Jewish students at the College of William & Mary

College of William and Mary

#T-71, overall score 53.34/100

Fun Fact:

In William and Mary’s annual Raft Debate, professors representing four different academic disciplines debate which of them should be allowed to survive for the sake of humanity if they were stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean.

Why should Jewish students attend William and Mary?: The College of William and Mary is not just a place for Jewish students to go to school. It is a real community of caring people that want to learn together, live together and grow together. Our community is one of growth and engagement. Everyone is welcome and everyone is respected. The College of William and Mary works hard to ensure that Jewish students feel at home and Hillel continues to do its part to make Jewish students feel like Hillel is their home away from home. Hillel offers programming all year long including social, religious, cultural, Israel and educational programs. Students also have the opportunity to be leaders and give back to the Jewish community by being a part of the planning and programming process. — Rabbi Gershon Litt, director, William and Mary Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 20/30

  • Score: 20/30
  • Acceptance rate: 37%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • In-state tuition: $18,687
  • Out-of-state tuition: $41,718
  • Room & board costs: $11,382
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $17,000


  • Location: Williamsburg, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,301
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student origin: 70% in-state/30% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tribe
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkhorse, Mother Huckers

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 20
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.33/40

  • Score: 14.33/40
  • Hillel: W&M Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: None
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 1
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (unaffiliated)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jon Stewart
  • Where do Jewish students come from? They can come from all over, but most come from Northern Virginia or central Virginia.
  • Kosher food details: It is okay, but we are working to make it even better. As of now, a student can get meals, but we are currently working on using a third-party kosher caterer to work with the college to supply fresh, kosher meals on a weekly basis.
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