History of W&M
On February 8, 1693, King William III and Queen Mary II of England signed the charter for a "perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good Arts and Sciences" to be founded in the Virginia Colony. Out of this charter, the College of William & Mary was born.
William & Mary has been called "the Alma Mater of a Nation" because of its close ties to America's founding fathers. A 17-year-old George Washington received his surveyor's license through the college and would return as its first American chancellor. Thomas Jefferson received his undergraduate education here, as did presidents John Tyler and James Monroe.
For over 300 years, William & Mary has been educating the next generation of business leaders. Our alumni have led a variety of different companies, nonprofit organizations, startups and even countries.