Jul 12 2014Physics I would recommend doing something that sets you apart from your peers in a non-academic, non-athletic way. WM prides itself on having the most service minded student body in the US, so doing something philanthropic and exceptional may be your best bet. (aside from the obvious good grades, etc.)
SAT: 1450 Male
Jun 17 2014Other In order to get into William and Mary, I had a 4.0 average and beneath the bottom range of scores. I took a few AP classes and volunteered at the food bank and local hospital. In addition to this I had a part time job and was a member of a bunch of rather random high school clubs. I'd say that you should have a lot of variety to your high school life if you want a strong shot at admission.
SAT: 1830 Female
Jan 25 2014Biology I was really involved in high school, had a generally above-average ACT & SAT score.
ACT: 32 SAT: 2080 Female
Nov 24 2013Political Science The primary quality the college looks for is a willingness to engage in the rich academic and social life it has to offer. Instead of emphasising your academic and extra-curricular brilliance (your common app would do that for you), your essay should seek to show open-mindedness and engagement. Think of the time you changed your mind on a strongly-held opinion or prejudice because a personal experience; a writer who inspired you; or a personal struggle that made you more empathetic to the needs of others. In short, emphasis not your present brilliance, but your commitment to engage.
Sep 15 2013PreMed and Medical Get a high GPA/class rank and SATs. With that and a couple of decent ECs and recommendations, you're practically guaranteed admission.
SAT: 2320 Male
Aug 09 2013Political Science I personally got in based on my test scores and probably somewhat on my GPA. However, my extra curriculars (a few stellar ones rather than a ton of low quality, low time invested ones) helped get me labeled as a Monroe scholar.
In state, just get around a 2000 and a decent GPA with a good extra curricular or two. Out of state get a 2100 and do the same.
If you can get a 2200 then youre basically guaranteed acceptance. if you get a 1800 in state or 1900 out of state, you still can get in if you have good extra curriculars.
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