Class Profile

SMS Applicant Statistics
Entering Class Profile, Fall 2011

Applicants: 102
Admitted: 22
Enrolled: 15
Mean GPA: 3.42
Mean Verbal GRE: 549
Mean Quant. GRE: 721

Undergraduate Schools:


College of William and Mary
Duke University

Hohai University

Iowa State University

Ocean University of China

Randolph-Macon College

Rhodes College

Roger Williams University

Smith College

Spring Hill College

University de Los Andes Colombia

University of Texas-Austin

University of Maryland

Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

The student body of the School of Marine Science comprises a diverse group of individuals from all over the globe who seek an interdisciplinary graduate program in marine science.

Most of our current students are pursuing graduate studies in the Department of Fisheries Science (40%) and the Department of Biological Sciences (35%), with the remainder pursuing studies in either the Department of Physical Sciences or the Department of Aquatic Health Sciences.

Annually the total student body ranges from 100 - 125 students, of which approximately half are women. Currently, approximately 80% of SMS graduate students are from the United States and Puerto Rico. International students constitute another 15 - 20% of the enrollment, representing Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay. Students are approximately equally divided between M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Diversity at W&M

The College of William and Mary is committed to equal opportunity. The College values diversity and is actively engaged in enriching the diversity of its faculty, students, and staff. Central to the College's mission is provision of a climate that is welcoming to all people. William and Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, political belief, disability, veteran status, age, or any other category protected by the Commonwealth of Virginia or by US federal law.

W&M’s Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives coordinates the College's diversity efforts. The mission of the office is to work collaboratively with academic departments and offices to provide resources that promote access, respect, and community for all.  

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Tammy Currie
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
(757) 221-3846