along with everyone from my hall and even my RA. You'll find that the roommate/dorm life survey asks you questions to help put you where you belong and in a community that makes the most out of your college experience. It gets a little hot sometimes but its A- O K, you'll make the best of friends to enjoy the heat with. P.S. the study and social lounges are the best things ever invented.

    Academic Rigor

    College, especially this one, is completely different from high school!! Don't underestimate test or even assignment rigor. Yes, some people study ALL THE TIME, but it all depends on the type of student you are. Don't worry, Swem is almost always occupied so you definitely won't feel like a nerd when you decide its time for some brushing up on those books.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the college experience. At a place like William and Mary, you'll almost have anything to do whenever you want to do it. Despite it's slow bus schedule and early shop closing times, you'll make and meet the friends of a lifetime that will always keep you busy. Stay focused and dedicated- those who make it in to William and Mary strive to do well and succeed here. Losing some faith? Speak to your fellow TWAMP (typical William and Mary person), with our lively attitudes and outlooks on life, we are sure to get you back on track and feeling good in no time. If you want to go to school where you'd be constantly uplifted by your community- W&M is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    This college has a scenery that will make happy you chose it just by looking around. The people are the friendliest people you will ever meet; even leaving your wallet to save your seat at lunchtime won't seem like a far-out idea. Need help on your next Calc test?- book a tutor from the Tutor zone; they're inexpensive, friendly, and MAY just be your friend from class.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergancy buttons everywhere and your ID card has numbers to campus police, campus escorts, and steer clear (a transportation service for getting around Williamsburg. Great for nights of intoxication).

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY CLUBS. They are listed in alphabetical order on the Wm website but they go as far as a rubix cube club and even a Magic the Gathering club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The triathlon is a tradition not performed by all students but certainly done by many. It consists of streaking naked across the sunken gardens, swimming in the scenic Crim Dell, and climbing over he Governor's palace wall. Many freshman dorms perform the triathlon together and if all three tasks are performed in one night, it is known as the Ironman Triathlon. Other traditions (again, too many to count) will be mentioned during tours. Our campus is nothing but tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Colonial Williamsburg, 2 movie theaters, 3 outlet malls, Busch Gardens, VA Beach, a bowling alley, and too many restaurants to count.

    Food and Dining

    Our school has three main dining areas. At the Commons, you will find a wide range of food areas. They showcase permanent food areas such as asian, tex-mex, pasta, home-style, grill, soup, salad, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sandwich, and pizza. They also have an expansive bakery for deserts and breakfasts. At Sadler, you will find an intricate meal option that differs from day to day or if that meal does not appeal to you, there is always a pasta, pizza, and salad food area. At Marketplace, there is a Chik-Fil-a, a pizza restaurant, a mexican restaurant, a home-style restaurant, a sushi food area, a grill, an expansive salad bar and a desert section. There is also a mini convenience store located within Marketplace.

    Dorm Life

    Your freshman dorm hall will become your family. You will meet your best friend in your dorm and throughout the years, the friendships you make in your first dorm will continue to last an flourish.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are accepted into William and Mary, expect your workload to increase but not unmanageably so. If you are interested in this school, you are most likely a hard worker and high achiever at your high school and the academic challenge you will meet here at William and Mary will not be unbearable or make your college years unpleasant.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about one specific aspect of your application. If your SAT or ACT scores are low, make sure you are active in your school organizations and sports or write a quirky personal essay. The applicant pool is massive so find something that will make you stand out.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is the kind of school that embraces individuality while maintaining a family feel. While the academics are challenging, the course catalog is filled to the brim with wacky classes with class sizes ranging from 7 to 200. The college is set in beautiful Colonial Williamsburg and with such important history at your feet, you feel as though you can accomplish anything.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus security does a fantastic job of making students feel safe and welcome in the community. Besides the basic campus security measures such as the blue light system, campus police have a serious presence on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very popular at W&M, comprising roughly 27% of the student population. Fraternities and Sororities have a large presence on campus through their philanthropic activities and open social events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of student activities on campus and club sports have a huge following.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students can find their niche at W&M, but those looking for a large state college experience would be better off going to UVA or James Madison.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Echoe wall next to Blair Hall is flanked by by three busts, one being of President Tyler. When one stands in a certain position and faces the wall, your voice echoes. The catch is that only you can hear your own echoe. Late night tromps through Colonial Williamsburg are common

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is very manageable for in-state students, but tuition costs for out of state students is pretty steep.

    What to do for fun

    When its time to sit back and have fun after a long week of studying and classes, W&M students can be found participating in a ton of different intramural sports or academic clubs. Greek Life is also fairly popular. Off campus, one can take mass transit to the outlets just off campus or take a walk around the shops of Colonial Williamsburg.

    Food and Dining

    Although students often complain about the dining options here, the food is considered to be a lot better than the food served at other colleges. In addition, there are tons of different options. On campus students can choose between the Caf, Sadler, and the marketplace depending on what they are in the mood for. Alternatively, there are plenty of off campus options from restaurants in Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg diners, Taco Bell and Qdoba.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are hit or miss at William and Mary. The more social dorms tend to be a bit more rundown (for obvious reasons) while dorms like Barrett are considered the nicest on campus. Dorm relationships, however, tend to be strong across campus. The college puts a lot of effort into breeding a strong sense of community among hall members.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at William and Mary are extremely rigorous. Depending on credits being taken and one's major, a semesters workload can be daunting. However, the rewards reaped from taking such difficult classes makes one more prepared for life outside academia.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take a look at the College of William and Mary if they are looking to get a strong education and accept their inner quirkiness. Although not all students at W&M are considered overly academic or fans of World of Warcraft, we are all highly intelligent and all have unique interests. Academics are rigorous but manageable. Make sure to visit the campus and talk to current students to see if the community is right for you.

    In three sentences

    What makes the College of William and Mary incredible is its universal acceptance of all students, regardless of their interests or personalities. Nearly every student was at the top of his or her class High School class yet instead of the competitiveness seen at other state schools, William and Mary students work hard out of their own personal desire to do well. The college is a perfect fit for any student who wishes to fall in love with a beautiful school and join a special community.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    William and Mary has a great campus with lots of History behind it. This is one of the colleges I will apply for when I'm a senior. I went a few years back and it's just beautiful!

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great value for those in VA.

