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Williams College Admissions Information

Williams College
Williamstown, MA (map)


Williams College is a private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Founded in 1793, Williams ranks first in U.S. News and World Report‘s 2011 list of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation. The College has a distinguished tutorial program in which student pairs present and critique written assignments under a professor’s guidance. The tutorials create strong bonds between students and faculty, and help students cultivate their analytical and public-speaking skills.

Williams College ranks first among colleges and universities that have the most graduates attending top business, medical, and law schools. The College has a diverse student population, with approximately 31% of its undergraduates identifying as students of color. Located in the scenic Berkshire Hills region of Massachusetts, the campus offers easy access to a range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, and skiing.



Basic Info

Main Address: Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone Number: (413) 597-3131  
Website: www.williams.edu  


Type of school: Private, Liberal Arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Rural  
Athletics: Division III, Club, Intercollegiate, Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 2,067  
Percent out-of-state: 87%  
Percent international: 7%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 7:1  
Most popular majors: Economics
Political Science
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed housing Cooperative housing
110 Registered Student Organizations  

Fun Facts

  • Voted #5 "Most Accessible Professors"
  • Voted #7 "Best Classroom Experience"
  • Voted #18 "Great Financial Aid"
  • Voted #6 "Top 10 Best Value Private Colleges for 2010"
  • Voted #14 "Students Study the Most"

Admissions Information

Williams College admits about 18% of its applicants, making it one of the most selective colleges in the nation. Admissions officials note that a student's application essay, recommendations, academic record, standardized test scores, GPA, class rank, extracurricular activities, and talents are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include a candidate's alumni relation, character, volunteer work, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, work experience, and whether an applicant is a first-generation college student.

Williams has an Early Decision option, and almost 40% of its recent freshman class were Early Decision applicants. The College requires students to submit an application essay, standardized test scores, two academic teacher evaluations, a secondary school report, and a mid-year report.

Admissions address: 33 Stetson Court
Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone number: (413) 597-2211  
Fax number: (413) 597-4052  
Admissions Website: https://www.williams.edu/admission-aid/  
Email: admission@williams.edu  
Contact Person: Richard Nesbitt, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,633  
Percent of applicants admitted: 18%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: December 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (school-specific supplement required)  
Admission requirements: Essay
Standardized Test Scores
Two Academic Teacher Evaluations
Secondary School Report
Mid-year Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Yes (SAT or ACT with Writing; 2 SAT Subject Tests)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores for all test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3965  
ACT code: 1936  
Learn more about other Academically Challenging New England schools:
Bryant   Trinity   Wesleyan   Tufts  

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