College of William and Mary Reviews
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I'm so glad I attended the College of William & Mary. What was once the school on the bottom of my application list ended up being the best decision I could make! My professors, my friends, and my overall experience changed my life for the better! I found like minded peers that helped me achieve my greatest potential, a gorgeous nature-filled campus, and professors that challenged me to soar for the skies. W&M's rigor level will teach you how to manage time effectively, bring out the best in you, and serve as a badge of achievement to be earned. Simply put, even with all of the challenges and stressful moments I endured, it was overall the best four years of my life to date.
W&M was fantastic! It was honestly some of the best years of my life. From freshman halls to late nights in the Swem Library, you experience the highest level of rigor at a world class public university. The professors go out of their way to help breakdown the class material and help explain concepts.
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.
It's a very traditional school, both in terms of culture and student body. If you're coming from out-of-state, be prepared to find most in-state students are a little less intelligent than you may expect, but very hard-working. The school is tailored towards that portion of the student body -- expect lots of homework and "busywork" and not many intellectual challenges until you get into the graduate-level courses.
Excellent program with excellent experienced faculty. Faculty not only know how to teach the content, but have the experience in the real world to make the content relevant and meaningful. Students are very involved in the education community and are encouraged to be involved. Leadership is a strong component of the program. The program truly develops knowledgeable and experienced leaders who are well-prepared for respective education fields.
Absolutely phenomenal college. William and Mary is big on community and big on community service. The people you meet during your first year will more than likely be your friends on the day that you graduate, and everyone you meet in-between will impact your life in a very meaningful way. William and Mary taught me a lot and challenged me every day. It is a beautiful and historic campus that everybody should definitely visit, at least once.
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.
It is an excellent academic institution with high quality instructors and rigorous courses.
Undergrad reputation is often under-rated when weighed against grades and reputation within the specific field you wish to pursue. Some colleges are obviously better than others but also much more expensive. College education is important for careers in our culture but use it to get internships; internships are more likely to get you your first job than a degree without any experience.