    In three sentences

    Academics are great, and there are definitely plenty of opportunities. Wonderful campus, but small. Williamsburg is a wonderful city, though.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    W&M and its enthusiastic Tribe members are probably the most superstitious, yet enthusiastic, people in the universe. The school thrives off of the little rituals done yearly, weekly, monthly, hourly etc. that pop up everywhere. The Crim Dell Bridge is one the most popular, as it serves as a sign of everlasting love and romance. Walk across the bridge with your sweetheart and you will have the blessing of the tides to guide you through your life together. But, if you should break up after that fated walk you will have to push your ex over the side if you do not wish to end up life alone! Another tradition that all new students experience is the walk through the Wren Building Arch. After speeches in the heat, the entire class is guided through the archway of one of the oldest buildings on campus and is greeted by a screaming crowd of faculty, students and alumni. This officially ushers the new class into the Tribe. Christmas and the holidays are observed through the Yule Tide Ceremony in the Wren Building as well, which is when each student receives a holly spring and hot cider. The holly spring is then tossed on the yule log and symbolizes the fresh start of a new year. It seems that for each brick this historic campus was built with, there stands a tradition. If you are looking for a school exuding school spirit, this is the place for you!

    What to do for fun

    Because the students are so motivated, there is hardly a dull moment. Sure the school isn't know for its wild parties, but if that is really your scene you can always find something. The students really work hard to provide activities and entertainment on campus, and you can honestly count on something being planned every Friday and Saturday.

    Food and Dining

    The food leaves something to be desired but is normally satisfying. The amount of amazing dishes is sometimes out weighed by the disappointing lack of variety. They are currently expanding one of the dinning halls, so there is only improvement from where they stand right now!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are OK. Freshman suffer a little bit but it gets better as the years go on. The worst dorm is bearable and livable. The best part about Dorm Life would have to be the amazing staff. RA's are trained so well and most are open and kind. The students can get involved with hall council and really create memorable experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    W&M is a school that feeds off of its students. The professors push the students to great lengths, but the students undeniably push back. The work is hard but most people seem to manage. The minute someone catches whiff of some subject they are truly interested in, the sky is just the beginning then.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know yourself before committing anywhere and do some self discovery because that will help determine some of the parallels that exists between a college and yourself. I could hardy dare to sum up W&M in so few words, but if these factors line up with your personal goals and standards, then you should definitely consider W&M. Be prepared to work hard, challenge yourself for the journey and not the end goal, meet people very different from yourself and yet so alike you on some instinctual level, live in a city that is rooted in history and thrive off of your own ambition and desire. Self-motivation is what makes W&M students so great.

    In three sentences

    It is spiritually contagious (school spirit that is!), rigorous, vibrant and passionate. The student body feeds off of its own energy as one students is inspired by the astounding works of another. The work is hard but manageable and the most exciting part is that the overall atmosphere is buzzing and alive with attitudes like 'I can do this' and 'I'm not sure, but I sure am going to try'.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There so many things to do. William and Mary has a lot of different clubs to join or D1 varsity sports. Colonial Williamsburg and the Prime Outlets are extremely close. Busch Gardens is only a couple minutes away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the College is probably average for college dining. I always feel that the veggies and fruits are fresh. There's always the classics such as sandwiches and pizza, with the incorporation of foreign cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    I feel that dorms are very safe on campus. Also, the RAs (Resident Assistants) work hard to get you to bond with your hall-mates freshman year. I feel that I always have privacy, but the dorms are very old at the College, but maintenance and custodial faculty work very hard to keep them in good shape.

    Academic Rigor

    William and Mary is definitely a very rigorous academic school. It's definitely not impossible, but you will have to study, even if you were one of those kids in high school that could get away with cramming five minutes before a test. I appreciate the high prestige of the academics because you know as a student you are getting a top tier education for public price and your professors really push you to think critically, which is a skill that will stick with you after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage prospective students to really venture out and try new things. William & Mary offers so many clubs and sports. College is a time to step out of your comfort zone and really explore yourself as a person and allow your environment to influence and enrich you.

    In three sentences

    The College of William & Mary really gives the students full responsibility to be extremely studious and respectful of themselves and others. I feel that I am surrounding by so many intellectuals and innovative people who will change the world one day. The size of the College is perfect too; there's enough people that you see new faces every day, but one can also establish a foundation for long-lasting friendships.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Merchant's Square, bus lines for transport to various malls/restaurants, on-campus activities/clubs are very diverse

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your work early and you will have more free time - the work is demanding, but finishing assignments will get you time. Take time to talk to your professors, for they are willing to spend time with you and who knows? You may need their advice or help for recommendation letters.

    In three sentences

    Lovely campus with friendly students. Students are determined and respect freshman and professors. A great campus with a quaint, relaxing atmosphere, but maintains academic rigor.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems to be a pretty safe campus; I, nor anyone I know, has had safety issues.

    Greek Life

    As I'm not a member of a fraternity or sorority, I can't really speak to the quality of greek life. As far as I know, about 33% of students are members of greek organizations, including honor fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs! Anyone can find something they'd like to do.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for academically inclined students and serious students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite annual tradition is the Yule Log Ceremony. Every year before finals in December, the campus community gathers at the Wren Chapel (another tradition: every student should have a class in Wren before they graduate!) and shares all of the different holiday traditions (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, etc.). Santa Claus (who looks suspiciously like President Reveley...) also turns up. Then, everyone burns a sprig of holly in the Great Chapel to symbolize the end of worries for the year (and especially finals). It's just a really great tradition that brings the entire campus together.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out-of-state student, I'm not thrilled with the tuition. However, it is a great school and cheaper than most private institutions. In-state students are probably very happy with the price.

    What to do for fun

    As I've said, Williamsburg is not a college town. However, AMP, the College's entertainment planning group, does a great job bringing a lot of stuff to campus, including blockbuster films, concerts, and other events. If you're into the party scene, the fraternities usually have something going on every weekend. Basically, if you look for it, you'll always find something to do, even if it's just hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great. Period. However, the campus is trying to improve this. They take suggestions into account, and they add things every semester. They're adding 150 seats to one of main dining halls for next year, as well as adding a lot more late night options due to responses from student surveys.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old; after all, the College has been around since 1693. However, at least for me, the community on my freshman hall made up for it. Furthermore, some of the dorms have sinks in the rooms which may not seem like a big deal, but when you don't have to go to the hall bathroom to brush your teeth, you'll be thanking me.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it is what it is: people habitually camp out in the library during finals. There is a certain culture here where everyone tries to one-up each other regarding stress levels. You earn more respect as you pile more and more onto your plate.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get involved! There are over 300 clubs on campus, and anyone can find somewhere to belong. -Study. William & Mary is called a Public Ivy, and the academic rigor reflects that appellation. -Have fun! This is college, so don't take yourself too seriously. Don't forget to get out and relax!

