College of William & Mary

Stroll the beautiful campus of America's oldest college, the College of William & Mary.  Chartered on February 8, 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II, the campus encompasses 1,200 acres including picturesque Lake Matoaka, Crim Dell and College Woods.  Adjacent to the Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg, the three buildings of the College's colonial campus have been restored to their 18th-century appearance.

Start your visit at the reception desk in the Sir Christopher Wren Building, the oldest college building in the United States.  This magnificent structure was built between 1695 and 1699, before the city of Williamsburg was founded. The staff at the "Wren" will be able to direct you to other sites on campus.  The President's House, located adjacent to the Wren building, was erected in 1732 and has been used by every president of the College since.  The College also offers the Muscarelle Museum of Art, host of visiting exhibitions and home to the museum's own collection of over four thousand works of art.

Among the graduates of William & Mary are three U.S. presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler.  Also among distinguished graduates are U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington received his surveyor's certificate there. 

William and Mary has a long history of liberal arts education and a growing research and science curriculum that demonstrates a strong commitment to the undergraduate research.  Today the school's enrollment tops 7,800 full-time students with a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio.  It is recognized among the nation's prestigious "Public Ivies," and is ranked first among state institutions in terms of commitment to teaching.

The College of William & Mary


100 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 | Map


The College of William and Mary Alumni Association
The W&M Alumni Association provides various opportunities and programs for W&M graduates and friends of the college. Be sure to check out their events calendar, offering a number of activities, from tailgating parties to wine tastings.