College of William and Mary

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College of William and Mary
City: Williamsburg, Virginia
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball[1]
Colors: green and yellow
Mascot: Tribe

The College of William and Mary is a Virginia publicly supported university, founded in 1693,[2] per orders of the Virginia Company.[3] The school ranked #33 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[4] The 2008 student-faculty ration was 12-1.[2]


Logo Controversy

The old logo.

As part of a review of more than 30 schools' logos that began in 2004,[5] William and Mary's logo was ruled "hostile and abusive" to the Native American community due to the presence of feathers.[6] William and Mary's appeal of the ruling was denied.[7] College president Gene R. Nichol responded to the ruling with outrage, saying, "I am compelled to say, at the outset, how powerfully ironic it is for the College of William & Mary to face sanction for athletic transgression at the hands of the NCAA," Nichol wrote. "The Association has applied its mascot standards in ways so patently inconsistent and arbitrary as to demean the entire undertaking."[7]

Notable alumni


  2. 2.0 2.1 About William and Mary: At A Glance (English). College of William and Mary.
  3. 1618 - 1699 (English). College of William and Mary.
  4. National Universities: Top Schools (English). US News.
  5. William and Mary Announces New Logo (English) (2007-12-06).
  6. Bill Walker (2005-11-03). ‘Tribe’ refers to community Nichol states in a report sent to the NCAA. W&M News.
  7. 7.0 7.1 William & Mary to change athletic logo featuring Indian feathers (English). Associated Press (10/10/2006).