    In three sentences

    William & Mary is a great school for anyone who likes to work hard and to play hard (provided playing for you involves the occasional underwhelming frat party, headline bands from the '90s, or playing quidditch). For me, at least, that definition of playing works; I love the College. It's not for everybody, but those who do find their way here are always welcomed to the Tribe with open arms.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that your are interested in, take part in things in the community and you will quickly find little time left to spare.

    Food and Dining

    Not amazing, but occassionally you'll get a really good meal in the dining hall. But in general the dining hall food is deff. edible and well on its way to really good and tasty. The other options around campus are awesome as well, and with a 24/7 WAWA and a other late night options like Dominos and Qdoba, you will never go hungry (:

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is life a coin toss, some people love their living arrangements and some do not. Just hope that you are lucky. The rooms were larger than I thought which was nice, the people were friendlier than I could imagine, the partying happens a bit more than I enjoy but then again no one forces you to go. Remember that in college, you are on your own and your independent so you can make the experience memorable for yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others, kinda like high school. Each professor has their own style but they all want you to succeed. Do use Ratemyprofessors.com as a resource, but some even poorly rated professors will surprise you. Try a class that you are interested in even if it may seem slightly difficult, because colle is your own chance to do it an you would be surprised how much interest can motivate you to do well in class (:

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a girl make sure to bring rain boots, its not that it rains more than usually here but its that the rain accumulates into puddles quickly! Do not stress about taking your freshmen seminar right away if you do not find something you are interested in fall semester wait till spring, because you will definitley get into something and there are pleanty of interesting options. Also the most important tip I can give you, do not take your parents for granted in the excitment before leaving if you are anything like me you will miss them alot when you get here and learn about there true value.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is a great institution. Because it is a liberal arts school, it allows students to try a large variety of classes. The atmosphere on campus and all the staff, faculty and students are really nice and welcoming. I love it here.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a statue of Jefferson that's apparently looking in to a woman's bathroom.

    In three sentences

    Visited this school in winter, I fell in love almost immediately. The dean was really nice. I just loved it.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station is in the campus. super safe.

    Greek Life

    Nice. Sometimes Alcohol. Be aware of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs. Fun activities. Lots of volunteer and internship opportunities. Helpful info sessions.

    Great for these types of students

    Know how to balance academic life and social life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Yule Log Ceremony. President will dress up as Santa Claus to give a speech. It is awesome.

    What to do for fun

    everything. Playing golf at Sunken Garden with your own costumes, eating cookies and drinking milk in library during the final season and jogging around campus...

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are not quite reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Can always build close relationship with students in the same dorm. Super Safe. but sometimes BUGS!

    Academic Rigor

    super serious academy here. but it is worthy.

    Tips for prospective students

    know what to think and what to say in classes learn how to express your own thoughts explicitly

    In three sentences

    feel like home a little bit nerd but have a lot of special activity beautiful campus

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    It lacks A/C in two of the freshman dorms however.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus filled with interesting people and professors.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police station on campus, with officers constantly patrolling.

    Greek Life

    My roommate joined a sorority, and she loved the experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest, there is a club for it. There is always something to do, even if it's a weekday.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want a small campus with students that are serious about their academic careers. William and Mary is a school of nerds, but we're comfortable with that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I enjoyed the Crim Dell meadow, especially when the weather was nice. For studying, you can use any of the academic buildings because they are basically open all the time.

    Bang for the buck

    I received an Ivy League education at a public school price. Of course, college is becoming more expensive everyday, but if you really want it there are ways to find the money.

    What to do for fun

    Colonial Williamsburg is right down the street and attractions are free for students, you just have to obtain a special pass. Students don't take advantage of the Historical Triangle like they should. There's also New Town, the delis, and hanging out at the Sunken Gardens.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on whom you ask, they either prefer Sadler Center or the Caf. In my opinion, Sadler Center is awful and the Caf is only slightly better. Honestly, the food quality is terrible and if you can afford it, it's better to buy and cook your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are older and need to be renovated, but if you find good roommates, it's not that bad. The College is steadily trying to improve the quality of the dorms, but there is a lot to get through.

    Academic Rigor

    There is no denying that William and Mary is difficult academically, but it makes you work hard and prepare for either grad school or the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and strike a balance between school and extracurricular activities. You don't want to become too overwhelmed and miss out on enjoying your college years, but at the same time you need to do well in your classes. If you're experiencing problems academically, do not hesitate to speak to your professors. I didn't have a single negative interaction with my professors because they were always willing and able to help me. Also, try new things. If there is something you're interested in, there's a club for it.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is a close-knit community of like-minded people. There's a wonderful atmosphere among students and professors alike. It's definitely a place where you will make long-lasting relationships.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    In my opinion this school sounds just amazing. I know I'll have to work hard but Im willing to do that.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    W&M Police are constantly patrolling. Never once have I felt unsafe (even the times I've had to walk back to my dorm at night).

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so many clubs. Seriously. So many.

    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent, hard-working, motivated, passionate, creative, friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Where to begin - One of the first traditions you'll encounter is during orientation. One night during orientation, all new students will gather in front of President Reveley's house and sing the alma mater to him. It's fantastic, and he acts so surprised (even though it happens every year). Then at the end of the first week of classes, we have Convocation. New students are officially welcomed by the president and other leaders on campus, then are directed to walk through the Wren building. Once they leave, they are greeted by hundreds of current students. New students make their way through a sea of current students offering high-fives and welcome homes and eventually arrive at a feast on the Sunken Garden. It is the most surreal feeling ever. We have SO MANY other traditions, but I'll leave it up to you to discover them.

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion, you're getting an Ivy League education (seriously, this school is hard) and more than half the cost. Save money.

    Food and Dining

    Same as dorm life - average. We do, however, have a Chick-Fil-A and it's pretty awesome.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are average. Definitely nothing special, but not terrible either. Remember, this college is over 300 years old. Some of the buildings aren't exactly high tech. Great roommates and suitemates will make things 1000 time better.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors expect a lot of students. However, they are also extremely receptive to questions. They realize this is a hard school. They realize assignments and stress pile up. They're here to help, and they do a fantastic job. That being said, STUDYING IS CRUCIAL! You will not pass a course if you don't try, regardless of your relationship with your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be warned! Just because you were the best in high school, does NOT mean the same will hold true here. Every student at this school is extremely intelligent, and it can be overwhelming at times. Let it be a learning experience. I've certainly become more humble in my time here ... and humility is a great thing.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is an absolutely fantastic school for students looking to expand their knowledge in a close-knit community. The amount of Tribe Pride here is immense. People love this school, and it's obvious. The environment surrounding the school creates a tight-knit student community.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's Colonial Williamsburg. That is as safe as it can get.

