Why William & Mary?

With an undergraduate population of 6,377 students, you may be curious about the individual decisions everyone made when choosing to come to William & Mary! Here are the reasons of our own Peer Advising Executive Board!

Wren Yard and Lord Botetourt statue surrounded by chairs set up in rows for an event on the lawn with Why W&M? overlayed on the image.

Ever wonder what everyone else’s reasons were?

Natalia Critchley – Program Chair

“When I was choosing between colleges, I was lost in all of the different amazing options. I had no idea where to go, because it seemed like everywhere was the right option. I struggled over pro and con lists, and I kept waiting for a sign to show me which was the right choice. But suddenly I realized that whenever someone asked me “are you excited for college?” and “where are you going?” there was always one college that my imagination went to: William & Mary. There was not one specific reason I choose to go here, it was a feeling. When I visited campus, it felt right. When I imagined college and what I wanted from those 4 years, it was William & Mary that I thought of. I am so glad that I decided to go here, because William & Mary has everything I wanted from my college experience and more.”

Kolby Williams – Retention and Recruitment Chair

“I’ve been visiting Colonial Williamsburg with my family for over a decade. Because of that, I’ve really grown to love the area, and subsequently, William & Mary quickly became my dream school ever since I was a kid. While being in the center of Revolutionary War history in Virginia was what initially drew me in, the more I learned about the university, the more I was excited to attend. The campus is absolutely beautiful and full of wooded areas, so when I became interested in birding my senior year of high school, William & Mary only looked better. Lastly, while I love everything about this school, the fact that I’m surrounded by people who love it just as much as I do is what really makes it special; I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else!”

Kate Miller – Training Chair

“I learned about William & Mary from my gymnastics coach back in elementary school. She was my idol, she went to William & Mary, so I would go to William & Mary, too. Seven years later, my opinion never changed. The only school I applied to was William & Mary, early decision binding. Looking back, this might have been a bit foolhardy, but every time I thought of William & Mary, I felt like it was my home — everything was perfect. William & Mary to me is always the ideal school: close to home, but far enough away to be exciting. It has a beautiful campus, historical, trees and water, bricks, the classic collegiate feel. And of course, the academic prestige. People everywhere acknowledge and respect the quality of William & Mary education. But most importantly, the William & Mary atmosphere drew me in. Overall, students are not pretentious, but quirky, and maybe at times a little overzealous. But for the quality of education, it’s inspiring to see passion and weirdness along with it rather than just high GPAs. I knew it from the beginning that William & Mary was the one school for me for just about every reason. Name something more cliché.”

Madison Powell – Chair of Administration

“I grew up visiting Colonial Williamsburg with my family, and I always loved the colonial atmosphere of the area. Once it was time to look for colleges, I visited William & Mary for the campus but I stayed for the welcoming atmosphere and strong sense of community!”

And finally, here’s mine (I’m Alex Hicks, the Communications Chair!)

When i first visited William & Mary on a Williamsburg vacation with my parents, I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t think I would even be able to get in to a public ivy, and the then empty for break campus had an intimidating atmosphere. When I finally went on an actual tour, I saw just how wrong I was. I was welcomed by students who weren’t at all stuffy like I was expecting, but were instead quirky and passionate about what they were studying. I immediately felt right at home, and was so happy when I received my acceptance letter.

I’m so proud to be part of the tribe, and I hope our new Class of 2023 will be too!

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