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Williamsburg, Virginia

William & Mary Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into College of William and Mary

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
35.9%
Admission Difficulty for College of William and Mary
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into William & Mary and can I get accepted? The school has a 36% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in Virginia for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,359 out of 14,921 applicants were admitted making William & Mary a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 8 percent. College of William and Mary typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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William & Mary SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1360-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for College of William and Mary
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for College of William and Mary
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1440

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to College of William and Mary?

College of William and Mary typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Virginia for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of William and Mary admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >49%
1435 to 1510 Avg + 36%-49%
1360 to 1435 Avg - 25%-36%
1285 to 1360 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1285 Low <16%
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William & Mary ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
49%
ACT Scores for College of William and Mary
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for College of William and Mary
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into William & Mary?

Admission data indicates that William & Mary regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Virginia for highest average ACT composite score. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of William and Mary.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

College of William and Mary admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >49%
31 to 33 Avg + 36%-49%
29 to 31 Avg - 25%-36%
27 to 29 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 27 Low <16%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.12
Typical High School Grades
A

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into College of William and Mary. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at College of William and Mary was 4.12 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Virginia for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to William & Mary will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted College of William and Mary students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 87% Good
3.50 to 3.75 9% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 3% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

80% of College of William and Mary freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted College of William and Mary students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 80%
Top 25% of class 97%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

College of William and Mary admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,182 5,739 14,921
Accepted 2,965 2,394 5,359
Acceptance Rate 32% 42% 36%
Enrolled 892 639 1,531
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 27% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
15

Applicants have 15 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to College of William and Mary and what considerations affect admission decisions?

College of William and Mary Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at College of William and Mary
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=231624 IPEDS survey data for College of William and Mary.

Frequently Asked Questions

73% of students submit their SAT scores to William & Mary. 49% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

36% of those who apply are granted admission to William & Mary. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1360 and 1510. 73% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 49% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.