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Freshmen Rising at Richard Bland College of William & Mary

Richard Bland College of William & Mary is expecting a 10% increase in the number of incoming freshmen based on projections. More than 600 new students have enrolled for the fall semester. The boost in enrollment includes a record number of honor students, international students and student-athletes.

“New programming headed by RBC’s Student Success team, the addition of new NJCAA teams and an increase in international students adds to the College’s vibrant campus environment,” says President Debbie Sydow. “Richard Bland also continues to grow its hallmark Exceptional Student Experience (ESE@RBC) program, providing personalized support designed to keep students on track to graduation. This one-size-fit- one learning environment is a magnet for many students.”

Forty-seven percent of RBC’s honor students are members of the Promise Scholars program, a joint initiative between Richard Bland College and William & Mary. The Promise Scholars program is designed to provide high-ability, Pell-eligible, Virginia students the opportunity to earn an associate degree at RBC and then transfer to William & Mary to complete a baccalaureate degree with little to no debt. This is the second year for this innovative program.

Along with adding NJCAA Division I women’s soccer this fall, athletics has added a junior varsity basketball team and Virginia’s only intercollegiate beach volleyball team.

Residential students move in today for the start of the fall semester beginning on Monday, August 26.



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