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The William & Mary Student to Faculty Ratio & Faculty Composition

What is the faculty composition at William & Mary ?

Get a feel for student life at William & Mary by checking out the information on classes and faculty below.

Above Average Student to Faculty Ratio

William & Mary , with 11 students for every instructional faculty member, has more professors per student than the national average, which is 15 students for every one instructor. This student to faculty ratio is one of the standard metrics used to gauge the number of teaching resources a school provides for its students, and therefore, the individualized attention or quality of instruction the student might receive.

Breakdown of Instructional Staff

The following table shows all the employees the school considers instructional, and therefore, part of the above student-to-faculty ratio. These include both those employees designated as either "primarily instructional" or as "instructional combined with research/public service". It does not include employees that have been identified by William & Mary as primarily performing research or public service.

TotalFull TimePart TimePercent Full Time
Total of Instructional Employees86069416680.7%
Total of Those With Faculty Status86069416680.7%
Tenured Faculty425425-100.0%
On Tenure Track106106-100.0%
Not on Tenure Track32916316649.5%
Without Faculty Status----
Graduate Assistants179-179-

How Seriously Does This School Take Hiring Full-Time Teachers? Very Seriously

William & Mary's utilization of full-time teaching staff ranks among the highest in the nation, with 81.0% of instructors employed full time.

Reliance on Part-Time Teachers is Way Below Average

At William & Mary , only 19.0% of the teaching staff are part-time non-faculty or non-tenure track faculty. This use of adjuncts is far below the national average of 51.4%, which could be indicative of William & Mary's commitment to building a strong, long-term instructional team.

Colleges often use part-time professors and adjuncts to teach courses, rather than full-time faculty. This hiring practice is primarily a way to save money amid increasingly tight budgets. However, it is a controversial practice with strong views on either side. We encourage you to understand this topic more deeply, and how the colleges you are interested in approach faculty hiring. It's your education and your money on the line. Make sure you know what you are getting for it.

Additional Information

Grad Assistants May Teach Classes

William & Mary has 179 instructional graduate assistants that teach or provide teaching-related duties. These responsibilities could range from entirely teaching lower-level courses themselves, to assisting professors by developing teaching materials, preparing or giving exams and grading student work. We suggest you ask the college to what extent graduate assistants are relied on for instruction, so you know what you are paying for.

Additionally, the school has 270 non-instructional graduate assistants.

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