College of William and Mary Reviews - Bachelor's in Biology
The College of William & Mary is academically challenging and you will be up many late nights studying. The stellar professors expect a lot but they are willing to help so please reach out to them. My major was Biology and the freshman classes were extremely difficult and weeded out a lot of students. The classes beyond freshman year were tough but more manageable. The campus is gorgeous, the buildings beautiful, and it is a very walk able campus. The student body is not racially or culturally diverse, however there are diverse student organizations, talents, and interests. The student body does have amazing camaraderie. The College has a high job placement rate after graduation and their Career Services Office is very supportive. Be prepared for expensive tuition with low rate of students receiving grants or scholarships. The dorms are older and do not have AC and housing is not guaranteed your senior year. Most upper level students get apartments. Socially there is not much to do in Williamsburg other than a couple of bars, Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Amusement Park.
Attending William and Mary was the best choice I ever made. They had excellent research opportunities available to students. I spent a lovely summer abroad. The pre-med program prepared me well for a future career. I have found opportunities open up to me after graduation that I attribute to my William and Mary degree.
William and Mary has a comfortable, small-town community. While the local area is not large, the familiarity with the academic and social reputation associated with the university allows students to engage with various community organizations and employers and feel welcomed during their time in Williamsburg. The academic expectations are invariably high in all areas of study, requiring even non-major students to apply themselves and be challenged in their classes. Furthermore, the degree format encourages students to explore subjects outside of their major, promoting a more well-rounded liberal arts education. William and Mary provides many opportunities to get involved in service, philanthropy, and community engagement, with the only limitation perhaps being a lack of time to be engaged while maintaining the challenging curriculum. The social atmosphere provides many different opportunities for students to find their niche, but within a small enough community to feasibly have a large social circle. One downside to this may be a tendency toward social cliques as it is much easier for many people to know each other. However, this is not indicative of a negative social environment, as there is a diverse population among which one is sure to find a niche, whether in academics, research, community engagement, social groups, or service.
At the time was a very challenging university. Although I didn't care to take subjects outside science and math, I'm glad I was forced to do so. The liberal arts program made me more well rounded and forced me to focus on writing--and being able to write and speak well pay dividends and you move up in life. William and Mary taught me how to think--and for that I will be eternally grateful.
William and Mary was a wonderful environment in which to learn. The liberal arts program allows one to learn about various subjects along with their desired major. The friendships made while there will last a lifetime.