The City of Williamsburg, founded in 1699, was the colonial capital of Virginia and has a history that is wed to the American Revolution. Today Williamsburg is cultivating a modern urbanism supported by a historic quality of life. Revolutionary thinking is still a component of this local government and it is evident in their support of programs, organizations, and events that provide vibrancy in a college town with a bustling tourism economy.
The Charles Center supports faculty development, student research and engaged learning, honors and interdisciplinary studies. The Charles Center, founded in 1986, has played a pivotal role in establishing William & Mary’s well-deserved reputation as a “Public Ivy.” The Center is dedicated to expanding the number of high impact research and interdisciplinary opportunities that are available to students, and to supporting faculty efforts to adopt new teaching methods to integrate the teaching and research missions of the College.
The Reves Center for International Studies is the home of the office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Global Education Office, and the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs at William & Mary.
Established in 1989 with a gift from Wendy Reves in memory of her husband Emery, author of The Anatomy of Peace, the Reves Center supports and promotes the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at the university. Today, more than two decades since its founding, the Reves Center continues to enhance international education at William & Mary through programs for education abroad, international students and scholars, and global engagement across the university.
The Williamsburg Area Arts Commission (WAAC) assists Williamsburg City Council and James City County Board of Supervisors and other organizations in supporting and stimulating excellence in the arts and in creating an atmosphere that encourages the growth, development, and accessibility of cultural amenities for the benefit of residents and visitors.
William & Mary Libraries support and enhance teaching and research and foster intellectual curiosity, creativity and lifelong learning. They are proud to offer a collection of more than 2 million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents and films, electronic access to many resources from anywhere in the world, a staff with over 870 years of expertise, and much more.
Alma Mater Productions (AMP), the primary campus-wide programming body at William & Mary, strives to provide diverse, high-quality entertainment in a safe, inclusive environment at a low cost to the college community. AMP serves as a resource for the programming, social, leadership and educational needs of all individuals that make up the student body.
The William & Mary Alumni Association provides services and avenues for alumni and friends of William & Mary to develop loyalty to, understanding of, and lifelong participation in the present and future of the university. The Alumni Association is the independent voice of alumni and friends and a key influencer for alumni engagement. The Alumni Association serves our diverse alumni population by providing a welcoming home for them when on campus; a network for career success; and opportunities for personal connections and relationships no matter where they live. The Alumni Association fosters a culture instilled while alumni were students, that alumni have a responsibility to care for and nurture fellow alumni and their alma mater. The Alumni Association leverages technology for communications to encourage engagement and to create relevant programming; partners with chapters, affinity groups, university administration, and other constituent groups for coordinated programming; and has alumni serving as advocates and ambassadors to enhance the brand and communicate the benefits of lifelong engagement with William & Mary.