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The College of William & Mary
in Virginia
Established 1693[1][2]
Type Public university
Endowment US $586 million[3]
Chancellor Robert Gates[4]
President W. Taylor Reveley, III
Academic staff 596[5]
Undergraduates 5,850[6]
Postgraduates 2,042[6]
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Campus Suburban
1,200 acres (4.9 km²)
Founder James Blair
Colors Green, Gold and Silver[7]
Athletics NCAA Division I
Nickname Tribe
Mascot Griffin[8]

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.

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.[6]


  1. About William and Mary | About W&M Archived 10 July 2007 at WebCite
  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 and 1882–1888 (see Post-colonial history).
  3. William & Mary endowment increases by $94.2. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  4. [1] Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  5. W&M at a Glance. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "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.
  7. William & Mary Men's Basketball Media Guide 2007-08 (page 2). "Quick Facts: ...Colors: Green, Gold and Silver". Retrieved July 31, 2008.[dead link]
  8. [2] Retrieved November 14, 2012.