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Chances of getting into College of William and Mary

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
42%
Admission Difficulty for College of William and Mary
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into William & Mary and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at William & Mary is 42%.  It ranks #6 in Virginia and #173 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. William & Mary is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 5,987 out of 14,201 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent (SAT 1300/1490 ACT 30/34). College of William and Mary typically accepts and attracts "A/A+" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.28. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The William & Mary application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to College of William and Mary. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 78% of students submitted SAT scores and 39% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

William & Mary SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1300-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT 
78%
SAT Scores for College of William and Mary
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1300
SAT Scores for College of William and Mary
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1400

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1200. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. William & Mary ranks #3 in Virginia and #58 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of William and Mary admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >58%
1395 to 1490 Avg + 42%-58%
1300 to 1395 Avg - 28%-42%
1205 to 1300 Reach 17%-28%
Less than 1205 Low <17%
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William & Mary ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
39%
ACT Scores for College of William and Mary
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 31
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for College of William and Mary
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

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 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Virginia and #55 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of William and Mary.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

College of William and Mary admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >58%
32 to 34 Avg + 42%-58%
30 to 32 Avg - 28%-42%
28 to 30 Reach 17%-28%
Less than 28 Low <17%
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William & Mary GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
4.28
Typical High School Grades 
A/A+

What GPA do you need to get into College of William and Mary?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into William & Mary. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at College of William and Mary was 4.28 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A/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 
4.0 86.29% Avg
3.75 to 3.99 9.74% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 2.77% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 1.05% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.15% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% 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 77%
Top 25% of class 95%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

College of William and Mary admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,674 5,527 14,201
Accepted 3,441 2,546 5,987
Acceptance Rate 40% 46% 42%
Enrolled 926 595 1,521
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 23% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to College of William and Mary is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to College of William and Mary and what student information is used for admission decisions?

College of William and Mary Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
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.

FAQs

Does College of William and Mary prefer SAT or ACT?

78% of students submit their SAT scores to William & Mary. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into College of William and Mary?

42% of those who apply are granted admission to William & Mary. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for College of William and Mary?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1300 and 1490. 78% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for College of William and Mary?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.