    Greek Life

    Never joined. Price to join a frat is atrocious--approximately $400 per semester. Save your money and use the time to do meaningful activities like internship or community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of great opportunities; it's what you make of it.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who hate conformity and respect individuality, welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone is so free to express here. I have never seen such an absence of conformity; there are kids that play banjo and ukelele while 5 feet away, girls are basking in the sun. Take a look at sunken garden on a good day and you will see the diversity and liberty of the student body.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state definitely; nothing beats UVA and William and Mary for public education. For out-of-state, tuition is heavy but if you can manage, you will not regret the education offered at this college.

    What to do for fun

    It is a place with 6,000 kids of your age. What is there not to do for fun? However, do not come to this school with the mentality college party time. I saw half of my dorm mates fall into this mentality and ruin the academic merits they have attained in high school.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, nothing to complain about. Food is variegated and of great quality.

    Dorm Life

    Nothing to complain about. Do not expect perfect. Many who carp at the shortcomings are sophomoric and immature.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous. Students gathered here were all from the top 10% of their student body and many were valedictorians and salutatorians. Many students that were academic stars in high school face a rude awakening.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are straddling between William and Mary and UVA and live close enough to commute, then do not give it another thought, choose W&M. The two colleges are equal in academics; by choosing the one you can commute to, you cut your yearly expenses by half.

    In three sentences

    Great environment for academics. The community's unabashed absence of conformity engenders incredible creativity and freedom of expression. One must be a conceited fool not to love this university.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    William and Mary is a very safe campus. This past year, there was one reported incident of suspicious or threatening activity occurring on campus. Walking around at night on campus is usually no problem for women or men, even if they are alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at the College is actually fairly prevalent. There are 16 fraternities and 13 sororities on campus, as well as many other Greek-letter honor societies that induct members based on proficiency in certain departments, such as music or theatre.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs that specialize in a wide range of topics. If there is not a club that caters to your specific passion or interest, it is easy to create one. Intermural and club sports are also very prevalent. The campus recreation center (or the â??Recâ??) is a wonderful place to exercise or just play a little basketball for fun. It also has about 4 racquetball courts and a swimming pool, as well as lots of exercise equipment. William and Mary also has 11 different a cappella groups (all student-run). Every Wednesday night, one of these groups puts on a half-hour to 45-minute long concert on the porch of the Wren Building.

    Great for these types of students

    William and Mary is perfect for the type of students who have an insatiable desire to constantly learn more and are open to exploring new ideas.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Probably the most famous structure on campus is the Wren Building. Affectionately called â??the Wrenâ?? or just simply â??Wrenâ??, it is the oldest academic building in the country that is still used today. Nowadays, it is mostly the home of the Religious Studies department. Another special place located right in the middle of campus is the Crim Dell. This lake is partially covered by a very beautiful arched bridge, which is said to be cursed. The superstition goes that if a student walks across the bridge alone, they are doomed to be alone forever. If a romantic couple walks across and kisses at the bridgeâ??s crest, they are doomed to be together forever. If two lovers separate at any point, one must throw the other over the side of the bridge into the Crim Dell to break the curse of being alone forever.

    Bang for the buck

    William and Mary is certainly worth the money. Students receive an Ivy-League-quality education for the price of a public institution. The Princeton Review rated William and Mary as the 4th best value among all public colleges or universities in the U.S and the 2nd best value among all Virginia schools.

    What to do for fun

    There is a student-run organization on campus called AMP (Alma Mater Productions) that organizes many fun activities and events throughout the year. These include (but are certainly not limited to) concerts, comedian shows, and movie screenings. Greek-letter organizations also occasionally organize fun and engaging events throughout the year. For instance, every spring, the Kappa Delta sorority organizes a charity fundraiser competition called â??Campus Golfâ??, where a large part of the campus is turned into a nine-hole golf course for students (and occasionally faculty) to play on. There are many clubs and organizations to get involved with here at W&M, as well as club and intermural sports teams. Busch Gardens is also a huge attraction as it is about a half-hour drive from the College.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls on campus, but plenty of other chains that do not take meal plan money. The food at the dining halls is not spectacular, but it is not that bad either. Starting with the Class of 2016, students will be required to have meal plans (which can only be used at the three dining halls) until they graduate.

    Dorm Life

    As a rising sophomore, I can only give the freshman perspective on dorm life. Before setting foot on campus, freshmen can give a preference for a â??large dormâ?? or a â??small dormâ??. Freshmen living in a smaller dorm are able to get to know more of their hallmates better than those living in larger dorms. Larger dorms are much more conducive to parties on weekends, so keep that in mind if you are not the partying type. Smaller dorms are also more likely to be quieter in general.

    Academic Rigor

    William and Mary is certainly a very academically rigorous school. This means, however, that students learn so much more than they would at other institutions, as long as they put in the time and effort to ensure their success. If studying does not extend beyond the classroom, then you will not learn the most you can and do the best you can. This is not a reason to be frightened, though. As long as you make sure you give yourself ample time each day for both studying and relaxation, the academic rigor will not seem overbearing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although high schools vary in degrees of academic rigor, expect coming in that you will be challenged more than you were in high school. Be prepared to devote a lot of time to studying and work, probably more so than in high school. Your class schedule most likely will be quite different than in high school, so you will have more blocks of free time. If you really want to learn the most you can and succeed, a large part of that time will be devoted to studying. That being said, it is certainly important to give yourself relaxation time, and W&Mâ??s campus is a great place to do so. Also, the students here are very nice people, so making friends will not be too hard. Lastly but certainly not least, become familiar with your professors and make sure they know you, especially the ones involved with your field of study. Knowing a faculty member well will come in very handy when you need a recommendation letter for that internship youâ??re applying for.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is the perfect place for students who have a real thirst for knowledge. Whether in the classroom or in a dorm, students are always learning from professors and each other and cultivating ideas about some of lifeâ??s most challenging questions. The College affectionately embraces the liberal arts style of education, which is why students here are very well-rounded and some of the most intelligent kids out there.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Since it's so small, it takes about 15-20 minutes to walk across the whole campus. There are emergency lights located throughout the grounds.

    Great for these types of students

    W&M is great for students who are serious about their academics and who do not mind a relatively quiet and small campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a challenge called the Triathalon in which you have to streak the Sunken Gardens, swim the Crim Dell, and jump over the Governor's Wall. The Iron Man is when you complete the Triathalon completely naked!

