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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 Students2,076
   Women1,010 (48.7%)
   Men1,066 (51.3%)
Graduate Students58


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate18% of 6,985 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 Math712 average
660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading715 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing714 average
670-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite33 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$52,512
Average Indebtedness of
2016 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.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
14.0% Asian
8.1% Black/African-American
13.4% Hispanic/Latino
6.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.9% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students7.8% from 57 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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Average 3.79 4.18 732 729 32
Low 3.25 3.29 550 580 22
High 4.00 5.00 800 790 36
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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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