Students Say

Williams College is a small bastion of the liberal arts “with a fantastic academic reputation.” “Williams students tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how much work they have” but they say the academic experience is “absolutely incomparable.” Classes are “small” and “intense.” “The facilities are absolutely top-notch in almost everything.” Research opportunities are plentiful. A one-month January term offers study abroad programs and a host of short pass/fail courses that are “a college student’s dream come true.” “The hard science departments are incredible.”

Overview

Applicants
6,316
Acceptance Rate
19%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
680 - 790
SAT Math
670 - 770
SAT Writing
690 - 780
ACT Composite
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Overall

Students Say

Williams College is a small bastion of the liberal arts “with a fantastic academic reputation.” “Williams students tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how much work they have” but they say the academic experience is “absolutely incomparable.” Classes are “small” and “intense.” “The facilities are absolutely top-notch in almost everything.” Research opportunities are plentiful. A one-month January term offers study abroad programs and a host of short pass/fail courses that are “a college student’s dream come true.” “The hard science departments are incredible.” Economics, art history, and English are equally outstanding. Despite the occasional professor “who should not even be teaching at the high school level,” the faculty at Williams is one of the best. Most professors “jump at every opportunity to help you love their subject.” “They’re here because they want to interact with undergrads.” “If you complain about a Williams education then you would complain about education anywhere,” wagers an economics major.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
346
with Terminal Degree
313

198
Men
148
Women
63
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
94%
Graduate in 6 years
95%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Area Studies, Other
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Literature

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
90
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Williams College is very similar to an Ivy League school. It has boundless, state-of-the-art resources in everything; a diploma with the Williams brand name on it will kick down doors for the rest of your life; and it’s absurdly expensive. The total retail price here for tuition, room and board, and everything else comes to about $61,870 per year. Financial aid here is beyond generous, though, and you’d be insane to choose a lesser school instead because of the sticker price.

Bang For Your Buck

The endowment at Williams approaches $2 billion. That’s substantially more than the annual gross domestic product of most countries. This colossal stash bountifully subsidizes costs for all students, including costs to study all over the world. The fact that Williams is simply awash in money also enables the school to maintain a 100 percent need-blind admission policy. Merit-based scholarships are a historical artifact here. All financial aid is based purely on need. Williams also offers a generous financial aid program for international students. Convincing this school that you belong here is the difficult part. If you can just get admitted, Williams guarantees that it will meet 100 percent of your financial need for four years. You will walk away with a degree from one of the best schools in the country with little to no debt.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,460

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$43,689

Average Need-Based Loan
$2,965

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$14,170

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
31%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,460

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,780
Required Fees
$290
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The student population at Williams is not the most humble. They describe their peers as “interesting and beautiful” “geniuses of varying interests.” They’re “quirky, passionate, zany, and fun.” They’re “athletically awesome.” They’re “freakishly unique” and at the same time “cookie-cutter amazing.” Ethnic diversity is stellar and you’ll find all kinds of students including “the goth students,” “nerdier students,” “a ladle of environmentally conscious pseudo-vegetarians,” and a few “west coast hippies.” However, “a typical student looks like a rich white kid” who grew up “playing field hockey just outside Boston” and spends summers “vacationing on the Cape.” Sporty students abound. “There definitely is segregation between the artsy kids and the athlete types but there is also a significant amount of crossover.” “Williams is a place where normal social labels tend not to apply,” reports a junior. “Everyone here got in for a reason. So that football player in your theater class has amazing insight on Chekhov and that outspoken environmental activist also specializes in improv comedy.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,046
Out of State
88%

International
8%
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

11.76%
Asian
7.57%
African-American
12.87%
Hispanic
60.12%
Caucasian
8.32%
International

51% female
49% male
88% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students at Williams enjoy a “stunning campus.” “The Berkshire mountains are in the background every day as you walk to class” and opportunities for outdoor activity are numerous. The location is in “the boonies,” though, and the surrounding “one-horse college town” is “quaint” at best. “There is no nearby place to buy necessities that is not ridiculously overpriced.” Student life happens almost exclusively on campus. Dorm rooms are “large” and “well above par” but the housing system is “very weird.” While some students like it, there is a general consensus that its creators “should be slapped and sent back to Amherst.” Entertainment options include “lots of” performances, plays, and lectures. Some students are “obsessed with a capella groups.” Intramurals are popular, especially broomball (“a sacred tradition involving a hockey rink, sneakers, a rubber ball, and paddles”). Intercollegiate sports are “a huge part of the social scene.” For many students, the various varsity teams “are the basic social blocks at Williams.” “Everyone for the most part gets along, but the sports teams seem to band together,“ explains a sophomore. Booze-laden parties” “and general disorder on weekends” are common. “A lot of people spend their lives between homework and practice and then just get completely smashed on weekends.” Nothing gets out of hand, though. “We know how to unwind without being stupid,” says a sophomore.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
76
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Cooperative
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
164
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Ephs)
18 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Ephs)
18 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)

Sustainability

The board of trustees at Williams College has unanimously adopted greenhouse gas emissions goals and at the same time affirmed that the “principles and practices of environmental sustainability in general, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions specifically, are institutional priorities.” To demonstrate their commitment, Williams has undertaken $1.5 million in energy conservation projects, including lighting, motors, and lab hood improvements. Fifty percent of buildings on campus have been retrofitted for energy efficiency in the past few years, and the college has committed to LEED Silver or better for all new construction on campus. The college’s Morley Science Center is at the center of a comprehensive energy-saving program that, just by turning off lights and turning down ventilations when the building is unoccupied, has brought down energy use by 17 percent. Almost all of Williams’ regular dining halls are now trayless (a measure proven to reduce water consumption and food waste), and Dining Services spends 10 percent of its budget on organic and locally grown foods. The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives has given each first-year student a reusable water bottle and lucky students observed using their bottles regularly are awarded gift certificates throughout the semester. A three-year participant in RecycleMania, Williams boasts an overall waste-diversion rate of 40 percent. The Williams College Sustainable Growers student group was recently established and with the assistance of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program, founded the Sustainable Garden Project—a garden which boasts over eighty varieties of vegetables and herbs.

Green Rating
83
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Richard L. Nesbitt
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
33 Stetson Court
Williamstown, MA 01267

Phone
4135972211

Email
admission@williams.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Paresky Student Center
Schow Science Library
Williams College Museum of Art
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Chandler Gymnasium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Clark Art Institute
Tanglewood (summer only)
MASS MoCA
Images Cinema
Taconic Golf Course

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Available to high school seniors only.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Albany, NY, airport is 50 miles from campus. Taxis and rental cars are available for the drive from the airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take the Taconic State Pkwy. (in New York) north to E. Chatham (the last exit before the toll). Take Rte. 295 E. to Rte. 22 N.; then take Rte. 22 N. to Rte. 43 E. (a sharp right turn). Proceed on Rte. 43 to U.S. Rte. 7 N., which takes you to Williamstown, where you turn right onto Rte. 2 E. The admissions office is on Stetson Court (just off Rte. 2). From the east and west, take Rte. 2 to campus. From the north, take I-91 S. to Rte. 2; then take Rte. 2 W. to Williamstown.
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Key Stats

6,316
Applicants
2,046
Size
19%
Acceptance Rate
1460
SAT Scores

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