    What to do for fun

    Transportation by bus and trolley is free to W&M students, so you can hop on the blue line to visit the Williamsburg Outlets (which has a ton of different stores). There are also various events happening on campus all the time, including festivals, concerts, movie screenings, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are three main dining halls: Sadler, Marketplace, and the Caf. Sadler's food is average. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's not-so-great. Marketplace is essentially a food court with five different restaurants (including Chik-Fil-A). The Caf usually has above average food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty clean, and even if they aren't spacious, you get used to the size. Some of them don't have air conditioning so be sure to bring your own portable fan if you're living in such a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a very rigorous high school, so the courseload isn't too challenging for me. However, many of my friends struggle in their classes if they don't study too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to attend W&M, come here with an open mind. Also do not expect huge parties. There also isn't too much to do in the Colonial Williamsburg area.

    In three sentences

    The campus is small and pretty quiet. Most people here are serious about their education. However, like any college, you'll find many different people from all over the country (and world)!

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    A ton of clubs, your sure to find a group you get a long with well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the triathlon. look it up :)

    What to do for fun

    Screen on the green and blowout on the last day of classes are always fun.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly.. the food is pretty bad.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry Freshman.. your dorms are aweful. After freshman year, the dorms aren't bad but are not nearly as nice compared to other schools i've visited

    Academic Rigor

    Its really hard, but you really do learn the material well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on going on to graduate school you should try to plan what you want to do. There is a specific order that classes need to be taken in and if you are unsure of what you want to do you will probably end up taking summer classes or staying an extra year.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary will definitely give you a good education. Most students are very friendly but you will only have a social life if you decide to rush. Professors are very helpful, especially if you go to their office hours.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus has to be one of the most safe there is. As a woman I feel perfectly safe walking home alone. It's rare that items of high value get stolen. The most common things that are stolen are umbrellas and bikes - things out of convenience - and they are usually found or mysteriously returned. But as far as important personal belongings, those are perfectly safe and I don't know a person that has had something stolen.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge part of William & Mary life. As a non-Greek person, sometimes it can feel like we are kind of left out. But it doesn't really matter, because there are still other things to get involved in. There are still other non-Greek affiliates that make your experience just as full, and you have just as much fun as a Greek affiliated person because you'll make friends that like you for you, not just because you're in the same fraternity or sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are options for everyone, and if there is a club that doesn't exist, it's easy to start one. The clubs and organizations are quite active as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious students that work hard but play just as hard. Students not really into clubbing, as we are in Colonial Williamsburg, we are not in a big city, so there are no clubs. Students that can be kind of quirky. Students that love history.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is so old there are probably things even the President of The College doesn't even know about. There are tons of statues everywhere, but one of my favorite historical things that is kind of unusual is the Tyler Family Garden. If you stand in the center and turn towards the back of the small amphitheater then speak, your voice will echo and only you are able to hear the echo. Nobody knows why or how, not even the Physics majors. Also the President dresses up like Santa Clause and reads The Night Before Christmas at the end of the first semester, and the student get to throw a piece of holly into the fire for good luck on their finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to William & Mary students get the academics, the namesake, the experience of college, the opportunity to work with professors on research (so actual field experience, in many cases), the memories and the friends that will last a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at W&M. There's always some sort of program happening, and even if students don't particularly want to go to it, there are still other things to do. The movie theaters are are only a trolley ride away. There's also a bowling alley nearby. The school has activities like Screen on the Green, where they show a movie outside on the Sunken Garden. Basically, there is always an activity being planned.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't great to be honest. HOWEVER, there are benefits to William & Mary dining that you won't get anywhere else. At other schools they have food on lock down. But the food is open at W&M. You can have 12 bananas if you want 12 bananas. You can sit in the dining halls all day on one swipe. If you want to get in line 27 times for 27 different sandwiches you can do that. They have To-Go options so that you can get food and run if you need to go. The cooking staff are hilarious and so kind. So, the food may not be quality, but in terms of quantity you'll get your money's worth if you take advantage of it.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus was the best decision I've ever made. Yes, it is said that living off campus is cheaper, but there is nothing like living on campus. It's convenient, and when something in your dorm needs to be fixed, it's fixed for free and in a timely manner. Some dorms are old, but people get over it quickly. It may be expensive, but what you don't pay by living off-campus you'll pay in parking tickets or apartment repairs.

    Academic Rigor

    William & Mary academics are no joke, but it is not impossible to succeed without being in the library all the time. Using office hours are definitely a must, but as long as you are focused, work, and work HARD. It is completely doable. Yes, it can be stressful at times, but the stress builds character, and satisfaction when it's all over.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to William & Mary expecting to not only learn academics, but about life. Don't solely choose William & Mary because of the reputation or the academic rigor. Choose William & Mary with your heart, with the expectation to grow and meet lifelong friends. Also, if you choose William & Mary, don't get caught up in the academics, there is much more to life at William & Mary than grades. Take time out to take a walk around Colonial Williamsburg and bask in the fact that you are at a college that is more than 300 years old.

    In three sentences

    There is nowhere more special than William & Mary. The community is astounding, the academics and opportunities are superb. I have never regretted my decision for an undergraduate University.

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Supposedly really good.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you kiss your beloved on one of the bridges, that's who you will marry.

    What to do for fun

    They seem to have many programs for students.

    In three sentences

    Loved the grounds when I took the tour, especially since I'm a HUGE history nerd! I've heard great things about their international studies program, which is what I'm interesting in majoring in.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always police patrolling through campus but because most parts of the campus is surrounded by trees and bushes I wouldn't recommend walking alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an extremely diverse array of clubs and organizations that are available to the average student, ranging from cultural to eco-friendly.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love to study!

    What to do for fun

    Check out Jamestown Beach, Colonial Williamsburg such as Aroma's, and Busch Gardens!

    Food and Dining

    Food is not as bad as people purport it to be.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend to keep a mini-refrigerator in your dorm room as I have had experience with people stealing food.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to study 24/7.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a social butterfly and enjoy your study-free weekends, this is not the school for you. However, if you don't mind pulling all-nighters, being in a constant state of stress as well as utilizing your weekends to catch up on class material, you will do fine.

    In three sentences

    An education at the College of William and Mary is designed to be academically rigorous in that the student must learn how to think critically and use concepts learned as a practical application to the real world. Frankly, it is extremely difficult and set to push you to your limits. However, if you excel at this institution, you will find an abundance of career opportunities after graduation.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe

    Clubs and Activities

    salsa club, ballroom club, Sports clubs

    Great for these types of students

    people who are very smart

    Bang for the buck

    Nice campus. the business school have beautiful class rooms.

    What to do for fun

    Hangout with friends. I go to different dances clubs such as salsa club or ballroom club. But you really have to make your own fun and parties. There no are clubs around the area

    Food and Dining

    Could be improved

    Dorm Life

    Monroe have great dorms. Barrett have nice lobby. But overall it ok.

