Whether 30% Greek life = a big campus presence is in the eye of the beholder. My son went to SMU, which has a similar percentage of greek participation, and that school is routinely described as having a big Greek presence.
The vibe at W&M is closer to Brown than to SMU though (UVA is closer to SMU in that respect, and W&M to UT perhaps, without the “Texas football” part).
While W&M is not as artsy/activist as Vassar, it’s quite intellectual, with a sense of tradition and history, like Vassar.
One more question though: does anyone have an idea of the alcohol and drug use at these two schools? and smoking?
Don’t know of any objective data. I think the best you can go with is the Unigo survey results. These are self-reported by whoever reviews the school at the Unigo website. The Unigo surveys suggest there is more alcohol/drug use at Vassar.
Vassar has “wellness corridors”, these are floors/wings in dorms in which students pledge not to consume alcohol/drugs. You can ask for a room in a wellness corridor. Not sure if W&M offers the same.
You might have seen this already:
William & Mary and Vassar are both smoke free campuses.
Bill, I also appreciate that you reached out to help this student. I wasn’t reacting to you personally—just defending W&M. Greek life is definitely present, but the feel is very different from colleges where stereotypical Greek life dominates.
OP, I sent you a PM in case you want to communicate with my daughter and get a student’s perspective. Best wishes!
Yes and I appreciate how you put things in perspective.