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Williams College

Williamstown, MA

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Williams is a private, liberal arts college. Founded in 1793 as a college for men, it adopted coeducation in 1970. Its 450-acre campus is located in Williamstown, in northwestern Massachusetts.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students2,099
   Women1,071 (51.0%)
   Men1,028 (49.0%)
Graduate Students54


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate18% of 6,883 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math708 average
660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading720 average
670-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing714 average
670-780 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite32 average
31-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$68,430
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$53,433
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar System4-1-4
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 42% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 8% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes


Williamstown Population8,424
Nearest Metropolitan AreaAlbany, NY
Freshman Housing Guarantee 
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 93% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III
MascotPurple Cow


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
12.8% Asian
8.2% Black/African-American
13.7% Hispanic/Latino
7.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
58.1% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students7.7% from 51 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Interested in This College
Average 3.87 4.31 735 709 32
Low 2.86 2.86 570 620 25
High 4.00 5.00 800 790 35
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• Because Williams students pledge to observe the honor code, faculty do not proctor exams and may offer students the option of taking self-scheduled exams.

• The Williams-Oxford program allows 30 Williams juniors to attend a year at Oxford University.

• Williams has its very own ski lift.

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