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1987 - US News ranked 22nd among "national universities"

1997 - US News - 6th among public universities

1997 - US News - 2nd in "quality education while spending relatively less"

1999 - US News - 6th among public universities

1999 - Newsweek's "Hot Schools" list

1999 - Kiplinger's Personal Finance - 3rd best value

U. S. News and World Report

  • W&M ranked sixth among all public universities (2008)
  • W&M ranked 44th among national universities that offer the best value (2005)**
  • W&M ranked 33rd overall among the nation's best universities (2008)
  • W&M ranked 18th in graduation rates for national universities (2006)
  • The School of Law ranked tied for 27th in the nation (2007)
  • The School of Education's graduate program ranked 45th in the nation (2005)
  • The doctoral program in American colonial history ranked 2nd in the nation (2001)
  • W&M ranked the top public institution in the nation in terms of commitment to teaching *


Named W&M "hottest small-state university" (2006)

Fiske Guide to Colleges (2005)

  • W&M given the highest rating of academics--five stars
  • W&M designated a "Best Buy" because of its combination of quality and cost
  • "Professors cultivate a genuine interest and students go home thinking and applying these things to our daily lives," said one student.

Princeton Review: Best 361 Colleges (2007)

  • An undergraduate said of his/her peers "They're committed to their education: Half of them do it for the grades, and the other half are motivated because they've got big plans."
  • W&M named a "Best in the Southeast" school.

Kiplinger (2007)

W&M ranked 3rd as a "Best Value" Among College and Universities in the Nation

Financial Times (2006)

  • W&M School of Business ranked 51st in international rankings
  • W&M School of Business ranked 31st for value for money in international rankings.

Washington Monthly (2006)

W&M ranked 19th nationally (the highest of any Virginia college or university)

Forbes Magazine (2003)

W&M MBA program ranked 23rd nationally

Princeton Review of the Best Law Schools (2000)

  • "Eighteen applicants vie annually for each place in the William & Mary School of Law's entering class, making the law school one of the thirty most in-demand in the United States."
  • "William & Mary enjoys a strong reputation that extends well beyond the surrounding region, and it attracts a highly qualified group of applicants."
  • "More than 80 percent of current [law] students rated the practical instruction at W&M as excellent."
  • "Not only did students extol the faculty for accessibility, dedication to teaching and genuine concern for pupils, they also spoke highly of the school's focus on clinical settings."
  • "Almost everyone we heard from made a point to mention the pervading sense of community among the student body, describing a place where the students know each other and care about each other -- a rare asset in a law school.' ... and if you're worried about finding a job after graduation, you might want to consider that students at W&M were uniformly positive about their career services office."

Poll conducted in 1995 and not repeated since.

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