The W&M Promise

Securing a future worthy of our past

William & Mary is one of the original eight "Public Ivies," state-assisted institutions offering a superior education at a cost far below that of the Ivy League. Based on its smaller size, commitment to undergraduate teaching and combination of contemporary excellence and historic preeminence, W&M is the quintessential public ivy.

The William & Mary Promise is an innovative operating model that enhances the quality of a William & Mary education while improving predictability and affordability for in-state undergraduate students at the Commonwealth's distinctive public ivy.

William & Mary is the place where your promise is met with our promise.

The W&M Promise:

Initially adopted in 2013, the William & Mary Promise was updated in 2019 to make it easier for families to compare higher education costs while maintaining the university’s commitment to excellence, affordability and predictability.


The updated tuition model was anticipated to go into effect in the fall of 2020 and affect incoming in-state freshmen and transfers; however, the Board of Visitors announced on April 23, due to the impact of the pandemic on admitted students and their families, that it intends to roll back a previously adopted 3% tuition increase for incoming in-state undergraduates in fall 2020 and keep all tuition and mandatory fees flat next year. This would achieve a zero increase for tuition and mandatory fees for all students -- in-state and out-of-state, undergraduate and graduate/professional. The Board of Visitors will vote on the recommendation in May. Current students will not be affected.