    Academic Rigor

    Very Rigors, first year I had a 15 page paper. try not to fall behind because it hard to catch up

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get stress out if you get bad grades in the first year because you can always bring them up. If you want to major in business, you have to apply to get into the business in order to get any major in business.

    In three sentences

    It is a good college, academically. The teachers are very helpful but location is pretty dry.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are blue light emergency posts everywhere, good lighting throughout campus, and several escort services if you're walking home alone or something. Safety is a big priority to the college, and it shows.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs and activities than you can count. If you can think of it, we probably have it, from sports to volunteering to . All you have to do is check out the activities fair at the beginning of the year, or find the club/activity on the W&M website and join.

    Great for these types of students

    W&M's students are dedicated to their education, but also serious about enjoying themselves. Most people go by the work hard, party hard motto - students take academics seriously, but make sure to have fun when the time comes. Also, most W&M students are in love with the school - Tribe Pride!

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone, from big frat parties to a capella concerts to shopping and Busch Gardens. If you want something to do, you can almost always find something within the Williamsburg area, and generally on-campus. There are enough clubs to satisfy everyone's needs, in addition to Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    Meh. There are two buffet-style dining halls on campus, the Caf and Sadler. The Caf is bigger, with many more options, while Sadler is smaller (until the renovations complete). The food isn't terrible, but there seems to be a lack of options, especially for vegetarians or picky eaters. It really is hit or miss. Some days the food is out of this world, completely amazing, while other nights, it's so bad that you would rather eat ramen in the dorm. I suggest switching to a smaller/partial meal plan after freshman year, and cooking more at home/dorm. This saves money and ensures that you don't get bored of the cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Most freshman dorms - actually, most dorms in general - are not that great. Many don't have A/C, and you usually share a bathroom with 25+ other people. While the cramped living space and crappy facilities are a pain, the dorm experience is good, overall. The people that you live with in a dorm, especially freshman year, can end up being your closest friends for life. If you look past the inevitably poor experiences (think three working showers, 27 girls needing to get ready), then dorm life really can be amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    At W&M, academics are paramount. Classes can get tough, but it's all about balancing your workload. Honestly, I've found that most classes challenge me, and encourage critical thinking, which was a complete change from the high school method of memorization. I appreciate the academic challenge that W&M presents. I've found that I keep my stress down by taking a reasonable course load and using the tools I have, such as professors, study groups, etc. Utilize campus resources, like tutors and advisors, if you run into any trouble. There are tons of people there to help you, take advantage of that!

    Tips for prospective students

    W&M is similar to most good schools when it comes to admissions. The college looks for well-rounded students, who love the school and are committed to scholarship. The admissions process is rough, with a lower-than-average acceptance rate, but if you get in, then you know that you earned it. If you are considering W&M, I highly recommend taking the campus tour and doing an interview with the rising seniors, if possible. The interview and tour allows you as a student to get a feel for the school, and shows the school that you are dedicated and committed to W&M.

    In three sentences

    The historical site of campus, in addition to the the scenic landscaping and elegant buildings, make William and Mary a great place to spend 4 years studying. As far as the environment goes, W&M is all about tradition, scholarship, and family. While the athletics aren't top notch and the weather isn't amazing, the scholarship and attitude of the students is by far the best.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of clubs at the school, with many interesting ones that you probably won't find at many other academic institutions, such as a knitters club and a tea drinking club.

    Food and Dining

    THE CHEESE SHOP. You'll love it as one of the off-campus eateries. On-campus food is alright.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are of a normal dorm size. Average.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hard, work hard, work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on your extracurricular activities if you do not feel the most confident in your overall grades and/or test scores. Try a new activity that you think will stand out from the crowd, or try to become an officer for a club to showcase your hard work.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of people can find a niche, but most of the people there are driven, hard-working, and perhaps a little awkward. It definitely doesn't attract the obnoxious jock crowd too much.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Yule Log festival Convocation There are many more.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of my education is excellent, and the price is manageable compared to most schools of similar quality and rigor.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around Colonial Williamsburg. Go to events on campus. (There are usually a lot.) Hang out in the Sunken Garden (W&M's quad) on a warm day.

    Food and Dining

    Too expensive for what it is, but you have to buy a meal plan if you live on campus. There are renovations on campus and it should be getting better.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are decent. If you live in Botetourt freshman year, I'm sorry. There are a lot of dorms with AC and comfortable living spaces.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are manageable, but don't expect an easy A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what you want to major in before deciding to go here. Some departments are really good while others (computer science, etc.) are actually seeing funding cuts.

    In three sentences

    W&M is a great medium/small school if you want a small class size and a lot of interaction with professors. Their government/international relations department in particular is great, and I would consider nearly all the students to be good people. If you are looking for an academically-rigorous smaller school with a public school price tag, consider W&M.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Students are well-informed and protected.

    Greek Life

    Not a defining part of this college.

    Clubs and Activities

    It's what you make of it.

    Great for these types of students

    Focused, Brilliant, Open-minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a tradition called the Triathlon. Where we do certain events in the nude.

    Bang for the buck

    Viewed as a Best Buy College.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Colonial Williamsburg!

    Food and Dining

    Recent improvements have been made in the dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    You decide how you want it to be.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are very serious, and expect perfection.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, but also have fun.

    In three sentences

    1. Best research University. 2. Viewed as a Public Ivy 3. A small and student focused environment.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus is super safe. It's usually surprising when some kind of crime occurs near the campus because Williamsburg is a really quiet suburban area. Sometimes the police can be overbearing however. They monitor the bars closely so be careful with your drinking.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is here but it isn't go Greek or die. Only a small amount of students are apart of Greek Life. It's great if you want a consistent social life because W&M isn't a big party school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone; you can find your niche Clubs sports Greek Life Service Organizations you name it!

