5 Things You Won’t Know Until You Go to William & Mary

August 02, 2016

You’ve done all your research. You applied to the school of your dreams, but what if it’s not what you imagined? No matter how thorough your college research was, there are just a few things you won’t know until you’re a student. See what these 5 students from the College of William & Mary were surprised to find after enrolling:


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Just be sure that you are a good fit. W&M focuses on academics, and social gatherings revolve more on small gatherings with friends than wild raves. There are parties on campus, but not nearly as many as your “typical” college.


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I guess I never really understood what exactly it meant to attend a liberal arts school until I got there. If you want to jump right into your major classes, William and Mary is not for you. Unless you are coming in from high school with a ton of college credits already, it will take you 3-4 semesters, sometimes even 5, to get through the required classes the school makes you take. Some of these classes I have found to be interesting, but some were definitely not worth my time.


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How incredibly accessible research opportunities are to undergrads. If you are willing to get involved, there will always be a professor willing to take you in.


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It is a lot of work for sure but it is not nearly as backbreaking or social deprived as some people make it out to be. I have learned to balance my work and fun and have found great success. And in terms of fun, there are parties to go to on the weekend if you want and people who do have a great time, but it isn’t necessary to have a social life.


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William and Mary is not a nerd school! Sure, you have to be smart to get in, but the school is not just about grades. It has a fantastic vibe and supportive community. Also, if you’re from VA and don’t like history, don’t let the proximity to Colonial Williamsburg get you down!! That really clouded my judgment when I was a senior, but it shouldn’t have.

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About The Author

Frances Wong
Frances Wong

Frances was born in Hong Kong and received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She loves super sad drama television, cooking, and reading. Her favorite person on Earth isn’t actually a member of the AdmitSee team - it’s her dog Cooper.


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I'm a sophomore at the College of William & Mary. I like reading, writing, cooking, and eating. I'm undeclared but have several majors in mind.
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Accepted to William & Mary

I'm a rising sophomore double majoring in Biology and Environmental Science, and am involved in a plant ecology research lab.
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I am a member of the College of William and Mary Class of 2018.
William & Mary ‘17

Accepted to William & Mary, Wesleyan, UVA

Studying music, math, and finance

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