College of William and Mary Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

The College of William and Mary is the second oldest college in the United States, founded in 1693 by a royal charter from King William III and Queen Mary II. The college has a long history of academic excellence, having produced three U.S. presidents, countless Supreme Court justices, and Nobel Prize winners. It is also one of only two universities in the United States that is both a research university and an undergraduate liberal arts college. The college’s original campus was located near what is now Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. During the Revolutionary War, the school was forced to close temporarily due to British occupation of Virginia but reopened shortly after independence was declared. In 1906, the school moved to its current location in Williamsburg where it continues to thrive today. Throughout its history, the College of William and Mary has remained committed to its core mission of providing a quality education for its students while maintaining its commitment to public service and research excellence. Today, it stands as one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in America and continues to uphold its commitment to excellence with a diverse student body and faculty from around the world.

College of William and Mary, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of College of William and Mary. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about College of William and Mary, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

The College of William and Mary is one of the most selective colleges in the US, with an acceptance rate of 33.3%. The average SAT score for incoming freshmen is 1390 out of 1600, while the average ACT score is 32. The middle 50% range for SAT scores is 1280-1480, and for ACT scores it is 28-34. The college also considers applicants’ high school GPA and class rank in addition to test scores. Approximately 80% of incoming students are in the top 10 percent of their class, and have an average high school GPA of 3.9 or higher. The college also considers applicants’ extracurricular activities, essays, letters of recommendation and demonstrated interest in their decision process. William & Mary also has a holistic admissions process that takes into account a student’s background and experiences, as well as academic performance.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 32%
Early decision acceptance rate 49%
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 30%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 12,537
Female applicants 7,884
Male applicants 4,653
Applicants accepted 3,978
Female applicants accepted 2,144
Male applicants accepted 1,834
Freshman enrollment 1,398
Female freshman enrollment 791
Male freshman enrollment 607
Early decision applicants 1,081
Early decision applicants accepted 535
Early decision applicants enrolled 525
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action 38%

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 3,654
Students accepting place on wait list 1,446
Students accepted from wait list 242

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 42%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 83%
Average high school GPA 4.0
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 91%
SAT Critical Reading average score 680
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 640-730
SAT Math average score 670
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 620-710
SAT Writing average score 670
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 620-720
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 37%
Average ACT Composite score 30
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 28-32
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range 27-32
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range 28-34