College of William & Mary

public university in Williamsburg, Virginia

The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College of William & Mary, The College, William & Mary, or W&M) is a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1693 by a Royal Charter issued by King William III and Queen Mary II. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

College of William & Mary
Latin: "Collegium Gulielmi et Mariae"
TypeRoyal (1693–1776)
Private (1776–1906)
Public (1906–present)
Research university
Established1693; 331 years ago (1693)[1][2]
AffiliationOak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Universities Research Association (URA)
Endowment$900 million (2017)[3]
ChancellorRobert M. Gates
PresidentW. Taylor Reveley III
ProvostMichael R. Halleran[4]
RectorTodd Stottlemyer[5]
Academic staff
Students8,484 (fall 2015)[7]
Undergraduates6,301 (fall 2015)[7]
Postgraduates2,183 (fall 2015)[7]
Location, ,
United States
CampusRural / Suburban
1,200 acres (4.9 km2)
ColorsGreen and Gold[8]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IColonial Athletic Association (CAA)
Mascot"The Griffin"[9]

William & Mary educated U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler as well as other key figures important to the development of the nation, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Speaker of the House Henry Clay and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 2008, the college had 5,850 undergraduate students and 2,042 graduate and professional students in and gave 1,454 bachelors, 440 masters, and 209 professional degrees.[10]

Wren Building, 1859–1862



The Sir Christopher Wren Building is both the oldest college building in the United States and a National Historic Landmark.[11] The building, nicknamed just the "Wren Building", got its new name in 1931 to honor the English architect Sir Christopher Wren. The first building, in 1699, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Not much is known about how the first building looked. It burned down within a few years of its completion.


  1. About William and Mary | About W&M Archived July 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. The College gives its founding date as 1693, but has not operated continuously since that time, having closed at two separate periods, 1861–1869 (during and following the American Civil War and later during 1882–1888 (see Post-colonial history).
  3. As of 9 January 2016. "2017 William & Mary Financial Report" (PDF). 2017 William & Mary President's Report. 2018.
  4. Office of the Provost. Retrieved December 11, 2009.
  5. Trifone, Nicole (April 23, 2013). "Unanimous Vote Puts '85 Grad to Lead W&M Board of Visitors". Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. Archived from the original on August 20, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  6. W&M at a Glance. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Common Data Set 2015–2016, Part B". Office of Institutional Research, College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  8. "University Colors – University Style Guide". Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  9. "Get me the Griffin: William & Mary Announces New Mascot". The College of William & Mary. April 6, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  10. "Common Data Set, 2008-2009". Office of Institutional Research, College of William & Mary. Archived from the original on 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  11. "Wren Building, College of William and Mary". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2015.

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