College of William and Mary

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#T-86, overall score 52.33/100

Fun Fact:

In William & 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 & 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 & Mary Hillel


  • Location: Williamsburg, Va.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,276
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 70% in-state / 30% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Flat Hat
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Tribe
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Darkhorse / Mother Huckers

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • In-state tuition: $20,287
  • Out-of-state tuition: $43,099
  • Room & board costs: $11,799
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $16,025
  • Average loan debt: $26,400
  • Starting median salary: $54,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 36%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Median SAT range: 1300-1480
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 19
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 3.48/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 16.71/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13.33/34

  • Score: 13.33/34
  • Hillel: William & Mary Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • 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: 2 (1 Orthodox, 1 unaffiliated)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Jon Stewart
  • Where do Jewish students come from? From all over, but mostly from northern or central Virginia.

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