    Great for these types of students

    Studious and academically inclined Don't need crazy parties every single weekend More comfortable on a small campus with a community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Triathlon - Streak the Sunken Gardens, Swim in the Crimdell, and jump the Governor's palace wall in Colonial Williamsburg Yule Log - the college president dresses up as Santa Clause on the Saturday between finals and reads Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Grand Illumination - Sometime during the holiday season, Colonial Williamsburg will have a firework show! On Seniors' last day of classes, they go to the historical Wren building and ring the Wren bell in honor of graduation

    Bang for the buck

    You are going to get a great education and meet really cool people. I personally wish the campus was a bit more diverse and the social life was more vibrant, but at the end of the day I know I made the right choice.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in Colonial Williamsburg and get free cider and ice cream! Take a carriage ride or have a picnic in the field in front of the governor's palace. On a warm day, go to Jamestown beach and get a tan. It's a beautiful escape from campus Go the the Dellies and bars on the weekends We aren't a big sports school, but going to football games and basketball games are still very fun. Track meets and gymnastic meets are always fun as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining halls: The Caf (my personal favorite), Sadler Center, and Marketplace. Overall there is something for anyone and you can find something you'll like. It may not compare to your mother's cooking but it's all you can eat buffet style with each swipe. So if you get a plate and don't like it, you can go get something else!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms tend to be musty, damp, and rundown. Do not be surprised if you find cockroaches and mice in the worst ones.The best dorms like Jamestown and Barrett are hard to get into, but like I said, they are great! The worst dorms would be Botetourt and the Green and Gold Village which are freshman dorms. But the great part of dorm life is how close you are with your freshman hall after you go through orientation together. It's so nice to walk down the hall and hang out because you all know each other! After freshman year you don't really know anyone in your halls unless you make an effort.

    Academic Rigor

    William and Mary is known for its academic rigor and academics come first over everything. I believe the average GPA is a 2.8. Don't worry, it's definitely doable to get As and Bs - But you'll have to WORK. W&M challenges you and teaches how to think and analyze. Go to ratemyprofessor.com and do some research on a class and professor before you register for it

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your professors' office hours! The professors here are so in touch with their students and completely willing to help you out if you're struggling. They want you to succeed and take away something from their class Give yourself plenty of time to study. I personally start studying a week in advance for my exams. Also give yourself plenty of time to write major papers. Procrastination is not worth the stress. Make friends in class and study as a group. They may have caught something in class that you didn't Bring rain boots and an umbrella!!! Join tons of clubs and activities; get involved as much as possible and don't be afraid to expand your interests.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary offers a rigorous academic experience in a beautiful and historic setting. It's a small, close knit community which values academics, but isn't huge on sports or greek life. Its' main population are Virginia natives, but there are fair number of out of state students and international students.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety - William and Mary excels here. William and Mary has an excellent program for driving students around at night, if they feel not safe or are unable to get around. A police station is on campus as well, and students are so friendly that you can count on the student's to help you as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities are very diverse on a scale of quality. Some clubs are extremely well-funded and populated. Other clubs aren't so. On a scale of diversity, I give it a 3 out 5, 5 being most diverse. You won't really find niche clubs here, whereas you will in other colleges.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students truly interested in Academia and research. If you're looking for a social life off campus, you won't find it here.

    Bang for the buck

    In terms of education in Virginia, you are getting the most bang for the buck at William and Mary. Schools that compete with WM in this regard, are UVA and maybe one or two other colleges I can't think about. William and Mary might be a small school, but it offers an astounding number of great opportunities that you'll have difficulty finding elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and not doing homework comes down to my version of fun. Joining a club is very important, and besides your dorm, clubs are very important for developing a social life outside of classes and your dorm. It's where you'll meet people and just hang out for fun, go places, eat together and do silly things.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining at William and Mary is nothing to speak about. There are only three cafeteria locations, two of them called the Commons and Sadler Center are just barely ok. The food mainly consists of burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and one station dedicated to something different. However, you'll find that the sandwiches and hamburgers are the most reliable in taste, but eating one everyday can be grueling. The third cafeteria is called marketplace and actually hosts a variety of vendors which you can purchase food from with your meal plan. People have mixed opinions of the food here, so I won't pass any judgement. Overall though, I would not recommend this school based on food, the food is just passable.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are just tough. Recently, they've changed some dorm assignments and all freshman dorms don't have suite bathrooms, and many don't include AC. You'll have to bring your own AC unit, if you want cool air. There really is no way to sugarcoat this. On the plus-side though, your college life at William and Mary shouldn't consist of living in your dorms, and no AC is a wonderful excuse to get out and be social. For nights you just want to stay inside though, you had better be bringing a fan at least.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor as mentioned, is tough. Many professors don't inflate their grades as you might expect, material is challenging and many of them expect you to have the same knowledge as the professors do by the exam regarding the material. However, these same professors are the ones that will go out of their way to help you succeed, by setting up office hours conveniently for you and such. They are hard, but they recognize the merits of hard work, and will also work to help you boost your grade in that class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bond with your hall mates, it is the only time you'll ever have the experience to walk down a hallway and give everyone a high five. Also, first exams can be nerve wracking, bring gum or peppermints to chew on to help relieve the tension on test day. Don't eat off campus much, Williamsburg is by no means a cheap place to live..

    In three sentences

    William and Mary brings the phrase academically challenging to a new level for many students including me. The professors are willing to talk to and joke with you, students are very friendly and it really is a diverse place in terms of personalities. The College is simply amazing on so many levels.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    All of the people that I have met who attend the school are nice, smart, and somewhat quirky (in a good way) people. They are hard working and have high goals for their lives. The students on and off campus have taken time to talk to me about their experiences at the school and answer any questions I had.

    Food and Dining

    I have heard that this is one of the biggest downsides of the campus, but that there are flex dollars that you can spend off campus at places like Dominos

    Dorm Life

    I don't know as much about this as I haven't lived there. (yet, hopefully)

    Academic Rigor

    It's by far one of the best colleges in VA from what I've heard, and VA has some really competitive schools.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus that puts you right in the middle of History. It is literally across the street from historic Williamsburg.

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at William and Mary is great, and there is always something for everyone at each of the Dining facilities. Sadler has the usual dining area with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, as well as Einsteins and Qdoba. There is also a little convenience store in the basement which the students call the Sex Change. In the Caf, there are southern options, a grilling station, make your own omelet, an entire dessert bar, an Asian station, as well as the veggie, vegan, and gluten free options. Marketplace is a little far, but definitely has the best food. Literally anything you can imagine (including Chik Fil A) can be found in Marketplace. The meal plans are expensive, but I think that it is worth the money.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at William and Mary is... fair. Living on a hall with so many different people who have different habits can be a very scary thing, which is what Resident Assistants are for. The dorms are cleaned every day during the week, which is why things can get a little messy on the weekends...

    Academic Rigor

    William and Mary is a Public Ivy, so definitely be prepared for hard work. It is also important to realize that you are not alone, and that your friends and faculty members know how much of a hard worker you are and will help you along the way!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely bring bug spray as well as clothes for all types of weather! Bring an open mind, bring an open heart, and most definitely do not forget to prepare yourself for one of the most wonderful experiences that you will ever find.

    In three sentences

    William and Mary is a school filled with an eclectic group of students. At this school, all those different personalities mix to form the Tribe, a group of talented and dedicated scholars who have the ability to set aside differences and make friends with some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet. The Tribe is like a larger family who will support and be supported by all others who claim the Tribe.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's so safe that it's actually ridiculous.

