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Academics

Tucked away in western Massachusetts, Williams College is a "top-notch" liberal arts college that is "committed to making all students' dreams a reality." Indeed, this highly-selective institution is an ideal place for people "who truly love to learn and explore new academic passions." And it offers the "perfect combination of...liberal arts and research opportunities; neither one has to be sacrificed here." Moreover, undergrads report that "the courses offered are diverse and interesting, while the divisional requirements mean that classes are more open to non-majors than at other schools." Of course, no matter what classes they take, students can rest assured that they'll be taught "how to think critically." Further, Williams "small" size, with an enrollment of 2,042, also allows for "individualized attention." Undergrads also proudly proclaim that their professors are "the best in the nation, if not the world." Not only is each instructor "an expert in his or her field" but the vast majority have proven themselves to be "gifted teacher[s] as well." Even better, "they all make sure to be readily accessible and try to get to know every single student, even in a larger lecture class." And while they maintain "high expectations," courses are often "highly rewarding." What more could you hope for?

Student Body

The student body at Williams College is comprised of "driven," "quirky," and "mostly type-A" individuals. Across the board, undergrads here stress that their peers are incredibly "intelligent." As one impressed student shares, "Williams is great because you never feel like the smartest one in the room, and you genuinely feel as though your classmates have valuable input in all scenarios." In addition, Williams students are "dedicated to pursuing their passions, which cover a diverse spectrum and often fall outside of what is typical." Indeed, "it's not unusual to find a football player who is deeply interested in experimental theatre or a computer science major who is also one of the friendliest people you know." While many Williams students can easily be categorized as "white, athlet[ic and] preppy," lots of undergrads assure us that "so many people fall outside of [these boxes]" as well. However, some do caution that "the average student is very socially and politically liberal, and conservative ideas (particularly socially conservative ideas) aren't welcome on campus." Nevertheless, most agree that the "sense of community is overwhelmingly strong and welcoming." After all, the students here "want to be surrounded by each other and learn from each other—otherwise they wouldn't have chosen to go to a school together in the middle of nowhere!"

Campus Life

Undergrads at Williams are "always busy, always a little bit stressed." This comes as no surprise given that there is are so many activities hosted on campus. To begin with, "the college makes sure to offer a ton of lectures, performances, art exhibits, movie screenings, fun activities, etc. so that people feel fulfilled staying on campus." There are also numerous "student-led events." As one content undergrad explains, "On Wednesday nights, my friends and I [go] to Stressbusters where you get free treats and the student-run coffee bar has an open tab." Additionally, Williams undergrads are always game for sporting events. After all, "40 percent of the school are varsity athletes [and] almost everyone else either is on a club sport, plays intramural, or goes to the gym regularly." There are also plenty of "opportunities to explore the outdoors [including] hiking, skiing, running, biking [and] swimming." And once the weekend hits, you can find "lots of different kinds of parties...all-campus parties that the college puts on, big parties sponsored by different clubs, smaller parties, and people just hanging out in dorms." Lastly, though Williamstown is pretty "rural" and "remote," there are "amazing art offerings in the area at the Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Williams College Museum of Art." Overall, you're bound to find something that will pique your interest and keep you entertained at Williams.

Overview

Applicants
8,593
Acceptance Rate
15%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
710 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
364
with Terminal Degree
336

201
Men
163
Women
82
Minority
14
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, 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, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$138,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$143,200

Percent High Job Meaning
44%

Percent STEM
33%


Students Say

The Career Center at Williams empowers students to forge their own career path and gives them all the tools they need to get started. Each semester's calendar is packed with informational sessions, and cover letter writing or job fair success workshops. The aptly named “Who Am I & Where Am I Going” workshops helps students explore potential fields, and many students complete “real world” internships or work experience before graduation. The Williams Network connects students with opportunities and the “extensive alumni network,” help graduates get plum jobs all over. Graduates who visited PayScale.com report an average starting salary of $62,000 and 44 percent find a great deal of meaning in their work.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$53,866

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$51,773

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,012

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
35%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,230

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$53,866

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,140
Required Fees
$310
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,500
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,061
Foreign Countries Represented
57

Demographics

12.66%
Asian
8.23%
African-American
12.91%
Hispanic
51.38%
Caucasian
1.28%
Unknown
7.83%
International

47% female
53% male
86% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


Director
G. L. Wallace

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
2

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.

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Richard L. Nesbitt
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
995 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

Phone
(413) 597-2211

Email
admission@williams.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Paresky Student Center
Sawyer Library
Williams College Museum of Art
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance
Williams Bookstore

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

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@williams.edu

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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