by Erin Zagursky
April 6, 2022
After two years of virtual events, the April 8-10 William & Mary’s Day for Admitted Students weekend returns primarily in-person, offering newly admitted students the opportunity to experience university and meet potential future classmates.
More than a thousand admitted students are expected to visit campus throughout the weekend, with approximately 3,800 students and family members registered for Saturday’s main event. In addition to campus tours, attendees can participate in sessions on topics ranging from research and study abroad opportunities to career services and diversity on campus. As part of the program, participants also have the opportunity to meet with current students, alumni and faculty.
“Student Admission Day is always an exciting day, but this year we’re particularly excited to finally be able to welcome our prospective students back to campus in person,” said Kate Perry, Associate Dean of Admission. “We have many fun events and sessions planned, and the entire W&M community is ready to welcome the newest members of the Class of 2026. After a record year of applications, we’re all excited to finally name some and invite the newest students to explore their new homes.”
William & Mary received 18,080 applications for the Class of 2026, a new record for the school and a 3.5% increase over the previous year. In the last two years, W&M has seen a 27% increase in student applications. The university began sending out acceptance letters to Early Decision applicants in December. Regular decision applicants were informed of their status on March 26th.
Tim Wolfe, Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, said he is proud of the work his team has done in reviewing the increased number of applications to select potential members for W&M’s next freshman class.
“They didn’t let a record number of applications prevent us from really diving into and reading through each student’s story,” he said. “Academic records and data are part of the process and this class has clearly shown they are ready to excel as scholars at William & Mary. But just as important to shaping an entering class is going beyond hearing the voices of the students, appreciating their breadth of talents and experiences, and recognizing that they will be an important part of the W&M community.”
Admitted students who are unable to attend the Day for Admitted Students weekend have additional opportunities to attend W&M, including the You Belong program on April 8th and the Green & Gold Days on April 4th, 18th and 25th. About 1,000-1,500 admitted students and their families Members are expected to participate in these programs, Wolfe said.
Additionally, during the month of April, W&M is expected to see approximately 6,000 to 8,000 attendees at its standard informational sessions and campus tours, most of whom will be high school juniors and their families. Prospective students or admitted students who cannot make it to campus can view the university’s new virtual campus tour online.
When it begins in the fall, the W&M class of 2026 is expected to have around 1,600 to 1,650 students. Wolfe and his team can’t wait to meet some of them this weekend, he said.
“All those long hours and tough decisions – you realize that when you get the chance to meet the admitted students and their families, it’s totally worth it,” Wolfe said. “I can’t wait to welcome them to campus this month and I know it will be a fun and exciting time for the entire university.”