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The College of William & Mary
in Virginia
Type Public university
Established 1693
Endowment US $586 million
Chancellor Robert Gates
President Katherine Rowe
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5,850
Postgraduates 2,042
Location , ,
Campus Suburban
1,200 acres (4.9 km²)
Founder James Blair
Colors Green, Gold and Silver
Athletics NCAA Division I
Nickname Tribe
Mascot Griffin

The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College of William & Mary, The College, William & Mary, or W&M) is a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1693 by a Royal Charter issued by King William III and Queen Mary II. It is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

William & Mary educated U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Tyler as well as other key figures important to the development of the nation, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Speaker of the House Henry Clay and 16 signers of the Declaration of Independence. In 2008, the college had 5,850 undergraduate students and 2,042 graduate and professional students in and gave 1,454 bachelors, 440 masters, and 209 professional degrees.

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Wren Building, 1859–1862


The Sir Christopher Wren Building is both the oldest college building in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. The building, nicknamed just the "Wren Building", got its new name in 1931 to honor the English architect Sir Christopher Wren. The first building, in 1699, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Not much is known about how the first building looked. It burned down within a few years of its completion.

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