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.

2020-2021

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.