(Original post by NYU2012)
William and Mary is a research university, not an LAC. In terms of LACs the top LACs are usually considered the triumvirate (Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore) and Pomona/Havery Mudd.
Contrary to popular belief, GTown's strength is NOT in politics. There are great many number of schools better at politics than GTown. In fact (in order), Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, UCB, UM, Columbia, UC-SD, Duke, MIT, UCLA, UChicago, UNC, WUStL, U Rochester, U Wisconsin, NYU, Ohio State, U Minnesota, Cornell, Northwestern, U Illinois, UT-Austin, Texas A&M, UC-Davis, Indiana University, University of Washington, Emory, Michigan State, Penn State, U Maryland, UPenn, Stony Brook, U Iowa, UVa, Rice, UC-Irvine, and Notre Dame are all stronger in politics/political science than GTown. Gtown is as good as George Washington, Florida State, Hopkins, U Pitt, Vanderbilt, U Colorado. It is NOT a politics powerhouse in terms of faculty employed. GTown's politics faculty is comparatively quite weak.