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.

Website: www.williams.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,073
Undergraduate
Students
(47.9%) 994 Women
(52.1%) 1,079 Men
54
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
13% of 9,560 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
729 average
710-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$75,520
Tuition and Fees
$57,280
Room and Board
$14,990
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$59,369
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$15,496
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
296
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 42% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Williamstown Population
8,424
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany NY
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
93% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Purple Cow
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.7% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
14.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.6% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students
7.6% from 90 countries
First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
89.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
880 Main Street
City, State, Zip
Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone
(413) 597-2211
Fax
(413) 597-4018
E-mail
admission@williams.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 7
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 1 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
 

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
13% of 9,560 applicants were admitted
Women
13% of 5,072 applicants were admitted
Men
13% of 4,488 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
554 (45%) of 1,240 admitted students enrolled
Women
280 (42%) of 663 admitted students enrolled
Men
258 (45%) of 577 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
34% of 748 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,772
Students Accepting Wait List Position
653
Students Admitted From Wait List
76

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
700-790 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
76%
Score of 600 - 700
20%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
729 average
710-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
80%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
1%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
33 average
32-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
91%
Score of 24 - 29
9%
Score of 18 - 23
0%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 89%
Top quarter: 97%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$75,520
Tuition and Fees
$57,280
Room and Board
$14,990
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
$2,450
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Paul.J.Boyer@williams.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002229
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
324 (64.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
268 (81.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
268 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
268 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$59,369
Need-Based Gift
Received by 268 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $56,933
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 223 (82.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,927
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,165 (58.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,043 (89.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,043 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,043 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$58,728
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,043 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $55,621
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 911 (86.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,557
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
41%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$15,496
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
4-1-4
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Economy
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Statistics, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Mathematics and statistics, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
296
Part-Time Faculty
61
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
80%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 42% of classes
10-19 students: 31% of classes
20-29 students: 12% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 34% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 47% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 18% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
 
Sophomore Standing
Not reported

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,096,206
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1000
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
 
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Art History
  • Economic Development

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Williamstown Population
8,424
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Albany NY
Campus Size
450 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Pittsfield
Nearest Train Station
38 mile(s) from campus in Albany

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
93% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Purple Cow
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x   x  
Skiing (Downhill) x      
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash     x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill)    
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, sailing, squash, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, sailing, skiing (downhill), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,073
Women
994 (47.9%)
Men
1,079 (52.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,020
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
13.7% Asian
8.9% Black/African-American
14.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
54.6% White
2.9% Unknown
International Students.
7.6% from 90 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
54

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
99.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
89.6%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
94.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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