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Thinking about applying to William & Mary? Here’s how the university ranks in the state, nation

The James Monroe statue on William & Mary's campus. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)
The James Monroe statue on William & Mary’s campus. (WYDaily/ Andrew Harris)

It’s that time of the year again: College application season.

As the Nov. 1 early decision college application deadline nears, WalletHub has released a list of the “top” colleges in Virginia.

Locally, William & Mary ranks second on the list, behind the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The rankings are based on seven factors, including admission rate, net cost, on-campus crime, graduation rate and more.

More than 30 metrics were used to measure 951 American institutions in those categories, resulting in a “grade” on a 100-point scale.

William & Mary received a score of 69.32. UVA scored a 71.75.

Here’s how William & Mary ranks statewide in all categories:

Source: WalletHub


Nationwide, William & Mary ranks 46th based on the same metrics, behind no. 45 Tufts University in Massachusetts and ahead of no. 47 University of California- Santa Barbara.

By region, William & Mary is 9th in the southern United States.

WalletHub developed the rankings using data from several sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, U.S. Department of Education, COLLEGEdata and PayScale.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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