Fast Facts

Small.Smart. Historic. It's the William and Mary difference.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Education 46th among the nation's schools of education for 2016.
  • Superintendents nationwide ranked the School of Education 4.3 out of 5 overall.
  • The second oldest university in America is also one of the most "wired."  Intel named William and Mary one of the most "unwired" campuses in the country.  The Sunken Garden isn't just a place for playing Ultimate Frisbee these days.  Now you can log into your favorite blog or web site anytime, anywhere.
  • Students attend classes in rooms where Thomas Jefferson studied and at the same time use some of the most sophisticated computer technology and scientific instrumentation in the world.
  • The Sir Christopher Wren Building, completed in 1700, has been called "the soul of the College." Survivor of three fires, its classrooms, offices and chapel still welcome student daily, despite the rumor that it’s haunted.
  • Founded in 1693, William and Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the U.S. Although Harvard began operation first, William and Mary's antecedents actually predate those of the Massachusetts institution.
  • The first U.S. institution to have a Royal Charter.
  • Four US Presidents benefited from educational programs offered by the College: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.