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
* WM ranked sixth among all public universities (2008) * WM ranked 44th among national universities that offer the best value (2005)** * WM ranked 33rd overall among the nation's best universities (2008) * WM 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) * WM ranked the top public institution in the nation in terms of commitment to teaching *
* Named WM “hottest small-state university” (2006)
Fiske Guide to Colleges (2005)
* WM given the highest rating of academics--five stars * WM 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.” * WM named a "Best in the Southeast" school.
* WM ranked 3rd as a “Best Value” Among College and Universities in the Nation
Financial Times (2006)
* WM School of Business ranked 51st in international rankings * WM School of Business ranked 31st for value for money in international rankings.
Washington Monthly (2006)
* WM 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 and Mary School of Law’s entering class, making the law school one of the thirty most in-demand in the United States.” * "William and 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 WM 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 WM were uniformly positive about their career services office."
- Poll conducted in 1995 and not repeated since.
- Category no longer used.