    Greek Life

    Everyone gets along, it's awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    Students love to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a school that is just as eclectic as you are.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Shh.

    What to do for fun

    While Colonial Williamsburg may not be bumping all the time, there are more than enough events, activities, and student shenanigans to keep you happy.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls definitely have a sense of southern hospitality.

    Dorm Life

    The people are super nice and usually pretty considerate.

    Academic Rigor

    If you never studied in high school, prepare yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't forget your rainboots.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place for people who are serious about academics- without taking themselves 2 srsly. The students here are also nicer than you would ever believe. No matter who you are and where you come from, William & Mary has something for you.

  • 08/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't think I could feel any safer at any other school. W&M sends e-mail alerts of phishing reports and potential dangers in the surrounding area. The campus police and Williamsburg Police work closely together, so there will always be someone there to help immediately. It also has a student-run form of a taxi service where, at certain times of the day, students will pick up others who are off campus and take them back to their dorm at no charge.

    Greek Life

    Most of the fraternities and sororities are highly active in the community, hold mixers to get to know one another, and host parties throughout the year. The housing is primarily nice, and they know how to form close bonds with all their members as well as have fun. Greek Life grows in popularity each year.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no end to the variety of clubs and activities W&M has to offer. It has everything from a Quiddich team, Lord of the Rings Club, a crew rowing club, volunteer organizations, Christian faith organizations, multiple Asian culture organizations, Break Dancing Club, Swing Dance Club, Gymnastics, Salsa, Robotics, and Physics Club to even a Cheese Club for all the cheese lovers out there! There is always something to get involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are curious about pretty much anything in the world would find something to study at this liberal arts school. A motivated, dedicated, inquisitive, and kind student who is willing to have fun will no doubt hear of William & Mary and love it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    William and Mary is full of unique traditions! One such tradition involves the Crim Dell Bridge. It is one of many scenic locations on campus, and it is said that if two people who are dating walk across the bridge together they will marry someday. Another tradition is one where seniors ring a large bell in the oldest building on campus to celebrate their final days before graduation. The ringing can reach a wide range and runs pretty much all day, but it's still nice to know of the seniors' excitement. The most infamous tradition is the William and Mary Triathlon where a person must swim in the Crim Dell pond underneath the bridge, streak across the Sunken Gardens, and jump the wall of the Governor's Palace. From what I hear, it's pretty fun!

    Bang for the buck

    William and Mary is not the most expensive school for in-sate and out-of-state students, but it isn't the cheapest. For the research equipment available, class variety, and career insight and preparation, it is unequivocally a great investment. To my knowledge, many students receive some form of financial aid. Some are able to attend all on grant money. Regrettably, paying back loans may be a real concern; however, working over the summer or during the year is an option. Countless stores in the area are especially partial to William and Mary students and it is likely that any student who is looking for a job can find one if he or she feels it is necessary.

    What to do for fun

    There is an ineffable amount of things to do for fun both on an off campus. On campus, there are a cappella concerts that go on every week; sometimes amateur guest bands visit the college and perform at night; the Alma Mater Productions (AMP) Organization host parties, formal dances, and shows for students; W&M's vast number of clubs often host their own performances such as stomp shows and cultural dances, games, and serve food. RA's often host school-wide events where they serve free food and hold games and raffles. However, if more relaxing pastimes sound more interesting, I encourage walking around Colonial Williamsburg (CW) and viewing their shops, restaurants, checking out the bookstore and it's cafe, and seeing the farmer's market on Saturdays. CW is especially beautiful during Christmas time when there are window displays and fireworks! Take a refreshing jog through the wood trails; suntan, nap, or hang with friends on the Sunken Gardens, and kayak on Lake Matoaka. Off campus, check out the Outlet Mall that has over 300 stores, visit the world's largest candle store, and explore the restaurants and shops along Richmond Road and Monticello. What makes it all better is that transportation is easy and free for students on the Red Line, Green Line, Blue Line, and Williamsburg Trolley.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the campus dinning halls isn't gourmet, but it is still pretty good. There is a fairly diverse selection: waffles and omelets are an everyday option for breakfast, there is a Subway-style sandwich line all day, and dinner specials are usually delicious. The dining halls also host holiday and movie themed dishes at times. Nonetheless, there is little comparison to the food available directly off campus. There are about 6 pancake houses, a seafood buffet restaurant, steakhouses, barbecue grills, Japanese restaurants, a dinner movie theater, and more! Most restaurants have student discounts and/or are in a reasonable price range. Many restaurants are in walking distance from campus, or it is pretty easy to take a bus for free with the W&M Student ID to visit any restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    I've become good friends with everyone in my dorm. Of course, as at any school, it is an adjustment living with other people, but everyone accommodates as best as they can. Convene with the hall in the beginning of the year and have everyone share their pet peeves and other dislikes. Also share what everyone enjoys; it's a great way to better understand each other upfront. There are dorm activities such as welcoming parties for freshmen, small holiday parties, and the RA's are always reliable and supportive. Although the roommate information sheet is not very thorough, housing is pretty good at assigning roommate pairs, triples, and quadruples. If there does happen to be a problem between roommates, the process to resolve it isn't too stressful.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are certainly challenging, but not impossible to do well in. Through perseverance and confidence, it will get better. Form a good relationship with professors, go to office hours and review sessions even if the material seems easy, and practice recall study methods (no more just rereading, highlighting, and flash cards!) The classes ultimately strengthen analytical thinking and incisiveness. Even introductory courses are inspiring and build reasoning skills. The classes are more so enriching than they are formidable. At W&M, it's all about personal and educational growth.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying, be honest and sincere. The admission staff will be able to see the hardworking, driven, and talented qualities of its applicants through the resume and test scores, and though very important, what they really love to see is the person. Whether through being daring, genuine, inquisitive, passionate, or all of the above, communicate how the W&M community will be strengthened by its new students. Complete the optional essay and, if possible, tour the campus and the surrounding area of Williamsburg. People are always surprised by how much it has to offer! It is especially beautiful during the summer, so if the prestige of the academics doesnâ??t call you, the scenery will definitely win you over!

    In three sentences

    For every student I know, William & Mary has gone above and beyond any of their expectations. The academics are diverse and rigorous; the professors and staff are extraordinarily dedicated; the research is inspiring, and every student has their own unique characteristics combined with kindness to make it an all-embracing, fun learning community. William & Mary truly helps students grow to lead the lives they hope for, and I am wholeheartedly grateful for choosing to enroll here.